MEAC Office and Staff

Tracy Vilella Gartenmann (Executive Director) Austin, TX (360) 466-2080 ext. 1
Education: MSc in Public Health/Behavioral Health/Addiction Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); BA, Political Philosophy, King’s College, University of London.
Professional Activities: Tracy has held a variety of leadership roles in public health, non-profit management and international program development. She has implemented multi-year, large-scale projects in over 25 countries, and co-founded a software company in South Africa that is thriving. For over a decade, Tracy spearheaded strategic alliances and partnership development for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and served as Project Director of the Physician Clinical Support System, a nationwide mentoring network for physicians treating prescription drug abuse. Her background also includes extensive technical assistance work with institutions such as the European Union (EU) the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the World Bank, European-based think tanks and Universities. She is a 2010 Leadership Austin graduate, and is passionate about leadership development, particularly global entrepreneurship and public sector best practices. Key areas of Tracy’s expertise include: advocacy, communications and outreach, and non-profit governance. At 44 years young, her public health interests expanded from behavioral health as she became personally and professionally engaged in maternal and child health following the birth of her son Augustus in 2011, who was delivered by a stellar midwife.

Sandra Bitonti Stewart (Senior Consultant) 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.

Karin L. Borgerson, MBA (Associate Director & Accreditation Coordinator), Seattle, WA (360) 466-2080 ext. 2
Education: MBA in Sustainable Business, Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute); graduate study in Science, Health, and Environmental Journalism, New York University; BA, Biology and Anthropology, Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa).
Professional Activities: Before joining MEAC, Karin worked in operations, project management, and client relations in health care, software, and non-profit organizations. She has been a consultant to the Midwives Alliance of North America and the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. As a member of the board of trustees of Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute) from 2005-2014, 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 is also a DONA-trained (but not yet certified) birth doula.

Julia Reid, BS (Training & Accreditation Coordinator) Eau Claire, WI (360) 466-2080 ext. 3
Education: 2007 BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Professional Activities: Before coming to MEAC, Julia worked at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR, from 2009-2014 as the Administrative Programs Coordinator/Financial Aid Officer. In this position, Julia coordinated institutional efforts with maintenance of MEAC accreditation, state degree authorization, and federal compliance with the Title IV program. During this time, she volunteered as a MEAC ARC member and on the P&P committee. Julia left Birthingway to move back to Wisconsin with her family. Before joining MEAC as a staff member, Julia contracted with MEAC on various special projects. She lives in WI with her husband, Kirk, and their son, Harris, and is expecting her second child in September 2015.

Trixi Packmohr (Administrative Management, 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.