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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!

Michael Chan
Executive Director

mchan@dona.org

Kristin Dube
Certification & Education Manager

kdube@dona.org

Ramona Hopkins
Membership Manager

rhopkins@dona.org

Meet our DONA International Board of Directors

Virginia Rivenbark,
CD(DONA), LCCE
President

Full bio

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

Full bio

Ann Pollack,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Treasurer

Full bio

HeatherGail Lovejoy,
PCD/PDT(DONA)
Past President

Full bio

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

Full bio

Kyndal May,
MFA, LMP, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE,
Director of Education

FULL BIO

Ravae Sinclair,
JD, CD(DONA), CLC, LCCE
Intercultural Director

FULL BIO

 

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

Full bio

Sherri Wilkerson,
BA, CD(DONA), LCCE
Director of Publications

Full bio

Tonya Daniel,
CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC
Southeastern US Director

Full bio

Yana Katzap-Nackman,
BA, CD/PDT(DONA)
Western Pacific US Director

Full bio

Rachel Parris,
CD(DONA)
Western Canada Director

Full bio

Denise Bolds,
CD(DONA),
Northeastern US Director
Elena Carrillo,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Director of International Development
Karen Faulk, PhD, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Mexico Regional Director

Full bio

Vacant
Midwest US Director

Full bio

Royah Khorsandi,
CD(DONA)
Eastern Canada Director

Full bio

Karen Palumbo
AdvCD/BDT(DONA)
Southwestern U.S. Director

Full bio

State/Provincial/Area Representatives

Want to reach out to someone more local to your region?  Here you can find your Regional Director, a list of SPARs in your region, as well as info for YOUR SPAR (or the one closest to you).  Reach out to say hello or gain support. Your SPAR and Regional Director are here for you. Interested in DONA leadership?  Become a SPAR and connect with DONA members all over your state or province!

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Director International Development

Elena Carillo

 Currently we have international SPARs in these locations:

  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Puerto Rico
  • Slovenia
  • New Zealand
MEXICO

Regional Director

Karen Faulk

All SPAR areas are open in Mexico. Contact Karen for more info.

Carolyn Tranter

Australia

0061 43777 4949
nzdoula@gmail.com

 

Germany

Open Position

Contact Director of International Development to apply

 

Eugenia Rodriguez

Puerto Rico

787-800-8437
eugeniamargara@gmail.com

Dominican Republic

Open Position

Contact Director of International Development to apply

 

Maria Andreoulaki

Greece

30 210 6859336
maria.andreoulaki@gmail.com

 

Spela Peternel

Slovenia

38664119070
spela5ernel@gmail.com

 

Marjaana Siivola

Finland

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

Carolyn Tranter

New Zealand

0061 43777 4949
nzdoula@gmail.com

 

MIDWESTERN U.S.

Regional Director

Open Position

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

 

Melissa Gonzalez

Illinois

440-832-0843
melissa.s.gonzalez@gmail.com

Sally Riley

Kansas

913-341-2853
rileyj@asme.org

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

 

Kristen Mead

Iowa

319-270-6328
Kristen.Mead811@gmail.com

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

Danielle Koontz

Maryland/Delaware

410-456-0980
daniellekoontz@gmail.com

Stefanie Trudeau

Rhode Island

860-301-1499
stefanie@footprintsdoula.com

Maria Rossi Noyes

Vermont

MariaN@wcmhs.org

Washington D.C.

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

 

Bethany Leclerc

Massachusetts

603-731-5603
agoldenbirth@gmail.com

 

New Jersey

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Cat LaPlante

Pennsylvania

856-796-0675
birthfreely@yahoo.com

Fallon Solari Murray

Maine

207-219-0655
fsmurray@blissbirth.com

Christy Douglas

Upstate New York

518-221-0219
christyleedouglas@gmail.com

Maria Rossi Noyes

New Hampshire

MariaN@wcmhs.org

Stephanie Radler

New York (NYC/Westchester/Long Island)

646-206-9183
stephaniegradler@gmail.com

SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

Regional Director

Karen Palumbo

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

Penny Bussell Stansfield

Arizona

908-601-7403
doula@usa.net

New Mexico

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

Utah

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

Jayme Patterson

Colorado

719-338-3861
jaymepattersondoula@gmail.com

 

Jade Park

Oklahoma

918-232-5495
jadenurse@gmail.com

Nevada

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

Texas

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Director to apply

SOUTHEASTERN U.S.
Regional Director

Tonya Daniel

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

Dalia Abrams

Alabama

(205) 614-3297
birthpower@bellsouth.net

Lisa Maddux

Georgia

(478) 396-4670
mydoulawr@hotmail.com

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

Florida

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Director to apply

Jennifer Wakefield

Louisana

(480) 221-5868
jen@mydoulaheart.com

Sujata Gami

South Carolina

(864) 529-8644
sujatagami@gmail.com

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

Heather Reier

Alaska

907-350-3671
Anchoragedoula@gmail.com

Hawaii

Open Position

Contact Western US Director to apply

Heather Lobitz

Oregon

971-226-4061
donaoregonstaterep@gmail.com

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

 

Katie Harvey

New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island

506-391-9929
rivervalleydoula@zoho.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
trenaslaunwhihte@hotmail.com

Nunavat

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Director to apply

 

WESTERN CANADA
Regional Director

Rachel Parris

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

 

Jenn Goodwin

Alberta & Northwest Territory

403-619-4302
jenn@doulajenn.ca

 

Saskatchewan

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

Judi Calhoun

British Columbia & Yukon Territory

250-877-2813
juniper7@live.ca

Manitoba

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

 

Advisory Committee

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN (1/15 to 12/16)
Walker Karraa, PhD (1/15 to 12/16)
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA (1/15 to 12/16)
Michael C. Klein, MD, CCFP,  FAAP (1/15 to 12/16)