Board of Directors & Governance
Organization and Bylaws
The United States Breastfeeding Committee is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 100 organizations that support its mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
The leadership of the USBC is guided by the following policies:
- Diversity Values Statement
- Conflict of Interest
- Code of Ethics for Board & Staff
- Board & Staff Leadership Code of Conduct
The USBC recognizes that an organization is only as good as its volunteers and leaders. We are incredibly grateful for the time, talent, and resources contributed by our exceptional Board of Directors, committee chairs, and other volunteer leaders.
Emily Taylor: Women-Inspired Systems' Enrichment*
Chair, Constellation Steering Committee
Tiana Pyles: Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition*
Lindsay B. Groff: Human Milk Banking Association of North America*
Amy Barron Smolinski: Mom2Mom Global*
Paulina Erices: Adelante, the Latino Network for Health and Education *
Camie Jae Goldhammer: National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color*
Scott Hartman: American Academy of Family Physicians*
Chair, Governance Committee
Nekisha Killings: La Leche League USA*
Chair, Membership Engagement Committee
Sekeita Lewis-Johnson: Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color*
Kim Moore-Salas: Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor*
Chair, Awards Committee
Tina Sherman: MomsRising*
*The USBC Board of Directors is elected from among the Voting Members' organizational representatives.
- Inside the "USBC boardroom": Board positions (i.e., seats) are held by individuals, and so board members do not reflect or represent their member organizations' interests or positions. The duty of the USBC Board of Directors is to serve and carry out the best interests of the USBC as a whole.
- Outside of the "USBC boardroom": USBC Board members may continue to wear the "hats" of their member organizations (or other affiliations). Therefore it is important to recognize that they are likely to be in the role of representing the positions of these other organizations in public forums. This might include, but is not limited to, when speaking at other conferences/events, when speaking to the media or policymakers, within USBC-affiliated Constellations, and when at the "all USBC" membership table.
- Unless otherwise explicitly designated (and then only for a specific instance), only the USBC Board Chair and Executive Director are authorized to speak on behalf of the USBC. USBC Board members are advised to declare their "hats" when outside of the "USBC boardroom" when there is a possibility of confusion or misperception of their affiliations.
Committees Chaired by Non-Board Members
- Conference Program Committee, Co-Chairs: Tytina Sanders-Bey and Grace Yee
- CRASH Committee, Co-Chairs: Sahira Long and Lourdes Santaballa
- Ethics Committee, Chair: vacant
- Nominating Committee, Chair: Muswamba Mwamba
USBC Board of Directors Biographies
Emily specializes in innovating, implementing, and evaluating initiatives to improve the quality of health services for women and children. As founder and Director of WISE (Women-Inspired Systems' Enrichment), Emily provides consultation on applying the IHI Model for Improvement, leadership development, curriculum creation and implementation, building team resilience and capacity, teaching clients use data to drive change, and facilitating quality improvement collaboratives.
Emily's career has focused on reducing socio-ecological constraints to breastfeeding in the United States with particular emphasis on health care delivery systems. Through WISE, Emily currently works on Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaboratives throughout the United States.
Prior to founding WISE, Emily served as Deputy Director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute from 2007-2014. There, she served as Director of the National Collaborative for Advancing the Ten Steps and the Breastfeeding-Friendly Healthcare Project. Emily has also published numerous research studies, including topics such as impact of infant formula marketing, sexual abuse survivors' experiences with breastfeeding, and organizational readiness to change.
Emily earned a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from UNC Chapel Hill in 2007. She completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program in 2012. Emily is also certified childbirth doula and Lamaze childbirth educator, and volunteered these services for families in under-served communities from 2003 - 2012. Emily is deeply passionate about anti-racism work, and is grateful for various opportunities to expand her understanding of this important work.
Emily was an active member of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition from 2006-2015, and served on the Board from 2008-2014. She was most active in implementing the Business Case for Breastfeeding, the Mother-Baby Friendly Clinic Award, and Ban the Bags. She has recently moved to Massachusetts where she hopes to become active with her state and local coalitions.
Tiana has considered the United States Breastfeeding Committee family, since first attending as a presenter for BSTARS; a Cultural Coalition listed with the USBC in 2016. She is a member of the Membership Engagement Committee and is Co-Chair of the Conference Planning Committee. In 2018, she was a recipient of the "Emerging Leader" award at the Eighth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening.
She is a proud mother of four and comes from an unbroken family lineage of breastfeeding mothers. She actively works on bridging the disparities in community development, health care, and breastfeeding in Memphis, Tennessee, and beyond, by helping to create opportunities to support the much needed work. She continues to be entrenched in this work to honor her ancestral heritage and in efforts to leave a good example for her legacy to live by and to be proud of.
As the Executive Director for the Orange Mound Development Corporation, the Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition and a co-founder of BSTARS (Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support), Ms. Pyles understands that to truly help and empower families to be prosperous in their communities, it takes a “circle of support.” This “circle of support” must include family, adequate education and health care, affordable, quality housing options, peer support and good neighbors. Tiana is instrumental in forging networking partnerships at local, state and national levels in order to better serve the community, city and state she is vested in and loves.
Lindsay is the executive director at Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) and a passionate breastfeeding advocate. Her dedication to helping medically fragile children is inspired by her own experience as a mother and milk donor during her daughter, Charlotte’s extended stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. While her daughter was unable to breastfeed directly, Lindsay held to her personal goal of providing breastmilk for one year, both supporting Charlotte with her milk through a nasogastric tube (NG tube) and by donating excess to other vulnerable infants.
Throughout her career, Lindsay has brought high-powered executive leadership skills with a distinct focus on operations, membership development, and fundraising. Formerly, she served as executive director of the Barth Syndrome Foundation and in several roles at Fernley & Fernley, an association management company. Lindsay has an MBA from Rowan University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers University. Today, Lindsay is impassioned by her role at HMBANA and, with her thriving daughter Charlotte, shares a deep belief in serving under-resourced communities through her work with local nonprofits.
Amy is the Executive Director of Mom2Mom Global and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, a network of breastfeeding peer support, education, and advocacy for military families. She serves on the U.S. World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative working group, the Military Breastfeeding Coalition working group, and the Union Institute and University Human Lactation Studies Pathway 2 Advisory Board. She has worked with breastfeeding dyads in a variety of settings, from inpatient postpartum and NICU to home visits, telephone, and online consulting as an Advanced Lactation Consultant and Certified Lactation Counselor. Her work appears in the book Taking The Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood, and Social Media, and she narrated the documentary film Untying Breastfeeding. She has spoken internationally on breastfeeding and social media, breastfeeding grief, and breastfeeding military families. Prior to entering the lactation field, Amy worked in nonprofit arts management as Interim Artistic Director of The Growing Stage in Leesburg, VA, and as the first Director of Community Programs for Opera Omaha. Amy is an actress, director, and professional voice artist in Germany, where she resides with her husband, an Army Reservist, and four sons.
Paulina is the mother of three multicultural Latino children, a Maternal Child Health Specialist for Jefferson County Public Health, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from University of Denver. Her areas of current work include promoting perinatal and infant mental health along the continuum of care; building community capacity to navigate health and education systems; facilitating organizational change to embrace linguistic and culturally responsive practices; and establishing community-based participatory programs to strengthen communities. Paulina is one of the coordinators of Adelante, the Latino Network for Health and Education and participates on organizations focused on child and family health. She is also an Art of Hosting practitioner and supports project design, development, and evaluation as a consultant for nonprofits and community groups. Paulina likes to be with people, learn from and with others, and connect passions for meaningful work.
Camie (Sisseton-Wahpeton) is a Clinical Social Worker and Lactation Consultant. Camie received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 2006, specializing in Maternal Mood Disorders and the effects of complex/Intergenerational trauma on attachment, bonding and the parenting practices of Native families. She has served as a therapist with the Snoqualmie Tribe's Behavioral Health Program, been a WIC/Maternity Support Services social worker, clinical supervisor with the Ina Maka home visiting program which serves pregnant and parenting women and their families in Washington's urban-Indian community.
Camie is the founder and chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. She is also a founding mother and President Elect of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color and on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee. In 2013 she became Washington state's first Native American IBCLC. Camie is a consultant with the Center for Health Equity, Education and Research CHAMPS program. She is a member of the Center for Social Inclusion’s First Food Racial Equity Cohort. In 2016/2017, she worked as a Campaign Director with MomsRising working to bring paid family and medical leave to Washington State which was signed into law in July 2017. In fall 2017, Camie launched the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Certification (IBC) which is a 45 hour foundational lactation counselor program for those that identify as Native/Indigenous/First Nations. Together with her colleague and “breastfriend” Kimberly Moore-Salas (Dine), she has trained over 220 Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselors all over Turtle Island (North America).
In 2018, Camie was honored to be elected to the United States Breastfeeding Committee Board of Directors after years of service doing constellation and committee work within USBC. Camie, along with Kim, is proud to be one of USBC's first Native American board members. Most days, Camie can be found working as the Program Manager for DayBreak Star Doulas, a Native doula and breastfeeding support program of United Indians of all Tribes and being a mom to her two daughters Dylan (11) and JoJo (8.5) in Seattle, WA. She is a National leader on topics of racial equity and first food justice.
Scott is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and also the Maternity Care Coordinator for the URMC Primary Care Network. He serves on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Board of Directors for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. He is also the current chair of the NY State Academy of Family Physicians Public Health Commission and serve on the Board of the NY Milk Bank. Scott worked with numerous community groups' projects around health equity, particularly in LGBT health, HIV prevention and maternal child health.
At the community level in his home city, Scott is an active member of the Rochester Area Birth Network, his hospital's breastfeeding task force and the Institute for Family Centered Childbirth. His publications and research interests are primarily focused on prematurity prevention and breastfeeding promotion, as well as on the education of family physicians in maternal-child health.
Nekisha is an equity strategist, international board certified lactation consultant, and maternal and child health advocate. Her life’s work is focused on advancing equity in the field of lactation. Nekisha authored the chapter titled Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. She acts as Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Lactation Education Resources, and consults organizations on creating and implementing strategies to better support marginalized communities. She is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, which is dedicated to equipping aspirants of color to sit the IBCLC exam. She has been a La Leche League Leader for nearly a decade, seeding groups in various communities around the US, and earning the distinction of Military Spouse of the Year for her groundbreaking work with military families.
During her first term on the United States Breastfeeding Committee Board of Directors (2018-2020), Nekisha enjoyed being an active and committed Director, while also chairing the Membership Engagement Committee (MEC). She had the honor of leading the MEC through the organization's major membership program revamp and subsequent transition last year. Nekisha continues to lead as the committee crafts forward-thinking and intentional programs around member benefits and engagement.
In addition to being spouse to an active duty servicemember, Nekisha also homeschools four little future world changers and enjoys writing and researching on the impact of historical trauma on Black families' breastfeeding experiences today.
Sekeita is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Birth Doula. In December 1997, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from Michigan State University. For over 20 years, her primary focus has been labor and delivery and maternal-child nursing. Sekeita served on the Baby-Friendly Collaborative Committee at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan which received its Baby-Friendly Hospital designation in April 2018. She has experience as a Nursing Instructor with teaching experience at various hospitals around the Metro-Detroit area. On May 2, 2019, Dr. Lewis-Johnson graduated from Wayne State University where she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree and Nursing Education Certificate. She is one of the Founding Members of Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color and owner of Mommy and Me Lactation Consulting, LLC. She is the former President of Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association in Detroit, Michigan, and she serves her community by volunteering on the Beloved Community Initiative's leadership team in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dr. Lewis-Johnson is currently employed as the Lead Nurse Planner and Instructor for Lactation Education Resources.
Dr. Lewis-Johnson has received multiple awards during her career. Most recently in 2017 she was awarded "IBCLC of the Decade" by Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association, and received "The Peoples' Choice Award" from The Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners for her poster presentation entitled: "Implicit Bias of Health Care Providers and Breastfeeding Disparities amongst African American Women." She has presented webinars for the Michigan Breastfeeding Network, as well as served on their webinar planning committee for 2019. Her additional works include presenting for ROSE, the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network, Gold Lactation, The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and equity training for the Genesee County Health Department.
Kim is born for Naakaii Diné (Mexican People) and from Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak People) clans. Born in Tuba City, maternally from Tolani Lake, AZ located in the southwestern area of the Navajo Nation. Growing up on and off the Navajo Nation, and residing in various tribal communities throughout her life, Kim is passionate about utilizing her education and experience to promote healthy living through kinship values.
Kim has over nine years of experience in peer-counseling, clinical and educational lactation. Kim’s work has been inclusive of Tribal and culturally diverse communities serving the needs of prenatal, newborns, and post-partum mothers and families. Currently, Kim continues to work at ValleyWise Health Medical Center as a lactation consultant for seven and half years and is serving the front lines assisting families and COVID mothers during the pandemic with breastfeeding and hospital policies. She also implemented the first Arizona Lactation Mentorship Pilot Program at Valleywise Hospital mentoring two student interns. This allows access to clinical hours to create strategic initiatives to bring BIPOC diversity, equity and inclusion to the field of lactation. She also worked with Arizona Breastfeeding Center to broaden her skill set in private practice for postpartum families. Kim is a Co-Instructor for the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training course geared towards American Indian/Alaska Native tribal communities throughout the nation. This course provides foundational lactation education to Native people so that they provide clinical breastfeeding support in their communities.
Kim also independently consults with Changing Woman Initiative out of New Mexico, a free access birth center serving Indigenous women to reproductive wellness. She currently serves, and is one of the first Indigenous women, on the Board of Directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a non-profit independent organization of more than 50 professionals, educational and government organizations supporting breastfeeding across the nation. Prior to this new role she was an also active member and served as co-chair planning committee for USBC's National Conference Convening 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Kim just ended her two year service as Vice-President for Central Arizona Lactation Consultants of Arizona and Arizona Health Partnerships. She is now a member of the Arizona Maternal Mortality Review Committee which assist by promoting a proactive approach to prevention services and understanding risks factors associated with maternal mortality in Arizona.
Kim's extensive experience in this field has led to opportunities in consulting, which along with her husband synthesized their consulting business in Tribal Indemnity. Within three years, Tribal Indemnity has assumed responsibility of complex projects and strategic planning with one of the largest Tribes in Arizona. She recently established her own small business, Indigenous Breastfeeding Az, dba.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-three years and three daughters of whom she breastfed until they were 2 years old. She also loves early morning runs, hiking, boxing and yoga.
Tina has dedicated her professional life to supporting and empowering moms and families. She has served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate and worked with several child and women's advocacy organizations. She is an active advocate on the North Carolina MomsRising Steering Committee and is a certified birth doula.
Tina and her husband are raising four boys ranging from 4 to 13 years, including 10 year old twins. She is active in her small town serving on the board of the local farmers market, the Town Planning Board and the County Women's Commission.