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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 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!

Dede Gish-Panjada
Interim Executive Director

executivedirector@dona.org

Kristin Dube
Certification & Education Manager

kdube@dona.org

Ramona Hopkins
Membership Manager

rhopkins@dona.org

Meet our DONA International Board of Directors

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

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

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Sarah Hodin
MPH, CD(DONA)
Director of Advocacy

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Johanna D’Aleo
CD/PCD(DONA)
Director of Certification

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Tonya Daniel,
CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC
Membership Director (East)

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Yana Katzap-Nackman,
BA, CD/PDT(DONA)
Membership Director (West)

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

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Melissa Harley,
AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLC
Director of Marketing/Public Relations

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Rina Ríos,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Intercultural Director

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Sherri Wilkerson,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Publications 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

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
  • Kuwait
  • Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam
MEXICO

Regional Director

Vacant

More Ambassadors are needed in Mexico. Contact Western Membership Director for more info.

  • Puebla (Tlaxcala, Morelos, y Veracruz)

Carolyn Tranter

Australia

0061 43777 4949
nzdoula@gmail.com

Marjaana Siivola

Finland

(35850) 596-9011
maikku.siivola@gmail.com

Eugenia Rodriguez

Puerto Rico

787-800-8437
eugeniamargara@gmail.com

Dominican Republic

Open Position

Contact Director of International Development to apply

Maria Andreoulaki

Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria

30 210 6859336
maria.andreoulaki@gmail.com

Spela Peternel

Balkan Region

38664119070
spela5ernel@gmail.com

 

Ginny Phang

Singapore

659-475-1585
ginny@fourtrimesters.com

Dina Devora Jacob

Israel

+072546148675
spela5ernel@gmail.com

Chia-Chi Chen

China, Japan, Korea & Vietnam

886-972818076
advbirthdoula@gmail.com

Eleonora Fornelli

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

00971556049591
eleonora.fornelli@gmail.com

Claudia Bolz

Germany

+494038073368
careingbirth@gmail.com

Carolyn Tranter

New Zealand

0061 43777 4949
nzdoula@gmail.com

 

Emily Clark

Switzerland

+0786184383
eusinowicz@gmailÆcom

 

Velvet Escario-Roxas

Philippines, India & Indonesia

632-9280474
velvet.birth@gmail.com

Luz María Dollero Anaya

Puebla

52.55.4366.2893
equilibrium.bcn@gmail.com

MIDWESTERN U.S.

Kristen Mead

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

 

Illinois

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Sally Riley

Kansas

913-341-2853
sallyriley444@gmail.com

Kim Amos

Missouri

314-518-5724
Kim@birthnbabies.info

Ohio

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Molly Mendota

Indiana

812-272-7278
MollyMendota@gmail.com

Michigan

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Joyce Dykema

Nebraska

402-202-9305
joyce.dykema@gmail.com

Dawne Withers

Wisconsin

dawne.withers@gmail.com

 

Iowa

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

Minnesota

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

North & South Dakota

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Director to apply

NORTHEASTERN U.S.

Regional Director

Denise Bolds

  • 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
stefanie@footprintsdoula.com

Maine

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Maryland

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

New York (NYC/Westchester/Long Island)

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Vermont

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Melissa Joseph

Washington D.C.

703-855-2842
maternityinmotion@gmail.com

 

Bethany Leclerc

Massachusetts

603-731-5603
agoldenbirth@gmail.com

 

Laura DePasquale

New Jersey

201-988-6625
laura@holisticbeginnings.net

Christy Douglas

Upstate New York

518-221-0219
christyleedouglas@gmail.com

Delaware

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

New Hampshire

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Cat LaPlante

Pennsylvania

856-796-0675
birthfreely@yahoo.com

Stefanie Trudeau

Rhode Island

860-301-1499
stefanie@footprintsdoula.com

SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

Regional Director

Karen Palumbo

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

Michelle Ludwig

Arizona

720-409-8977
modernmamadoula.com

Paula Reiss

New Mexico

339-223-1352
reiss.paula@gmail.com

Utah

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

Jayme Patterson

Colorado

719-338-3861
jaymepattersondoula@gmail.com

 

Jade Park

Oklahoma

918-232-5405
Jade.betterbirth@gmail.com

Alexis Childs

Nevada

702-557-2064
donainternationalnevadaspar@gmail.com

Sarah Ryan

Texas

972-921-1982
organicallygrowndoula@gmail.com

SOUTHEASTERN U.S.
Regional Director

Tonya Daniel

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

Emily Altman

Alabama

678-575-0509‬
emilysaltman@gmail.com

Georgia

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Elisabeth Steele

Mississippi

843-338-5722
elizasteele@msn.com

Alissa Claxton

Tennessee

865-206-7180
Alissa@openheartdoula.com

Arkansas

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Megan Wilson

Kentucky

859-771-3629
boethiabirth@gmail.com

North Carolina

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Kathy Stewart

Virginia

804-212-8108 kmspnp@aol.com

Angela Daniel

Florida

225-953-3040
angela.fcbs@gmail.com

Jennifer Wakefield

Louisana

480-221-5868
jen@mydoulaheart.com

South Carolina

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

West Virginia

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

WESTERN PACIFIC U.S.

Regional Director

Yana Katzap-Nackman

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

Shanna Switzer

Alaska

907-602-3799
alaskabirthdoula@gmail.com

Hawaii

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

Oregon

Open Position

Contact  Western US Director to
apply

Mychal Balazs

California (Southern)

310-210-6670
doulamychal@gmail.com

Idaho

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

 

Laurie Levy

Washington

206-235-5389
laurie@laurielevy.net

Teri Nava Anderson

California (Northern)

408-391-7797
teri@harmonydoula.com

Montana & Wyoming

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

EASTERN CANADA

Regional Director

Royah Khorsandi

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

 

Jayne Holyoke

New Brunswick/Prince Edwards Island

506-447-7681
Jayneholy@hotmail.com

Maria Tamayo

Ontario

647-526-3733
maria@lotusmom.ca

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

Stephanie Assouline

Quebec

s.assouline.rn@gmail.com

Trena Slaunwhite Gallant

Nova Scotia

902-444-0007
trenaslaunwhite@hotmail.com

Nunavat

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

 

WESTERN CANADA
Regional Director

Vacant

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

 

Jenn Goodwin

Alberta & Northwest Territory

403-619-4302
albertaspar@gmail.com

 

Saskatchewan

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

British Columbia & Yukon Territory

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

Manitoba

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

 

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