Administrative Team

Minnesota Birth Center

Tricia Balazovic, Administrative DirectorTricia Balazovic
Administrative Director

Tricia is the administrative director for Minnesota Birth Center (MBC). Her interest in MBC was sparked after experiencing the care firsthand while pregnant with her second child in 2013. Her curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit led her to pursue a career in healthcare and she now leads business operations for MBC. She is passionate about and committed to figuring out ways to improve birth outcomes and the experience for women when seeking healthcare. She believes improved care delivery and innovative payment methods are an important place to focus. She graduated from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in 2018 with a Masters in Health Administration and the University of St. Thomas in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish and a minor in Justice and Peace Studies.

Tricia loves music, cooking, and spending active time in the outdoors with her husband, Matt, and two children, Porter and Lulu.

Claudia Jennings, Operations ManagerClaudia Jennings
operations manager

Claudia grew up in Eagan, MN and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, studying political science and peace studies.  After college she traveled abroad and held positions in a wide range of fields, from non-profit international education to baking French pastries and even mortgage banking.  After the wonderful birth of her first child at the Minnesota Birth Center, Claudia developed a passion for the freedom of choice in birth place options available in Minnesota – empowering women to make informed health care decisions throughout their pregnancy.  She was thrilled to start with the Birth Center in March 2015.  Claudia lives in St. Paul with her husband Aaron and daughter Frieda.  She enjoys cooking, knitting, birding, and generally being outdoors in her free time.

Karen Schultz, Administrative ManagerKaren Schultz
Administrative Manager

Karen hails from rural central Minnesota and worked as a high school science teacher before realizing her love for birth and babies. She became a Certified Birth Doula in 2013, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor in 2015, and Creighton Model Natural Family Planning Practitioner in 2017. She credits her own mom, a breastfeeding and natural birth advocate, for her eventual journey into birth and fertility work.

Karen first came to Minnesota Birth Center as a Doula Intern, and now works on the Administrative Team. She is thrilled to promote a Midwifery Model of Care for women who visit MBC. In her spare time Karen enjoys singing, playing bluegrass music, working on craft projects, and getting outdoors in all of Minnesota’s diverse seasons.

Jillian helleloid
billing associate & administrative support

Jillian grew up moving around the country as a kid but has settled down in South Minneapolis with her husband Eric and daughter Soren. Jillian graduated from Bethel University with her BA in Communications and from Piedmont College with her MBA. Prior to starting work at the Minnesota Birth Center in March 2017 she worked in various administrative jobs in financial aid, human resources and banking. Jillian was a patient at MBC and loved the care she received by the providers and staff. She is excited to be working with this great team. She enjoys exploring the city, photography, gardening, hiking, camping, and spending time at a family cabin on Rainy Lake.

Angie posine
minneapolis Clinic Coordinator

Angie is a Minnesota native and spent most of her childhood in the city of Ramsey, northwest of the Twin Cities. She is a mom to two boys, including one born at home. After 10 years working as a self-employed birth doula and volunteering with the Childbirth Collective, she needed to change gears and find work that allowed her to stay connected to birthing families and have a break from being on call 24/7. The Clinic Coordinator position at the MBC is a perfect fit. She also works part time for Allina as a Parent Family Educator, teaching childbirth preparation classes.

Jennifer Russell, Minneapolis Front DeskJennifer Russell
MINNEAPOLIS Clinic Coordinator

Jennifer left her twelve-year gig as a stay-at-home mom to four to join the Minnesota Birth Center team. Her comfort with out-of-hospital birth and deep belief in the value of the kind of care available at MBC make it a great fit. She lives with her husband and four children in south Minneapolis.



Abigail Tuominen
St. Paul Clinic Coordinator

Abigail grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College. Passionate about natural health care and helping people manage stress, she teaches yoga and somatic movement classes around the Twin Cities and provides private energy work sessions out of her home in Minneapolis. She became interested in the spectrum of pregnancy experiences last year, when she found herself being a miscarriage doula for a family member. She is excited to join MBC’s front desk team and learn more about birth and reproductive health from an organization committed to empowering women.

Rebecca Bolton-Steiner
ST. PAUL Clinic Coordinator

Rebecca grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Mills College with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has been a birth doula since 2002 and is a regular presenter for the Childbirth Collective for their Parent Topic Nights. She enjoys reading and knitting, especially with friends. She appreciates the Midwifery Model of Care and access to out-of-hospital birth for those who want it, and is thrilled to find both at The Minnesota Birth Center. She has three children, all born with the help of a midwife.