Meet The Members of The Board of Directors
Maire MacLean, IBCLC – President
Maire is an IBCLC in private practice on Massachusetts’ North Shore. In addition to her lactation consulting practice, New Family Nurture, she is current president of the Massachusetts Lactation Consultants Association (MLCA) Board of Directors and has coordinated MLCA’s Access Committee for several years. 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 and began lactation work as a volunteer La Leche League leader facilitating meetings and providing phone support. Her first foray into the breastfeeding world began with the birth of the first of her three children 30 years ago. Prior to entering the field of lactation she worked with young families in educational and human service settings.
Sharla Lloyd Halperin, IBCLC – President Elect
Sharla is an IBCLC in private practice serving families in the Boston Metrowest and Eastern Massachusetts areas. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, met her husband in Austin Texas, and moved to his home state of Massachusetts in 1998. Sharla and her husband raised 2 sons in Dedham, and they now both live in Chicago, Illinois. This year as the MLCA President Elect, Sharla hopes we can create a sense of community, connection and belonging among members. The pandemic wreaked havoc in many of our lives and has left many of us feeling quiet isolated.
Charlene Fraser, IBCLC – Treasurer
Charlene graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services concentrating in Family and Children’s Services. She has been a CLC since 2011 and is a newly certified IBCLC as of July 2021. This year Charlene hopes to kickstart a mentorship partnership and work closely with community based lactation support programs.
Jenny Weaver, RN, IBCLC – Secretary
Jenny is an IBCLC doing community based lactation support in the Greater Boston area. She grew up in Baltimore, MD, met her husband while living in Middlebury, Vermont and together they moved to Arlington in 1984. Jenny attended UMass Boston’s School of Nursing and became an RN in 1989. As a new nurse in postpartum care, Jenny loved helping new parents with breastfeeding. She was inspired by the new and growing research in the early 1990’s on human milk and breastfeeding and chose to grow her expertise in lactation support. Jenny became an IBCLC in 1998. Jenny has one son who lives with her along with her mother in their multi-generational home in Arlington.
Andrea Roche, RD, IBCLC – General Board Member
Andrea lives in Newburyport with her husband, Kevin, and two boys, Ennis (4) and Thomas (2). After living in various places around the world, Massachusetts is now the center of her families universe! Andrea is a researcher, clinical dietitian, and lactation consultant at Mass General Brigham, and has a private practice (offering in-home consults and tele-medicine) in Boston and Newburyport for lactation and medical nutrition therapy. Andrea is passionate and loves that her areas of expertise revolve around empowering families to confidently reach their nutrition goals, and breast milk is often the first form of nutrition many of us receive! In her free time she enjoys anything outdoors from climbing the tallest mountains to pick-up basketball.
Melanie Venuti, IBCLC – General Board Member
Melanie is a private practice lactation consultant offering in home and telemedicine lactation care in the Boston area and surrounding suburbs. Melanie has worked in many aspects of maternal and child health over the last 13 years. She prides herself in offering a casual and laid back approach to counseling, offering mothers practical advice for breastfeeding and parenting success based on their individual goals. Melanie lives in Dedham, MA with her husband, 2 boys (5 and 6) and dog named Basil.