Term: 2014 - 2016
Decalie Brown, RN, CM, IBCLC, CFHN, BHMtg, FILCA
Katoomba NSW, Australia
|Decalie is a registered nurse/midwife with over 30 years of 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 most recently served as ILCA’s Director of Marketing for two terms. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors for the Australian Lactation Consultants Association (ALCA) 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 an affiliate of ILCA.
Second Term: 2014 - 2017
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.|
First Term: 2014-2017
Albert Wolf, MD, MBA, IBCLC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
|Albert Wolf has been a pediatrician and IBCLC since 2000. During that time he helped form the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, a regional breastfeeding center with sixteen IBCLC's on staff that works directly with their pediatric practice, Kids Plus Pediatrics. The Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh's ongoing position as the first and only Advisor to the United States Breastfeeding Committee has allowed him to work in nonprofit and advocacy roles before coming to the ILCA Board. In 2011 he helped co-found the National Breastfeeding Center, a consulting company that works with physician offices, hospitals, businesses, and organizations to teach them how to provide breastfeeding services in a financially sustainable manner.|
Director of Marketing
First Term: 2014-2017
Lisa Akers MS, RD, IBCLC, RLC
Harrisonburg, VA, USA
|Lisa Akers has been working in the field of public health and human lactation for over 13 years. Her current position as the State Breastfeeding Coordinator is to support and promote breastfeeding endeavors for the Commonwealth of Virginia, which includes the development of public policy and media campaigns, curricula, publications and training; oversight of the Virginia WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program; and service as the Virginia Department of Health liaison to the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee. She also serves as the Chair-Elect of the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) and is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee.
She also served as an Expert Workgroup member for the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library, as a reviewer for the Academy’s most current position paper on the Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, and as a reviewer for the reproductive section of the Nutrition Care Manual.
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.|
Director of Membership
& Affiliate Services
Second Term: 2012 - 2015
Roberta Graham de Escobedo,
BA, IBCLC, FILCA
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.|
Director of Global Outreach
First Term: 2014-2017
Michele Griswold, MPH, RN, IBCLC
Old Lyme, CT, USA
|Michele Griswold has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years working in diverse clinical settings in the US and in developing countries and has been an IBCLC since 2001. Her clinical work focuses on the integration of routine preventive lactation support in the pediatric primary care setting. Michele was a founding member of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) and is the current Chair. Michele was co- director (CBC) of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Initiative, a statewide program overseen by Connecticut Department of Public Health with CDC funding to assist 10 hospitals in the state toward the Baby- Friendly Hospital designation.
Michele has served on ILCA’s Accreditation Task Force leading to the establishment of LEAARC, the accrediting arm of the profession that establishes the highest standards of education within the field of breastfeeding and human lactation. She also served as Chair of ILCA’s Global Outreach Committee and as one of ILCA’s liaisons to the United Nations. Michele holds a BSN from Salve Regina University, an MPH degree from Southern CT State University and is currently a PhD student of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts. She and her husband Matt have two teenage sons.
Director of Professional Development
First Term: 2014-2017
Kathleen Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM
South Glastonbury, CT, USA
|Kathleen Marinelli has been a neonatologist for over 25 years, an IBCLC since 2000 and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM). Although unable to practice clinical neonatology for over a decade due to a significant water-skiing accident, she has continued her life-long commitment to improving breastfeeding, the use of human milk, and the use of donor milk, everywhere but especially in the NICU through all of her volunteer roles, research, teaching both here in the US and abroad, and publishing papers, monographs and chapters.
She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of CT Medical School, and a member of the Human Milk Research Center at CT Children’s Medical Center, in Hartford, CT. She graduated from Cornell University & Cornell University School of Medicine; and was a pediatric intern, resident, nephrology and neonatology fellow at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washington DC. Additionally, she is founding Medical Director of the New England Mother's Milk Bank and is currently co-Medical Director of the Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. She is a founding and current member of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition, has been on the Board of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for many years, and chairs its Protocol Committee. She has served as Chair of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and was chosen to Chair the new US Baby-Friendly Hospital NICU Initiative.