National Association of Professional 
and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color

NAPPLSC LEADERSHIP

Executive Board
 

President 

Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC, RLC is a board-certified lactation consultant and the Breastfeeding Coordinator at Florida Department of Health with the Women Infant and Children program (WIC). She also helps families to breastfeed in her private practice, Beyond Breastfeeding.
She is zealous about providing comprehensive lactation support and also provides lactation intensive workshops to healthcare professionals. Felisha has had the fortunate opportunity to create programs, train, and teach professionals throughout her agency and within various communities. Currently, she is a founding member and President of the National Association of Professional & Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC). She also serves as Secretary and board member for the State of Florida Breastfeeding Coalition and is an active member with Florida Lactation Consultant Association (FLCA), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).
Felisha is dedicated to improving the level of lactation support by training aspiring lactation consultants and providing continuing educational and guidance on pursing the IBCLC credential. Felisha was recognized by the United States Breastfeeding Coalition (USBC) and received their “Legacy Award” for her dedication to reducing disparities in breastfeeding in the African American community. Further building on this work, Felisha is currently making efforts to help increase breastfeeding rates in the African American community. Fearlessly passionate about this mission, she is affectionately known as “Blactavist!” (Black Lactation Activist). This online community support group empowers African American families to breastfeed.
Felisha is also a proud active duty Air Force military spouse and grateful mother of three exclusively breastfeed children of whom she breastfeed until toddler years.

President-Elect 

Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton) is a licensed clinical social worker, lactation consultant and breastfeeding activist. She is a first generation college student who received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Portland State University in 2004. She then received her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work in 2006. After receiving her MSW she was hired by the Snoqualmie Tribe as a child and family therapist working with state involved families. Much of her clinical work has focused on the affects of historical and complex traumas on attachment, bonding and parenting practices among American Indian/Alaska Native families. In 2010 Camie took a position with King County Public Health as a WIC/Maternity Support Services Social Worker.

In 2009 after the birth of her first daughter, Dylan, Camie discovered a severe lack of breastfeeding support for Native American families in Washington State. It was then that she founded the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (NABCWA). Through the NABCWA Camie provides culturally relevant, culturally humble and culturally appropriate breastfeeding education, outreach and support to Native women and their families all over the state of Washington.

Her clinical lactation journey began in 2011 when she was invited to intern at Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine where she spent 14 months training under her mentors Emily Healy, IBCLC and Dr. MaryAnn O'Hara. In 2013, Camie became Washington's first Native IBCLC.

From January 2013 to December 2014 Camie served as the Community Center Breastfeeding Promotion Project Coordinator with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. Here she worked with community health centers and tribal clinics to develop and implement better breastfeeding practices at the primary care level.

Camie is a Great Starts/Parent Trust Breastfeeding instructor providing breastfeeding classes to pregnant families in the Seattle area. She is an active member of the Native American Women's Dialogue on Infant Mortality, the Equal Start Community Coalition and serves on the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee where she regularly reviews CPS and CWS cases involving American Indian and Alaska Native children for the state. Camie was a key organizer of the 2013 Inequity in Breastfeeding Support Summit as well as a presenter. She has presented at the National Indian Child Welfare conference, the Washington State Indian Child Welfare conference, the American Public Health Association National conference, the Kellogg Foundation's First Foods Forum, the ROSE Summit, ILCA's Equity Summit and USBC.

Currently, Camie provides clinical lactation support as a lactation consultant in private practice serving families that live in South Seattle. She is a full time lactation consultant at Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine and works as a consultant with The Breastfeeding Center's CHAMPS team. Camie along with her colleague Emily Healy also provide lactation education for providers and professionals through their new business Rainier Lactation Resources.

Camie is a proud milk donor who has donated over 7000 ounces of breastmilk over the last 5.5 years to families unable to provide their babies with all the milk they need.

She is a devoted resident of Columbia City (98118!) where she lives with her husband, Eric and her two daughters. Dylan (5.5) who breastfed for nearly 4 years and her current nursling JoJo (3).

Secretary 

Mona Liza Hamlin, BSN, IBCLC is a Clinical Nurse Educator and the Lactation Consultant at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Through both her professional experience as a NICU nurse and her personal experience as a breastfeeding mother, Mona realized the importance of breastfeeding support. Fueled by her professional and personal passions to ensure that all mothers have access to quality breastfeeding support and resources, Mona used her experience to segue from bedside nursing to lactation. Mona's fundamental belief is that equitable access and quality care are provided to all women, especially those of color and at highest risk. After earning the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential, Mona developed the Nemours Lactation Support Program, which provides inpatient, outpatient, and employee breastfeeding services. Mona serves as a member of the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium and is a board member for the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware. She also serves as a board member of the National Perinatal Association and is member of United States Breastfeeding Committee. Through Breast for Baby Solutions, her most recent endeavor, Mona serves her local community offering private consultation with a holistic approach. Mona is currently completing her Masters in Nursing Leadership.

Treasurer 

Andrea Serano, CLC, work in breastfeeding advocacy stems from her passion for addressing maternal and infant health issues, especially among communities of color. Breastfeeding is a preventative strategy for combating infant mortality and the health disparities that disproportionately affect African American families. Ms. Serano is originally from North Hollywood CA. She attended Mount St. Mary’s College with a major in Healthcare Policy and minor in Business Administration. During her course of studies, she participated in the Transforming Communities and Public Policy-Washington Semester Program at American University and interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services in the Office on Women’s Health. 

In 2012, Andrea assisted in coordination of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) Breastfeeding Summit titled, “Reclaiming an African American Tradition”. Following the summit, she was offered the role as ROSE's Program Manager and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In her role, Andrea serves on the coordinating team for all ROSE events, trainings, and program related activities.

In August of 2014, Andrea completed the Certified Lactation Counselor Training course and was awarded her certification in October. She is a member of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals and a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).
 Board Members

Membership Chair

Brenda Reyes, RN, CLC, is the Program Manager for HealthConnect One (HC One). A well-respected and knowledgeable breastfeeding advocate, Brenda conducts breastfeeding peer counselor trainings, trainings for front-line staff at health and social service agencies, presents workshops for WIC and MCH case management staff, and collaborates with a variety of partner agencies to provide effective and engaging peer counseling services for breastfeeding women in Chicago.
Ms. Reyes manages partner relationships, creates tools for reporting and evaluation, and works with the HC One program team to develop goals and monitor progress. She also develops systems to monitor program finances and contracts.
Ms. Reyes began her work with HC One as the Peer Counselor Program Coordinator in 2001, designing and delivering training for breastfeeding peer counselors in underserved and economically disadvantage neighborhoods across Illinois. Prior to that, she was trained as a peer counselor by HC One, providing services at Stroger (formerly Cook County) Hospital.
In 2011 - 2012, Brenda worked on Communities Putting Prevention to Work and on Chicago's Healthy Places initiative, and formed part of the team which developed the Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit for Illinois' State Perinatal Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project. She describes her work for hospital breastfeeding support on video here.
Brenda has served as both Secretary and Treasurer of the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force, and is a current member. She acted as lead for HC One's Message and Messenger Project to increase umbilical cord blood donations among African-American and Hispanic Families. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach and on the Illinois WIC Peer Counselor Advisory Committee.
She currently serves as HealthConnect One's representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee. 

Board Member & Interim CLC Chair

Shlonda Smith, CLC, is a married mother of five. She grew up watching her mother nurse her younger siblings, therefore her fire to breastfeed was ignited. She breastfed and supplemented her oldest son six months. While pregnant with her second child, her midwife helped her understand that supplementation was not needed. When he was born she exclusively breastfed him for six months, and continued to breastfeed and offer solids until 13 months. By the time her third child came along, she learned of full term breastfeeding and baby-led weaning. Both of her daughters were nursed over 24 months, and she continues to nurse her youngest son now at 14 months of age.

Shlonda holds a CLC, works as a Peer Breastfeeding Counselor with her local health department, and a 2014 recipient of the Lactation Education Resources Scholarship where she plans to qualify to sit for the 2015 IBCLE. She also is a Early Intervention Specialist for the state of Georgia, providing specialized case management to families with babies ages 0 to 3 with special needs and/or developmental delays. Coupled with a Group Exercise Trainer Certification, where she taught outdoor boot camp style fitness classes for women; Shlonda is an avid long distance runner. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology and Education. Besides a love for breastfeeding and babies, she enjoys reading, researching alternative living options (such as aromatherapy, essential oils use, homeopathy, home birthing, etc) homeschooling her children, and running half marathons. Her vision is to see women of color accurately represented among breastfeeding statistic, as well as lactation professions. 

Board Member & Interim Peer Counselor Chair

V. Kuroji Patrick is the father of five breastfed child (FOFBC) and he is a community activist who educates others, from expectant teenage parents in attempting to desexualize the female breast to healthcare providers about the benefits of having dad in the breastfeeding conversation. Kuroji is also an artist with focuses in illustration and photography. He is the co-publisher of the children’s books, 'This Milk Tastes Good!' a breastfeeding nursery rhyme, which features an African American family and 'I Won't Eat That!' about an extremely picky eater.

Mr. Patrick has presented with a variety of organizations, such as HealthConnect One, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), the Black Mothers Breast Feeding Association (BMBFA), Breastfeeding Mothers Unite, the National WIC Association and W. K. Kellogg, to address ways to engage fathers in the breastfeeding process. He has traveled across the country, (to include Puerto Rico) presenting workshops that speak towards supporting and promoting the Father's role/voice in communities where statistics show a low percentage of breastfeeding families.
In February of 2013, Kuroji was the very first recipient of the Liberated Muses' 'heART' award and was inducted into the Medela 'Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence' as a Community Breastfeeding Advocate aiding in normalizing nursing families.

Board Member

Roberta Ortiz is a Lactation Educator/Full Circle Doula (Oglala Souix/Yomba Shashone) currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Roberta founded the Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition in September 2013. After eight years involved in birth work in multicultural communities, she realized the great need for Native families to have equal access. There are many traditions and knowledge to be pulled upon to support and empower women and families to make breastfeeding outcomes more successful. Outreach efforts with Tribes and communities to implement future peer education opportunities and breastfeeding support services are in development. She has brought together innovative partners, including Portland State University Senior Capstone students and faculty members, to support and develop coalition initiatives and digital outreach materials. 

IBCLC Chair 

Sherry L. Payne has a bachelors of nursing and a masters in nursing education. She is pursing midwifery education and works part-time as a seminar presenter and nurse educator. She is a lactation consultant and a certified nurse educator. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to open an urban prenatal clinic and birth center. Ms. Payne founded Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparities in the urban core.

Board Advisors 

 Kimarie Bugg, MSN, MPH, CLC, is Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) and Change Leader of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE), a nonprofit corporation developed to address breastfeeding disparities in the African American community. ROSE’s mission is to train healthcare providers and community organizations to provide culturally appropriate encouragement, support and clinical care so that African American mothers will breastfeed at higher rates and sustain their breastfeeding experience to match the goals expected by the Surgeon General of the United States.

Kim has worked in a pediatric emergency clinic, special care nursery and has been a bedside breastfeeding counselor in a large metropolitan hospital, managed perinatal and breastfeeding programs at the state level. Kim has served as a technical advisor to Best Start, as well as for the US Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Kim was a founding member and officer of Georgia breastfeeding task force (coalition) and SELCA. Kim was trained at Wellstart International and has traveled throughout the United States and several foreign countries training healthcare professionals to manage lactation.

Kim previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of the national faculty for NICHQ, Best Fed Beginning’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, She also provides the training for WIC Breastfeeding staff and Peer Counselors throughout the southeastern states, a position held proudly since 2005. Kim recently completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide for global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action oriented projects. Kim subscribes to the SHLI motto that “in order to eliminate disparities in health we must have leaders who care enough, know enough, have the courage to do enough and who will persevere until the job is done.” 

 Sahira Long, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, is a board certified pediatrician and lactation consultant. She is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. She is Medical Director for two Children’s Health Centers in medically underserved Southeast Washington, DC and for the Children’s National East of the River Lactation Support Center. She also completed her General Pediatric Internship and Residency at Children’s National. She has served as president of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition since its inception in 2004 and is a member of the Board of Directors for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere. She has been involved in breastfeeding advocacy on the national, state and local level. Dr. Long participated as a panelist during the US Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and is featured as an expert in the OWH It’s Only Natural campaign (www.womenshealth.gov/itsonlynatural) to improve breastfeeding rates among African Americans. 

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