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:
- 4 local coalition representatives (1 representative from each of the 4 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.
Caitrin worked as the Breastfeeding Initiatives Program Manager at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center at Tulane University for 8 years. Now she works part-time with the Bureau of Family Health, Louisiana Office of Public Health, focusing on helping workplaces statewide support their breastfeeding employees. She has her Masters in Public Health, is a Certified Lactation Counselor, and has breastfed three kids.
Has a BA in Exercise Physiology/Health Promotion and a MA in Health Studies from SLU. Currently works for DHH/OPH at Hammond Health Unit, where she has been the Breast Feeding Coordinator and Health Educator for the WIC program since 2008. She also works with the WIC Peer Counselors to increase breastfeeding rates and she provides outreach to local hospitals, physician’s office’s, schools, and other local partners in the community.
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.
Julia is the Lead Lactation Consultant at Terrebonne General Medical Center. She graduated from Louisiana State University and has been a Registered Nurse for 10 years. Her nursing career began in 2004 at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) as a NICU, Nursery, and Post-Partum nurse. Her passion for breastfeeding started with nursing her own children. Soon she realized that she had a real “knack” for helping other nursing mothers and families. In 2008, Julia decided to follow that passion and transferred into the role of Lactation Consultant. She been an IBCLC for 5 years. Within those 5 years, she has lead TGMC into achieving Gift Designation in 2010 and ultimately Baby-Friendly Designation in August of 2014 (only the 2nd Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital in the state of Louisiana). During TGMC’s journey to Baby-Friendly, Julia served as the leader of their multidisciplinary Baby-Friendly Task Force. As team leader, she was responsible for coordinating and organizing weekly meetings; planning/organizing implementation strategies; composing and conducting education for staff, physicians, and the community; and communicating goals and progress to administrative, state, and national leaders;. The team’s success with Baby-Friendly has awarded TGMC with statewide and national recognitions such as The Gift Above and Beyond Award and a featured story in the most recent CDC breastfeeding report card. Julia is committed to continue improvement efforts beyond her hospital. In witnessing breastfeeding rates at TGMC and in her community go from 40% to 70% within 2 years of beginning our Baby-Friendly efforts, she has gained great insight about effective change and improvement processes. Julia is excited to service the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and facilitate breastfeeding improvement and awareness throughout the state.
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!
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. 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.
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.
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.