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ACNM Elections 2018

Meet the Midwives Who Will Steer ACNM's Bright Future!

Voting Instructions & Timeline

Voting members with an email address on file will receive an Electronic ballot via email from ACNM Election Coordinator from [email protected] on Thursday, January 18th. We recommend that you white-list this email address to ensure that the email does not get lost in your email spam filter. The email will include a link to the elections page as well as your member ID and password. All other voting members with no email address will be mailed a paper ballot that offers physical mailing and online voting instructions.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • The election opens!
  • Paper ballots are mailed and online voting will begin.
  • And as always, you may only vote for a Region Representative if you are a member of that Region.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

  • Election closes. Vote online by 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Monday, February 19, 2018

  • If you are voting via paper ballot, make sure it is postmarked by this date.

March 2018:

  • We'll announce the winners.

The Candidates




Bridget O. Howard, CNM, MSN

Location: Erial, NJ

Present Positions:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife, Lawrence Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife, Perinatal Evaluation Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Adjunct Faculty, Jefferson-Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University, Midwifery Institute, Philadelphia, PA

ACNM Activities:

  • Member: American College of Nurse-Midwives; New Jersey
  • Affiliate of ACNM, Region II, Chapter II; Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Chapter
  • 2004-2010: Chair, Midwives of Color Committee
  • 2015-2018: Chair, Friends of Midwives of Color Committee

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2014-2018: A.C.N.M. Foundation Board of Trustees, Board Secretary and Executive Board Trustee
  • 2012-2018: A.C.N.M. Foundation Board of Trustees, Trustee
  • 2015-present: Capital Health System: OB/GYN Clinical Practice Safety Committee
  • 2010: East Carolina University: Diversity in Midwifery E Mentoring Program

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

I am excited to apply for the open position as Secretary for the ACNM Board of Directors to continue an active role within the leadership of ACNM. I offer consistency, energy, information from our members and will be an active voice and participant for the Board of Directors at ACNM. I am committed, professional, friendly and have a hunger to be a part of the change at ACNM to grow our numbers, encourage members to rejoin and participate in each level of ACNM. I have been active in our Midwives of Color Committee as a past chair and advocate for scholarship for graduate and doctoral students; and our A.C.N.M. Foundation Board of Trustees to strengthen and expand the financial and student possibilities for the future and to encourage growth of awards, scholarships and endowments. I would like to see an increase in the growth of ACNM and development in all communities by working side by side with other board members to move our agendas forward to produce a strong future. To the executive board, I offer a voice from the women we care for, our members and a collegiality.

I see the secretary as a point of contact, a person who actively communicates with the board and the members and one who is committed to the strategic goals of ACNM. Communication as a key activity and embracing change within our leadership. Service to the membership is the next commitment I want to extend. I have been an active member of ACNM since 1999. During that time, I have grown up at ACNM and would like to extend that same kindness to everyone that I encounter and to our returning and new members. As a strong advocate for women, I have that same passion to advocate for our membership and as your secretary, I promise to serve this board and its membership.



Ruth Zielinski, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Present Positions:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife, University of Michigan Nurse Midwifery Service, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Midwifery Education Program Lead, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI

ACNM Activities:

  • 2016-present: Gender & Equity Taskforce Member
  • 2015-present: Immediate Past President Michigan Affiliate
  • 2014-present: Chair, Clinical Practice & Documents Section - Division of Standards & Practice
  • 2013-2014: ACNM representative to the ACOG Well-Woman Task Force Committee
  • 2012-2015: President, Michigan Affiliate
  • 2010-2012: Vice President, Michigan Affiliate
  • 2010-2014: Clinical Practice Committee Member, ACNM Division of Standards and Practice

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2013-present: South Sudan Community Development (SLCD), Board Member
  • 2013-2016: Michigan Health Alliance Keystone: OB Collaborative
  • 2013-2014: Michigan’s Department of Community Health - Perinatal Oral Health Advisory Committee
  • 2005-2012: Allegan County Health Department, Family Planning Board Member

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

I have been a midwife in full scope practice since 1995 and involved in nursing and midwifery education for the past 8 years. In addition, I have volunteered in various roles within ACNM and have worked globally to improve outcomes for women and infants through capacity building and education. Most currently I am the chair of the Clinical Practice and Documents Section and immediate past president of the Michigan Affiliate of ACNM. I believe my experiences and expertise situate me to bring to the Executive Leadership an awareness that while some things should stay the same (advocating for those we care for and their families), change is needed to improve quality and to meet the needs of those we care for as well as the needs of members newer to the profession. Additionally, I strive to keep myself aware of the increasingly complex professional issues in our challenging healthcare and political climate. I recognize that not only promoting, but also supporting diversity will strengthen the profession and improve the care that we give.

I see one of the most important roles of the secretary to be that of facilitating transparency within ACNM and the Executive Leadership. Organizations work best when members are aware of decisions as they happen and if they are provided with information about how those decisions were made. The Board must respond to the needs of members as well as the health and well-being of those persons, families, and communities in our care. Responding to these challenges requires the board to make timely and often difficult decisions. One of the secretarial roles is to provide “Accurate, timely and appropriate distribution of the minutes” and dissemination of this information provides transparency from what happens during board meetings to the members of ACNM.


REGION 2 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, International Addresses)



Jeanne Murphy, PhD, CNM

Location: Rockville, MD

Present Positions:

  • Assistant Professor, The George Washington
  • University School of Nursing, Washington, DC and Ashburn, VA
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, MD
  • Reproductive Health Clinician, Baltimore, MD, City Health Department
  • March 2012–present: Faculty, STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins
  • September 2016–present: Volunteer analyst, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, NIH, Rockville, MD

ACNM Activities:

  • 2014–present: Secretary, Maryland Affiliate
  • 2016–present: Co-chair, Public Health Caucus
  • 2016–present: Member, Division of Standards and Practice Clinical Practice and Documents Section
  • 2016–present: Member, Research Committee Division of Global Health
  • 2014–2015: Program Committee, American College of Nurse-Midwives 2015 Annual Meeting
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2017: Immuno-compromised women and cervical cancer screening Work Group

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

The most important task for the next regional representative is to communicate to the ACNM Executive Board the needs and current practice situations of midwives across the varied Region II area. I believe the most important current issues include those related to the stress and uncertainty of practice in the current political climate and insurance market. Obstetrical units are being closed in many rural and even urban areas, as hospitals try to manage uncertainty; this obviously affects the careers of hospital-based midwives profoundly, and endangers the health of many medically undeserved women.

In addition, the growing tragedy of opioid addiction has hit Region II hard, as midwives are being asked to care for more and more pregnant women with opioid use disorder. This will be a challenge for the foreseeable future, and midwives in this region will face demands to learn new skills in helping women living with addiction. The next regional representative must understand these challenges and help mobilize national ACNM office assistance to address them.
Region II is challenging because it includes midwives from both rural and urban areas, as well as various midwives with international addresses who may have little in common with midwives living stateside. I plan to reach out to state affiliates and attend meetings both in-person and remotely (by phone, Skype or video conference) on a regular basis. I have admired and would continue the work of previous representatives as they provided a friendly face and connection to the ACNM executive board, reporting on Board meetings and actions, and discussing implications for our local Maryland affiliate. I would also like to set up a discussion board using the new ACNM Connect discussion forum, so that midwives from the region can interact across affiliates and keep each other and the regional representative aware of local events and issues.
I think it is important to triage issues amongst the various affiliates, and try to leverage common issues to increase effectiveness of strategies for improvement. For example, if all affiliates are struggling with membership, then regional brainstorming sessions about this same topic could be coordinated by the regional representative and new strategies developed. It’s clear that there are limits to what a regional representative can do in a difficult practice environment. However, it is essential to communicate expectations and possible solutions clearly and consistently, to allow all involved to understand what can be done, and within what timeframe. I know from my experience with the Maryland affiliate and with work the Clinical Practice and Documents Section that keeping in touch as we work on committees is difficult. It’s essential to maintain goodwill, a sense of humor, and flexibility, keeping the larger goal in mind as we keep working towards common goals to improve midwifery practice in the U.S.



Clarice Nichole Childs Wardlaw, CNM

Location: Hampton, VA

Present Position:

  • Certified Nurse Midwife, Department of the Air Force, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, VA

ACNM Activities:

  • 2013-2015: Chair of the Friends of MOCC and Ethnic Diversity Caucus
  • 2011-2013: Treasurer of the Friends of MOCC and Ethnic Diversity Caucus
  • 2010-2013: Midwives of Color Committee Vice-Chair
  • 2013 Preceptor Award-ACNM, Midwives of Color Committee
  • 2009-2013: South Carolina Affiliate President
  • Current: Member, Normal Physiologic Birth Steering Committee
  • Current: Nominating Committee
  • Current: Program Committee

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

In order to recruit candidates from the underrepresented groups in midwifery we should look at the caucuses, task forces and committees dedicated to the different interests that our members represent. Groups such as midwives of color, military, home birth midwives, midwives that practice in the global health, male midwives and members of the LGBT community offer several eligible candidates that not only address our greater good agenda but the special interests of their group. Reaching out to the leadership is the first step in creating a diverse network of candidates. There is power in word of mouth. We can also have a forum on running for office. That seems like a very simple thing but many may not know how the process works and what the offices available may entail. Just announcing the office isn’t going to garner interest unless a person knows more about the office and/or someone that has held the position. Finally, revisiting people that have run before or showed interest before that didn’t win or had to decline. Sometimes the timing may not have been right then but is perfect now.

The most important task at hand for being the Region 2 Representative is being able to connect with members in the Region and properly represent their concerns as it relates to the top goals as laid out by ACNM. Supporting our members is the first goal that has been identified and the person elected to this position has to be able to coordinate the recruitment and retention of the members in our region. By supporting our members, we can in turn show the value in the membership to the organization. We have a host of working midwives that are not a part of our professional organization. It is time to bring those members back and continue to show the value of membership to current members. Members are an integral part of the Affiliate and as a Regional Representative one must be able to have a working relationship with the Affiliate officers and identify what the needs and accomplishments are in the state. We work hard and the daily fight with our legislators, work balance and doing what’s right has to be recognized. The Regional Representative has a responsibility to the commitment to the advancement of midwifery and women’s health. It can be done by reaching across the table to other providers of maternal child care such as members of MANA, ACOG and the NACPM. As the past Affiliate President of the SC affiliate, I was able to reach out to a cross section of different interest groups and consumers to work towards the goals or improving care in that state. As we build bridges with other organizations we will achieve the goals of ACNM. Of note, as a member of the Midwives of Color Committee and past Chair of the Friends of Midwives of Color and Ethnic Diversity Caucus I am sensitive to the voices of an underrepresented group. We need leaders that represent diverse populations and be role models to those students and new members to show that our organization is diverse and is concerned and sensitive to the needs of all of our members and the families that we serve.


REGION 5 (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin)





LT Latrice Martin, FNP-C, CNM, MSN

Location: Papillion, NE

Present Positions:

  • Certified Nurse Midwife - The Good Life Birth Place
  • Family Nurse Practice - Veteran Evaluation Services
  • Regional Clinical Faculty - Frontier Nursing University
  • Certified Nurse Midwife - U.S. Navy Reserve

ACNM Activities:

  • 2017-present: American College of Nurse-Midwives-Midwives of Color Committee Member
  • 2016-present: American College of Nurse Midwives-Nebraska Affiliate Vice-President
  • 2014-present: American Midwifery Certification Board--CMP Committee Member
  • 2010-2016: American College of Nurse Midwives-Nebraska Affiliate Treasurer

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2014-present: American Midwifery Certification Board-CMP Committee Member

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

The most important task at hand for the person elected to this position is availability. The person should available to listen and have time to understand the needs of each affiliate. The elected official should also set aside time to become intimate with the mission, vision, and goals of each affiliate. Lastly the person should be available to facilitate connections to resources and together develop creative solutions to meet their identified needs.

I believe the best way to reflect the needs of my region V constituents will be to serve as their voice. To their local and national communities, I will relate their ideals, portray their views and beliefs, as well as nurture culturally diverse experiences. I will also represent their perspectives concerning issues that are meaningful to each individual state.

In order for me to prioritize the various needs of my region, I need to involve the members of each individual state. I am the representative or link to the National organization but the constituents and affiliate leaders are “boots on the ground”. They have the pulse on the community and can help me triage their various needs in order of importance.



Ann L. Forster Page, DNP, CNM, APRN, FACNM

Location: Golden Valley, MN

Present Positions:

  • Nurse-Midwife Director, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Birthplace, Minneapolis, MN
  • Director, Certified Nurse-Midwife Service, University of Minnesota Physicians, Minneapolis, MN
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife, University of Minnesota Physicians, Minneapolis, MN
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery DNP Program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

ACNM Activities:

  • 2015-present: American College of Nurse-Midwives, Healthy Birth Initiative: Reducing Primary Cesareans Project, Steering Committee Member
  • 2012-present: Chair and Co-Chair, Optimal Outcomes in Women's Health Conference
  • 2009-2013: Co-President, Minnesota Affiliate

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

We are in a healthcare crisis with worsening outcomes in maternity care and a maternity care shortage. We need more midwives in the workforce and more midwives with a voice at the table driving change. The voice of the midwife needs to be the foundation of not only clinical work but also research and policy initiatives to improve outcomes. Strengthening each and every affiliate will make us more effective locally and nationally to meet that goal. I would make that my top priority. We all share in the need to increase membership and engagement at the local level. Strategizing the best ways to reach out to practicing midwives to share the benefits of both local and national membership in ACNM is ongoing. Local efforts can garner great results. Working with active members to develop creative approaches to expand membership locally is key and may very well be different state to state. Just as ACNM national works to better interprofessional relationships, we need to grow and deepen our relationships with other professional organizations locally. At the affiliate level, it is also important to reach out to our students early in their educational track. Working with educational institutions and preceptors creates opportunities for engagement and formal roles. I see the work of the Region V Representative as helping with affiliate growth and serving as a conduit for sharing successes, ideas, and strategies between affiliates.

Visiting and getting to know affiliate leaders and members in each state would allow me to help with the development of state specific strategies for growth and change. While each state has their unique needs, one area that continues to be a need for all is how to spread an accurate understanding of the benefits of midwifery care to the consumers (women and families). We can increase our efforts to highlight and share locally all the ways that midwives are working to provide evidence-based, cost-effective care. Midwives are doing this by providing high quality care to women and families, leading research and quality improvement efforts, and teaching the next generation of midwives. Affiliates can also be supported to find ways to give a voice to the families we have served; they can tell the powerful stories of the midwifery model of individualized care, a model that continues to show improved outcomes year after year, study after study.

A very important responsibility of the Region V Representative will be to serve as a bridge between ACNM national committees and divisions and the local affiliates. Each state will have unique legislative needs, and together we will get support through ACNM toolkits and resources to improve equity and autonomy in the midwifery role. Support for each affiliate needs to be tailored to the individual needs of a particular affiliate. Depending on the request of an affiliate, I would work to help address large and small challenges which might include: finding the right support at the national level, revising affiliate meeting structure, technology and social media support, or finding another leader who has had success in a particular area. I place a high value on timely, clear and transparent communication. With every year that I have been involved with the local and national ACNM work, I continue to be impressed and humbled by the many amazing, talented midwives doing wonderful work to promote our profession and improve care for women, and I would be honored to serve our members and organization in this role.






Terri Patrice Clark, PhD, MSN, MA, CNM, RN, FACNM

Location: Seattle, WA

Present Positions:

  • Associate Professor, Seattle University College of Nursing (Awarded tenure in 2013), Seattle, WA
  • Track Lead, Nurse Midwifery Graduate Track

ACNM Activities (recent):

  • WA State ACNM Affiliate Chapter member
  • 2016-present: Member: Directors of Midwifery Education (DOME), Midwifery Fellowship and Residency Task Force
  • 2013-2014: ACNM Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance (GDA) Global Mentor, Seattle University Team, Kagera, Tanzania
  • 2014-present: Member: ACNM Ultrasound Task Force
  • 2013-present: Member Directors of Midwifery Education
  • 2011-present: Peer Reviewer Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
  • 2011-2013: ACNM Disaster Preparedness Task Force Member
  • 2008-2010: ACNM Division of Research International Health Section Chair
  • 2007-2009 ACNM President’s Task Force on the role of midwifery in health care reform Member
  • 2005-2010: ACNM International Health Committee Member

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2011-present: Peer Reviewer Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
  • 2010-present: Peer Reviewer Social Science and Medicine
  • 2010-2013: International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Member, Reproductive Health Research Standing Committee Member

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

The mandate of the nominating committee is to develop a robust panel of candidates for each elected office. To me it is imperative that the ACNM Nominating Committee be committed to the principle of inclusiveness when proposing candidates. A diverse group does better work than a heterogeneous group. Both social science and business research indicate that people with contrasting and complimentary backgrounds, working together toward a common end, will anticipate problems more comprehensively, solve problems more creatively, and design more effective and efficient solutions than leadership groups with a unidimensional point of view.

Two interrelated, complex, and persistent examples of this need for inclusiveness in ACNM leadership come to mind: 1) disparities in health care access and outcomes in both communities of color and LGBTQ communities, and 2) the observed lack of diversity in students admitted to, retained in, and graduated from midwifery education programs. These problems can only improve when a diverse group of midwives; who look like the people we serve; are “at the table” when ACNM devises solutions and makes decisions.

I expect that sometimes very highly qualified potential candidates face logistic barriers to running and holding office. As a long-time faculty midwife, preceptor, and especially as a midwifery program director, I am adept at finding ways for others to realize their professional aspirations. My commitment to an inclusive slate of candidates goes beyond presenting opportunities, but extends to working with potential candidates to overcome barriers so they can achieve their full potential as leaders.

It is of paramount importance to develop a diverse the slate of candidates, as delineated above. In addition to ACNM members who have long and distinguished careers as midwives that prepare them for office - many of today’s young or newer CNMs/CMs have other relevant strengths and qualifications that could strengthen the work of the Board. They should also be considered.

I am truly inspired by the many young (and not so young) people with unique and unexpected backgrounds who choose today to become CNMs/CMs. They bring unimaginable career histories, skills, and leadership experiences with them to midwifery. It is critical for the Nominating Committee to recognize members with both conventional and unconventional abilities and to solicit their interest in running for elected ACNM offices along with more established candidates.
Nominating Committee members must know a lot of CNMs/CMs to function effectively, in my view. I have been actively involved in the work of ACNM for almost forty years. I have met hundreds of CNMs/CMs in the years from being a midwifery student and midwifery faculty at Yale, staff CNM and preceptor at UCSD, CNM service director and preceptor in the Bronx, and now as Seattle University midwifery education program director. Short version: I know a large and incredibly diverse group of CNMs/CMs, both young and well-seasoned, and those whom I don’t know directly, I often know indirectly through their good works, reputations, and publications. I would use that knowledge to help develop the strongest, broadest possible slate of candidates.


Celina del Carmen Cunanan, CNM, MSN

Location: Shaker Heights, OH

Present Positions:

  • 2017: UH System Chief for Nurse-Midwifery, University Hospitals Medical Group, Department of OB/GYN, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical
    Center, Cleveland, OH
  • 2001-present: Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • 2007-present: Director, Division of Nurse-Midwifery, Certified Nurse-Midwife, University Hospitals Medical Group, Department of OB/GYN, University Hospitals/Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • 2007-present: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Reproductive Biology, School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • 2001-present: Clinical Preceptor, FPB School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

ACNM Activities:

  • 2017-present: Midwives of Color Committee
  • 2014-present: Quality Improvement Section, Division of Standards & Practices
  • 2017: Practice Directors Committee Chair 2014-2016: Chapter President, Northeast Ohio ACNM
  • 2002-present: Northeast Ohio ACNM Chapter
  • 2002-present: Ohio Affiliate

Other Activities:

  • 2016-present: Founding Board Member & President, Babies Need Boxes Ohio (non-profit)
  • 2016-2017: Co-Chair, 2017 All-Ohio Midwifery Forward: Midwives Rock!
  • 2017: Co-Chair, First Year Cleveland Community Advisory Board

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

In my numerous discussions with students and colleagues all over the country, I think we need to do more to recruit and mentor minorities into midwifery in the first place if we ever want to diversify our membership, and thus, our pool of candidates for national office. As a midwife of color, I am highly aware for the need of diversifying the pool of candidates for national offices. Just as patients want to see providers that look like them; midwives, too, also wish to have leaders that represent them and their interests.

Despite the fact that I have been a midwife for 17 years, I have only recently been involved over the last 5 years as an active ACNM member in attending the national meeting and taking on a leadership role in my local Chapter Affiliate. I have been excited and reinvigorated by ACNM and the direction the organization is taking to be more supportive and inclusive of members. Though grateful to all of our past national officers who have been incredible leaders, I think that many midwives of color, like myself (the only Asian midwife in Northeast Ohio), have lacked minority role models in our profession and in leadership positions. But instead of lamenting about the lack of diversity, I think it’s up to midwives like me to hear the people, be the voice, be the leaders, and be change agents. Perhaps, just having someone like myself on the Nominating Committee would help to identify other minorities who are also interested in leadership within the ranks of ACNM.

I see my role on the Nominating Committee to be one of networking, mentoring, and building relationships within the organization and to identify up and coming leaders and innovators that are poised for success in a national officer role. (This, of course, is how I ended up on this ballot to begin with… thanks Angy Nixon). In my current role as System Chief for Nurse-Midwifery at University Hospitals in Cleveland, I manage 26 midwives at 4 different hospital locations with the plans for expansion to three additional sites in the next 3-5 years. I’m in charge of leading our practice directors at these sites and mentoring junior faculty as leaders and to position them for opportunities in our University Hospital system. I think a good part of my success as a leader has been my ability to network, build relationships and nurture others. So, I believe that this position on the Nominating Committee would certainly play to these strengths. One of the challenges in this role would be to know that I am finding the great leaders and hidden talent within our organization from all over the country. While I would certainly want to identify and network with people face-to-face, I hope to use virtual platforms for networking opportunities if those opportunities are not available or feasible.


Colleen Donovan-Batson, MS, CNM, ARNP

Location: Port Angeles, WA

Present Positions:

  • 2017-present: Clinical Site Coordinator, Southwest Technical College Direct Entry Midwifery Program
  • 2014-present: Legal nurse consultant to law firms, Woman’s Way Consulting
  • 2009-present: Independent Private Practice, Woman’s Way Healthcare and Midwifery, Stevens County, WA
  • 2002-2008- Independent Private Practice, Woman’s Way Healthcare and Midwifery, Mendocino County, CA
    Certified Nurse-Midwife: Full scope of midwifery care, including prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, well-woman and problem
    gynecological care, including adolescent and menopausal care. Offering home and water births.

ACNM Activities:

  • American College of Nurse Midwives Home Birth Section Member, BIRTH Team Member

Other Activities:

  • Midwives Alliance of North America. Director: Division of Health Policy and Advocacy (2014-present); Board Member: Region 6
    Representative-states of AK, CA, HI OR and WA (2009-2013) Council Delegate, International Confederation of Midwives
  • 2014- present: Primary Steering Committee Member, US Midwifery Education Regulation Association (US MERA)
    Appointed 2013 – Committee Member, Midwifery Advisory Committee, WA State Department of Health

Candidate Statement Related to Office:

I believe having a geographically diverse group of nominating committee members is one of the first ways to increase the diversity of the candidate pool. Having connections around the country allows nomination committee members to reach out to their networks and expands the opportunity to find those exceptional candidates. More importantly, the nominating committee itself needs to be diverse as well, including gender, racial, and cultural diversity. Maintaining a balance in board composition mix is also key, recognizing the benefits new members and their fresh insight bring, as well as the institutional knowledge that seasoned members retain.
The most important task for the person elected to this position is to be committed to the inclusion of people not in the majority when making recommendations for candidates. The nominating committee member should consider leadership ability, flexibility and willingness to serve, diversity and board balance, as well as evolving organizational needs when making recommendations for candidates.


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