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ILCA Board of Directors, July 2012 - July 2013

Liz Brooks
First Term: 2012 - 2014
Elizabeth Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
Wyndmoor, PA, USA

Elizabeth (Liz) Brooks received her law degree in 1983, and was a lobbyist and litigator in Washington D.C. (federal civil and administrative law, and Congressional ethics matters). Liz moved to Philadelphia in 1989, where she was a criminal prosecutor for the District Attorney's Office. She left the practice of law to raise her three children. Like many, Liz found lactation consulting by starting out as a breastfeeding mother. She became a lay breastfeeding counselor in 1991, and "worked her way up" to sit for the IBLCE exam in 1997. Liz is now a private practice lactation consultant, a springboard for work in varied settings: prenatal breastfeeding classes; "rounding" on mothers and babies in the hospital and NICU; home visits to clients; consultation in a community-based non-profit breastfeeding center. She is a well-received speaker on legal, ethical and business practices affecting lactation consultants. Liz joined ILCA in 1997, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005, and was designated a Fellow of ILCA in 2008 (the inaugural class).
Lisa Mandell
First Term: 2011 - 2014
Lisa Mandell, MBA, IBCLC
Havertown, PA, USA
Lisa Mandell, MBA, IBCLC has been working with breastfeeding mothers and babies for over ten years, first as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor through La Leche League, and then as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Lisa has a private practice seeing mothers and babies in their homes, and has also worked as a lactation consultant in hospitals and a pediatrician’s office. She has been involved in her USLCA chapter as President, CERP Coordinator, and is currently coordinating work on a mentoring consortium to provide a variety of clinical experiences for aspiring lactation consultants. She is pleased to use her education and experience in business and marketing, as well as her passion for breastfeeding, to help in her work on the ILCA Board of Directors.
Kathy Parkes

Second Term: 2011 - 2014
Kathy Parkes, RN, IBCLC, FILCA
San Antonio, TX, USA
Kathy Parkes, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA is ILCA's current Treasurer. She has been involved with breastfeeding mothers and infants for over 20 years, starting out as a lay breastfeeding counselor. Kathy sat the IBCLC exam in 1992 and opened a private practice in San Antonio, TX, USA, in which she continues to provide care in a variety of situations. Currently, she is also working as a lactation consultant in a birthing unit that delivers 1000 babies per year. Kathy has extensive experience with the WIC program and is a certified WIC Peer Counselor Trainer for the state of Texas. She is a founding member of her local and state breastfeeding coalitions.
Sara Gill
Director of Research and Special Projects
First Term: 2012 - 2015
Sara L. Gill, BSN, MSN, PhD, IBCLC
San Antonio, TX, USA
Sara L. Gill is the Director of Research and Special Projects for ILCA. Sara received her nursing degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (BSN, 1977; MSN 1983) and the University of Miami (PhD, 1997). She has been an IBCLC since 1992. During her nursing career, Sara has worked in labor and delivery and mother/baby care. She developed a comprehensive lactation program for a hospital system in San Antonio where she also worked as a lactation consultant.  Currently Sara is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing where she teaches, conducts research and practices 4 hours a week as a lactation consultant in a local hospital. She is a member of the San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. She served on the ILCA research committee. Sara has received funding for breastfeeding research and  is the author of a number of breastfeeding manuscripts. Her current research focuses on improving breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity in vulnerable populations.
Roberta Graham de Escobedo
Director of Membership
& Affiliate Services

Second Term: 2012 - 2015
Roberta Graham de Escobedo,
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Originally from Chicago, and a music major, 35 years of living in Yucatán, Mexico have familiarized Roberta Graham de Escobedo with the Latino Culture. 28 years have been dedicated to the promotion of breastfeeding, and the last 8 have been focused on the situation of breastfeeding and working women. Understanding the U.S. culture AND the Mexican Culture - both city and village settings - enables Roberta to serve as a bridge for assisting healthcare providers to better understand the Latino perspective with a view to improving the quality of care offered and increasing prevalence of breastfeeding in the Latino population. She is in private practice and also lectures at several universities and schools in Merida, Yucatán.
Decalie Brown
Director of Marketing
Second Term: 2012 - 2015
Decalie Brown, RN, CM, IBCLC, CFHN, BHMtg, JP
Katoomba NSW, Australia
Decalie Brown, RN, CM, IBCLC, CFHN, BHMtg, JP, is ILCA’s Marketing Director. Decalie is a registered nurse/midwife with 30 years experience and a Bachelor of Health Services Management (Info) degree who is currently working in a clinical role within Child & Family Health as Secondary Specialist/CNS in busy Community Health Centres in the Blue Mountains, Australia. She extensively supports health professionals and parents with education of lactation/infant feeding/settling and behavioural issues for infants and children to 5 years of age.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Australian Lactation Consultants Association (ALCA) from 2007 to recently and was involved in ALCA’s successful submission to the Australian Government for improving paid maternity, paternity and parental leave. She was on the initial working party to amalgamate the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand to form ‘LCANZ’ as a future affiliate of ILCA. She has recently applied to be a Baby Friendly Assessor and is working towards having local Community Health Facilities, Baby Friendly and Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces Accredited.

Decalie joined ILCA in 2001.

Sue Saunders 
Director of Professional Development
Second Term: 2011 - 2014
Sue Saunders, IBCLC
Perth WA, Australia

Sue Saunders has a general nursing, midwifery and breastfeeding counselling background and has been an IBCLC and ILCA member for over 20 years. In 2007, she served as the inaugural ILCA Fellow at WABA in Penang and was appointed the ILCA WABA Liaison in 2009, before commencing the current post of Director of Professional Development.

Since 1989, her focus has been facilitating breastfeeding training for professionals and assisting breastfeeding families on an international level, using the 'I' in IBCLC. Sue has varied IBCLC experience, having worked in the public and private sectors, in hospital and community settings, in voluntary and employed capacities, on four continents (in Western Australia, in Gabon, West Africa, in Penang, Malaysia and in Kent, England). She has also lived in Syria and has recently returned to Perth, Western Australia.


Director of Global Outreach
First Term: 2011 - 2014
Wollstonecraft NSW, Australia
Joy Heads is ILCA’s Director of Global Outreach. She has been a certified IBCLC since 1986 and is a Fellow of ILCA. She is a midwife with a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics, Master of Health Professional Education.

Joy became passionate about breastfeeding with the birth of twins in 1975 and joined the Australian Breastfeeding Association, became a Counsellor in 1978 and Group Leader. She was on the first Editorial Board of “Breastfeeding Review”. In 1989 she joined the Royal Hospital for Women - a tertiary referral women’s hospital in Sydney (4000 births per year). As Clinical Nurse Consultant – Lactation she guided RHW through four BFHI accreditations the most recent being 2008. Joy was founding president of the NSW Lactation College.

In 2006 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for ”service to nursing and midwifery as a specialist lactation consultant and to health professional and parent education.” With her colleagues Joy has published several papers and the poster, “The gap between policies and practices: Australian women’s experience of mastitis” Heads. J, Slaytor. E, Evans, M. (2001) was the winning Research Poster at the 2001 ILCA Conference.

Joy has co-authored the chapter “Breast Pathology” in the ILCA Core Curriculum with Angela Smith and has been involved with ILCA’s Conference Committee for several years.