MEAC Board of Directors
Nichole Reding, LDM, CPM, MA (President) Canby, Oregon
Education: 2012 Bachelor 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.
Kristi Ridd-Young, M.S., ICCE (Vice President for Outreach) 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.
Heidi Fillmore, CPM, NHCM, BS (Vice President for Accreditation) 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.
Ana Vollmar, CPM, BA (Secretary) Philadelphia, PA
Education: Birthwise Midwifery School, 2013; preceptorship with Cindy Owen, CPM, NHCM and Kate Hartwell, CPM, NHCM at the Concord Birth Center, NH; BA from Harvard University in History and Science, 2008.
Professional Activities: Assistant midwife in area homebirth practices; writer and researcher on midwifery and healthcare; member of NACPM; served on board of directors of Turn the Tide Health Collaborative (2010-2012); healthcare coordinator for Hour Exchange Portland (2009-2010).
Abigiail O. Aiyepola, ND, San Diego, CA
Education: 2011 Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA; 2011 Certificate of Licensed Midwifery, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA; 2004 Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, Interdisciplinary Studies, Pre-Medicine; 2004 Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, Africana Studies and Global Health Studies.
Professional Activities: Abigail has done rotations with licensed midwives, certified nurse midwives, and naturopathic midwives and also completed three years of integrative residency where she was adjunct faculty helping to train future physicians in their clinical work. She is currently employed as a Medical Consultant for Nutritional Fundamentals for Health, and as the Resident Physician, at A Woman’s Time. Abigail has also worked as Adjunct Faculty and Resident Physician at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, supervising naturopathic medical interns in clinical and academic settings and facilitating student learning of clinical diagnoses and patient management.
Henci Goer ( Public Member) Sunnyvale, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University with a major in biology.
Professional Activities: Founder and Director of Childbirth U, an online resource to help pregnant women make informed decisions and obtain optimal care. Co-author of Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach and author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities. Author of consumer education pamphlets; articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals; and guest poster on Lamaze International’s Science & Sensibility. 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. Recipient of the BOLD Atlanta Lifetime Achievement Award, DONA International’s Klaus & Kennell Research Award for “Evidence Basis for the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care,” Blossom Birth Services’ Mother’s Day Achievement Award, Lamaze International’s President’s Award, 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.
Cassaundra Jah, LM, CPM, IBCLC, MS Albuquerque, NM
Education: 2010 Associates of Science in Midwifery, National College of Midwifery; 2002 Masters of Science in Aerospace Sciences, University of Colorado; 2000 Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Professional Activities: Chief Development Officer, National College of Midwifery; LM member, New Mexico State Licensed Midwifery Advisory Board; Former Co-chair New Mexico Midwives Association; Licensed Midwife in New Mexico; Recertified Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant; Author of two books and various articles; former Labor Doula
Karen Ehrlich, CPM, LM, MA, Felton , CA
Education: Master of Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 2003, Independent Study in Childbirth and Midwifery, 1973, Apprenticeship in Midwifery, 1975-1976,Bachelor of Science, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, 1968.
Professional Activities: Karen Ehrlich, MA, CPM, LM has been a childbirth educator, health educator, and midwife since 1976. She is a current Continuing Education Unit reviewer for MEAC. Additionally, she has worked as a midwifery educator at Sage Femme Midwifery School and the Institute of Feminine Arts. She has been a member of the California Association of Midwives, Midwives Alliance of North America, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, Citizens for Midwifery, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health, International Childbirth Education Association, and Citizens for Health.
Courtney Everson, PhD, Denver, CO
Education: PhD, Applied Medical Anthropology, Oregon State University (2015); MA, Applied Medical Anthropology, Oregon State University (2009); BA, Cultural Anthropology, Western Washington University (2004), AA, Anthropology, South Puget Sound Community College.
Professional Activities: Dr. Everson is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Faculty at the Midwives College of Utah. Dr. Everson is also the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Division of Research (DOR); Co-founder and Vice President of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA); a Research Working Group (RWG) member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH); an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC); and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Australasian Professional Doula Regulatory Association (APDRA), the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME), and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). As a Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Everson’s research and teaching specializations include: maternal-child health; human childbirth; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress; social support; doula care; midwifery care; research and clinical ethics; evidence-informed practice; collaborative care models; mixed methodologies; health inequities; cultural competency/humility; social justice; and underserved populations. She actively publishes in academic forums, and is an invited, avid speaker at local, national and international venues. Courtney also serves families in her local community as a perinatal health educator and doula.