Steering Committee

The work of the LBC is directed by a dedicated 12 member Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for listening, responding and supporting LBC Members in defining and carrying out the LBC’s strategic plan, as well as ensure financial stability of the organization.

The Steering Committee includes:

  • 3 local coalition representatives (1 representative from each of the 3 local breastfeeding coalitions)
  • 2 appointed members: Louisiana Department of Health – Bureau of Family Health and WIC program
  • 6 members elected by the LBC Membership

Devin is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Birth Companion, an Infant and Maternal Mortality Prevention non-profit working to decrease infant and maternal mortality rates among low income mothers through childbirth education, breastfeeding support and community doulas in Opelousas, LA. She is a Certified Laction Counselor, Doula, and Student Midwife. Currently Devin serves on the Healthy St. Landry Steering Committee, and is passionate about the promotion of breastfeeding in underserved communities.

Dr. Credo earned her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame. She graduated from LSU-New Orleans medical school, and completed her residency training in pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. She is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and a Board-Certified Pediatrician specializing in infant feeding and nutrition. She is a founder and the current President of the Capital Area Breastfeeding Alliance. Dr. Credo works with The Gift, a breastfeeding program within the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health-Bureau of Family Health and is a mom of three.

Finding her niche in Women’s Services as a nurse right out of nursing school in 2002, Lauren has worked in Labor & Delivery, Nursery and postpartum, transitioning to working in public health with the WIC and Immunization program in 2005. It was as a CPA/Breastfeeding Coordinator for WIC that she was inspired to breastfeed her own children and help other new moms to breastfeed also. In 2011, she certified as an IBCLC and became an officer for the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition. After 7 years in public health, in July of 2012, she was hired as the first ever lactation consultant at Opelousas General Health System to lead the hospital’s participation in the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative, achieving Baby-Friendly designation in 2015.  Lauren continues to be actively involved with the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition as Chair of the Board as well as the LBC liaison, all while continuing work at OGHS, building up a new home visiting private practice, Drops of Hope Lactation & Wellness Consulting, and being a busy mom of three very active kids!

Sada Duhon Powers is from Vermilion Parish in south-central Louisiana. She currently lives in Maurice with her husband, Daniel, step-daughter’s, Alexia Grace and Kelsey Ann, and her son, Madix Ambrose. She studied Nursing at University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2005. In early 2018, Sada earned Certification as a Lactation Counselor and is a recent graduate of Leadership Vermilion Class 5. She is currently the Obstetric and Nursery Manager at Abbeville General where she also assists patients in Lactation. Sada strongly believes “Every child and every family to have a fair shot at reaching their potential no matter who they are or where they are from”. As a nurse, she tries to live by Maya Angelou’s quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She is passionate about interacting and caring for the woman- newborn dyad and those who care for them.

Janene is a Registered Nurse with experience in Maternal-Child health, lactation, quality improvement, and leadership. She is a Coffective team member, assisting with the development of educational tools, providing implementation guidance to partners, and hospital coaching. In addition to her Coffective work, she works closely with The Gift program in a coaching capacity. In her term as a hospital leader of a Women’s Services Unit, she was one of the leads in becoming the first Baby-Friendly designated hospital in Louisiana. Janene believes in the power of community networking and resources, the importance of coalitions, and the beauty of informal relationships built among mothers through friendships, social media and blogs. She is passionate about evidence-based care, equitable care, and the promotion and protection of breastfeeding.

Marty is the MCH Regional Coordinator in Region 9 for the Louisiana Department of Health – Bureau of Family Health.  Marty is the mother to 4 breastfed children and is passionate about improving maternal and child health outcomes in Louisiana.

Dr. Brytani Laird resides in Youngsville, Louisiana with her husband PJ and their kids, Wesston, Brody, Brooklyn, and Barrett. Dr. Brytani received her Bachelors in Biology from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas.  Dr. Brytani Laird has her Webster TechniqueCertification and is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Brytani focuses her practice on pregnancy, postpartum, pediatrics and family. As a mom who has nursed all her babies, she has a passion for breastfeeding. Her 3 youngest children all experienced a hard time nursing with 2 of them having tongue and lip revisions. Her goal is to educate her pregnancy patients on all aspects of breastfeeding as to best prepare them to succeed in their nursing journey. A large part of her practice is with babies who have ties and trouble nursing. I love serving the community and helping moms have successful nursing journeys. I am also extremely passionate about helping to support anyone who is caring for mom and baby. I would like to be able to be a part of an organization to help make things happen as a whole and not just in my practice. I am ready to be able to expand my knowledge and helping hand beyond my practice and into the state.

Tara is a registered dietitian and certified lactation counselor.  She graduated summa cum laude from Nicholls State University with a bachelors of science in dietetics.  She completed a dietetics internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.  She received her certification as a lactation counselor in 2015.

Tara has worked in the public health field specifically with WIC for the last 17 years.  She was a nutritionist working in Region 3 for 16 years and found that each day brought a new opportunity to help a mother to choose to breastfeed, by educating, counseling and sharing her own personal breastfeeding experiences from many years ago.  Since August 2019, Tara has been working as the WIC Breastfeeding Program Manager.  This new role with WIC is allowing her to make productive changes to the Breastfeeding Program with hopes to increase Louisiana’s overall breastfeeding initiation rates and duration.

Evon Lavergne -Prudhomme is the founder of Back@theBreast with E.B.A.B.ES- a private practice Lactation Consultant home visiting Service in Lake Charles and the surrounding area. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Lactation Counselor, peer supporter, daughter, mother, sister, and friend. She is passionate about empowering woman, families, and others with a greater knowledge and understanding of breastfeeding.

Dr. Erin McKinley is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Education Specialist, and Certified Lactation Counselor based in Baton Rouge, LA. She is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Louisiana State University. She obtained both her PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion and Master of Science in Human Nutrition from The University of Alabama.  Her current research is focused in creating and testing new scales to measure psychological components related to infant feeding. She mentors over a dozen nutrition, dietetics, and public health students and professionals across the US and recently started the student success podcast Geauxing All In: Get the Edge You Need to Succeed on YouTube. Dr. McKinley was recently awarded the 2021 Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian-of-the-Year honor.

I am a military spouse of fourteen years and a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother of two girls, Rylie and Avalyn. Professionally I use my podcast platform, Mommy Couch Confessions, to curate conversations around motherhood that allow for mothers who believe themselves to be unseen or unfruitful to find encouragement and positive shifts in their parenting dynamic. I also serve as an adjunct professor at Louisiana Tech University-Barksdale Program. For the last eight years, I have taught students in the discipline of psychology and behavioral science. I currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition Steering Commitee to be a voice of support for breastfeeding mothers and also individuals of color who seek to fulfill the requirements to become certified lactation workers.

Marci is the Breastfeeding Program Manager for the Bureau of Family Health, which is housed within the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health.  Marci oversees the Bureau of Family Health’s Breastfeeding initiatives and provides some staff support to the LBC.  Marci received her master’s degree in public health, with a focus in maternal and child health, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Marci is also the mother of a happy, busy, and almost 5 year old.