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Staff & Leadership

DONA International has an exceptional team of professional staff and volunteer leaders who are committed to the excellence of the organization.  Under their leadership, we have a very bright future.

As a membership nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 doulas worldwide, we are also governed by an elected board of directors. The Board of Directors meets regularly to make decisions on behalf of the organization and set the strategic goals and direction of the organization.  Scroll on through to meet the DONA leadership team. We invite you to reach out and say hello.

DONA Members Get Involved

dona-white-mark-300dpiDONA International, as a member-oriented nonprofit, is supported by the skills, time and talents of various leaders within our organization. Regional Membership Chairs and Ambassadors-at-Large are one of the first lines of support available for members. The organization also has a pool of talented committee chairs and members who come together to work on specific projects within the organization.

Meet our DONA International Board of Directors

Nikia Lawson,
MA, BSW, BDT/CD(DONA)
President

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Susan Martensen,
PDT(DONA)
Past President

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Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D., MPH, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, CLC
Treasurer

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Teri Nava-Anderson, PhD, CD/PCD(DONA), ICCE, CLE
Director of Membership (Western)

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Dorothy Haines
CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE
Director of Membership (Eastern)

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Tikvah Wadley,
AAS,CCE, CD(DONA)BDT(DONA)
Director of Education

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Kelli Brien,
CD(DONA) LCCE, CLS, SpBCPE, CPE
 Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Angela Daniel,
MSSW, CD(DONA), CLC, ICCE
Director of Advocacy

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Ines (Augie) Rigual,
AvdCD/BDT(DONA)
International Development Director

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DONA International Ambassadors

Want to reach out and connect with your local DONA International leadership? Here you can find your Regional Director, a list of Ambassadors in your region, and their contact information.  Reach out to say hello or gain support. Your Ambassador and Regional Director are here for you. Interested in becoming a DONA International Ambassador? Email your Regional Director for more information and next steps. You can find the Ambassador job description and application here. Become an Ambassador and connect with DONA members all over the world!
INTERNATIONAL

If you are interested in applying for a Regional Membership Committee Chair or Ambassador position, please contact Western Membership Director

 

Mexico, Central & South America, & the Caribbean

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available

  • Ambassador, Mexico/Central America: Position Available
  • Ambassador, Caribbean: Position Available
  • Ambassador, South America: Position Available

Europe, UK, Australia & New Zealand

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available

  • Ambassador, Europe/UK: Speela Peternal, Phone 38664119070
  • Ambassador, Australia/NZ: Position Available

Africa

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available

  • Ambassador, Eastern & Southern Africa: Esther Kimani
  • Ambassador, Northern Africa: Position Available
  • Ambassador, Western & Central: Position Available

Asia

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available

  • Ambassador, Southeast Asia: Velvet Escario-Roxas Phone: 632-9280474
  • Ambassador, East Asia: Chia-Chi Chen Phone: 886-972818076
  • Ambassador, Central Asia: Position Available
  • Ambassador, South Asia: Position Available
  • Ambassador, Middle East: Shereen Zarroug Phone: 971 55 963 9633
US NORTHEAST & SOUTH

If you are interested in applying for vacant positions, please contact Director of Membership, East

 

 

Northeast

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available
  • Ambassador: 5 Positions Available

South

Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Plus Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Regional Membership Committee Chair: ShLanda Burton
US WEST & MIDWEST

If you are interested in applying for vacant positions, please contact Director of Membership, West

 

 

Midwest

Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Ebonie Bailey

West

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Guam

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available
  • Ambassador: 6 Positions Available

EASTERN CANADA

If you are interested in applying for vacant positions, please contact Director of Membership, East

 

Eastern Canada

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available
  • Ambassador: 2 Positions Available
WESTERN CANADA

If you are interested in applying for vacant positions, please contact Director of Membership, West

 

Western Canada

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territory, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory

Regional Membership Committee Chair: Position Available
  • Ambassador: 6 Positions Available

Meet our DONA International Home Office Staff

DONA International has employed a Chicago-based management company, Bostrom, to keep the day-to-day operations of our organization running smoothly. We are supported by a full staff at Bostrom; however, we want to connect YOU to our main staff support contacts!

Josie Hernandez
Executive Director

executivedirector@dona.org

Dede Gish-Panjada
Senior Staff Advisor/VP

executivedirector@dona.org

Michael Golak
Accountant

mgolak@bostrom.com

Advisory Council

Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Grow Midwives

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Contact Ginger Breedlove

Ericka M. Sinclair, MS, MPH
Health Connections, Inc.

Full Bio

Contact Ericka M. Sinclair