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:

  • 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

Bonnie is the Regional Nutritionist in Region 9 for the Louisiana Department of Health -Office of Public Health.  Bonnie was a breastfeeding mom to her son and is proud to be in the capacity to inform, encourage, promote and support breastfeeding efforts and increase breastfeeding rates with WIC clients and Outreach expansion.

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.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in 2008. Immediately after graduating, she worked for a local hospital as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Specialty Care Services/ Director of Nursing for over four years. After the birth her first child in 2012, she served as the mother representative on the CDC sponsored, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Best Fed Beginnings Interdisciplinary Core Committee for East Jefferson General Hospital, which earned a designation as a Baby Friendly hospital in 2015. Jennifer joined the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition in 2013 and has served as the Executive Director and Program Manager for the past three years. Jennifer became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2015. She is a second time Milk Donor/Ambassador for the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin (TX) and help to encourage healthy mothers donate their milk to the critically ill infants in the NICU. Jennifer serves on the Advisory Committee for the Mothers Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist and has been an Active member of the Junior League of New Orleans since 2011, as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary since 2010.

After receiving her BSN from Louisiana College, Jessica began her career in maternal/ child nursing in 2004. She spent time in the newborn nursery and in the pediatric unit. This led to joining and eventually becoming the Executive Director of the Central Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.  The CLBC offered support for breastfeeding mothers through a peer counseling and workplace support program. After relocating to Baton Rouge in 2009, Jessica became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and also a nursing mother. Jessica worked in the lactation department at the Baton Rouge General. She then joined Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge. She helped create a lactation department there. Jessica served as the Lead Lactation Consultant for the department. Ochsner’s Lactation Department worked to achieve Gift Designation in 2011, receive the Gift Above and Beyond Award in 2012, as well as become the first Baby Friendly designated facility in the state of Louisiana in August 2014. Jessica now serves as a Nurse Consultant for Bureau of Family Health’s Gift Program to help promote evidenced based breastfeeding practices. Jessica was a founding member of the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and is now the Chair of the Steering Committee. She resides in Prairieville with her husband and two sons.

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.

Monika is a Board Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She serves as Clinical Faculty and a Project Manager for University Health Shreveport where she built the hospital’s first Lactation Department, leads the Baby Friendly Hospital initiative, and manages numerous grant-funded programs serving breastfeeding families in north Louisiana. Since 2016, she has served as President of the North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and also serves on committees with The Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. Her interests include hospital process and care quality improvement and expanding the use of donor milk. She attributes the health of her twin boys, born 13 weeks early, to the incredible powers of human milk.

Rebecca is a Mexico City native, Certified Professional Midwife/Licensed Midwife in Louisiana.  She holds 15 years of experience working with and for women supporting natural childbirth in Hispanic cultures and in the United States. She worked 4 years with St. Charles Community Health Center and played a key role in implementing Centering Pregnancy within the Hispanic community and with United Way’s First Born Program, supporting first time families/mothers and babies with breastfeeding, understanding child development and connecting them with resources within their community.   Her focus now lies in promoting and supporting maternity/baby services for the best start in their life. Her inspiration is to see our Louisiana hospitals, clinics and birth centers holding the Baby-Friendly Initiative.  Rebecca now resides in Mandeville, Louisiana with her husband, her father and her two older children.

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.