Board of Directors

Wendy head shot Oct16 Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH, President
Wendy is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in Washington State, with a small birth center practice serving clients in Seattle. She is a 2005 graduate of Seattle Midwifery School and is currently the Director of Midwifery Academics and an assistant professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. Wendy also serves on various task forces and workgroups for US MERA, NACPM and MEAC. She has a beautiful daughter who was born at home into the hands of midwives.

Courtney EversonCourtney Everson, MA, PhD, Co-Vice President
Courtney L. Everson, PhD, is the Dean of Graduate Studies, Co-Chair of the Ethical Review Board, & Academic Faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Everson is also the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Division of Research (DOR); and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME), the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). As a Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Everson’s research and teaching specializations include: perinatal health; human childbirth; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress; social support; doula care; midwifery care; research and clinical ethics; evidence-informed practice; interprofessional collaboration; mixed methodologies; health inequities; culturally safe care; social justice; and marginalized communities. Dr. Everson actively publishes in academic forums, and is an invited, avid speaker at local, national and international venues. Dr. Everson has won multiple awards for her teaching, research, and service, including being named “Teacher of the Year” in 2014 for the Midwives College of Utah, and receiving the “Our Future, Award of Excellence” from the Oregon Women in Higher Education consortium. Courtney is also a practicing birth & postpartum doula and a perinatal health educator in the Denver-metro area of Colorado.

12513565_10208204345974690_5361296354893520090_oPatricia Ross, CPM, Co-Vice President
Trish Ross is the Education Director and Secretary of the Board of Midwives on Missions of Service (MOMS), a tiny non-profit. MOMS works mostly in Sierra Leone, teaching birth attendants to become community change agents and maternity care providers. Trish is also an Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church since 1995, focused on issues of justice, relief, and development. She studied midwifery in 2004 after a 25-year career in training and organizational development. Trish’s husband Chris McManus is also a Deacon and President of MOMS. They have three children, one of whom died of brain cancer, and seven grandchildren. Trish is step-mom and honorary mom to a dozen more. When not in Sierra Leone or Uganda, Chris, Trish and their dog are home on the coast of Northern California.

justine-clegg Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, Co-Secretary
Justine is a Florida homebirth Licensed Midwife, Mental Health Counselor, and Certified Lactation Counselor with 35 years experience in maternal-child health and education. Currently AME Board President, and Academic Director for Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, Justine started the Midwifery degree program at Miami Dade Community College, served as Midwifery Chair and Professor 1993-2008, and received an Endowed Chair in 2003. She was Council of Licensed Midwifery Chair, Florida midwifery regulatory agency, 1993-2001, Chair of Miami’ s Fetal and Infant Mortality Review team, 2004-2008, former Board member of MEAC and NACPM, and helped create NARM’ s certification program.

sharon-dejoy Sharon DeJoy, MPH, PhD, CPH, CPM, LM,Co-Secretary
Sharon DeJoy is a Certified Professional Midwife who retains midwifery licensure in Florida despite being happily exiled to the Northeast for several years now. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she also directs the undergraduate program in public health-health promotion. She has three teenage children, two of whom were born into the hands of midwives.

mary-yglesia Mary Yglesia, Treasurer
Mary Yglesia is a graduate of the Seattle Midwifery School and practiced midwifery briefly in rural Washington State before returning to the school to serve as an administrator. She was a past Executive Director of SMS participating in the merger of the school with Bastyr University where she now serves as the Clinical Education Supervisor. Mary has served on many non-profit boards of directors including Room One, a health resource center, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and the Seattle Girls’ Choir. She is the proud mother of three incredible young women who were all born at home into the hands of a midwife.

1909894_126835851622_2236481_nClaudia Booker, CPM, M.Ed., J.D., CD (DONA and ICTC), CCCE, LLLI BPC
Claudia Booker is a homebirth Certified Professional Midwife licensed in Virginia. She is the owner of Birthing Hands Midwifery and Birth Services, serving the Washington DC metro area. Claudia is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School and also has a Masters degree in Education and a Masters certificate in Public Management. She serves as the consumer member on the DC Infant Mortality Review Committee. She founded one of the first community-based doula programs in the country at DC Family Health & Birth Center, as well as a co-founder of the “Grand Challenge” to provide scholarship access for birth workers of colors. Claudia serves as adjunct faculty at Mercy in Action Midwifery College and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association of Birth Centers’ 2006 Community Service Award; the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)’s 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award; the Birth Matters of Virginia 2015 Advocate of the Year award; and the Human Rights in Childbirth’s 2016 Agent-Provocateur of the Year award.

Staff

abby-luca Abby Luca, MA, CPM  Administrative Coordinator
Abby Luca is a home birth midwife serving women and families of Western Maine. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a Masters in Renaissance Literature and Women’s Studies and taught English for the University of Alabama for 7 years before answering the call to midwifery. Throughout her studies, Abby has worked in birth centers in rural Maine, India, and Haiti, and now she and her husband Stephen are excited to establish their new homestead on the Maine/New Hampshire border.