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.
STACY DAVIS, BA, IBCLC
Conference Program Coordinator 2018
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, MPH, RN, FAAN
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.
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.
CYNTHIA GOOD, MS, CDE, IBCLC, CATSM
Cynthia Good holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Diversity Executive®, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®, author, and internationally recognized speaker. As the Director of LifeCircle Consulting, she provides education, training and consultation services to individuals and organizations seeking to increase cultural competence/humility, dismantle institutional oppression, and to more effectively respond to perinatal mental health challenges. She formerly served as Research Associate in the Publications Department of La Leche League International and was on the faculty of Parkland College. She has authored, contributed to, and provided editorial review of numerous publications related to breastfeeding, culture, and psychology. She has lived biculturally and bilingually for over 30 years.
JUDI LAUWERS, BA, IBCLC, FILCA
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 served as ILCA's Education Coordinator from 2004 to 2015 when she was appointed to Accreditation Manager. Judi is co-founder and retired Executive Director of Breastfeeding Support Consultants, where she worked extensively in developing educational materials and programs and managing conferences. She is co-author of Counseling the Nursing Mother: A Lactation Consultant's Guide and the parent's book, Breastfeeding Today.
AMBER MCCANN, BA, IBCLC
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.
JEANETTE MCCULLOCH, BA, IBCLC
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.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Meredith Parker has known that she wanted to affect change in her community and her world since her childhood in Wake Forest, North Carolina. In her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she found her passion in global health policy at the intersection of her majors in Public Policy and Global Studies and a minor in French. She developed practical skills in this area by conducting research on the WHO Global Health Security Agenda and completing internships with local municipalities, where she managed communication and organization of several studies. The culmination of her college experience was studying abroad in Montpellier, France, where she fluently mastered the French language and got a firsthand look at cultural tensions and global politics. Meredith graduated from UNC in May 2016 and is thankful that ILCA provides her the opportunity to continue developing practical skills in the subject area of her true passion: global health policy. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys reading various types of literature for her book club, being active in the great outdoors, practicing French, writing short stories, and, most importantly, spending time with friends and family.
COURTNEY SMITH, CVEP
Courtney Smith 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 daughter whenever possible, and frequenting the museums in downtown Raleigh.
KARA STACHOWIAK, MS
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.