Michelle Lynn holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology, Masters of Healthcare Administration, and IBCLC (2014.) She is the Senior Director of Clinical Support Services for MedStar Health Home Care in Calverton, Maryland.
Dominique Gallo has been helping mothers and advocating for breastfeeding since 2011 and has been an IBCLC since 2014. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mommy to two beautiful girls and one adventurous little boy.
Jaclyn (Jackee) Haak
MPH, RN, IBCLC
– North Dakota –
Term 1: 2018-2021
Term 2: 2021-2024
Jackee Haak of North Dakota is currently an RN Manager Lactation Services at Sanford Hospital. She is also the President-Elect for the North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition.
The course of her career as a lactation consultant, mother, nurse and soldier and has not only honed her leadership skills, but has unearthed a passion for lactation care, policy, research and advocacy.
Lisa Brock of Wisconsin has grown professionally within her state chapter, the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants (WALC) as an IBCLC and is currently a WALC member. She has been a Pediatric RN since 1988 and an IBCLC since 1998.
Her career has brought her the ability to work with diverse populations and deliver evidence based practices to the bedside of hospitalized critically ill neonates and their families, outpatient clinics as well as provide presentations to hospital staff, and continuing education conferences. She is passionate about the lactation profession and how increased scientific research has brought amplified knowledge and awareness regarding the mind blowing benefits of human milk.
Stacy Davis is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Over the course of her 20 years of public health career, Stacy has had an intense focus on addressing health equity locally, nationally and internationally, particularly in the areas of Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Her professional experience includes curriculum development, policy, program management, implementation strategies and skilled lactation care; affording her opportunities to spearhead renowned, national programs focused on supporting birth and breastfeeding equity amongst Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and their children.
As former executive director of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, Stacy lead the organization’s tremendous growth by establishing the nonprofit as a brand and leader in the field of MCH- addressing racial equity in lactation support and education, acting as a panelist and collaborator with other leaders and organizations, and holding privileged organizations accountable and responsible for the health and well-being of rural and urban communities of color. Additionally, Stacy Davis has participated in the growth and expansion of equitable access to lactation training programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and lead the first-of-its-kind safe space retreat- The Amazing R.A.C.E.- for MCH providers, organizations and professionals to gather, learn and collaborate.
Stacy has received extensive training in racial equity, and cultural competence and humility through programs such as Race Forward’s, formally known as Center for Social Inclusion, First Food Racial Equity Cohort. Stacy has a Bachelor degree in Health Administration from Davenport University and a Masters of Public Health from Western Michigan University. Currently, she is a Regional Lactation Consultant for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services WIC Division. Stacy is a lifelong resident of Detroit, MI, where she resides with her 4 sons.
Lauren Reyes is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and business innovator who manages a multidisciplinary team of lactation professionals throughout Central Texas. As a former breastfeeding peer counselor, Lauren recognizes the importance of eliminating barriers to entry to the lactation profession and works to preserve and expand lactation roles. Lauren recently co-founded and chairs a non-profit organization, Nourishing New Families, with a mission to empower communities through culturally-informed navigation services and sustainable perinatal career development.
Lauren is the proud recipient of the Inaugural United States Lactation Consultants Association (USLCA) Changemaker Award, and hopes to contribute her skills as an innovator and business leader to USLCA’s board and membership. A breastfed breastfeeder of five beautiful sons who each benefited from being nurtured at the breast, Lauren is a Nuyorican (a Puerto Rican New Yorker) living in Austin, Texas, and still learning to embrace Texas summers.
Kim Welvaert has been a proud lactivist since she was 4 years old, “breastfeeding” her stuffed animals, even in public and not discreetly. Proudest achievement in life has been breastfeeding and providing milk for her sons, Brady and Seth. Kim decided to become a lactation specialist while in nursing school at the University of North Dakota. She has worked in a variety of settings, both inpatient (pediatrics, level 3 and 4 NICUs, PICU, mother baby care, lactation) and outpatient (pediatrics, lactation). Obtained several certifications along the way: IBCLC (1999), CLC, ANLC, Pediatric Certified RN, RNC-MNN, and CCRN. La Leche League Leader for 7 years. While living in Wisconsin, Kim served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants, chair of the Western Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition and co-chair for a hospital that achieved Baby-Friendly designation.
Currently, Kim works with lactating families in a level 3 NICU in central Minnesota. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding sick and/or premature infants present numerous challenges and barriers so having support is crucial. Kim has co-chaired 4 Global Big Latch On events (Minnesota and Wisconsin). She facilitates a NICU Milk & Cookies group and “pump-a-thon” events. Co-chairs her hospital’s lactation team and Central Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a member of the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s Equity & Access committee and was recently selected to AWHONN’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion committee. A top 5 finalist for Minnesota March of Dimes Neonatal Nurse of the Year 3 times and awarded the Distinguished Nurse of the Year in 2019. Kim strongly advocates for the use of human milk for all children, helping break down barriers so lactating parents/families can achieve their feeding goals, and the IBCLC as THE gold standard for human lactation. Keep calm and latch on!
Elect – Board Member
– Washington –
Term 1: 2022-2025
Bryna is a neurodivergent and queer IBCLC, adult educator, birth doula, mentor, and private practice owner. They have also sought additional training and continuing education in the areas of oral function and infant feeding, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), primitive reflexes and brain development in infants, cultural humility, trauma-informed care, harm-reduction approaches to clinical care, and other counseling strategies for client-facing care. Inclusivity and accessibility are central values that Bryna holds as they approach their work. They also recognize that their background as a white person in the United States places them in a position of privilege, and they work to be cognizant of how that lens impacts their work. When not working, Bryna can be found staring up at huge trees in awe or inhaling the salty air at the coast in the Pacific Northwest where they live with their children, partner, and dogs.
Danielle Harmon (she/her) joined USLCA in 2014 as Executive Director after working as the Breastfeeding Project Coordinator for a non-profit in her home town of Lincoln, Nebraska. During her time in Lincoln she also served on the leadership team for the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition. Danielle obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. During graduate school, she worked at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Lactation Foundation, where she developed an even stronger passion for breastfeeding and the important role of the IBCLC. Danielle reside in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their 2 young daughters.
Molly Peterson joined the USLCA staff in January of 2017 as the Professional Development Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders with an Emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University in 2015. While in school, she worked at a small durable medical equipment facility helping moms obtain breast pumps through their insurance company. It was there she found her passion for breastfeeding and helping moms and babies. After graduation, she worked to fulfill the requirements to sit for her board exam in the spring of 2016. When she is not wearing her USLCA hat, she works as an IBCLC in private practice. Molly and her husband, Jacob live in Wisconsin and they enjoy cooking, geocaching, and watching movies.
Shirley Monge is a Los Angeles-based marketing strategist of Costa Rican heritage who has more than 20 years of volunteering + working with non-profits. Part researcher, part strategist, part creator, I specialize in presenting data fused with storytelling. I’m currently enrolled in childbirth educator and doula training as well as breastfeeding studies. Pura Vida!
Debbie Sandberg joined USLCA in January of 2022. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Central Florida in her hometown of Orlando, Florida. She grew up at Disney World as the child of a parent who worked in corporate Disney for 40 years. Her interest in lactation stems from her personal positive experience working with lactation consultants during her own challenging, and eventually successful breastfeeding journey. She is passionate about helping to grow the organization and serving USLCA members in any way she can. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas and enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her husband, two-year-old son and pug.
Ashleigh Richmond joined USLCA in August of 2022 as the Professional Development Coordinator. She started working with new families as a postpartum doula for 8 years before finding her way into lactation as a La Leche League Leader and eventually as an IBCLC in 2021. She no longer works as a doula, but uses those skills every day with her lactation clients to ensure they are supported no matter how they choose to feed their children. She splits her time between USLCA and her private practice in SE Wisconsin. Ashleigh lives in Pleasant Prairie, WI with her husband, Aaron, and their two children.