USLCA Board of Directors

USLCA President
Alisa Sanders, RN, IBCLC, RLC, CCE
Texas
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Alisa Sanders has been a registered nurse for 25 years and Board Certified Lactation Consultant for the past 16 years. She has been in private practice as well as employed by Texas WIC for over 14 years. During this time Alisa developed a hospital lactation program that contained staff skill competency as well as a classroom educational component. She is the Chair of the Harris County Breastfeeding Coalition and Chair of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. Texas was one of the original states chosen to pilot the Business Case for Breastfeeding and Alisa was one of the original two trainers trained at USBC. January of 2010, she participated at the USBC meeting in Washington, DC and the advocacy day at the Capital with her  Senators and Representatives. She the mother of five breastfed children ranging in age from 27-13 years old.


USLCA Secretary, Treasure
Michele Bunker-Alberts, CFNP, IBCLC, RLC
California
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Michele Bunker-Alberts is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and longtime advocate for low-income women and children’s healthcare programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her current work at the Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California covers both inpatient and outpatient women’s and pediatric care; in these capacities, Ms. Bunker-Alberts developed and coordinates the Medical Center's lactation program, recently designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, coordinates a clinic-based, grant-funded, pediatric obesity-prevention program, and works in the Medical Center's colposcopy and LEEP program.

Dedicating herself to the healthcare field in her early twenties, she acted as an HIV test site counselor and provided health and sex education in clinics and public schools. She finished nursing school in 1997 and, herself a young mother, worked in a group home in San Francisco for pregnant and parenting teenagers, providing and supervising care for mother and child across the prenatal-postpartum spectrum. She completed her board-certification in lactation in 2000, while working as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California... Click Here to read more about Michele.

 

 


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Director of External Affairs,
Sylvia Edwards, RN, MS, IBCLC, RLC
Alabama
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Sylvia Edwards is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She received her masters in Nursing Administration and as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist from Ohio State University.  She graduated with a post graduate degree from the University of South Carolina as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Family Practice. She has been a registered nurse for 42 years and a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for the past 3.5 years. She has been practicing as an Advanced Nursing Coordinator of Lactation Services at the University of Alabama Birmingham for the last  5 years. During this time, Sylvia managed a hospital lactation program and facilitated a mother/ baby delivery system redesign.  She developed staff lactation competency  with classroom educational components. She trains hospital staff, nursing and medical students, intern, and residents in care of the breastfeeding mother and child. She is the Co-Chair of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee and the Southeastern Regional Representative on the USBC. She has worked on a CPPW grant with the Jefferson County Department of Health on a Child Care Obesity Task Force. She has been a speaker in several statewide workshops and has been asked to speak at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and the Alabama State Obesity Task Force regarding Breastfeeding.  Sylvia has a varied background and has held positions as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Chief Nursing Officer, Administrative Director of Women Services, Clinical Associate Professor, as well as various managerial and staff nursing positions.   She has experience serving on several boards in educational, professional, and community organizations. She is wife to her wonderful husband of 44 years and the proud mother of three breastfed children and four breastfed grandchildren ranging in age from 8 - 18 years old.


Director of Professional Development
Barbara Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC, RLC
Michigan
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Barbara Robertson has been involved in education for over 20 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and a Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children, Colin and Emily. Her children spurred her to become involved in La Leche League and, in 1998, she became a La Leche League Leader. She enjoyed this work so much that she decided to sit for the International Lactation Consultant Exam and became a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Barbara is the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, and on-site at the Center for the Childbearing Year. She teaches breastfeeding classes for parents, facilitates support groups, trains professionals, runs a human milk depot, and is in private practice as a lactation consultant. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.


Director Of Marketing
Debi Page Ferrarello, RN, MS, IBCLC, RLC
Pennsylvania
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Debi Page Ferrarello has been an IBCLC for over twenty years and an RN for almost 30. She has worked as a lactation consultant in private practice; developed, led, and worked in a hospital lactation program; and together with friend and colleague Colette Acker, IBCLC, opened a free-standing community-based non-profit breastfeeding center. She briefly left the lactation world to explore Big Pharma, providing medical information for a coronary stent for two years, then blissfully returned to the lactation community as Director of Family Education and Lactation for Pennsylvania Hospital, our nations first hospital, which is part of Penn Medicine, in Philadelphia. In past years she has served her local ILCA chapter, PRO-LC, as President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer. She was employed as ILCA’s website editor for three years and authored two chapters in Linda J Smith’s The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice: The ABCs of Getting Started, including chapter one on marketing. She has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, a Master of Science in Health Education, and completing a Advanced Practice Nursing program. Debi has been married to Carmen for over 25 years---the man can cook!---and is the mother of three young adults.


Director of Public Policy -Licensure and Reimbursement
Marsha Walker,RN, IBCLC, RLC
Massachusetts
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Marsha Walker has worked with breastfeeding mothers since 1976, first as a volunteer counselor with Nursing Mothers Counsel in California and eventually as the Director of the Breastfeeding Support Program at Harvard Pilgrim Health, a large HMO in Massachusetts. Much of Marsha’s time is currently spent advocating for breastfeeding on the state and federal levels. She is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy (NABA) which is the organization that monitors the Code in the US. She sits on the Board of Directors of USLCA, Baby Friendly USA, Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, and Best for Babes. She represents USLCA to the US Department of Agriculture's Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium and represents NABA to the US Breastfeeding Committee.


Director of Member Services Chapters, Membership
Regina Camillieri, IBCLC, RLC
New York
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Regina Camillieri became an IBCLC by accident. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a license to teach Health Education in NY State. As a social worker she worked in a homeless shelter and noticed the breastfed children were not as sick. She breastfed her own children 21 years ago for two reasons: One, it is cold in New York in the winter and she didn’t want to get out of bed. Two, her mother had died of breast cancer at age 42 and she had heard that breastfeeding helped decrease breast cancer rates. Regina then had an opportunity to hear Jan Riordan speak on the biology of human breastmilk and was hooked! She found she only wanted to learn more. Regina became certified in 1998, recertified 2008, and is an ILCA/USLCA member. She has had experience working in private setting, corporate setting, and presently in hospital setting. Regina works as an LC in a community of hospitals that delivers 2,000 babies a year. She is the only LC and works three days a week. Last year she saw over 1,500 breastfeeding dyads.


 

Executive Director
R.J. Weber
North Carolina
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