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2016 Board Of Directors Elections

We are pleased to announce the newly elected board of director members who will begin their terms on January 1, 2017.

A warm welcome to our newly elected DONA International board members. On behalf of our membership, the DONA International leadership team thanks each candidate for their willingness to serve our membership and the birth and postpartum communities world-wide.

President Elect

Ana Paula Markel, CD/BDT(DONA)

See below video message from our future DONA International President! 

A President Elect is elected each year and is a three year presidential term. The elected person will serve one year as President Elect, then move into the role of President the following year, and complete the three year term with one year as Past President. 

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Director of International Development


The Director of International Development is a three year board term.  The elected person will serve as a liaison between our international membership and the board of directors, as well as work to increase the international availability and impact of doulas world-wide.

Regional Directors

 The position of Regional Director is a three year term.  Elected persons will serve as a liaison between membership in their areas and the board of directors. Regional directors also strive to work with state/provincial/area representatives in order to support local doulas.  These candidates for regional director are running uncontested; however, approval by membership vote is valuable and necessary.

Denise Bolds, MSW, CD(DONA)

Northeastern US Regional Director

Veronica S. Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST ,LCCE, FACCE

Midwestern US Regional Director

Royah Khorsandi CD(DONA), CLEC

Eastern Canada Regional Director

Thank you to our outgoing board members!

We would also like to thank our outgoing board of directors members for their leadership and service to DONA International.  Jillian Hand, Danielle Koontz, Tammy Ryan, Sunday Tortelli, and Linda Worzer.  With grateful hearts we wish them all the best and bid them farewell!