With the start of 2016, there are several changes on your DONA International Board of Directors. We are saying goodbye (and thank you!) to some as well as welcoming new directors. We are fortunate to have many dedicated board volunteers who have served the organization for several years who are moving to new roles. We have several open positions so if you feel called to serve DONA International in a larger way, please let us know by emailing nominations@dona.org.

Leaving the Board of Directors
Our immense gratitude to two board members who have served the organization for a combined 14 years!

Uta Mattox, CD(DONA) has served on the Board of Directors twice. She served as a Regional Director from 2001 to 2005 and was again elected as the Southeastern US Regional Director in 2009, but just a few months later became the Director of Certification. She has led the certification and recertification process since 2009, managing a very vibrant committee of certification and recertification reviewers. Thank you, Uta!

Eva Bild, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) has served as the Western Canada Regional Director since 2011. Our Regional Directors are important points of contact for our members and help ensure the organization is meeting the varying needs of members from all across the globe. Thank you, Eva!

New Additions to the Board of Directors
We welcome three new leaders to the DONA International Board of Directors:

Johanna D’Aleo, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), Director of Certification. Johanna previously served as Treasurer before taking a short sabbatical from the Board of Directors.

Rachel Parris, CD(DONA), Western Canada Regional Director.

Sherri Wilkerson, CD(DONA), Director of Publications overseeing the International Doula magazine, eDoula e-newsletters and The DONA Doula Chronicles.

Experienced Directors in New Roles
The success of any organization comes from a balance of new ideas and energy with continuity of leadership. Organizational knowledge and experience in more than one aspect of the organization greatly help provide stability to a large, non-profit like DONA International. We appreciate these Directors for their willingness to take on new roles.

Sunday Tortelli, AdvCD(DONA), BDT(DONA), Past President. Sunday has served DONA in various roles for over ten years, including President, President Elect and Director of Publications. She will remain on the board through 2016 to provide her deep organizational knowledge and additional support to the larger leadership team.

HeatherGail Lovejoy, PCD(DONA), PDT(DONA), President. HeatherGail served as the Western Pacific US Regional Director from 2008 until 2014, when she assumed the position of President Elect.

Virginia Rivenbark, CD(DONA), President Elect. A former Regional Director for the Northeastern US Region, Virginia will remain in this role until December 31, 2016 and then become President of the Board of Directors for 2017.

Kyndal May, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), Director of Education. Previously the Western Pacific US Regional Director beginning in 2014, Kyndal has served as the Interim Director of Education since March 2015.

Melissa Harley, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), Director of Marketing and Public Relations. While this role is a new addition to the Board, Melissa has been a member of the board as the Southeastern US Regional Director since February 2015.

Open Positions
There are four open Regional Director positions on the DONA International Board of Directors. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in serving, please contact nominations@dona.org.

Western Pacific US Regional Director
Northeastern US Regional Director
Southeastern US Regional Director
Mexico Regional Director

Contact information for the Board of Directors, including State/Provincial/Area Representatives (SPARs), will be updated on the DONA International website shortly.