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Dick Padlo
Executive Director
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 United States 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 non-profit 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 the 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 Master’s 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 who is a high school freshman.

Assistant Executive Director
Jessica Lytle 

A North Carolina native, Jessica Lytle moved to Northern Virginia shortly following her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she discovered the field of association management and has been working for large national associations since 2000. Desiring to raise her kids in North Carolina, Jessica and her family moved to Raleigh in 2013. Jessica joined ILCA with a varied background in association management having worked for both trade and professional associations. Her primary focus has been membership development but she also brings much experience in strategic planning, conference planning, program management and member benefit programs. In her free time, Jessica loves to spend time with her husband and two sons.

Assistant Executive Director
Marcy Cottle
Marcy Cottle brings over 15 years of strategic, operations, and nonprofit experience to her position as Strategic and Global Outreach Coordinator.   She previously held the position of Regional Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she led the strategic direction, training, family services, and fundraising focuses for areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Marcy had the unique opportunity to train and mentor under Dr. Paul Hersey, the developer of the Situational Leadership® model.  As a Master Trainer for the Center for Leadership Studies, Marcy works with leaders in the nonprofit, international and corporate environments.

Marcy moved to North Carolina after studying Business Administration at Illinois State University.  She currently lives in Wake Forest, NC with her husband, Doug, and their daughter, Brynn.  When Marcy isn’t spending time with her family, she enjoys running, cooking and anything outdoors.
Jessica Garrett
Conference Manager
Jessica Garrett
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, DC 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 in late 2013 for warmer weather and less traffic. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys running, college football & basketball and visiting friends at the beach.
Judi Lauwers
Education Coordinator
Judith Lauwers, BA, IBCLC
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 was appointed ILCA’s Interim Education Coordinator in 2004 when the position was developed and was later hired as Education Coordinator. Judi is cofounder 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.

Membership Coordinator
Kelly Cain

Kelly Cain has lived in Cary for 8 years with her husband, Mike and their two kids. She is originally from Alexandria, VA, right outside of Washington, D.C. Kelly attended Radford University in Virginia.  She brings over 16 years of administrative and office management experience in the non-profit and higher education fields.  Kelly’s experience with association management, specifically in membership relations, has led her to join the ILCA team as the Membership Coordinator.  Kelly enjoys spending all of her free time with her family either going on vacations to Topsail Beach here in North Carolina where she went as a kid, or just hanging out together at home watching Doctor Who or Marvel movies. She also loves to knit and read when she can.

Lisa Joncich
Publications Coordinator

Lisa Joncich
Lisa Joncich has lived in Raleigh for 19 years after relocating from California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Prior to working for ILCA, she worked for a wireless communications company for 10 years holding positions in accounting, customer service management and inventory management. Lisa is married to her husband, Aaron, and has three children ranging in ages from five to seventeen. In the rare moments when she is not spending time with her kids, or shuttling them to various activities, she enjoys mystery/suspense novels and movies.
Contracted Staff:

JHL Editor
Anne Merewood, PhD, MPH, IBCLC
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

Marketing Coordinators
Jeanette McCulloch
Ithaca, New York, USA

Amber McCann
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA