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MEAC Board and Staff

Board Members:

Kristi Ridd-Young, M.S., ICCE ( President) Alpine, UT
Education: Bachelor of Science in Public Health Administration, ICCE (International Childbirth Certified Educator) CD(DONA), DONA-approved doula trainer
Professional Activities:
President, Midwives College of Utah;. Founder of Utah Doula Association; Salt Lake Community College Adjunct Professor; Doula trainer; Birth preparation counselor for survivors of sexual abuse; Conference speaker and facilitator on childbearing issues for several international and local conferences; Committee member for Utah Breastfeeding Coalition workplace task force; Former midwife; Former board member of DONA and ICEA. Former Director of Curriculum Development for The Childbearing Year; Owner of The Nurturing Place—an educational and product resource for childbearing families; Product developer of a natural skin care line; Mother of six children, seven step-children and five grandchildren.

Mary B. Yglesia (Treasurer) Seattle, WA
Education: State of Washington, Licensed Midwife 1996. Brevard College, Titusville, FL., Seattle Midwifery School, Seattle, WA, Graduated in 1996 with Certificate of Midwifery.
Professional Activities:
Executive Director and Midwifery Education Program Director, Seattle Midwifery School. Board Chair of Association of Midwifery Educators, Vice President Board of Directors for Seattle Girls Choir. Former Administrative Coordinator, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Former Clinical Director, Seattle Midwifery School. Former Clinic Manager, Program Coordinator, and Maternity Support Services Provider, Family Health Centers, Okanogan, WA. Former Chair of the Okanogan County Breastfeeding Coalition and Administrator of Breast and Cervical Health Program for Family Health Centers. Former Licensed Midwife. Proud mother of Tyla, Paloma and Celeste and grandmother to Ella.

Nichole Reding, LDM, CPM, MA Canby, Oregon
Education: 2012 Bacheor of Science in Midwifery, Birthingway College of Midwifery; 1999 Master of Arts in American History, University of Oregon; 1995 Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, Gonzaga University.
Professional Activities: Academic Coordinator and Faculty Member, Birthingway College of Midwifery; Former Midwifery Program and Specialized Programs Coordinator, Birthingway College of Midwifery; Communications Coordinator, Oregon Midwifery Council; Member NACPM; Currently licensed midwife in Oregon; former Childbirth Educator (both Bradley Method and Independent) and Labor Doula; mama to two amazing young women born into the hands of midwives.

Jeanne Madrid, CPM Tulsa, OK
Education: South Florida School of Midwifery graduate, 1987 Apprentice with Carol Nelson, CPM, LM
Professional Activities:
CPM practicing in OK; Member of NACPM, OK Chapter of NACPM, MANA, MANA Stats, CfM; Preceptor for students of MEAC and non-MEAC midwifery programs; QE for NARM; ARC Instructor and former Health and Safety Specialist; Former FL Licensed Midwife 1987-2009, TN-CPM 2004-2007; Former Member of FL Council of LM 2003-2009, co-chair and chair; Former Member of FL Governor Chile's Healthy Start Initiative Steering Committee, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, TN Midwives Association, The Farm Midwifery Center Midwife Team, and the Midwives Association of FL as vice pres. and legislative committee contributing to the passage of Fl Midwifery Practice Act in 1992 and FL Medicaid Reimbursement for Homebirth Bill in 1997; Employed by the NARM App. Office 2004-2007; Member of the Hollywood FL Seminole Reservation for more than a decade; Outreach Rep. for the Seminole Tribal Empowerment Program 1992; Developed a study project for Seminole Mothers and Babies which the United South and Eastern Tribes Epidemiology Center in TN formulated into The Seminole Birth Study Findings and Analysis Report 2006. Jeanne and her husband have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Heidi Fillmore, CPM, NHCM, BS (Vice President) Bridgton, Maine
Education: 1987 Womancare Birth Center, Monett, MO. Internship with Diane Barnes, midwife. 1986 Certificate of Graduation, Midwifery Training Institute, Albuquerque, NM. 1982, BS Architecture, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
Professional Activities:
Founder, Executive Director, and Faculty member of Birthwise Midwifery School; Practicing Midwife in a private Home Birth Practice, Birthwise Midwifery Service; Community Midwifery Educator; Member of New Hampshire Midwives Association; Member of Midwives Alliance of North America, Member, Midwives of Maine; and Member, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives.

Kathryn Montgomery, PhD (Public Member) Chicago, IL
Education: Newcomb College, Tulane University; University of California, Berkeley; Emory University.
Professional Activities:
Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As such, she has “experienced accreditation from the other side”, and is both interested and eager to become involved with MEAC. She has extensive Board experience with the Society for Health and Human Values, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the Chicago Health Connection now Health Connect One.

Henci Goer ( Public Member) 408-245-1098
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University with a major in biology.
Professional activities:
Professional activities: Author of Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities and co-author of its successor Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach for professionals and author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth for the public. Author of consumer education pamphlets and articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals. Project director and Expert Work Group member on the document, "Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care," commissioned by the Coalition for Improvement in Maternity Services. Resident expert on Lamaze International’s website where she moderates the “Ask Henci” forum and appears as a regular guest blogger on Science and Sensibility. Recipient of the BOLD Atlanta Lifetime Achievement Award, the Klaus & Kennell Research Award for “Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care” from DONA International, and the Media Award from the National Association of Childbearing Centers (now the American Association of Birth Centers). Optimal Care in Childbirth has received the American College of Nurse-Midwives "Best Book of the Year" award.

Sheila Simms Watson, LM, CPM Miami, FL
Education: 2001 AS in Midwifery, Miami Dade Community College.
Professional Activities:
1985 Certified Childbirth Educator; 2000 elected to Miami Dade College Midwifery Program Advisory Board; 2003 elected to Board of Directors of Midwives Alliance of North America.

Andrea Ferroni, LM, CPM Sonora, CA
Education: 2001 Birthingway College of Midwifery.
Professional Activities:
California Association of Midwives Board Member; Midwifery Advisory Council (Medical Board of California); MANA; NACPM; Birth Alliance of Central California.

Staff Members:

Sandra Bitonti Stewart (Executive Director) Ann Arbor, MI (360) 466-2080
Education: Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice, University of Minnesota; BA, International Relations, Michigan State University's James Madison College.
Professional Activities:
Prior to joining the MEAC staff, Sandra worked as a health care lobbyist in the State of Michigan, as a grant-maker for the Michigan Women's Foundation and as a fundraiser for a US Senate Campaign. As a proud consumer advocate for improving maternity care, Sandra is co-founder of Birth Network National and the CIMS' Birth Survey (Transparency in Maternity Care) project. She recently completed a graduate certificate in Public Health Practice with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health. Sandra lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband Doug and her two children, Juliano and Melanie.

Jessica Kelly-Shaieb, JD (Training & Accreditation Coordinator) Ann Arbor, MI (360) 466-2080
Education:2000 B.A. Honors Anthropology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; 2005 J.D. Cum Laude Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI.
Professional Activities:
2008-2011 Client Educator, The Little Seedling; 2003-2011 Board Member and President, BirthNetwork National; 2003 Research Assistant for course "Sex, Procreation & Reproductive Technology", Wayne State University Law School; 2000-2002 Law Clerk and Assistant; author of several published and unpublished papers on legal and ethical issues surrounding reproduction, midwifery, and circumcision.

Karin L. Borgerson, MBA (Accreditation Coordinator), Seattle , WA (360) 466-2080
Education: 2006, MBA in Sustainable Business, Bainbridge Graduate Institute; 2003-2004, graduate study in Science, Health, and Environmental Journalism, New York University; 1998, BA, Biology and Anthropology, Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa).
Professional Activities:
Karin is a DONA-trained (but not yet certified) birth doula. She has been a consultant to MANA and the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. As a member of the board of trustees of Bainbridge Graduate Institute since 2005, she helped guide the school through its accreditation process. She has been a senior associate in the climate and energy program at World Resources Institute (WRI), a leading environmental think tank and the program director for climate and business development at an NGO focusing on consumption and institutional purchasing issues. Karin has also worked in project management and client relations in several software companies.

Anana Integre, THP, MI (CEU Coordinator) La Conner, WA
Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, BA in journalism; THiNK Institute, Certified Medical Intuitive.
Professional Activities: Certified ThetaHealing Practitioner and Instructor; Centers of Spiritual Living, Licensed Practitioner Emeritus. Anana brings to MEAC more than twenty years of University of California, Santa Cruz executive management experience, as well as a thirty year career in teaching. She is mother to midwife-caught, home-birthed daughter CarrieAnn; and great-granddaughter of the first recorded midwife in Nebraska, Lena Schimmer-Scheel.

Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH (Advisor/Special Projects) Mt. Vernon, Washington
Education: 1994-1998 Masters Degree in Public Health, University of Washington. 1967-1970 Journalism and American Studies, Honors College, Oregon State University.
Professional Activities:
Consultant, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and Midwives Association of Washington State; Former Executive Director, Seattle Midwifery School; Chair, Health Alliance International; Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner, Work Group on Integration of Complementary Medicine; Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, Health Professional Scholarship Committee; UCSF Center for the Health Professions, Task Force on Midwifery.

Trixi Packmohr (Administrative Assistant) Ann Arbor, Michigan (360) 466 2082
Education: 1989 Masters of Science Degree , Philipps Universitaet Marburg, Germany, 1990 – 1993 University of Stony Brook, NY, Research and Teaching Assistant, Doctoral Program
Professional Activities: Manager of Consulting Department at Environmental Consulting Firm, NY. 18 years of project management experience. Conducts administrative, financial and business transactions associated with the day to day operations of her own consulting firm since 2001. Organizes and coordinates logistic for events and business meetings. She volunteers as PTO president at her youngest son’s elementary school and volunteers in several other local organizations.

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