About Us

Who We Are

Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes saves tiny lives by collecting, pasteurizing, and dispensing donor human milk to premature babies and pediatric patients. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, we are proud to serve over 50 hospitals and hundreds of families throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

Our History

In 2005, a dedicated group formed the Mothers’ Milk Association of Wisconsin (MMAW) to provide pasteurized donor human milk for babies without access to their own mother’s milk.

Because no local milk bank existed, area mothers collected their excess milk, froze it in their home freezers, and brought it to the Wisconsin milk depots, where it was stored until it could be shipped to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Ohio for processing and distribution.

Meanwhile, in 2010, Chicago-area mother, Marissa Grossenbach, delivered her second child, Lennon, prematurely. Despite her intention to breastfeed, after her son was taken to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, the staff recommended he be fed formula. When Marissa learned later that formula increased Lennon’s risk of serious health problems, she asked local breastfeeding supporters why no area milk bank existed and why donor milk had not been available for her baby. She was told the reason was that no one had yet made an area milk bank a priority. Marissa, an information technology project manager by trade, decided to form the Illinois Milk Bank Project.

On January 9, 2011, the MMAW and the Illinois Milk Bank Project merged to become the developing Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes (Milk Bank WGL). At this meeting, which was held in Milwaukee at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, representatives previously active in the Illinois and Wisconsin organizations volunteered to become part of the Leadership Team, with the goal of turning this mutual dream into a reality.

In September 2015, the processing facility was opened in Elk Grove Village, IL and work began to renovate and furnish the space to become the region’s first non-profit milk bank. On January 20th, 2016 the Human Milk Banking Association of North America officially certified the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes as another partner in the quest to provide donated milk to all babies who need it.

Summer Kelly, RN, MS, IBCLC
Summer Kelly, RN, MS, IBCLCExecutive Director
As a nurse, lactation consultant, childbirth educator, and researcher, Summer is passionate about the amazing bioactive properties in human milk. She holds a BSN from Rush University and a MS in Biology from Northeastern Illinois University. In 2011, Summer helped develop the first donor human milk hospital program in a Chicago-area Level III neonatal intensive care unit. In 2017, Summer and the research team developed the milk bank’s in-house microbiology laboratory, Lennon’s Lab.
Marissa Grossenbach
Marissa GrossenbachBoard President
Marissa delivered her son prematurely in a Chicago area hospital. During his NICU stay, she began to look for alternatives to formula. She found that donor milk was not available locally and set out to assemble a team to create a milk bank. She has over 15 years of experience in project management and is currently a member on the Board of Education for Illinois School District 103.
Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM
Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABMMedical Director
Dr. Eglash is Medical Director of Milk Bank WGL, Director of the Milk Mob, and Co-Founder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the Mothers’ Milk Association of Wisconsin. As a board certified family physician, she practices medicine in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and serves as faculty at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Krystal Revai, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM
Krystal Revai, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABMBoard Vice President
Dr. Revai is a pediatrician with 15 years private practice experience, with a concentration in breastfeeding and lactation management. She is a fellow trained in Academic General Pediatrics, and received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Krystal is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a member of the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Maura McDonald, RN, BSN
Maura McDonald, RN, BSNBoard Treasurer
Maura is an OB/GYNE nurse and La Leche League Leader. She has a decade of corporate credit and lending experience in recovery & restructuring, media & telecom, and securitization, and general middle market enterprises.
Jequeatta Upton Smith, MPH
Jequeatta Upton Smith, MPHBoard Secretary
Jequeatta serves as a Director in a busy Chicago hospital. In graduate school she trained with Mary Rose Tully, one of the founding members of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
Katherine Mowen-Matz, CPA
Katherine Mowen-Matz, CPABoard Member
Katherine is an Information Security professional with a passion for process efficiency and effectiveness. She has a background in IT, Operational, and Financial Auditing and is a registered CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Katherine is a former milk donor and is thrilled to be able to continue to support the milk bank as a Board member.
Ann Conway, RN, MS, MA
Ann Conway, RN, MS, MABoard Member
Ann was formerly the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care & the Perinatal Foundation. She also holds her MS in Nursing and MA in Public Policy & Administration.

Our Mission

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes provides pasteurized donor human milk to premature and critically ill babies, supports moms who donate milk after loss, and distributes reduced cost or free donor milk to chronically ill middle and low income children.

News & Stories

3006, 2020

Bereavement Milk Donation: Shining Stars Offer Light After Loss

Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes (Milk Bank WGL) proudly unveiled Poppy’s Dream bereavement memorial on January 13, 2018. More than 100 local families have chosen to donate milk after loss. Over 40 of these families attended the unveiling event; with nearly half traveling many hours from throughout Illinois and Wisconsin – a true testament to the importance of this program.

1205, 2020

Christine’s Donor Story

I am the mom of four kids and I proudly breastfed all of them. Almost five years after giving birth to my twins, who both had a short stay in the NICU, I had the honor of helping two of my friends grow their family by being their surrogate. I carried their baby boy and gave him a safe place to grow until it was time to meet his dads and big sister.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes and our operations, please complete the form or reach out to us directly at the number and email address below.

Contact us at 847-262-5134 or email
info@milkbankwgl.org.