Meet the MLCA Board of Directors

 

Kira Kim BA CLE, IBCLC :: MLCA President

Kira Kim is an IBCLC in private practice serving families all over the North Shore. 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. With a midwifery background, her clinical interest is in the impact of fetal positioning during labor and birth on early breastfeeding success. In addition to providing in home lactation care, she is an herbalist, teaches prenatal breastfeeding at two area hospitals and is involved in numerous mentorship projects for aspiring IBCLCs.   She lives in Lynn with her husband and is Mama to four rambunctious kids, all of whom enjoyed extended nursing relationships.

 

 

 

Maire MacLean IBCLC:: MLCA President Elect

Maire MacLean is an IBCLC in private practice on the North Shore. In addition to her lactation consulting practice, New Family Nurture, she is a member of the Massachusetts Lactation Consultants Association Board coordinating MLCA’s Access and Licensure Committee. Maire also serves on the Board for Project Licensure, Inc. She served as Continuing Education Coordinator for the Nursing Mother’s Council of the Boston Association of Childbirth Educators from 2012-2015; developing breastfeeding education programs for birth and lactation professionals and volunteers. Prior to entering the field of lactation she worked with young families in educational and human service settings.  

 

Alycia Dymond BA, RN, BSN, IBCLC :: MLCA 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Theresa Moutafis MA, RD, LDN, CDE, IBCLC:: MLCA 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 General 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.