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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

Ravae S.M. Sinclair, JD, CD(DONA), LCCE
President

FULL BIO

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

Full bio

Ana Paula Markel, CD/BDT(DONA), ICCE, IAT
Past President

FULL BIO

Rina Ríos,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Intercultural Director

FULL BIO

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

Full bio

Elena Carrillo,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Director of International Development

Full Bio

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

Full bio

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

Full bio

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

Elena Carillo

 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

Carolyn Tranter

Australia

0061 43777 4949

DONAAustraliaNewZealand@gmail.com

Ginny Phang

Singapore

659-475-1585

DONASingapore@gmail.com

Esther Kimani

Kenya

nyokbikimani@gmail.com

Luz María Dollero Anaya

Puebla

52.55.4366.2893
equilibrium.bcn@gmail.com

Israel

Open Position

Contact Director of International Development to apply

 

Carolyn Tranter

New Zealand

0061 43777 4949

DONAAustraliaNewZealand@gmail.com

 

Velvet Escario-Roxas

Philippines, India & Indonesia

632-9280474
DONAPhilippines@gmail.com

Chia-Chi Chen

China, Japan, Korea & Vietnam

886-972818076
advbirthdoula@gmail.com

Puerto Rico

Open Position

Contact Director of International Development to apply

Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria

Open Position

Contact Director of International Development to apply

Spela Peternel

Balkan Region

38664119070

DONABalkan@gmail.com

 

Jasmin Williams

Germany

+015737605142
DONAInt.spar.Germany@gmail.com

Eleonora Fornelli

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

00971556049591
eleonora.fornelli@gmail.com

Switzerland

Open Position

Contact International Development Director to apply

 

MIDWESTERN U.S.

Kristen Mead

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

 

Missouri

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Illinois

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Kansas

Open Position

 Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Ohio

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Joyce Dykema

Nebraska

402-202-9305

DONANebraska@gmail.com

Indiana

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Michigan

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Iowa

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Minnesota

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Wisconsin

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

 

NORTHEASTERN U.S.

Regional Director

VACANT
Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Maryland & Delaware
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Upstate New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Stefanie Trudeau

Connecticut

860-301-1499
DONAConnecticut@gmail.com

Cat LaPlante

Pennsylvania

856-796-0675
DONAPennsylvania@gmail.com

Maine

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Maryland

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Stefanie Trudeau

Rhode Island

860-301-1499
DONARhodeIsland@gmail.com

Erica Simpson

New York (NYC/Westchester/Long Island)

DONANewYorkCity@gmail.com

Upstate New York

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Delaware

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Massachusetts

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply 

 

Laura DePasquale

New Jersey

201-988-6625
DONANewJersey@gmail.com

Maria Rossi

Vermont

marian@wcmhs.org

New Hampshire

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Washington D.C.

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

 

SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

Regional Director

Karen Palumbo

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

Michelle Ludwig

Arizona

720-409-8977
DONAArizonastate@gmail.com

Hannah Lawrence

Oklahoma

DONAOklahoma@gmail.com

Paula Reiss

New Mexico

339-223-1352
DONANewMexico@gmail.com

Colorado

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

 

Utah

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

Alexis Childs

Nevada

702-557-2064
donainternationalnevadaspar@gmail.com

Texas

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

Regional Director

VACANT
Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

 

Angela Daniel

Florida

225-953-3040
DONAfloridastate@gmail.com

Alabama

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Georgia

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Mississippi

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

JoLynne Polichette

Kentucky

Phone: 270-978-1458

KY.ambassador@gmail.com

Arkansas

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

North Carolina

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Virginia

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

West Virginia

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Tennessee

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

WESTERN PACIFIC U.S.

Regional Director

Teri Nava-Anderson

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

Washington

Open Position

Contact  Western US Director to
apply

Carole Hicks

Montana

DONAMontanaWY@gmail.com

California (Northern)

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

Julie Buck

Idaho

(208)313-0331

IdahoDONA@gmail.com

 

Oregon

Open Position

Contact  Western US Director to
apply

Courtney Caranguian

Hawaii

wearingandcaring@gmail.com

Alaska

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

California (Southern)

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

EASTERN CANADA

Regional Director

VACANT- Contact Eastern Membership Director to apply

 

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

 

Jayne Holyoke

New Brunswick/Prince Edwards Island

506-447-7681
DONAnbpei@gmail.com

Ontario

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

 

Quebec

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

Newfoundland & Labrador

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

Trena Slaunwhite Gallant

Nova Scotia

902-444-0007
DONANovascotia@gmail.com

Nunavat

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

 

WESTERN CANADA
Regional Director

VACANT- Contact Western Membership Director to apply

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

 

Holly McNicol

British Columbia

604-230-4483
DONAbcyt@gmail.com  

Alberta & Northwest Territory

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

 

Saskatchewan

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

Manitoba

Open Position

Contact Western Canada 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

Ramona Hopkins
Membership Manager

rhopkins@dona.org

Catherine Wilson
Content & Marketing Associate

cwilson@bostrom.com

Dede Gish-Panjada
Senior Staff Advisor/VP

executivedirector@dona.org

Julie Elfand
Events Manager

jelfand@bostrom.com

Arlene Raine
Staff Associate

araine@dona.org

Melissa Lindow
Education & Certification Coordinator

mlindow@dona.org

Dora Magallon
Certification Coordinator

dmagallon@dona.org

Michael Golak
Accountant

mgolak@bostrom.com

Advisory Committee

Updates Coming Soon