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ACNM 2022 Election Candidates

Treasurer Candidate

Cara Krulewitch, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN

Dr. Cara Krulewitch is a certified nurse-midwife and a perinatal epidemiologist and is the Owner of CJ Consulting Group LLC. She currently serves as the Treasurer, Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and is the past-president of the American Midwifery Certification Board. She is retired from the Federal Government, most recently the Director of Women’s Health, Medical Ethics and Patient Advocacy, Health Services Policy & Oversight, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Department of Defense, where she developed and oversaw policy issues pertaining to women’s health; medical ethics in the MHS, including detainee medical care; precision medicine; and patient advocacy policy, including the patient bill of rights and medical management of patients disclosing a sexual assault. Appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Dr. Krulewitch represented the Department as an Ex Officio member of the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. and is also an adjunct Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Krulewitch earned her PhD in perinatal epidemiology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1992); and her post-masters certificate in midwifery at SUNY-Stony Brook (1997). Dr. Krulewitch is recognized as an expert in military women’s health, nationally recognized as an expert in women’s health, intimate-partner homicide and pregnancy-related intimate-partner homicide, and homicide-suicide. She has published and presented widely on these critical issues and received a number of awards. In recognition of her achievements and contribution to her profession, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2008 and the American Academy of Nursing in 2016. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Krulewitch has served in government positions within the Department of Health and Human Services including the FDA, NIH, and CDC.

Region I Representative Candidate

Michelle Palmer, CNM, CNE, FACNM, MSN
Michelle Palmer, CNM, CNE, FACNM, MSN is a seasoned nurse midwife who has practiced in a wide variety of settings related to maternal child health including international experience in a remote rural maternity center in New Zealand. She is affiliated with an autonomous and independently owned full scope midwifery practice attending births at home and at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She is a Fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives in recognition of her clinical and leadership contributions to the specialty.

Over her career, Palmer has served as a Chair of her local ACNM Affiliate, Chair of the Home and Birth Center Committee, and participated as a member of the Professional Liability Committee. She has worked as an innovative disrupter in the community to build relationships resulting in best practice for seamless bi-directional transfer between the home and hospital settings. She has mentored midwifery, medical, and nursing students as well as family practice fellows.

Legislatively, she testified in support of the doula bill in her state which successfully passed in 2021. Most recently she lead meetings with the offices of six national legislators for the first annual Health Policy Summit.

Michelle currently serves as an appointed Region One ACNM Board Member, an elected co-chair of the Rhode Island Department of Health Pregnancy and Postpartum Death Review Committee, and as a board member for the American College of Nurse Midwives and as a board member for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Chair. She is a past recipient of the Rhode Island Monthly Excellence in Nursing Midwife of the Year. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Association of Women’s Health Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. If elected she will continue to advocate for the midwifery profession.

Region III Representative Candidates

Mary Kay Miller, DNP, CNM, APRN, FACNM

Mary Kay Miller is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with over 21 years of midwifery experience. Her current professional work entails overseeing Frontier Nursing University midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioners students in Florida as their Regional Clinical Faculty and consulting for the newly CABC accredited Birth Center of St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1987, Mary Kay completed her Diploma in Nursing from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Elmira, New York, later earning her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at Hartwick College, New York in 1997. She completed her Certificate of Midwifery graduate degree from Frontier Nursing University and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University in 2000. Ms. Miller’s career integrated clinical practice, education, public service, activism, and political involvement. She founded a freestanding birth center and served as an administrator for multiple successful practices.

Throughout her midwifery career, she has been serving the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in various leadership roles. Since 2000, she has been serving as a Chapter Chair. For 10 years, Mary Kay has been ACNM’s Florida Affiliate President. She also currently serves as one of ACNM’s representatives to Florida ACOG District XII and has been an active participant in ACNM’s national Political Action Committee, statewide as an affiliate legislative chair, and APRN Coalition representative. One of her many accomplishments has been to facilitate collaboration between Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives.

Mary Kay’s tireless work has been honored on various occasions, one being inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2018. She passionately educates and advocates for a safe birth, including promoting normal physiologic birth. Mary Kay proudly completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice work for Frontier Nursing University titled Promoting Safe Physiologic Birth in a Tertiary Care Center Utilizing the ACNM Intermittent Auscultation Bundle.

Nikia Grayson, DNP, MPH, MA, CNM, FNP-C

Dr. Nikia Grayson, DNP, MSN, MPH, MA, CNM, FNP-C (she/her/hers) is a Black feminist and Reproductive Justice informed publichealth activist, anthropologist and family nurse-midwife who has devoted her life to serving and empowering people in underserved communities.

Nikia graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communications and public health respectively, from University of Memphis with a master’s in medical anthropology and from the University of Tennessee with a master’s in nursing and a doctorate in nurse practice. She completed her post-master’s certificate in midwifery at Frontier Nursing University.

Nikia has more than 15 years experience working in public health and nursing, with her more recent work focusing on reproductive rights and justice, birth justice, and midwifery. Nikia has a deep love for midwifery and growing the workforce of midwives and birth workers of colors in the south. She is passionate about being a disruptor to the current healthcare system and creating new models of care that integrate midwifery and center Black and brown communities. She works daily to ensure all persons have the rights and means to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health.

Nikia is the Chief Clinical Officer at CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, where they have opened the first non-profit comprehensive reproductive health care center in the country and the first birth center in Memphis. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for SisterReach, the only Reproductive Justice organization in Tennessee.

Nominating Committee Candidates

Cathy Cook, DNP, APNP, CNM

Cathy Cook, DNP, APRN, CNM has been a member of ACNM since she began her midwifery education in 1996. She is currently serving as the CNM representative to the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses. She completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2020.

Cathy was in full-scope practice for over 20 years. Her focus was mentoring many students in building a solid clinical foundation using evidence-based practice. She continues that focus today at Frontier Nursing Students where she has been a clinical instructor since 2016.

Michelle Drew, DNP, MPH, CNM, FNP-C, C-EFM

I am a full-scope midwife serving in the community I was raised in which is disproportionately Black and Brown, disinvested and disenfranchised. I serve as a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and serve as a clinical preceptor to student midwives from diverse programs putting a focus on precepting student midwives of color so they have the benefit of a clinical preceptor that understands the challenges of being an underrepresented minority in a predominantly white profession and a predominantly white institution and that my clients receive the benefit of having a care team that looks like and understands their lived experience. I am the founder and executive director of a community-based organization that seeks to reduce maternal health disparities by providing culturally congruent care from midwives, doulas, lactation consultants from and in their communities and by advocating with public officials.

I have practiced as a midwife not only in the United States in academic and clinical settings in rural and large urban areas, but globally in Africa, Central and South America.

I am the chair of the Caucus of Black Midwives for Reproductive Justice and Birth Equity, serve on the Truth and Reconciliation Taskforce and the ACNM/MLT Diversity Equity and Inclusion Taskforce and Strategic Team. I was a candidate for Vice President of ACNM in 2020.

Katherine Schott, DNP, CNM, MS

I am Katherine Schott, DNP, MS, CNM (she/her). I started my midwifery education at Columbia University where I earned a BS and an MS in 2007. I just recently completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of California San Francisco in 2021. Though I have been a midwife for 14 years, I grew up catching baby goat kids on my family’s goat dairy in Niwot Colorado.

My midwifery career began by providing full scope care at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the South Bronx and Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where I specialized in the care of adolescents and pregnant people with opioid use disorder. I have spent the last 10 years of my career focused on sexual and reproductive health at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania (PPWP) in Pittsburgh, PA where I was the Director of Clinical Care. During my time with PPWP, I started in the first gender affirming care programs in Somerset, Westmoreland and Cambria counties. I also founded a low-cost behavioral health program across seven health centers in Western Pennsylvania. I am now in the process of transitioning to San Jose, California where I will be starting a new position as Senior Director for Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

Community leadership has been a focus on my midwifery career. I am a member of the AIDS Free Pittsburgh PrEP Subcommittee that works to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention. I am a founding member of the Reproductive Bridges Coalition which is an interdisciplinary coalition that advocates for advancing reproductive health access through research, education, and collaboration. I also serve as a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Over the last year I have been a member of the Pennsylvania ACNM legislative committee working to pass a Midwifery Modernization Bill that would retire the collaborative agreement for most midwives in the state. My recent work with PAACNM has inspired me to seek out the opportunity to advocate for the advancement of midwifery at the national level as a member of the Nominating Committee.

Tina Anselmi Moulaye, DNP, CNM

Tina Anselmi Moulaye, DNP, CNM joined the Peace Corps after college. She worked as a Health Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, educating families on health topics like family planning, HIV prevention, malaria prevention, and the importance of breastfeeding. The Malian women and Malian midwives motivated her to become a nurse-midwife. She studied at Johns Hopkins University to obtain a BSN in 2000.

Her first nursing job was in the Emergency Department in an inner-city Baltimore hospital for 2 years. She then began the MSN Nurse-Midwifery program at the University of Maryland. She worked part-time at a birthing center while studying. She became a certified nurse-midwife in 2004. She worked for the National Health Service Corps caring for women and their families in El Paso, Texas for her first midwifery job. In 2012, she and her family moved to Rwanda so she could work with the Human Resources for Health Program training midwives for one year. After that she worked in Qatar for six years helping to open a women and children’s hospital for the Qatar Foundation. Her title in Qatar was the Clinical Educator for the nurses and midwives in the Birthing Center. She gained insights and knowledge around international midwifery standards as her job was to ensure that all midwives, whether from the UK, New Zealand, Malaysia, or Jordan were practicing according to hospital evidence-based policies and procedures. She worked with
midwives from 14 different countries.

She returned to the states in 2019 and obtained her DNP from Chatham University in 2021. She recently began working at Keiser University as the Academic Program Coordinator for the upcoming MSN Nurse-Midwifery program. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her two sons, reading, watching movies, biking, and walking her dog, Bruno. 

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