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Professional Staff Team

 

Megan Renner

Executive Director

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Amelia Psmythe

Deputy Director

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Kinkini Banerjee

Coalition Relations Director

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Cheryl Lebedevitch

Workplace Program & Campaign Manager

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Camille Abbe

Meeting & Conference Manager

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Denae Heartfield

Senior Coalition Relations Coordinator

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Lynette Anwulika Anigbo

PR & Communications Coordinator

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Sarah Walz

Program & Campaign Coordinator

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Jennifer Grooms

Advocacy & Public Policy Intern

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Tadeo Weiner-Davis

Advocacy & Public Policy Intern

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Staff Team Member Bios

Megan Renner, Executive Director: Megan has been working with the United States Breastfeeding Committee since 2004. She previously served as Executive Director of the Institute of Management Consultants USA and the Museum Trustee Association, and as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of Lamaze International. Megan has held volunteer leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (Maryland), and as Treasurer and fundraising chair for the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Illinois). Megan holds a Bachelors Degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Nonprofit Executive Certificate from the University’s Mendoza College of Business.

Amelia Psmythe, Deputy Director: Amelia began her career in public health as a breastfeeding peer counselor and then Executive Director of Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon. She comes to the USBC from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon, where she led efforts to implement Oregon's landmark Rest Breaks for Breast Milk Expression law, coordinated a statewide hospital maternity care practice improvement project, coordinated a public health insurance investment collaborative, and co-chaired a committee to identify a mechanism for reimbursement of community-based doulas through Medicaid funds. Amelia has also been a member of the Milk Expression Advisory Committee for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry, chaired the USBC Nursing Breaks Law Task Force, and served as the elected West Pacific Coalitions Regional Representative. An accomplished public speaker, facilitator and advocate, she frequently presents on themes that connect grassroots activists with “treetop” policy strategies for effective social and environmental change.

Kinkini Banerjee, Coalition Relations Director: Kinkini comes to the USBC with more than 20 years of experience working closely with community organizations, social services agencies, public health, and academic partners to build and sustain strong multi-objective initiatives impacting health, civic engagement, safety, and community capacity. She began her career in clinical practice, as a Dietitian specializing in pediatric nutrition. Kinkini partners with breastfeeding coalitions across the country to strengthen their capacity to improve the landscape of breastfeeding support. She works with coalition leaders to strengthen their governance and leadership capacity and increase organizational transparency and accountability. A core component of her work is helping move USBC’s equity mission forward. The best part of her work is fostering transformational partnerships to build strategic visions to advance community health and resiliency. Kinkini serves on the Board of Trustees of Alameda Health System, chairing the Strategic Planning Committee. She is the President of the Board of Building Futures with Women and Children.

Cheryl Lebedevitch, Workplace Program & Campaign Manager: Cheryl has been working with the United States Breastfeeding Committee since 2009. As a young student and working mom, Cheryl became committed to influencing the policies and systems that impact today's families, bringing extensive social media, communications, and technology experience to the USBC team. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed an undergraduate fellowship at the Newberry Library.

Camille Abbe, Meeting & Conference Manager: Camille has a background in public relations and event planning, working on award-winning campaigns for nationally-recognized food, beverage, and consumer product brands at Hunter Public Relations, a New York City Public Relations firm. Camille has since left agency life and became a DONA-trained birth doula and birth advocate, volunteering with the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and Choices in Childbirth. She has been coordinating the annual conference for the Midwives Alliance, a professional organization for midwives, since 2009.

Denae Heartfield, Coalition Relations Coordinator: Denae graduated from the University of South Florida in 2010 with a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences and minor in Public Health. During her graduate education at Mercer University she found her passion for women’s health while working in an Ob/Gyn clinic. As a community health intern for the Central Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, she became an active advocate of breast cancer prevention in African American women. Her Capstone project assessed the correlation between socioeconomic factors and access to mammography services among African American women in middle Georgia. Denae received her Masters in Public Health in 2012 before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lynette Anwulika Anigbo, PR & Communications Coordinator: Lynette attended Indiana University for both her undergraduate degree (Religious Studies/African and African-American Diaspora Studies) and graduate degree (School of Public and Environmental Affairs). She has experience managing social media, graphic design, marketing, and advocacy. While an undergraduate, she created the Parents Resource Guide under the leadership of Dean Yvette Alex-Assensoh at the IU Office for Women's Affairs. She is passionate about helping women find the information and support they need to thrive, informed by her experiences as an undergraduate mother and advocate for maternal academic retainment and positive child development.

Denae Heartfield, Coalition Relations Coordinator: Denae graduated from the University of South Florida in 2010 with a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences and minor in Public Health. During her graduate education at Mercer University she found her passion for women’s health while working in an Ob/Gyn clinic. As a community health intern for the Central Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, she became an active advocate of breast cancer prevention in African American women. Her Capstone project assessed the correlation between socioeconomic factors and access to mammography services among African American women in middle Georgia. Denae received her Masters in Public Health in 2012 before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sarah Walz, Program & Campaign Coordinator: Sarah graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelors in English Literature. While in school, she actively pursued coursework and activities related to women’s health, gender issues, and reproductive justice. Her senior thesis was a collection of poetry that explored issues of gender identity, generational story-telling, and personal narrative. She also completed internships at the Newberry Library and Open Books Store where she wrote and published pieces for the organizations’ websites.

Jennifer Grooms, Advocacy & Public Policy Intern: Jennifer has just completed her undergraduate studies at George Washington University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in International Affairs and a minor in Public Health. Her background includes work in communications, advocacy, and community health. She has worked with a healthcare communications strategy agency, as a legislative intern on Capitol Hill, with a small community development nonprofit, and with USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program. She is excited to spend the summer working with the USBC before heading to nursing school at Duke University, where she hopes to pursue neonatal and travel nursing.

Tadeo Weiner-Davis, Advocacy & Public Policy Intern: Tadeo is a second-year student in the A.M./Ph.D. program at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Prior to attending SSA, he worked with allies to pass juvenile justice reform legislation in Kansas. Tadeo’s research interests deal with the political and civic engagement of marginalized communities, policy formulation and implementation, organizational advocacy, the social work profession, and social justice curricula. Originally from La Paz, Bolivia, Tadeo strongly identifies as an immigrant-American. Tadeo holds a B.A. in sociology with honors from Stanford University.