Board of Directors

President & Chairperson

Melissa Badertscher – Evanston, WY

Melissa began volunteering for The Tiny Footprints Project in April of 2013. Later on, Melissa became involved in volunteering on the administration team.

She is the Mother to a son and twin daughters. Melissa specializes in Maternity, Newborns and Family moments.

“I couldn’t be more excited about how far this project has grown. To be apart of such an amazing project and seeing the joy it brings to these families is priceless.” – Melissa Badertscher.


Teresa Fazio – Denver, CO

Teresa is originally from London, England and now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two teenage sons and two Labradors. She found the Tiny Footprints Project when looking for volunteer opportunities online and loved the idea of capturing these precious memories for families. Teresa specializes in High School Senior photography, but loves photographing newborns when she gets the chance.

Non-Profit Coordinator

Jennifer Hall-Chapoose – Kaysville, UT

Jennifer is originally from San Diego, California and now lives just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her second son had a brief stint in the NICU after his birth and she ended up with no photos from that visit. When she heard about The Tiny Footprints Project, Jennifer joined so that other parents would have photos to remember their NICU experience with


Gina Yavelak – Salt Lake City, UT

Gina specializes in Pregnancy through Preschool Photography with an emphasis on kiddos with Special Needs. Gina has careers in both Photography and Special Education and has worked with many preemies in Early Intervention, so The Tiny Footprints Project was a great fit for her as a photographer.


Valerie Lestrel – Surprise, AZ

Valerie is originally from California and now lives in Surprise, Arizona. She lives with her husband, son and daughter. When she found out about The Tiny Footprints Project she was eager to help. Having some complications with the early birth of her daughter, she knows how special it is to capture these precious memories for NICU families. Valerie specializes in Newborn, Child and Family photography