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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!

Cynthia Keillor
Executive Director

ckeillor@dona.org

Kristin Dube
Certification & Education Manager

kdube@dona.org

Ramona Hopkins
Membership Manager

rhopkins@dona.org

Meet our DONA International Board of Directors

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

Full bio

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

Full bio

Karen Faulk, PhD, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Mexico Regional Director

Full bio

Jillian Hand,
CD/PCD(DONA), LCCE
Eastern Canada Director

Full bio

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

Full bio

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

Full bio

Danielle Winner Koontz,
MAA, CD(DONA), CBE
Northeastern US Director

Full bio

HeatherGail Lovejoy,
PCD/PDT(DONA)
President

Full bio

Ana Paula Markel,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Director of International Development

Full bio

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

FULL BIO

Rachel Parris,
CD(DONA)
Western Canada Director

Full bio

Ann Pollack,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Treasurer

Full bio

Virginia Rivenbark,
CD(DONA), LCCE
President Elect

Full bio

Tammy Ryan,
CD/BDT(DONA)
Midwest US Director

Full bio

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

FULL BIO

 

Sunday Tortelli,
AdvCD/BDT(DONA), CCE, HBCE, LCCE, CLC, FACCE
Past President

Full bio

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

Full bio

Linda Worzer,
AdvCD/BDT(DONA), IBCLC, AAHCC (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!

 

 

SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

107 Linda WorzerRegional Director

Linda Worzer

  • 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 Regional Director to apply

Utah

Open Position

Contact SW US Regional Director to apply

Penny Lyon

Colorado

PennyLyonDoula@aol.com

 

Jade Park

Oklahoma

918-232-5495
jadenurse@gmail.com

Nevada

Open Position

Contact Southwestern US Regional Director to apply

Keisha Baker

Texas

214-597-7181
kieshajoy@yahoo.com

SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

104 Tonya Daniel
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 Regional Director to apply

Megan Wilson

Kentucky

(859) 771-3629
boethiabirth@gmail.com

North Carolina

Open Position

Contact Southeastern US Regional Director to apply

Kathy Stewart

Virginia

(804) 212-8108

kmspnp@aol.com

Leslee Boldman

Florida

(850) 597-2535
leslee@boldbirth.org

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 Regional Director to apply

NORTHEASTERN U.S.

103 Danielle KoontzRegional Director

Danielle Winner-Koontz

  • 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

Maria Rossi Noyes

New Hampshire

802-249-0724
sweetnellievt@gmail.com

Stephanie Radler

New York (NYC/Westchester/Long Island)

646-206-9183
stephaniegradler@gmail.com

Bethany Leclerc

Massachusetts

603-731-5603

 

Maryland & Delaware

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Director to apply

Washington D.C.

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Regional Director to apply

 

Open Position

Pennsylvania

Contact Northeastern US Regional Director to apply

Stefanie Trudeau

Rhode Island

860-301-1499
stefanie@footprintsdoula.com

New Jersey

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Regional Director to apply

Christy Douglas

Upstate New York

518-221-0219
christyleedouglas@gmail.com

Maria Rossi Noyes

Vermont

802-249-0724
sweetnellievt@gmail.com

Maine

Open Position

Contact Northeastern US Regional Director to apply

MIDWESTERN U.S.

105 Tammy RyanRegional Director

Tammy Ryan

  • 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

913-341-2852
rileyj@asme.org

Kim Amos

Missouri

314-518-5724
Kim@birthnbabies.info

Ohio

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Regional Director to apply

Molly Mendota

Indiana

812-272-7278
MollyMendota@gmail.com

Michigan

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Regional 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

Veronica Jacobsen

Minnesota

651-301-0034
vsjacobsen@gmail.com

North & South Dakota

Open Position

Contact Midwestern US Regional Director to apply

WESTERN PACIFIC U.S.

106 Yana Katman

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

Heather Lobitz

Oregon

971-226-4061
h.lobitz@gmail.com

Erin Wilson

California (Southern)

310-717-3062
sddoulaerin@gmail.com

Nicole Werner

Idaho

nicole@moscowdoula.com

 

Kim James

Washington

206-297-0451
kim@kimjames.net

Stacy Hattori

California (Northern)

925-413-6328
stacy@trivalleydoula.com

Montana & Wyoming

Abbie Phillip

406-560-2926
abbie@montanadoula.com

WESTERN CANADA

109 Rachel ParrisRegional Director

Rachel Parris

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

 

Alberta

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

 

Northwest Territory

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

Judi Calhoun

British Columbia

250-877-2813
juniper7@live.ca

Valerie Sali

Saskatchewan

306-545-1690
valsdoulaservice@gmail.com

Jenn Fontaine

Manitoba

204-297-6094
jenn@theblissfulway.com

Yukon Territory

Open Position

Contact Western Canada Director to apply

EASTERN CANADA

108 Jillian HandRegional Director

Jillian Hand

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

 

Katie Harvey

New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island

506-391-9929
rivervalleydoula@zoho.com

Royah Khorsandi

Ontario

Doulabirthhelp@gmail.com

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Regional Director to apply

Quebec

Open Position

Contact Eastern Canada Regional Director to apply

Trena Slaunwhite Gallant

Nova Scotia

902-444-0007
trenaslaunwhihte@hotmail.com

INTERNATIONAL

Director International Development
99 AnaPaula Markel

Ana Paula Markel

 Currently we have international SPARs in these locations:

  • New Zealand
  • Greece
  • Puerto Rico
  • Finland
MEXICO

Regional Director
karen

Karen Faulk

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

Maria Andreoulaki

Greece

maria.andreoulaki@gmail.com

 

Eugenia Rodriguez

Puerto Rico

787-800-8437
yopuedoparir@gmail.com

Marjaana Siivola

Finland

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

Carolyn Tranter

New Zealand

nzdoula@gmail.com

 

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)