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For Immediate Release
June 5, 2013
Contact: Damaris Hay
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ACNM Members Honored with Prestigious Distinction

Silver Spring, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) honored 15 midwives who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and contributions to the midwifery community. A limited number of midwives are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year and are inducted as fellows during the ACNM Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

The 2013 Fellows are:

Mary Carol Akers,CNM, PhD, USA, LTC (Ret), LCCE, FACNM (Elizabethtown, KY)

Mary Carol Akers is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, the University of Kentucky, and the Catholic University of America. She has served throughout her career advocating for women and their rights in a male-centered culture. Dr. Akers serves as the secretary/treasurer of the ACNM Kentucky Affiliate and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. She has served as the consultant to the Army Surgeon General for nurse-midwifery and on the Division of Accreditation of ACNM. Dr. Akers has mentored students for more than 30 years while serving as a service director, a program director, and now a clinical director of a home birth and birth center practice. Her research has centered on psychological aspects of pregnancy and the postpartum period with emphasis on maternal adaptation.

Sharon M. Bond, CNM, PhD, FACNM (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Sharon Bond is a graduate and faculty member of the Medical University of South Carolina. She taught nurse-midwifery there until the program closed in 2009 after 37 years. Dr. Bond currently teaches Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) students in classroom and clinical settings. Her clinical and research interests are concerned with prevention of cervical cancer among underserved women. Between 1995 and 2001, she managed the care of more than 600 unfunded women with abnormal Pap tests. In 2006, she received federal funding from the National Cancer Institute to examine knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about cervical cancer, human papillomavirus infection, and HPV vaccines among different race/ethnic groups. Dr. Bond has authored/co-authored “Updates from the Literature” in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health since 2007.

Ilene Gelbaum, CNM, FACNM (Torrance, CA)

Ilene Gelbaum entered New York's Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing at age 16 and, in 2012, proudly received their Distinguished Alumna Award for her 46-year contribution to the health care profession. She was the first CNM in the country to receive certification as a Mohel from Hebrew Union College, paving the way for other Jewish midwives. She has been published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, worked on the editorial board of a publication for advanced practice providers, and is an invited speaker and midwifery advocate. On November 6, 2008, Gelbaum delivered her 5000th baby at Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim, CA.

Cynthia B. Flynn, CNM, PhD, FACNM (Bryn Mawr, PA)

Cynthia Flynn, past president of the American Association of Birth Centers,has served as executive director of The Birth Center in Bryn Mawr, PA, the general director of the Family Health and Birth Center (FHBC) in Washington DC, associate professor of nursing at Seattle University, and owner of Columbia Women’s Clinic and Birth Center in Kennewick, WA. She serves as the expert midwife on, where she has led monthly chats and answered more than 3000 searchable questions submitted by consumers. Dr. Flynn demonstrated that within 4 years and without borrowing, a new graduate could establish a successful independent midwifery practice and licensed, accredited birth centerwhile repaying her student loans.

Mamie Guidera, CNM, MSN, FACNM(Merion Station, PA)

Mamie Guidera graduated from the Frontier Nursing Service community-based nurse-midwifery education program and has worked in home birth, birth center, and high-tech hospital settings. She started and ran a midwifery practice in Norristown, PA, largely for undocumented women. Guidera is the chair of the ACNM Professional Liability Section and, alongside colleague Bill McCool, has studied midwives’ responses to adverse outcomes in midwifery care and created the first Midwives and Liability Studies in 2004 and 2009 – both in an attempt to normalize the experiences of loss and litigation. She is a committed preceptor, educator, and mentor for midwifery students at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught midwives in Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Egypt.

Linda Hunter, CNM, EdD, FACNM(Pawtucket, RI)

Linda Hunter is currently a member of the academic midwifery service at Women & Infants Hospital. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has received numerous clinical teaching awards from medical students and OBGYN residents. She previously served as the ACNM chapter chair in Vermont and is the current president of the ACNM Rhode Island Affiliate. Dr. Hunter is also the chair of the Certificate Maintenance Committee of the American Midwifery Certification Board and a contributing editor for the clinical rounds section of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Deborah Brandt Karsnitz, CNM, DNP, FACNM(Simpsonville, KY)

Deborah Brandt Karsnitz is an advisor for midwifery students, mentor to students and faculty members, and doctoral chair for DNP students at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) and other universities. Dr. Karsnitz writes for various publications and delivers podium presentations on postpartum complications, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as leadership competencies. Dr. Karsnitz has been a member of ACNM throughout her midwifery career and currently serves on the Exam Committee of the American Midwifery Certification Board, the Quality Committee of the ACNM Division of Standards and Practice, and the Dissemination Section of the ACNM Division of Research. In addition, she serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. Dr. Karsnitz currently serves as the president of the ACNM Kentucky Affiliate, in addition to serving as president for Postpartum Support Kentuckiana – a group that provides resources and education on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders for women and families, as well as providers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Carrie S. Klima, CNM, PhD, FACNM(Chicago, IL)

Carrie Klima is a founding board member of the Centering Healthcare Institute and has been involved with group prenatal care practice and research since 1999. Dr. Klima is a faculty consultant for the Centering Healthcare Institute and provides education and consultation as sites implement and sustain the Centering model of care. She has served ACNM as a chapter chair, chapter vice chair, member of the Political and Economic Affairs Committee, and site visitor for the Division of Accreditation. She is currently the dissemination chair of the ACNM Division of Research. Dr. Klima has been a member of an international health care experience in Belize and has provided service and student experiences there for the last 21 years.

Lonnie C. Morris, CNM, ND, FACNM(Tenafly, NJ)

An outspoken advocate for midwifery, Lonnie has appeared on television, radio, and in films. Morris has been instrumental in expanding the scope of practice and addressing reimbursement challenges at the state and federal level. She won the right for midwives to incorporate, and was awarded a grant from the state which proved birth centers were safe and cost effective. She facilitated malpractice coverage for midwives in New Jersey during the national malpractice crisis. As a legislative activist she helped develop New Jersey’s regulations for midwives and for birth centers. As New Jersey chapter chair, and later affiliate chair, she helped facilitate state recognition of midwives as independent practitioners. She has also served on the A.C.N.M. Foundation board and various committees.

Linda Nanni, CNM, MS, FACNM (Providence, RI)

Linda Nanni is a graduate of Georgetown University midwifery program. She has worked as a midwife providing full-scope care in all settings. She is the chair of the Rhode Island Board of Midwifery and has served as an advisor to the Rhode Island Director of Health on maternal child health issues such as the maternity care shortage, barriers to the practice of midwives, establishment of a state-run Medicaid system for all pregnant women and families with young children, the establishment of a state-wide women’s cancer screening program, and execution of the prescription privileging process for midwives. Her most significant contributions to the profession include directing large collaborative practices for 30 years, precepting and mentoring scores of midwives, and being a long-standing volunteer leader for ACNM.

Julia C. Phillippi, CNM, PhD, FACNM (Brentwood, TN)

Dr. Julia Phillippi is currently an assistant professor at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, teaching Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) and DNP students, and providing intrapartum care in the faculty practice. Dr. Phillippi has midwifery experience in all birth settings and has mentored more than 100 midwifery students in her 8 years of teaching. She was the chair of the Basic Competency Section of the ACNM Division of Education from 2007 to 2013, and has many publications in the areas of technology, education, and access to prenatal care. She is the primary author of 15 scholarly works including original research, textbook chapters, and review articles.

Catherine Moore Salam, CNM, MS, FACNM (Annapolis, MD)

Catherine Moore Salam is an adjunct assistant professor of nurse-midwifery at Shenandoah University and practices full scope nurse-midwifery at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, though the obstetrics unit at the hospital will closing June 30, displacing 10 to 15 doctors and midwives. Previously, she was a clinical instructor and interim program director at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore. She has been dedicated to teaching and mentoring throughout her career. As a National Health Service Corps clinician, she began two services for inner city women and has developed and implemented health care training curricula for rural settings in the US and internationally.

Maria S. Valentin-Welch, CNM, MPH, FACNM (Pittsboro, NC)

Maria Valentin-Welch received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Massachusetts Boston and her Masters in Public Health and Midwifery Education from Boston University School of Public Health. In her current position as North Carolina's State Maternal Health Consultant, she spearheaded the state’s first policy addressing lead in pregnancy, utilizing CDC guidelines. Valentin-Welch has made distinctive contributions to excellence in clinical care for homeless women and families, including the education of health professionals about model programs to address the complex needs of this population using a public health midwifery approach. She has demonstrated her visionary leadership as chairperson of the ACNM Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) leading a successful restructure of the committee and founding the “Friend of MOCC and Ethnic Diversity Caucus.”

Angela Wilson-Liverman, MSN, CNM, FACNM (Nashville, TN)

Angela Wilson-Liverman received her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University. Wilson-Liverman trained and worked at the Women’s Center of Martin County, Florida, a freestanding birth center. She then worked at Physicians to Women in Stuart, Florida, where she managed the conversion to an electronic medical record and became nationally known as an EMR speaker and consultant. Currently, she is the division director of Midwifery and Advanced Practice Nursing and an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University where, during her first 2 years as director, she grew the division from 14 to 23 CNMs and WHNPs in 4 outpatient clinics, labor and delivery, and in the Maternal Special Care Unit (triage) at Vanderbilt. Wilson-Liverman published a sentinel article in JMWH on documentation and billing when midwives teach residents and medical students, and developed a prenatal care clinic for women with known fetal anomalies at Vanderbilt. She is a frequent national speaker on a variety of topics. Wilson-Liverman founded and was first chair of the Treasure Coast Chapter (FL) of ACNM, served as the Student Committee chair from 2004 to 2010, facilitated the Exam Prep workshop for 5 years, presented education sessions at multiple annual meetings, and is the current chair of the Medical Education Caucus as well as the co-chair of the annual meeting Local Program Committee.

Susan Marie Yount, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC, FACNM (Tucson, AZ)

Susie Marie Yount practiced in the first Refugee clinic in Phoenix, AZ. As director of a rural health program in Texas, she established 5 clinic sites. She continues to practice part-time at the Birth Center in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Yount has served as faculty for various universities and has been faculty at FNU since 2008 focusing on women’s health and antepartum courses. As an author, she has published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN). Dr. Yount is the primary author of 2 chapters in Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, published in 2013. She currently serves on the Online Continuing Education Committee, as a developer for the ACNM online learning center and the Student Exam Preparation course, and on the Continuing Education Evaluation Reader Panel for the ACNM Division of Education. Dr. Yount serves as a board member for the ACNM Arizona Affiliate.


To learn more about ACNM and midwives, please contact Damaris Hay, ACNM Media Relations Specialist at (240) 485-1856 or via e-mail at [email protected].

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM reviews research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, and works with organizations, state and federal agencies, and members of Congress to advance the well-being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery. More information about ACNM can be found at

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