team & advisory board

executive team

gwen martin, CEO

Gwen Martin CEO

Responsible for the overall strategic direction of Amma. In this role she is focused on creating new avenues for growth and developing partner relationships.

Gwen has been building and growing businesses throughout her career. She has a history of success in cultivating relationships and leading teams to grow award winning brands. Mom and stepmom in her blended family to: Erica, Ellie, Maisy, Georgia and Henry. You can reach her at

Kristine merta, CEO

Kristine Merta CEO

Responsible for the overall strategic direction of Amma. In this role she is focused on creating new avenues for growth and developing partner relationships.

Kristine has extensive experience developing business, growing and managing relationships, and leading teams. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations. Mom to triplets Lydia, Clifford and Emily. You can reach her at

Jodi Haas RN

Jodi is the Director of  Education.  She is an RN with over 17 years of experience.  Jodi has spent the majority of that time helping parents welcome their babies into the world, either by way of the birth room or classroom.  She oversees our prenatal program and leads our fabulous prenatal educator team.  Mom to: George, Anna, William and Joseph. You can reach her at

Gretchen Stone

Gretchen is the Director of Operations. She has a background in communications and management. Gretchen oversees the Center Associate team and is focused on daily operations that help create the Amma client experience. Mom to: Emma, Jackson and Duncan. You can reach her at

Lyndie Shackelford

Lyndie is the Corporate Program Manager. Her professional background includes almost 10 years in corporate sales, bringing on new partnerships and developing customer relationships.  She also has a passion for new mamas and babies, through years of volunteering and serving at risk families. Mom to: Jackson, Brody and Lacey. You can reach her at

team of expert teachers

Amma Parenting runs on the brain power of our talented group of expert teachers! All of our childbirth teachers are either Registered Nurses or Certified Childbirth Educators, and you’ll find a range of experts in all our classrooms, from lactation consultants to parent educators. When you register for a class, you will be able to see your teacher’s bio.


chief medical officer

Annelise Skor Swigert, MD, FACOG

Dr. Annelise Skor Swigert is a board certified Ob/Gyn physician who has been in private practice at Southdale Ob/Gyn for almost 20 years. Her passions are pregnancy, child birth and the personal relationship she develops with her patients. Realizing that the birth experience is an integral part of pregnancy, Dr. Swigert has developed a collaborative midwife practice into her group, so that women have options for healthy, safe deliveries. Dr. Swigert has been named Top Doctor by MSP magazine every year since 2012.

Dr. Swigert is a leader, both locally and nationally, in women’s health care initiatives. She is currently the CEO of Premier Ob/Gyn of MN, a consortium of over 50 Ob/Gyn health care providers. Since 2015 she has had an independent medical consulting business, SkorMed.

Outside of work Dr. Swigert enjoys everything French, the language, the food , the travel; and is very active with her two teenage children.

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