Executive Director

Jessica Lytle has nearly 20 years of association management experience, with specialties in membership development, recruitment, retention and engagement. Additionally, she brings much experience in marketing and conferences. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she loves traveling or hiking the North Carolina mountains with her husband and two sons.


Membership Coordinator

Naja Alvarado has been committed to learning throughout her lifetime. She started traveling internationally at a young age and after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wesleyan University, she spent almost a decade living and working in an assortment of countries. During her time abroad, she served others in a variety of leadership roles in a diverse group of industries, leading to her eclectic certifications as a Massage Therapist, an Emergency Medical Technician, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and a Teacher for English as a Second Language. After cultivating her unique perspective abroad, she is excited to serve ILCA.


Conference Program Coordinator 2019

Stacy Davis is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a Bachelors Degree in Health Services Administration and 17 years of healthcare experience, including clinical and community-based lactation support. Her specialty is organizing and managing grassroots, community-based lactation-related programs. Stacy is tirelessly dedicated to improving the level of equity, diversity and inclusion in lactation support; she wholeheartedly believes that community-based programs provide an invaluable service as a continuity of care that bridges the gap between the healthcare provider and community, offering families the socio-cultural support to birth, nourish and nurture healthy children and communities. Currently, Davis is the Executive Director of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC) and a lactation consultant for Ascension Health System, where she assisted two hospitals in achieving Baby-Friendly Hospital designation and mentored aspiring IBCLCs of color. Stacy owns a private practice in her hometown of Detroit, MI, and resides there with her husband, Jessie, and four sons – Lawran, Devahn, Jessie, and Jace.

Joan E. Dodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Lactation, International Lactation Consultant Association


Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Lactation

Joan E. Dodgson is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Lactation. She is also the Patricia and James R. Hemak Endowed Professor in Materal Child Health Nursing Research at the School of Nursing, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA. A practicing International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® for 15 years, Joan has an extensive background in research with a focus in building knowledge about breastfeeding disparities among diverse minority populations in the US and Asia. She has served on the faculties of the University of Hong Kong, China; School of Nursing, Duke University, USA; School of Nursing, University of Hawaii, USA; and Arizona State University, USA, in addition to her role as Director of the Center of the Advancement of Health Disparities Research, University of Hawaii, USA.



Education & Membership Manager

Debra Doepp was born and raised in southern Maine and moved with her family to the Triangle area in 2010. She joined ILCA in 2016 after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in the Leadership in the Public Sector Program at North Carolina State University. Prior to working at ILCA, Debra held various positions in the public and private sectors while juggling her studies and the activities of her three children. She has a passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of others. In her spare time, Debra enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and appreciates a good cup of coffee. 


Advocacy Advisor

Michele Griswold has years of experience in grassroots coalition building and advocating for policies that protect the rights of breastfeeding women and children at the state, national and international levels. Her experience in social activism informs her research surrounding unjust social barriers to breastfeeding. Her clinical expertise is centered on the integration of routine preventive lactation care in the pediatric primary care setting. She is the recipient of numerous awards for public service and leadership and recently completed her term as the ILCA President. Michele has an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing. 


Operations Manager

Courtney Joyce joined ILCA in 2015 with 10 years of experience in event planning and management. Courtney was raised in a small town in North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University in Religious Studies, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Before working with ILCA, Courtney worked with the Helps Education Fund to promote literacy among elementary school children. Courtney enjoys playing outside with her husband and daughter whenever possible, and frequenting the museums in downtown Raleigh.


Amber McCann, BA, IBCLC, Marketing Coordinator, International Lactation Consultant Association


Communications Project Manager

Amber McCann is a lactation consultant whose current interests involve connecting with new families through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same. She has provided guidance and support for a number of birth and breastfeeding organizations. After maintaining a busy private practice in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and working with an innovative model of care at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, she now provides marketing and communications guidance for ILCA. When she’s not furiously tweeting or watching terrible reality TV, you can find her eating her way through all of the fantastic restaurants in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and snuggling her three children.



Communications Strategy Manager

Jeanette McCulloch has been combining communications work and women’s health advocacy for more than 20 years. She is a co-founder of BirthSwell, which is improving infant and maternal health - and the way we talk about birth and breastfeeding - through strategic communications and social media. In addition to her work at ILCA, she is a board member of Citizens for Midwifery, and is active in local, statewide, and national birth and breastfeeding advocacy projects.



Community & Volunteer Relations Coordinator

Meredith Parker was always one of those kids who preferred reading over kickball during recess in elementary school. Throughout her childhood, she filled countless notebooks with stories, drawings, and poems. Her insatiable curiosity, her drive to create, and her desire to effect change in the world inspired her to focus her undergraduate studies on public policy, global studies, and French. She began work at ILCA in 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Though this is her first position at a nonprofit association, she has been an active nonprofit volunteer throughout her life, serving with groups such as Backpack Buddies, Science Olympiad, UNC Children’s Hospital, and UNC Student United Way. Meredith’s favorite thing about working in at ILCA is using her passion, writing, to empower people who are trying to make the world a better place.   



Conference Manager

Kara Stachowiak has been working in various aspects of event management throughout her career. A native of central Illinois, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois while working in Sports Information for the University’s athletic department. She also served in an Athletic Public Relations role at Baylor University before returning to the University of Illinois to earn a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. She went on to plan events at the Kid's Golf Foundation of Illinois before spending eight years managing events around the world for the International Society of Arboriculture. Kara enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.