RICHARD (DICK) PADLO
Dick Padlo was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He started his professional career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and a short time later, earned an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. After graduation, Dick held numerous leadership positions before serving as a base commander in Germany. He moved into the private sector, managing a Fortune 500 enterprise, and later built a technology start-up into a financial success. His transition to the nonprofit sector involved a successful effort to help revive an international nonprofit by guiding the board in a strategic initiative to refocus their organizational vision and streamline their mission. More recently, Dick designed the strategy and infrastructure for a regional collaboration among cross-sector coalitions to develop a common regional agenda to help those in poverty build a better life. Dick holds a Masters degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University. Dick's wife, Dedra, is a former special education teacher and mental health therapist who now works as a holistic health coach. Dick and Dedra have one son, Scott.
JOAN E. DODGSON, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Lactation
Joan E. Dodgson is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Lactation. She is also the Patricia and James R. Hemak Endowed Professor in Materal Child Health Nursing Research at the School of Nursing, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA. A practicing IBCLC for 15 years, Joan has an extensive background in research with a focus in building knowledge about breastfeeding disparities among diverse minority populations in the US and Asia. She has served on the faculties of the University of Hong Kong, China; School of Nursing, Duke University, USA; School of Nursing, University of Hawaii, USA; and Arizona State University, USA, in addition to her role as Director of the Center of the Advancement of Health Disparities Research, University of Hawaii, USA.
Debra Doepp was born and raised in southern Maine and moved with her family to the Triangle area in 2010. She joined ILCA in 2016 after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in the Leadership in the Public Sector Program at North Carolina State University. Prior to working at ILCA, Debra held various positions in the public and private sectors while juggling her studies and the activities of her three children. She has a passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of others. In her spare time, Debra enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and appreciates a good cup of coffee.
Jessica Garrett is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she majored in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Following graduation, she moved to the Washington, D.C. area and discovered the world of associations. She worked in meetings, exhibits, and sponsorships for the School Nutrition Association for seven years before relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina, in late 2013 for warmer weather and less traffic. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys running, college football and basketball, and visiting friends at the beach.
CYNTHIA GOOD MOJAB, MS, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM
Cynthia Good Mojab holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, author, and internationally recognized speaker. As the Director of LifeCircle Consulting, she provides education, training and consultation services to individuals and organizations seeking to increase cultural competence/humility, dismantle institutional oppression, and to more effectively respond to perinatal mental health challenges. She formerly served as Research Associate in the Publications Department of La Leche League International and was on the faculty of Parkland College. She has authored, contributed to, and provided editorial review of numerous publications related to breastfeeding, culture, and psychology. She has lived biculturally and bilingually for over 30 years.
JUDI LAUWERS, BA, IBCLC, FILCA
Judi Lauwers is a founding ILCA member and has been active in the association in various capacities since 1985. She served on the JHL staff and the conference committee and held positions as conference planner in 1989 - 1990 and as Director of Professional Development and Research in 1995 - 1996 and 2002 - 2004. She served as ILCA's Education Coordinator from 2004 to 2015 when she was appointed to Accreditation Manager. Judi is co-founder and retired Executive Director of Breastfeeding Support Consultants, where she worked extensively in developing educational materials and programs and managing conferences. She is coauthor of Counseling the Nursing Mother: A Lactation Consultant's Guide and the parent's book, Breastfeeding Today.
AMBER MCCANN, BA, IBCLC
Amber McCann is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant whose current interests involve connecting with new families through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same. She has provided guidance and support for a number of birth and breastfeeding organizations. After maintaining a busy private practice in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and working with an innovative model of care at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, she now provides marketing and communications guidance for ILCA. When she’s not furiously tweeting or watching terrible reality TV, you can find her eating her way through all of the fantastic restaurants in her new hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and snuggling her three children.
JEANETTE MCCULLOCH, BA, IBCLC
Jeanette McCulloch has been combining communications work and women’s health advocacy for more than 20 years. She is a co-founder of BirthSwell, which is improving infant and maternal health - and the way we talk about birth and breastfeeding - through strategic communications and social media. In addition to her work at ILCA, she is a board member of Citizens for Midwifery, and is active in local, statewide, and national birth and breastfeeding advocacy projects.
LIZ NEIGHBORS, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Conference Program Coordinator 2017
Liz Neighbors, a registered nurse and IBCLC-RLC, became a breastfeeding advocate after working in labor and delivery for years as a nurse helping families, and then struggling to breastfeed her first child in the early months due to lack of access to an IBCLC in her rural Iowa hometown. She has been involved in breastfeeding support and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Her passions include educating advanced practice health care providers and physicians about comprehensive breastfeeding support, establishing pumping and breastfeeding policies for workplaces, and working with legislation to protect and promote the family dynamic of breastfeeding, no matter how that family is identified. In addition, Liz is a full-time wife, mother, and family nurse practitioner student. She enjoys spending time with her young family and traveling to new places and learning about different cultures.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Meredith Parker has known that she wanted to be an agent for change in her community and her world ever since her childhood in Wake Forest, North Carolina. In her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she found her passion in global health policy at the intersection of her majors in Public Policy and Global Studies and a minor in French. She developed practical skills in this area by conducting research on the WHO Global Health Security Agenda and completing internships with local municipalities, where she managed communication and organization of several studies. The culmination of her college experience was studying abroad in Montpellier, France, where she mastered the French language fluently and got a firsthand look at cultural tensions and global politics. Meredith graduated from UNC in May 2016 and is excited to work with ILCA because it will allow her to continue developing practical skills in the subject area of her true passion. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys reading various types of literature for her book club, being active in the great outdoors, practicing her French, and, most importantly, spending time with friends and family.
Courtney Smith joined ILCA in 2015 with 10 years of experience in event planning and management. Courtney was raised in a small town in North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University in Religious Studies, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Before working with ILCA, Courtney worked with the Helps Education Fund to promote literacy among elementary school children. Courtney enjoys playing outside with her daughter whenever possible, and frequenting the museums in downtown Raleigh.