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Spring 2016 Elections

Midwives Alliance of North America 2016 Elections

Position Descriptions & Candidate Biographies

Voting for the MANA board is now open. Each MANA voting member may vote for one candidate (either a currently nominated candidate or a write-in candidate) for each position. Positions up for election are: 

Each member may only vote once and the electronic ballot will close at 12:01am on March 12, 2016.

If you are an eligible voter and did not receive an email from MANA with the ballot link please contact Vicki Hedley.

Director of the Division of Health Policy and Advocacy

The Director of the Division of Health Policy and Advocacy has four key areas of responsibility:

  • Knowledge and expertise in issues that involve midwifery work force, reimbursement, education, credentialing
  • Knowledge and expertise in ICM global standards, including knowledge of Education, Regulation, Association (ERA)
  • Participation in advocacy projects and coalitions
  • Oversight of certain MANA Committees

The complete position description is available here.

Candidate

Colleen Donovan-Batson, MS, CNM, ARNP

I’m Colleen Donovan-Batson, and I’m happy to have been nominated for the position of Director of the Division of Health Policy and Advocacy. This is a position I’ve been developing for MANA since we restructured to a skills based board, and the work is both exciting and challenging.

Currently much of my time is dedicated to our participation in the US MERA coalition work, where we are working with six other organizations to strengthen the US midwifery workforce. We aim to do this by aligning with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) standards and global vision, supporting accredited education, and working to achieve licensure for CPMs and CMs in all fifty states.

Speaking of ICM, Midwives Alliance encourages all of our members to plan now to attend this exciting meeting of midwives from around the world, coming to Toronto in 2017.

This position has a lot of room for development, and I hope to work with our membership to make that happen. If you are interested in policy and legislative work, MANA needs your help!

Director of Organizational Development

The Director of the Division of Organizational Development has seven key areas of responsibility:

  • Leadership and optimization of MANA as a nonprofit organization
  • Organizational communication
  • Business contracts, sales and marketing
  • Building strategic partnerships
  • Grant writing
  • Membership recruitment and retention
  • Managing organizational change

The complete position description is available here.

Candidate

Claudia Breglia, LM CPM

My background in midwifery activism has given me the skills and experience to be an effective Director of Organizational Development. I became active in the Tennessee Midwives Alliance in 1993 as newsletter editor and membership coordinator, and served two terms as president before leaving the state. My involvement continued in California, first as a regional representative followed by two terms as president of the California Association of Midwives. In both cases I came into organizations that had clear long-term goals, but were experiencing a lull in activity, loss of focus, and declining membership. I left both organizations positioned to achieve their legislative goals in the following term.

My strength lies in identifying the structural issues that need to be addressed, and developing and achieving short-term goals in order to build a strong organizational foundation. I have been successful at increasing membership, activating new and returning members, and recognizing and mentoring the next generation of leaders. I believe in MANA’s mission and want to help MANA achieve its goals.

Director of Public Affairs

The Director of the Division of Public Affairs has four key areas of responsibility:

  • Outreach activities
  • Communications and social media
  • Acquire and share knowledge of trends, activities and events in maternal and child health arenas
  • Marketing MANA

The complete position description is available here.

Candidates:

Jude Melton, CPM, LM

About me: My name is Jude Melton. I have been practicing midwifery since 2004. I completed my midwifery training through Maternidad La Luz in Texas. I am a CPM and an Arizona Licensed Midwife.

Experience: I currently serve on the Arizona Licensed Midwives Advisory Committee (LMAC). Past experience includes Board Secretary for the Arizona Association of Midwives, 2009 and 2013.

Qualifications: I currently serve on the LMAC committee through the Department of Health Services. As a committee member, I examine aggregated data from midwives reports, review evidence based research and develop an annual report based on collected data.

I have served two terms as AAM Secretary and successfully fulfilled the job duties required.

Additionally, I maintain my business website, organize business events and coordinate activities, and keep active Facebook and Twitter accounts. I also teach Phlebotomy/Laboratory skills to new midwives.

I am confident in my abilities to serve on the MANA board. With my history of organizational and leadership skills I feel well prepared to serve as Secretary or Director of Public Affairs.

Camilla Yrure, LM, CPM

I am Camilla Yrure, a midwife in the VA/MD/DC tristate area. A first generation American and a woman of color, I was initially attracted to midwifery because of its innate role in human rights, intimacies with reproductive health, and its political scope of reaching the periphery. I attended university in the UK where I reveled in the student’s union, leading outreach, safety, and community organizations for the LGBTQ communities. With a strong background in technical writing, editing, and development/code, I supported and maintained hundreds of users in the pentagon for The Department of Defense and on different domestic and international sites for The Department of State. I am an active volunteer with several DC nonprofits that focus on the teachings of well-body care and consent, and clinics that focus on women’s health resources, while keeping documents and documenting the scope and education for maternal and child health disparities in different communities, understanding the communion of religious and cultural diversity. I live in Alexandria, Virginia with my partner and flurry of human and rescued furry children.

Secretary

BYLAW REQUIREMENTS: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping and distributing the minutes of all meetings of MANA, the Board of Directors and the Executive Council, for coordinating all MANA correspondence, and for other such duties as pertain to the office.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Secretary has six key areas of responsibility:

  • Record keeping
  • Recording and disseminating board call and meeting minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Generating and monitoring board member task lists
  • Participating with Document Review Committee to continually update Policy and Procedure Handbook
  • Creating, organizing and disseminating Board packets for spring and fall Board meetings

The complete position description is available here.

Candidates:

Camilla Yrure, LM, CPM

I am Camilla Yrure, a midwife in the VA/MD/DC tristate area. A first generation American and a woman of color, I was initially attracted to midwifery because of its innate role in human rights, intimacies with reproductive health, and its political scope of reaching the periphery. I attended university in the UK where I reveled in the student’s union, leading outreach, safety, and community organizations for the LGBTQ communities. With a strong background in technical writing, editing, and development/code, I supported and maintained hundreds of users in the pentagon for The Department of Defense and on different domestic and international sites for The Department of State. I am an active volunteer with several DC nonprofits that focus on the teachings of well-body care and consent, and clinics that focus on women’s health resources, while keeping documents and documenting the scope and education for maternal and child health disparities in different communities, understanding the communion of religious and cultural diversity. I live in Alexandria, Virginia with my partner and flurry of human and rescued furry children.

Judith Levinrad Norman, LM, CPM

I returned from the recent MANA conference deeply inspired by our community and the important work being done, particularly on a national level. Raised on a foundation of activism and social consciousness, I found myself yearning to contribute to furthering midwifery and building an ever-stronger community of midwives.

I am a New Jersey licensed midwife living in New York and Montréal.  Prior to becoming a midwife in 2010, I have served families as a prenatal massage therapist (since 1997), a practitioner of Maya abdominal massage (since 2002) and a doula (since 2006).  My role as chair of the clinical studies department at the Swedish Institute in NYC (2001-2006) helped hone some of the particular skills that will be needed as Secretary – excellent professional communication skills, an ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse group of passionate people, and an appreciation for administrative detail.

I hope to be given the opportunity to bring my interpersonal and administrative skills, as well as my passion and commitment to midwifery, to the position of MANA Secretary.

Jude Melton, CPM, LM

My name is Jude Melton. I have been practicing midwifery since 2004. I completed my midwifery training through Maternidad La Luz in Texas. I am a CPM and an Arizona Licensed Midwife.

Experience I currently serve on the Arizona Licensed Midwives Advisory Committee (LMAC). Past experience includes Board Secretary for the Arizona Association of Midwives, 2009 and 2013.

Qualifications I currently serve on the LMAC committee through the Department of Health Services. As a committee member, I examine aggregated data from midwives reports, review evidence based research and develop an annual report based on collected data.

I have served two terms as AAM Secretary and successfully fulfilled the job duties required.

Additionally, I maintain my business website, organize business events and coordinate activities, and keep active Facebook and Twitter accounts. I also teach Phlebotomy/Laboratory skills to new midwives.

I am confident in my abilities to serve on the MANA board. With my history of organizational and leadership skills I feel well prepared to serve as Secretary or Director of Public Affairs.