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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. State/Provincial/Area Representatives can be found in most regions, and they 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

Elena Carrillo,
AdvCD(DONA),BDT(DONA),LCCE, FACCE, CLC, CLE
President

FULL BIO

Melissa Harley,
AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLC
Past President

Full Bio

Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, AdvCD/BDT(DONA)
Treasurer

Full Bio

Nikia Lawson, MA, BSW, CD/BDT(DONA)
Membership Director (West)

Full bio

Dorothy Haines
CD/BDT(DONA)
Eastern Membership Director

Full bio

Tikvah Wadley
CD/BDT(DONA)
Director of Education

Full bio

Diana Zacharin
CD/BDT(DONA), HBCE
Director of Certification

Full bio

Jessica Stieger,
MPH, MSW, IBCLC, CD(DONA)
Advocacy Director

Full bio

Kelli Brien,
CD(DONA)
 Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Full bio

Ines (Augie) Rigual,
BA,AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC
International Development Director

FULL BIO

Danielle Donaldson, CD(DONA)
Director of Publications

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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

Director International Development

Augie (Ines) Rigual

 Currently we have international Ambassadors in these locations:

  • Australia
  • Balkan Region
  • Bahrain
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

Australia

Open Position

Singapore

Open Position

Esther Kimani

Kenya

Puebla

Open Position

Israel

Open Position

New Zealand

Open Position

Velvet Escario-Roxas

Philippines, India & Indonesia

Chia-Chi Chen

China, Japan, Korea & Vietnam

Puerto Rico

Open Position

Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria

Open Position

Spela Peternel

Balkan Region

38664119070

DONABalkan@gmail.com

 

Germany

Open Position

Eleonora Fornelli

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates

Switzerland

Open Position

MIDWEST U.S.

VACANT
Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

 

Iowa

Open Position

Missouri

Open Position

Kansas

Open Position

Nebraska

Open Position

Minnesota

Open Position

North Dakota

Open Position

GREAT LAKES U.S.

VACANT
Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin

 

Illinois

Open Position

Michigan

Open Position

Kelli Brien

Indiana

Tomesha Walker

Ohio

Kentucky

Open Position

Wisconsin

Open Position

NEW ENGLAND U.S.

Regional Director

VACANT
Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Connecticut

Open Position

New Hampshire

Open Position

Maine

Open Position

Rhode Island

Open Position

Joyce Clark

Massachusetts

Vermont

Open Position

MIDATLANTIC U.S.

Regional Director

VACANT
Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Delaware

Open Position

New Jersey

Open Position

Virginia

Open Position

Washington D.C.

Open Position

New York

Open Position

West Virginia

Open Position

Maryland

Open Position

Pennsylvania

Open Position

SOUTHWEST U.S.

Regional Director
Contact Western Membership Director to apply

  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah

Arizona

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Oklahoma

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Nevada

Open position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Texas

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

New Mexico

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Utah

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

SOUTHEAST U.S.

Regional Director

ShLanda Burton

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

 

Alabama

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Georgia

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

LaToshia Rouse

North Carolina

Arkansas

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Louisiana

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

South Carolina

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Angela Daniel

Florida

Mississippi

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Tennessee

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PACIFIC U.S.

Regional Director

Teri Nava-Anderson

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Alaska

Open Position

Idaho

Open Position

Washington

Open Position

California

Open Position

Montana

Open Position

Wyoming

Open Position

Hawaii

Open Position

Telia Anderson

Oregon

EASTERN CANADA

Regional Director

VACANT – Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

 

  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Nunavat

New Brunswick

Open Position

Nova Scotia

Open Position

Nunavat

Open Position

Prince Edwards Island

Open Position

Ontario

Open Position

Newfoundland & Labrador

Open Position

Quebec

Open Position

WESTERN CANADA
Regional Director

VACANT – Contact Western Membership Director to apply

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

 

Alberta

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Northwest Territory

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

British Columbia

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Saskatchewan

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Manitoba

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

Yukon Territory

Open Position

Contact Western Membership Director to apply

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!

Jose Segarra
Executive Director

executivedirector@dona.org

Dede Gish-Panjada
Senior Staff Advisor/VP

executivedirector@dona.org

Michael Golak
Accountant

mgolak@bostrom.com

Melissa Lindow
Education & Certification Coordinator

mlindow@dona.org

Advisory Council

 

 

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

Full Bio

Contact Ginger Breedlove

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

Full Bio

Contact Ericka M. Sinclair