Organization and Bylaws
The United States Breastfeeding Committee is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 100 organizations that support its mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
The leadership of the USBC is guided by the following policies:
- Diversity Values Statement
- Conflict of Interest
- Code of Ethics for Board & Staff
- Board & Staff Leadership Code of Conduct
The USBC recognizes that an organization is only as good as its volunteers and leaders. We are incredibly grateful for the time, talent, and resources contributed by our exceptional Board of Directors, committee chairs, and other volunteer leaders.
Emily Taylor: Women-Inspired Systems' Enrichment*
Chair, Constellation Steering Committee
Mona Liza Hamlin: National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color*
Brenda Reyes: HealthConnect One*
Amy Barron Smolinski: Mom2Mom Global*
Stephanie Carroll: Appalachian Breastfeeding Network*
Co-Chair Conference Program Committee
Camie Goldhammer: National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color*
Scott Hartman: American Academy of Family Physicians*
Chair, Governance Committee
Nekisha Killings: La Leche League USA*
Chair, Membership Engagement Committee
Kimberly Moore-Salas: Navajo Nation and the Inter-Tribal Coalition of Phoenix*
Chair, Awards Committee
Andrea Serano: National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color*
Tina Sherman: MomsRising*
*The USBC Board of Directors is elected from among the Voting Members' organizational representatives.
- Inside the "USBC boardroom": Board positions (i.e., seats) are held by individuals, and so board members do not reflect or represent their member organizations' interests or positions. The duty of the USBC Board of Directors is to serve and carry out the best interests of the USBC as a whole.
- Outside of the "USBC boardroom": USBC Board members may continue to wear the "hats" of their member organizations (or other affiliations). Therefore it is important to recognize that they are likely to be in the role of representing the positions of these other organizations in public forums. This might include, but is not limited to, when speaking at other conferences/events, when speaking to the media or policymakers, within USBC-affiliated Constellations, and when at the "all USBC" membership table.
- Unless otherwise explicitly designated (and then only for a specific instance), only the USBC Board Chair and Executive Director are authorized to speak on behalf of the USBC. USBC Board members are advised to declare their "hats" when outside of the "USBC boardroom" when there is a possibility of confusion or misperception of their affiliations.
Committees Chaired by Non-Board Members
- Conference Program Committee, Co-Chairs: Tytina Sanders-Bey, Grace Yee, and Tiana Pyles
- CRASH Committee, Co-Chairs: Sahira Long & Lourdes Santaballa
- Ethics Committee, Chair: vacant
- Nominating Committee, Chair: Allison Walsh
USBC Board of Directors Biographies
Emily Taylor specializes in innovating, implementing, and evaluating initiatives to improve the quality of health services for women and children. As founder and Director of WISE (Women-Inspired Systems' Enrichment), Emily provides consultation on applying the IHI Model for Improvement, leadership development, curriculum creation and implementation, building team resilience and capacity, teaching clients use data to drive change, and facilitating quality improvement collaboratives.
Emily's career has focused on reducing socio-ecological constraints to breastfeeding in the United States with particular emphasis on health care delivery systems. Through WISE, Emily currently works on Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaboratives throughout the United States.
Prior to founding WISE, Emily served as Deputy Director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute from 2007-2014. There, she served as Director of the National Collaborative for Advancing the Ten Steps and the Breastfeeding-Friendly Healthcare Project. Emily has also published numerous research studies, including topics such as impact of infant formula marketing, sexual abuse survivors' experiences with breastfeeding, and organizational readiness to change.
Emily earned a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007. She completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program in 2012. Emily is also certified childbirth doula and Lamaze childbirth educator, and volunteered these services for families in under-served communities from 2003 - 2012. Emily is deeply passionate about anti-racism work, and is grateful for various opportunities to expand her understanding of this important work.
Emily was an active member of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition from 2006-2015, and served on the Board from 2008-2014. She was most active in implementing the Business Case for Breastfeeding, the Mother-Baby Friendly Clinic Award, and Ban the Bags. She has recently moved to Massachusetts where she hopes to become active with her state and local coalitions.
Mona Liza Hamlin is currently Parent Education and Lactation Services Program Manager at Christiana Care Health System and owner of The Baby Space, LLC. She previously worked as 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 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. As an educator, Mona has provided Baby Behavior training and advanced lactation education to health care providers, nurses, WIC staff, and community members. Mona serves as a member of the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium and is a current board member for the USBC and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware. She is proud to be a founding member of the National Association of Professional & Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), an organization aimed at addressing breastfeeding disparities and improving breastfeeding amongst communities of color. Through The Baby Space, her most recent endeavor, Mona serves her local community offering private consultation with a holistic approach. Mona enjoys being a wife and mother to two amazing boys.
Brenda Reyes is the Program Manager for HealthConnect One (HC One). A well-respected and knowledgeable breastfeeding advocate, Brenda conducts breastfeeding peer counselor trainings and 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. She 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. Brenda began her work trained as a doula in 1999 by the Chicago Birth Weavers and then worked contractually under the Chicago Birth Weavers for Erie Family Health Center, serving primarily monolingual Spanish speaking families by providing prenatal childbirth education and doula services. She was trained as a breastfeeding peer counselor by HC One in 2000, providing services at Stroger (formerly Cook County) Hospital. In 2001, she became HC One’s Peer Counselor Program Coordinator, designing and delivering training for breastfeeding peer counselors in underserved and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods across Illinois. In 2011-2012, Brenda worked on Communities Putting Prevention to Work and on Chicago's Healthy Places initiatives, forming part of the team that developed the Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit for the Illinois State Perinatal Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project. 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 USBC and as membership chair and member of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color since January 2015. She is currently participating in the Center for Social Inclusion National First Food Racial Equity Cohort. Brenda has maintained her Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) certification since March 2002, and became a Registered Nurse in 2012 after completing the Daley College Nursing Program.
Amy Barron Smolinski is the Executive Director of Mom2Mom Global and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, a network of breastfeeding peer support, education, and advocacy for military families. She serves on the U.S. World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative working group, the Military Breastfeeding Coalition working group, and the Union Institute and University Human Lactation Studies Pathway 2 Advisory Board. She has worked with breastfeeding dyads in a variety of settings, from inpatient postpartum and NICU to home visits, telephone, and online consulting as an Advanced Lactation Consultant and Certified Lactation Counselor. Her work appears in the book Taking The Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood, and Social Media, and she narrated the documentary film Untying Breastfeeding. She has spoken internationally on breastfeeding and social media, breastfeeding grief, and breastfeeding military families. Prior to entering the lactation field, Amy worked in nonprofit arts management as Interim Artistic Director of The Growing Stage in Leesburg, VA, and as the first Director of Community Programs for Opera Omaha. Amy is an actress, director, and professional voice artist in Germany, where she resides with her husband, an Army Reservist, and four sons.
So, her passion grew and took off. She became widely known as "WIC Breastfeeding Peer Helper Stephanie" on Facebook, as the first breastfeeding peer to take the education to social media. She earned her CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist) in 2012 and her CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) in 2013. She sat for the IBLCE in July 2015, to find out she passed and earned the credential of IBCLC in October 2015, the same month she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a concentration on Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting at Union Institute and University. Stephanie now works as a Sales Manager for Mommy Xpress and has her private practice in lactation consulting, Appalachian Breastfeeding Services. She graduated with her MBA in early February 2019 from Colorado Technical University. She works for Lactation Education Consultants as an instructor and media manager. Stephanie has continued to do contract website development and management (www.thebreastconsultant.com) for those working in the lactation field since 2013. Stephanie is also available to present on various Appalachian-centered breastfeeding topics at conferences, meetings, or educational sessions.
In May of 2016, Stephanie, along with a few coworkers, thought up the idea of Appalachian Breastfeeding Network, dreaming that one day our parents would have the access to lactation care that they deserve. Basing ABN upon Ohio research in 2011 and 2016, a fire began to grow and initiatives began to piece together. In just one year, the network grew to 11 states and 250 members, one that continues to grow to this day. Stephanie received an award in March 2017 at Ohio Lactation Consultant Association's Annual "Breastfest" Conference as an "Outstanding Innovation as a Cultural Change Agent" and at this conference ABN received a $1,000 grant to help fund the 1st Annual Appalachian Breastfeeding Conference in October of 2017. ABN has been featured as USBC's June Coalition Spotlight in June 2017 and achieved 501(c)3 status in June 2017 as well. She received the "Emerging Leader Award" from USBC in August 2018. The first listed cultural coalition under USBC continues to grow as Stephanie, along with the rest of the board, works diligently to increase access to care. Stephanie is also the ABN Member-At-Large to Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and Conference Program Committee Co-Chair for USBC.
When not busy with the above, Stephanie enjoys being a single mom to her girls, traveling (especially Disney World!), and jigsaw puzzles.
Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton) is a Clinical Social Worker and Lactation Consultant. Camie received her Master of Social Work degree from the University Washington in 2006, specializing in Maternal Mood Disorders and the affects of complex/Intergenerational trauma on attachment, bonding and the parenting practices of Native families. She has served as a therapist with the Snoqualmie Tribe's Behavioral Health Program, been a WIC/Maternity Support Services social worker, clinical supervisor with the Ina Maka home visiting program which serves pregnant and parenting women and their families in Washington's urban-Indian community.
Camie is the founder and chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. She is also a founding mother and President Elect of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color. In 2013 she became Washington state's first Native American IBCLC. Camie is a consultant with Center for Health Equity, Education and Research CHAMPS program. She is a member of the Center for Social Inclusion’s First Food Racial Equity Cohort. Recently she worked as a Campaign Director with MomsRising working to bring paid family and medical leave to Washington State which was signed into law in July 2017. She is now a member of the MomsRising breastfeeding team. In fall 2017 Camie launched the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Certification (IBC) which is a 45 hour foundational lactation counselor program for those that identify as Native/Indigenous/First Nations. She is a National leader on topics of racial equity and first food justice.
Scott Hartman, MD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and also the Maternity Care Coordinator for the URMC Primary Care Network. He serves on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Board of Directors for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. He is also the current chair of the NY State Academy of Family Physicians Public Health Commission and serve on the Board of the NY Milk Bank. Scott worked with numerous community groups' projects around health equity, particularly in LGBT health, HIV prevention and maternal child health.
At the community level in his home city, Scott is an active member of the Rochester Area Birth Network, his hospital's breastfeeding task force and the Institute for Family Centered Childbirth. His publications and research interests are primarily focused on prematurity prevention and breastfeeding promotion, as well as on the education of family physicians in maternal-child health.
Nekisha (Nikki) Killings is an international board certified lactation consultant, equity strategist, United States Air Force spouse, and proud mother of three future world changers. A former marketing executive, Nekisha brings a blend of corporate training, clinical expertise, and varied lived experiences into supporting families and creating organizational solutions that are equitable and sustainable.
Nekisha came into her passion for supporting families through her own breastfeeding experience, where she learned the value of having informed, caring support throughout the breastfeeding journey. She also became acutely aware of the lack of quality support afforded to many new families. Thus began her pursuit of knowledge and skills to support underserved communities who may not have access to vital care. As a part of her Masters of Public Health degree program, Nekisha studied extensively to deconstruct how historical trauma has left an indelible imprint on the breastfeeding experiences of families of color today in order to craft care that is appropriate for their unique needs. She elaborated on this concept when authoring the chapter on Cultural Humility in the 4th edition of the Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care.
To the United States Breastfeeding Committee, Nekisha offers experiential expertise acquired through nearly a decade of counseling new parents, along with strategic insight into building systems with both an equity lens and an equity mirror.
Kim is born for Naakaii Diné (Mexican People) and from Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak People) clans. Born in Tuba City, maternally from Tolani Lake, AZ located in the southwestern area of the Navajo Nation. Growing up on and off the Navajo Nation, and residing in various tribal communities throughout her life, Kim is passionate about utilizing her education and experience to promote healthy living through kinship values.
Kim has over seven years of experience in peer-counseling, clinical and educational lactation. Kim’s work has been inclusive of Tribal and culturally diverse communities serving the needs of prenatal, newborns, and post-partum mothers and families. Her current work at the hospital with Maricopa Integrated Health Systems and in private practice with Arizona Breastfeeding Center is clinically intensive. Kim co-teaches the CHAMPS Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training course geared towards American Indian/Alaska Native tribal communities throughout the nation. Kim is also independently consulting with Changing Woman Initiative out of New Mexico. She is also active member and co-chair of this year’s planning committee for the National Conference Convening 2018 in Atlanta, GA with the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, a non-profit independent organization of more than 50 professionals, educational and government organizations supporting breastfeeding across the nation. Currently, Kim serves as Vice-President for Central Arizona Lactation Consultants of Arizona which this will be her last year as an official. She recently joined Arizona Healthcare Partnership as a board member liaison.
Kim's extensive experience in this field has led to opportunities in consulting, which along with her husband synthesized their consulting business in Tribal Indemnity. Within two years, Tribal Indemnity has assumed responsibility of complex projects and strategic planning with one of the largest Tribes in Arizona.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-two years and three daughters of whom she breastfed until they were 2 years old. She also loves early morning runs, hiking and yoga.
Andrea Serano, CLC IBCLC, is the Treasurer for the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporter of Color (NAPPLSC) and serves as the Program Director for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc (ROSE). 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 addition, Andrea is a Board Member for the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, Stakeholder Advisory Board Member of the Emory Center for Children's Health the Environment the Microbiome and Metabolomics, member of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, and a member representative for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Andrea also serves as a member of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) National 2016 First Food Racial Equity cohort, where she co-facilitates trainings for communities and organizations.
I have dedicated my professional life to supporting and empowering moms and families. I have served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate, worked with several child and women's advocacy organizations, and is an active advocate on the North Carolina MomsRising Steering Committee and is a certified birth doula.
My husband and I are raising four boys ranging from 4 to 13 years, including 10 year old twins. I am active in my small town serving on the board of the local farmers market, the Town Planning Board and the County Womens Commission.