Board of Directors

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Officers

Chair

Sarah Coulter Danner, RN, MSN, CNM, CPNP. Ms Danner is a registered nurse and nurse midwife educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont. She received her BSN from Skidmore College, her Masters Degree in Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery from Case Western Reserve University and is currently working on her PhD in nursing at South Dakota State University. She has a forty year history of assisting families in both the US and England as a lactation consultant, pediatric nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife. Ms Danner has been involved with Baby-Friendly USA since its start in the US and served as a founding member of the board of directors. She represents the American College of Nurse Midwives on the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She worked with the founding group of the IBCLE exam and assisted with the first exam at Georgetown University. She is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications and journal articles.

Vice Chair

Ann Brownlee, MA, PhD. Dr. Brownlee is a medical sociologist who has worked in the fields of breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding for over twenty-five years.  She received her B.A. at Pomona College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Boston University.  She has an appointment as Clinical Professor in the Division of International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine at the UCSD Medical School. She has worked as a staff member and consultant in the areas of breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding and international health, specializing in evaluation and applied research.  Dr. Brownlee served for eight years as Planning, Evaluation and Applied Research Coordinator for the Project for Strengthening Health Delivery Systems in Africa (a 20-country project), for ten years as Senior Technical Advisor for Program Development, Evaluation and Research at Wellstart International, and taught at UCSD for sixteen years.  She worked extensively with WHO and UNICEF to develop the assessment strategy and tools for the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a course for hospital administrators working to become baby-friendly, an assessment tool to accompany WHO’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, and a revised version of the BFHI assessment tools.  She also helped to launch the US Baby-Friendly program and develop its first assessment tool, while on the staff of Wellstart International. She has served as team leader on a number of health program evaluations and lead trainer for “training of trainer” workshops in Africa and Asia and has published extensively in the fields of breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding, cross-cultural health, health systems research, and health assessment.

Clerk

Theresa Landau, MS, RD. Ms. Landau is a registered dietitian and a certified lactation counselor. She has worked at the Morrisania WIC Program for over 32 years and has been the Director of the Program for over 29 years. She received her Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition from Columbia University. Ms. Landau has served in a variety of capacities in the management, leadership, nutrition and breastfeeding arenas. She was the Chairperson of The WIC Association of NYS, Inc. for 10 years, a member of the Board of Directors for 20 years and founded the NYC Metro WIC Association. She has been the Local Agency Northeast Regional Representative to NWA Board of Directors since 2004. She has had a leadership role or participated in numerous committees and Task Forces on the local, regional and national levels. Ms. Landau co-chairs the Bronx Breastfeeding Coalition; sits on the NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council and the NYC Health & Hospital Corporation Breastfeeding Initiative Executive Committee and is on the Board of the New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition.

Treasurer

Robert H. LeFever. Mr. LeFever received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and was a graduate of the Financial Management Program of the General Electric Company. He recently retired from a second career as the Director of Development for Mercer Street Friends where he was responsible for the fundraising activities of the organization. Prior to that he spent more than 30 years in advertising, first in senior management positions (CFO and COO) at two of the largest advertising agencies in Philadelphia, then as a financial and management consultant to small and mid-sized advertising, public relations and marketing firms. Mr. LeFever has served in a variety of leadership capacities on numerous boards of directors throughout his career. These include Chandler Hall, Temple University Health System, Jeanes Hospital, and the Volunteer Trustees, a national organization of healthcare trustees dedicated to promoting not-for-profit healthcare. He recently completed a three-year term on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance and has just begun another three-year term as a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the Committee on Governance. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Baby-Friendly USA, his current volunteer activities include serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Temple Physicians, Inc., which is an owner/manager of community-based primary care physician practices and the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation, which provides financial support for healthcare services in the community served by Jeanes Hospital.

Directors

Lawrence M. Gartner, MD. Dr. Gartner received his undergraduate education at Columbia University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. After completing his internship in Pediatrics at Hopkins, he continued his training in Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, specializing in neonatology and pediatric liver disease. His basic laboratory and clinical research focus has been in the area of neonatal jaundice, with particular reference to its relationship to breastfeeding. At Einstein, Dr. Gartner rose to Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Neonatology and Pediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology, and Director of the Children's Clinical Research Unit. In 1980, Dr. Gartner was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Chicago and Director of Wyler Children's Hospital. He also held a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He continued his combined work in bilirubin metabolism and breastfeeding in Chicago and has published more than 200 papers on this subject and on other aspects of breastfeeding. He has also lectured on the modern history of premature infant care and its origins as public exhibitions of premature infants in incubators at World’s Fairs and amusement parks. In 1998, Dr. Gartner retired from The University of Chicago. His current academic title is Professor Emeritus, Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology at The University of Chicago. In addition to being a founding and current member of the Baby-Friendly USA Board of Directors, he was Founding Chair of the Executive Committee of the Section on Breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1998 to 2006. He is also a Past- President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, of which he is a founder, and a Past-President of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, which he also helped found. He is currently Chair of the ABM Ethics Committee. He lectures regularly on breastfeeding issues.

Laura McBride, JD. Ms. McBride received her law degree from George Washington University Law School and her Master’s Degree in Evaluative Clinical Sciences (a program focused on health policy considerations of clinical outcomes) from Dartmouth College. She is an Associate in the law firm Calfee, Halter and Griswold where she assists corporate and government entities in a wide range of disputes and compliance matters. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation group and is also active in the Health Care and Life Sciences, and Federal Government Contract and Agency Regulation groups. In the health care arena, she has represented various types of entities in both litigation and regulatory matters. Her unique background includes her experience as a Program Analyst in the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services overseeing federal health programs, including those of the FDA and NIH. Her primary focus was the conduct of clinical research and the system of human-subject protections, and the regulatory system for dietary supplements. In addition to being a board member for Baby-Friendly USA, Ms. McBride also serves on the Board of Directors for Lakewood Community Services Center, which provides food and housing services to individuals and families in need on the west side of Cleveland.

Sallie Page-Goertz, RN, BSN, MN, CPNP, IBCLC. Ms. Page-Goertz is a registered nurse, certified pediatric nurse practitioner and international board certified lactation consultant. She is a clinical associate professor in the Pediatric Department at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she provides didactic and clinical teaching of medical and nursing students, with a focus on breastfeeding/lactation/ and ambulatory pediatric issues. She provides direct general pediatric care and lactation services to a panel of patients. She has a keen interest in breastfeeding/lactation particularly as it relates to the training of health care professionals. She is a current member of the International Lactation Consultants’ Association, where she served as President; Greater KC Lactation Consultants’ Association Greater Kansas City Chapter; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), where she is a member of the Breastfeeding Education Special Interest Group, the drafting committee for the NAPNAP position on breastfeeding, and member of the expert panel on infant feeding. She has served as liaison from ILCA to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), and is currently a member of the WABA advisory panel. Ms Page-Goertz is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in Spanish, and from the School of Nursing with her BSN and Master’s degree in nursing. She is the recipient of many awards, author of numerous publications and an international speaker. She joined the Baby-Friendly USA board of directors in 2012.

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC. Ms Walker is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Ms. Walker is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a Vice President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as President of ILCA. She is a board member of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, the US Lactation Consultant Association, and Baby-Friendly USA, ILCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Ms Walker is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.


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