MEAC Staff

Beatrix Packmohr, MS ( Executive Director) Ann Arbor, Michigan
info@meacschools.org (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: Beatrix (Trixi) has 25 years of general management experience. Between 1993 and 2000 Trixi was the manager of the Consulting Department at an Environmental  Firm in New York. Upon her move to Michigan in 2000, Trixi founded her own environmental consulting firm and has been the President and CEO of her company since 2001. She still manages all aspects of the business. In 2005 she started volunteering at her children’s schools and has held board positions as President and Treasurer on various educational organizations ever since. During her volunteer time she became interested in working with non-profit organizations and started expanding her consulting efforts to assist non-profits with administrative and financial management. Since 2012 Trixi has been in charge of administrative operations and finances for MEAC. In 2014 she started managing the Continuing Education Department for MEAC and assumed the position of Interim Executive Director for MEAC in November 2018. In her personal time she currently volunteers as treasurer for the Pioneer Band Association at her youngest son’s high school and volunteers in several other local non-profit organizations.

Amari Fauna, BA (Director of Accreditation) Halfway, OR
amari@meacschools.org (360) 466-2080 ext. 3
Education: 2006 BA, Sociology, University of Maine, Orono, ME
Professional Activities: Before coming to MEAC, Amari worked at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR, from 2011-2017 in a number of roles, but most recently as the Administrative Programs Coordinator. In this position, Amari coordinated institutional efforts with maintenance of MEAC accreditation, state degree authorization, and federal compliance with the Title IV program. Amari also has experience in outreach education, behavioral health, and end-of-life care. She lives in Oregon on a small farm.

Jessica Baynes,  (CEU Coordinator) Chesapeake, VA
ceu@meacschools.org (360) 466-2080 ext. 1
Education: Certificate in Midwifery from Florida School for Traditional Midwifery (2013), Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC (2007), Licensed Midwife by Virginia Licensed Midwife of Board of Medicine, Certified Professional Midwife (NARM Certification)
Professional Activities: Jessica worked at the Birth Cottage Midwifery in Tallahassee, FL where her responsibilities included all aspects of Midwifery including prenatal, laboring, birthing, postpartum and well woman; and newborn care and exam. She facilitated over 40 vaginal births under the supervision of a Licensed Midwife and counseled over 60 families on pregnancy, well-being, dietary, child birth and breast feeding.

Rachael Kulick Bommarito, Ph.D. (Accreditation Coordinator), Minneapolis, MN
rachael@meacschools.org(360) 466-2080 ext. 2
Education: 2013, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; 1999, BA, Health Science, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Professional Activities: Rachael is a social science researcher who studies direct-entry midwifery and planned home birth in high-resource settings. In recent years, she has worked as a research associate at the University of Minnesota and an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Rachael also has experience in the health sector. Between 1997 and 2007, she worked as a personal care attendant, health care assistant, public health educator, and doula. She served as a MEAC ARC volunteer from 2015 to 2016. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and their two children.

Jessica Kelly-Shaieb, JD (Accreditation Coordinator) Ann Arbor, MI
AC@meacschools.org (360) 466-2080 ext. 4
Education: 2000 BA, Honors Anthropology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; 2005 JD, Wayne State University Law School; 2014 Certificate, The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy
Professional Activities: 2016-present Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education Trustee; 2014-2018 Special Education Advocate & Consultant; 2012-2016 MEAC Volunteer Training & Accreditation Coordinator; 2008-2011 Client Educator and Child Passenger Safety Technician, 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. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband and three children, all born at home.