Board of Directors

justine-clegg Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, President

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, Vice President
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, Secretary

Mary Yglesia is a graduate of the Seattle Midwifery School, practiced midwifery briefly in Eastern Washington before returning to the school to serve as a school administrator. She was a past Executive Director of SMS and is now the Preceptor Coordinator and Program Supervisor of Bastyr University’s Department of Midwifery. She previously served on the board of directors of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) 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.

wendy-gordon Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH Treasurer

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 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.

everson-passport-photoCourtney Everson, MA, PhD

Courtney is the Dean of Graduate Studies and 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); Co-founder and Vice President of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA); a Research Working Group (RWG) member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH); an Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) member for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC); and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Australasian Professional Doula Regulatory Association (APDRA), 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: maternal-child 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. She 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.


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.