The ILCA Board of Directors has decision-making powers regarding matters of policy, direction, strategy, and governance of the organization. They steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, and ensuring adequate resources.

Officers and Directors are elected to serve for a three (3) year term. The ILCA Board of Directors has the option to invite a board member to renew his/her term for a second three-year period. Any Director invited to serve a second term must be ratified by vote of the ILCA voting members.




President (2016 - 2018) 

Old Lyme, CT, United States

Growing up in a family of many women, Michele learned that women are powerful nurturers of families and she has been a passionate advocate for women’s issues for as long as she can remember. As a nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and public health professional, she believes that breastfeeding provides a critical opportunity for women and children to reach their full human potential. Because of this, she believes that social barriers that restrict or prevent women who choose to breastfeed from doing so, are unjust. Michele has years of experience in grassroots coalition building and advocating for policies that protect the rights of breastfeeding women and children in the U.S. and abroad. Her experience in social activism has informed her research surrounding experiences of racism and breastfeeding outcomes among Black women in the U.S. She is particularly interested in the applicability of mindfulness-based interventions for women and children who are marginalized by race as well as other social characteristics that ultimately, restrict their opportunities to health and well-being. Michele was selected as a 2016 Mind & Life Institute Summer Research Fellow and was the first recipient of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition’s Leadership Award in 2016. Michele is also the recipient of the 2015 Connecticut Nurse’s Association Award for Public Service and the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing’s Lillian R. Goodman Award which recognizes a doctoral student who exemplifies a humanitarian approach to leadership, scholarship, and a deep commitment to the development of professional practice, education and research. Other research interests include scientific understanding of the foundations of human connection and compassion as they pertain to the mother and child and also how they relate to the care that we provide as clinicians. She believes that we must be willing to change ourselves first, in order to change the world. 


Mudiwah A. Kadeshe, MSN, RNC-OB, IBCLC, CCE, CLNC, Lanham, MD, ILCA Board of Directors


President- Elect (First Term: 2015 - 2018) 

Lanham, MD, United States

Mudiwah A. Kadeshe has more than 25 years of experience in women’s health nursing. Informed by her own birth experiences, she entered the profession wanting to support women in their birthing choices and became a certified childbirth educator and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to increase her ability to reach families. Mudiwah established and directed a lactation resource center at a tertiary care medical system hospital that facilitated more than 3000 deliveries per year,. She currently is a community based lactation consultant in one of the most poverty stricken wards in Washington, D.C. and oversees the peer counselor services through the Children’s National East of the River Lactation Support Center. She is currently the Vice President, Program Manager, and lead facilitator for grant-based projects for D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition.




Secretary (First Term: 2016 - 2019) 

Schull, Co. Cork, Ireland

Geraldine Cahill ,has been working as a private practice lactation consultant in Cork, Ireland, providing home and Skype visits since 2007. She also tutors for a mother support organisation in breastfeeding and childbirth education, and has been a breastfeeding counsellor since 1993 with the same organisation, Cuidiú. She has developed a Training of Trainer course in Lactation Management for Health Care Professionals who provide training in their own work facilities. She has spoken at many Association of Lactation Consultants of Ireland (ALCI) and Cuidiú conference on topics ranging from informed decision making and counselling to anatomy and physiology. She was the ILCA/WABA Chris Mulford Fellow in 2014 and spent time working with WABA in Penang and met with IBCLC'S there as well as providing peer support training. She was a part of the European Panel at the 2014 Lactation Summit, co-hosted by ILCA, IBLCE®, and LEAARC.  She has served on the membership and education committees of ILCA since 2010.  


Lisa Akers, MS, RD, IBCLC Harrisonburg, VA, USA, ILCA Board of Directors


Treasurer (Second Term: 2017 - 2020) 

Harrisonburg, VA, United States

Lisa Akers is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She completed her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Clinical Dietetics from James Madison University. She recently completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Strategic Leadership Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit and Community Leadership from James Madison University. Lisa believes that governance is leadership and thus has focused her research on investigating the organizational factors and guidance of healthcare leadership that influence perinatal quality of care and The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Lisa has been working in the field of public health and human lactation for over 16 years. Her former position as the State Breastfeeding Coordinator supported and promoted breastfeeding endeavors for all of 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. Lisa recently earned the Excellence in Practice of Women’s Health Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group. Lisa has served on numerous national and international boards. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her husband and young son.



First Term: 2017 - 2020 

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Sabeen Adil currently lives in Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria and is originally from Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. She has experience working in lactation, pediatric, and maternity clinics and hospitals in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan, and Nigeria. Sabeen established the first lactation clinic in Pakistan, and worked to achieve recognition of lactation consultants as medical professionals in that country. She is currently a private practice lactation consultant in Nigeria.



First Term: 2017 - 2020 

Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi resides in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. She created the online breastfeeding support forum in 2004 and is a co-founder and President of Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. She is on the Local Governance Task Force Coordinator for World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). Kamariah is working with IBCLCs to establish a Malaysian Lactation Consultant Association. She is currently a private practice lactation consultant.



First Term: 2017 - 2020 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Iona Macnab is the co-founder of iLactation Online Breastfeeding Conferences, a global education platform offering continuing education credits for health professionals. She was a Le Leche League (LLL) Leader in Japan (13 years) and Australia (6 years), as well as the LLL Regional Administrator for Asia, Africa and Middle East (7 years). Currently, Iona is the Conference Coordinator for Lactation Consultants for Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and ILCA’s Professional Development Committee Chair, in addition to her responsibilities with iLactation.


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