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ACNM 2021 Election Candidates

Meet the Candidates 1/28/2021 Webinar Recording

President-Elect Candidates
Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, LM, APRN, FACNM

My midwifery career spans over 41 years with a rich history of clinical practice, public health, and academia. Throughout that time, I was an active member of ACNM. Beginning in the mid-1980’s I served as the treasurer on the board of the NYS local ACNM chapter when we successfully fought to develop the first state board of midwifery in the U.S. and paved the way for the development of the LM credential that is equally inclusive of CMs and CNMs.

Racial unrest and calls for equity are not new to the ACNM. I was present in 1987 when the ACNM ad-hoc committee on minority affairs was formed to give voice to midwives of color for the first time in its history. The ad-hoc committee changed its name and in the 1990s and become an official ACNM standing Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC). Following previous pioneers, I became the chairperson of MOCC in 2013. Under my leadership, MOCC continued to fundraise for the Watson scholarship for midwifery students of color and developed the Carrington-Hsia-Nieves scholarship to support doctoral education. Other positions of leadership included national co-chair for the student and new graduate committee and alternate ACNM representative to US-MERA. I believe that my active engagement within ACNM has prepared me for leadership at the highest level.

I am running for President of ACNM with five specific goals in mind. First, to grow more midwives who reflect the diversity of our consumers. Second, to push for system change where midwives are the primary providers for women and families throughout the reproductive health cycle. Third, to close the gap in MCH disparities among BIPOC families. Fourth, to build equity, unity, and respect for all members around common goals. Five, to build ACNM’s membership and become more responsive to their professional needs.

Michelle Munroe, DNP, RN, CNM, FACNM

COL(RETIRED) Michelle Munroe obtained her midwifery degree in 2003. She has been a member of ACNM ever since. She saw value in being involved within ACNM and was one of the initial founders of the Uniformed Services committee now known as the Uniformed Services Affiliate. Her work within the military-led to relationships with Armed Forces District ACOG. She was part of a team of midwives that won the military award for their work on depression screening. She completed her doctorate at Frontier Nursing University and has a master’s degree in strategic studies. She is currently the chair of the ACNM Leadership development committee. COL(RET) Munroe has been stationed at 10 different duty stations with 15 different positions of increased responsibility during her 28-year Army career from staff nurse to healthcare executive. She built a hospital-based midwifery program that supported the midwifery model of care, graduate medical education, and implemented Centering Pregnancy which was ultimately implemented in all military hospitals. Michelle deployed to Iraq with the Deployed Combat Casualty Research Team and was the Nurse Champion for TeamSTEPPS. 

Recognized for her leadership, COL Munroe was then selected as Deputy Commander for Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer. She also held the academic position of Commandant/Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, MD. In her role as the consultant to The Surgeon General for Women’s Health Advanced Practice Nursing, she implemented policy changes for women’s health from 2012-2016. She was the Chief Executive Officer at Winn Army Community Hospital and has since retired from active duty service. Her awards include the Bronze Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and Combat Action Badge. She is a recipient of the Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award (Army Nurse of the Year).

Secretary Candidates

Bridget Howard, CNM, MSN

Since 1998, Bridget has cared for families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has helped educate generations of midwives and has supported strong working environments for her colleagues. She is committed to health equity, patient education and helping women and families find their voices. Increasing a midwifery presence and philosophy, supporting birth, family planning and quality of life is what she seeks for her patients and her profession. She has dedicated almost 21 years of service to ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation promoting funding for awards and scholarships to aid students to complete their basic midwifery education and for midwives to further research propelling our profession forward. During her initial three years on the board of directors, she ensured accurate documentation of board meetings so members could easily reflect back and obtain references to agenda items brought to the board by membership and the ACNM Volunteer Leadership Committees. Her duties have also included: board liaisons to the PAC, American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), and the Anti-Racism in Midwifery Education Task Force. She is a member of the executive board and is on the ACNM Finance and Audit Committee (FAC). She ensures members voices are heard at the board level in all meetings and events. She is dedicated to board initiatives including the ACNM Roadmap for Anti-Racism and works tirelessly with your Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies to move ACNM forward in funding, project development, membership growth, increasing student membership while reducing student annual dues, and marketing strategies. Most importantly she encourages ACNM to continue to create welcoming and safe spaces for all students and all midwives now and for future generations. Recognizing the healing that is needed and that is taking place within ACNM, she looks forward to continuing fostering opportunities for positive change and reflection. 

Christina Marea, PhD, MA, MSN, CNM

Christina Marea is a CNM in Washington DC where she has practiced for the past ten years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Masters’ of Science in Nursing and Midwifery from Yale University, and Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the UK as a Rotary World Peace Fellowship recipient where her research focused on health system recovery after violent conflict in Sierra Leone. Christina Marea recently completed her PhD at Johns Hopkins University where her research focused on reproductive health of refugee and immigrant populations, gender-based violence, and health care provider education strategies to reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations.

Christina is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives where she sits on the Racism and Midwifery Task Force. Christina is an experienced midwife and educator for nursing and midwifery students. She has practiced clinically in the US in both birth centers and tertiary care hospitals, as well as internationally with Doctors without Borders. She is a faculty member in the Advanced Practice Nursing Department at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences where she teaches nurse-midwifery and women's health nurse practitioner students. She maintains her clinical practice at an FQHC in Washington DC that serves marginalized women in a maternity care desert on the eastern side of the city. Christina is currently the co-chair of the Washington DC Maternal Mortality Commission – the first nurse-midwife chair in the country. Christina has also helped to lead the development of an innovative Health Equity curriculum at Georgetown that includes didactic content, structured discussion, reflective writing, and simulation that aim to train our future midwives and WHNPs to address health inequity, and the negative health effects of racism and other forms of discrimination and bias.

Region II Candidates

Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, FACNM

I became a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 2005 and have been active with the American College of Nurse-Midwives since graduation. It was important to become active with my profession organization. I have been active locally as a past Affiliate President and currently serving as the Legislative Chair for the Virginia Affiliate. I have worked on several task forces and committees including the nominating committee, Midwives of Color Committee and the program committee. My current work is being committed to anti-racism in education, working specifically with students. As the current Region 2 representative I have been able to work within the ACNM structure to network with others and bring another perspective. I like being able to connect my colleagues together to be resources for each other and to bring people to the table where they may have felt that there was not a place for them. I have only held this position for one year and would like the opportunity to continue the work that I have started doing by being granted another term. I am originally from Brooklyn, New York, however I love coastal living thus my current residence in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I am the mother of two daughters and have one fur baby as well. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, knitting and exploring different cultures.

Region V Candidates

Laura Murphy Dellos, CNM, MSN, ARNP

Laura Murphy Dellos, MSN, CNM, ARNP is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In 2021 Laura will celebrate 30 years in midwifery. During that time, she has had the opportunity to help establish and grow practices in a free-standing birth center, rural 100 bed hospital, community and academic medical centers in California, Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa. This breadth of experiences has given her a thorough understanding of the challenges and issues that differ in practice settings. Laura was appointed to the Missouri Board of Nursing and was the first CNM to service as a member on the Board. Upon moving to Iowa she sought opportunities with the Iowa Board of Nursing on an Advanced Practice Nursing Committee. Laura has been active in ACNM serving in chapter/affiliate roles throughout the years. She has also served on numerous committees, presented at the local, state and national levels and led quality improvement projects. Laura has an enduring passion for midwifery and deeply believes in the mission of the ACNM. She has strong organizational and communication skills that would be assets in the role of Region V Representative.

Carrie Neerland, PhD, APRN, CNM, FACNM

Carrie Neerland has been a midwife for 15 years and is now in her third year as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Carrie has been actively involved in ACNM since she was a student and has served at multiple levels, from the Minnesota Affiliate to the national level. In the MN Affiliate, Carrie has served as Treasurer, Media Chair, Co-President, is a founding member of the MN Committee for Equity and Justice, and helped spearhead the affiliate’s regional interprofessional conference, Optimal Outcomes in Perinatal, Sexual, and Reproductive Health. At the national level, Carrie has served as Chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee and is the current Chair of the Division of Membership and Publications, where she works closely with the committee chairs within the division. In addition, Carrie serves on the University of Minnesota’s Women’s Faculty Cabinet, has been a member of the Minnesota state Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and is now serving on the state Maternal Mortality Review Committee as an abstractor. Carrie is committed to anti-racism, unifying midwifery in the US, and ACNM’s vision of midwifery for every person and community.

At-Large Midwives of Color

Charlotte Morris, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Charlotte Morris, DNP, CNM, FACNM has spent over 30 years in clinical practice committed to midwifery care for women in under-served communities. She established and served as Director of Temple Hospital’s Midwifery Practice in Philadelphia for over ten years. In 2012, she expanded her education and earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from Temple University. Active in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), she has been the chair of the Membership Committee, served as secretary of the Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) under two different Chairs. In this role she maintained member lists, contact information and communication from various committee meetings and activities. Currently Charlotte continues to support MOCC through the mentoring program. She also served as an elected member of the nominating committee and serves on ACNM Liability Committee helping to develop peer support tools for midwives experiencing adverse outcomes in clinical practice. In addition to her academic achievements and work within ACNM, Charlotte is committed to service in the community. She holds an executive board position as part of a faith-based organization with 4,000 members. Her role on this committee is as secretary. In this role she maintains confidential documents which include financial records, legal papers and minutes from general and executive board meetings. In addition, she maintains all archived documents. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Frontier Nursing University where she is course faculty in two courses, Introduction to Independent Practice and Gynecologic Health. In addition to her course work Charlotte serves as a tutor for students needing additional academic support. She also is Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee supporting the work the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

Venus Standard, MSN, CNM, APRN, LCCE

I'm a native of New York City, where I owned a successful perinatal education practice, offering Lamaze childbirth education classes, prenatal massage, and labor doula services. Over the years, I added infant CPR and doula training.

I received a BSN from Duke University and an MSN in Midwifery from East Carolina University. I'm currently an Ass't Professor at the University of NC School of Medicine in the Family Medicine department, working with family medicine residents during their OB rotation, promoting the laboring person-centered-hands-off approach to managing labor.

From 2012 - 2016, I sat on the board of directors of Lamaze International. I'm the immediate past chair of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Diversity and Inclusion committee. I currently sit on the board of directors of the NC Perinatal Association and the AABC. I'm UNC's Family Medicine Interest Group co-chair, the Patient Advisory Council's co-chair, and the co-chair Advanced Practice Provider Education committee.

I serve on the Maternal Health Learning and Innovations Center advisory committee, the 4th Trimester Project, the NCMS Maternal and Infant Health summit planning committee, Family Medicine's Community Health Collaborative (CHC), and AABC nominating committee.

I've precepted UNC's Internship in Science and Health Training and Research (ISHTaR) program. A program designed to get high school students of color exposure in the medical field through the eyes of a provider of color. I've also precepted students in the Proyecto Puente de Salus (PPS) program. This program sponsors first-year medical students to rural areas of Mexico to perform medical assessments for the under privilege.

I am working on a grant funding opportunity that will be used to train black women from underserved and marginalized communities to be labor support doulas for other black women from that same community to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity in black women.

Nominating Committee Candidates

Carolyn Bottone-Post, DNP, CNM

Carolyn Bottone-Post is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with four decades of clinical experience and a passion for serving and teaching. Following 10 years working in med-surg, ICU and L&D, she received her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and practiced full scope midwifery for 20 years; later providing ambulatory midwifery and women's healthcare while pursuing a career in academia.

She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Regis University in 2016 and teaches obstetrics and women's health for baccalaureate and FNP students at the University of Northern Colorado as a full-time assistant professor. She has been on three Project Cure (PC) trips: 2016 to Chiapas, Mexico with a team teaching Helping Babies Breathe; in 2018 she traveled to Paraguay providing women’s cervical cancer screening and treatment and teaching local nurses in the procedure. That year she also traveled to Ghana assisting teaching the Essential Care for Small Babies and Helping Mothers Survive-Bleeding After Birth teaching suite. She hopes to continue traveling with PC, promoting women’s health and eliminating disparities.


Carol Bues, DNP, LM, CNM, WHNP, FACNM has been a midwife in NYC for over 20 years. She has worked in various settings including hospital based and community practices. Carol is currently co-founder and midwife of a thriving home birth practice in NYC. Within this practice, Carol co-innovated a 3 months fellowship based on midwifery apprenticeship model for new midwifery graduates to prepare for home birth. Carol is full-time faculty at CUNY Lehman College where she teaches woman’s healthcare for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Carol has been an active member of the ACNM since she was a student midwife at SUNY Downstate in 1998. She has been on various committees and is currently on the Task Force: Racism in Midwifery Education. She has been on National Home Birth and

Birth Center Midwives Committee since 2013 is currently co-editing The Home Birth Practice Manual 4th Edition. Carol is currently Vice Chairperson of New York City Midwives (NYCM) Region I, Chapter 1, the local NYC chapter, and was Treasurer. She a member of the ACNM state affiliate, NYM, since its inception in 1999. She was the Treasurer and an Executive Board Member and previous to that was a Board Member as New York City Representative and Membership Chair.

In Fall of 2019, Carol became a co-founder and Treasurer of Haven Midwifery Birthing Center (HMBC) of NYC. HMBC is a 501c organization started to raise money for the first not-for-profit midwifery owned and operated birthing center in NYC. The plan is to have a facility where women and family health care can be combined and offer education on all aspects of health, including parenting. The vision is first and foremost to work towards healing the disparities facing women of color and non-binary individuals.

Dwynn Golden, DNP, CNM

My name is Dwynn Golden and I have been a midwife since 1993. I was in full-scope practice from 1992-2012 and then was the manager at a prenatal clinic where I brought Centering Pregnancy to the practice. Since 2012, I have been working at Frontier Nursing University as clinical and didactic faculty for midwifery and women’s health nurse-practitioner students. I have been an active ACNM member since I became a midwife and attend regional and national meetings regularly. I would like to become more involved in ACNM as a volunteer in order to better serve the needs of midwives across the country and ensure representation of all members. I have been the secretary of the Sigma Theta Tau chapter, Chi Pi, at Frontier Nursing University from 2016-2020 and attended the international congress of Sigma Theta Tau as a delegate in 2019. I would like to expand my participation as a member of ACNM, learn more about the organization and better meet the needs of midwives as a profession. I believe that serving as part of the nominating committee will help me to engage with the leaders of ACNM and bring forward midwives who can provide leadership and representation for midwives across the United States.

Emily McGahey, DM, MSN, CNM

Since becoming a midwife in 2011, Emily McGahey has sought to be bold for midwifery; embracing leadership and forward progress. Emily’s journey to midwifery started with an undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE before studying midwifery at the University of New Mexico. Emily began her career in 2011 at the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in Pittsburgh, PA where she continues to practice full-scope midwifery as well as serving as the Associate Clinical Director. Education for midwives and midwifery leadership has been a cornerstone of Emily’s practice. She has precepted midwifery and nurse practitioner students since 2013 and received the “Outstanding Preceptor Award” from ACNM in 2019. Emily graduated with her Doctor of Midwifery in 2020 from Jefferson University. Her work at Jefferson focused on accurate identification of midwife-attested births on birth certificates.

In 2012, she joined the Board of the Pennsylvania Affiliate of ACNM (PA-ACNM) and in 2013 became Board president for a term of 6 years. Today, Emily continues as the State Legislative Co-Chair for PA-ACNM, assisting in furthering midwifery through legislation, education, and advocacy. Emily participated in the founding committee for PA-ACNM’s Midwifery Forward statewide conference and continues to serve as an active member of this committee. She is actively engaged in anti-racism work within PA-ACNM and at her workplace. Emily’s commitment to ACNM has reached far beyond Pennsylvania, as evidenced by her work with National. Emily is a current member of SGAC, CMAC, and Workforce committees of ACNM. She also serves on the Scope of Practice and Doctoral Level Competencies taskforces. Emily has participated in the formation and ongoing work of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA-PQC) as a foundational advisory committee member and current member of the Maternal Mortality and Policy Workgroups.

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