MEAC Office and Staff

Sandra Bitonti Stewart (Executive Director) Ann Arbor, MI (360) 466-2080 ext. 4
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 ext. 5
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Technology”, Wayne State University Law School; 2000-2002 Law Clerk and Assistant; author of several published and unpublished papers on legal and ethical issues surrounding reproduction, midwifery, and circumcision.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 ext. 2
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.

Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH (Advisor/Special Projects) Mt. Vernon, Washington (360) 466-2080 ext. 3
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, CEU Coordinator) Ann Arbor, Michigan or  (360) 466-2080 ext. 0
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. Handles Continuing Education applications for MEAC. She volunteers as PTSO treasurer at her youngest son’s middle school and volunteers in several other local organizations.