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MEAC Board of Directors

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.

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.

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

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).

Nellie Eshleman, BS Gainesville, FL
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Development from Santa Fe College, FL.
Professional Activities: Current Business Director of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in Gainesville, FL. She also teaches cello professionally.

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

Henci Goer ( Public Member) Sunnyvale, CA
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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.

Sora Colvin, CPM  Davao City, Philippines
Education:  2010 CPM through apprenticeship and PEP.
Professional Activities: Board Member of Ohio Families for Safe Birth, 2008-2012; Secretary of Ohio Midwives Alliance, 2010-2012; moved to the Philippines with her husband and four of her six children in January 2013 as a missionary for the Reformed Episcopal Church; currently serving as a staff midwife and supervisor at a charity-based birth center that sees over 1500 births/year, and as a preceptor with the College of Midwifery.

Nichole Reding, LDM, CPM, MA 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.

Abigail Omolayo Aiyepola, CPM Portland , OR
Education: 2011 Bastyr University, Seattle, WA, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Certificate of Licensed Midwifery  .
Professional Activities: Adjunct Faculty and Resident Physician, Bastyr University. Resident Physician, A Woman’s Time, Portland , OR; Medical Consultant Nutritional Fundamentals for Health, Quebec, CA .

Stephanie Mills, Esq. Cape Elizabeth, ME
Education: 2005 University of Maine School of Law, Juris Doctorate; 2001 Tufts University, B.S. Biology and Environmental Science
Professional Activities: Senior Provider Network Manager, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, South Portland, ME; Of Counsel, Jazlowiecki & Jazlowiecki, Warren, ME and Forestville, CT; Former Board President of Birthwise Midwifery School, Bridgton, ME.; Interests include homebirth, yoga, sailing, telemark skiing, baking, and natural building.