Meet the MLCA Board of Directors

 

 

Tricia Elbl, President

Tricia Elbl is an IBCLC since 2011, and works at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester and as a private practice lactation consultant. She lives in Framingham, MA with her four children and husband, and is excited to contribute to MLCA in any way she can. Tricia was the MLCA President Elect for 2016-2018.

 

 

Robin Snyder-Drummond, President-Elect

Prior to becoming an IBCLC, Robin was a certified childbirth educator for twenty years and an active birth doula for ten years.  She has been an IBCLC since 2009. Her main focus is her private practice for home visits.  She’s worked in hospitals as an IBCLC and educator. She also sees mothers and babies through the Early Intervention Partnership Program and at the Codman Square Baby Cafe. Robin was the MLCA Secretary for 2016-2018.

 

 

Alycia Dymond, Secretary

My route to a nursing and lactation support has brought me to both Massachusetts and MLCA. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Technical Theatre from San Francisco State University. I worked as a Stage Manager and then a nanny, a birth doula, postpartum doula, and Certified Lactation Educator. This lead me to nursing school. I graduated from University of Southern Maine’s Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program in August 2015.

I began as New Nurse Resident in Endoscopy at MGH. I now have a position as a Pediatric staff nurse at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and lead their lactation services. In addition to this work, I’m a Director for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Nursing Association. I plan to sit for the IBCLC exam in spring of 2019.

 

 

Judith Fayre, BS, RN, IBCLC :: MLCA Treasurer

Judith has worked in women’s health for the past 20 years, first completing a 2 year advanced course of Midwifery Studies from the MA Midwives Alliance, as well as becoming a DONA doula and a Certified Childbirth educator.  Teaching and working in hospitals in Southern NH and private homes led to a desire to become an RN.  Graduating from Rivier College School of Nursing in 2004 and working for the next 8 years as a labor/delivery nurse led to completion of an IBCLC certification.

Moving to MA in 2011 opened an opportunity to work concurrently in the lactation departments of 2 hospitals on the Northshore as an RN, IBCLC, also facilitating new mother & breastfeeding support groups as well as building a private practice. She is currently on the Board of MA Breastfeeding Coalition and MLCA.

 

 

Kira Kim, General Board Member

Kira Kim is an IBCLC in private practice serving families all over the North Shore. Her clinical interest is in the impact of fetal positioning during labor and birth on early breastfeeding success. She has a degree in Sociology and Public health and is active in causes related to reproductive justice as well as those that serve to increase diversity in the lactation field. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, Midwives Alliance of North America as a student, and holds the consumer seat on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance. She lives in Lynn with her husband and is Mama to four rambunctious kids, all of whom enjoyed extended nursing relationships.

 

 

Theresa Moutafis, General Board Member

I’m a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and IBCLC. My passion is
helping families and giving back to my professions. I work as an independent
contractor in a variety of positions, including virtual lactation consulting. In addition, I volunteer for Nursing Mothers’ Council of MA. For two years, I’ve been the Electronic Communications Chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice group. I am excited to join a thriving group dedicated to improving lactation care in Massachusetts.

 

 

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC :: MLCA Board Member

Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a previous board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.