Brooke Scelza is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA and co-Director of the Kunene Rural Health and Demography Project. She earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan, a MEd from Harvard University and her PhD and a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington in 2008. She has been conducting fieldwork in Namibia with Himba pastoralists since 2009, where her work focuses on women’s reproductive decision-making, and the effects of family demography on maternal and child health. In addition to having published numerous peer-reviewed articles, Scelza is the President-elect of the AAA Evolutionary Anthropology Society and serves on the editorial boards of Human Nature and Evolutionary Human Sciences. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Mandi Harmon, RN, BSN, IBCLC is currently the Lactation Consultant at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Indiana. She has been a nurse for 17 years with most of those years spent working in obstetrics in Central Indiana. In addition to her role as a lactation consultant she is a member of the Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County's Maternal Child Task Force and the South Central Breastfeeding Coalition. Mandi received her nursing education at Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Wesleyan University and has been an IBCLC since 2014. She has a passion for empowering new mothers to succeed in all types of breastfeeding relationships and for educating mom's partner and extended family so that they can feel confident in supporting the breastfeeding dyad. She resides in Greenwood with her husband and two sons.
Angela Larkin used to travel the Midwest using her culinary degree as a sous chef and catering manager before starting her career in 2005 at the Marion County WIC Program where she was the Assistant Breastfeeding Coordinator. She is a Registered Dietitian and Lactation Consultant that found her way to the Johnson County WIC program in 2015 where she is currently the Breastfeeding Coordinator. Angela is active on the Indiana WIC State Breastfeeding Committee, South Central Breastfeeding Coalition, supervises three breastfeeding peer counselors and is responsible for the Johnson County WIC business outreach project. She is a huge advocate for WIC and if she could she would get a WIC wrap for her car to advertise the WIC program....Hmm not a bad idea!
Christin Farmer is a dedicated community development and birth professional with a special interest in maternal-newborn stabilization and life-long care. A native Clevelander, her background includes community advocacy, health and human equity, perinatal support, economic and workforce development. Christin is the founding President and CEO of Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC), whose mission is to address and improve the social and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes through culture, education, advocacy, support and engagement. As trained perinatal support professionals, Christin and her team work directly with new moms who are socially at high risk for infant mortality, through the prenatal period, labor and delivery, and postpartum period, offering a wide range of services that include support and direction while also advocating for systems change. Christin is a graduate of Kent State University and the mother of one son, Jaylen.
April Dales has been working in Corporate America for almost 30 years, with a start-up company and three fortune 500 companies, including 22 of those years currently with Cummins Inc.
Her ‘real’ job lies in emission compliance working with North American Distributors in the global power leader headquartered in Columbus, IN, and her ‘volunteer’ job is co-leading the Family & Life Events Committee and Nursing Mother Support Group as a part of the Cummins Women’s Affinity Group for about 20 years. Having witnessed the needs of women in four different male-dominated industries, she works cross-functionally with a variety of departments from facilities to legal to advocate for change (policy, nursing mother rooms, diversity equality) leading to “great place to work” environments in order to recruit and retain women, at all levels, and in all stages of life. After growing up in Omaha, NE, she graduated from Indiana University with two BAs and married a Purdue graduate (“a house divided!”) who also works for Cummins. Being a married mother of two “almost adult” boys, she still commutes round-trip from Greenwood, IN. As she commuted 12 of her years at Cummins with her then very young children who attended daycare and school in Bartholomew County, she considers herself a poster-child for working mothers trying to integrate life’s realities into each and every day.
Joi Barnett, Student Midwife, CBE is the mother to four little humans. Joi was certified as a nursing assistant during her senior year of high school and worked in that capacity for more than ten years. Joi attended nursing school at University of Indianapolis. Wanting to focus on her passions for families, birth, and breastfeeding; Joi was trained to be a Bosom Buddy for the Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition and began working as a birth doula. Joi was blessed to birth her fourth child at home with the guidance of Home4Birth. This led Joi to pursue Midwifery full time. Joi now attends National College of Midwifery. Joi maintains both CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation Certification, and is a Certified Childbirth Educator through Birth Boot Camp. She participates in various trainings and attends conferences whenever available to continue to expand her knowledge.
Lisa Diamond, CLS has been a breastfeeding advocate for the Marion County WIC program for the past 9 years. In her current role of Breastfeeding Office Coordinator, she manages clinic flow at the Forest Manor Drop –In center, representing WIC at outreach events, and community health forums. She provides one on one lactation support WIC clinics, IU Methodist Hospital Mother/Baby unit and the Wee Ones Nursery program at the Indiana Women’s Prison. She is a mother of three sons and proudly breastfed them all. This inspired her to help others and find a passion for supporting new mothers by establishing and affirming their goal of providing breast milk for their babies.
Lisa Greathouse attended Indiana University Bloomington and received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2012 and went on to obtain her Master of Applied Health Science degree in Health Promotion from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington in 2013. Since graduation, Greathouse has been involved in youth development and health and wellness programs. She currently is employed by IU Health Bloomington Hospital and serves as the Manager of Coordinated School Health for Monroe County. In this role, Greathouse works with local school districts to create healthier environments for students and staff.
Nolan Mikowski is a friend of Liv ― plain and simple. Nolan dedicates his time to spreading the education that the Liv Pregnancy App offers in the continued effort to lower Indiana’s infant mortality rate. Nolan has quickly realized how dedicated the state is to this mission and travels around the state of Indiana with Liv by his side. Nolan specializes in speaking to health and community specialists about the importance of maternal and infant health education. While new to the health industry, Nolan is no rookie when it comes to helping others. A graduate of Butler University, Nolan has supported multiple not-for-profit organizations’ branding and promotional needs. Focused on the health of Hoosiers, Nolan is eager to build relationships with individuals and organizations that are dedicated to the goal of Indiana as the state with the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024.
Tracy Smith is a Registered Dietitian, Lactation Consultant and has been the Johnson County WIC Coordinator for the past 19 years. Tracy currently participates as a Regional Representative on the WIC Steering Committee whom works closely with the Indiana State WIC Program and is Chair of the Maternity Child Health Committee - Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County (PHJC). She also worked with PHJC to bring the Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program to Johnson County which is placed within the Johnson County WIC Program. She has had the opportunity play significant roles on past committees such as the State WIC Breastfeeding Committee and the South Central Breastfeeding Coalition. Her passion for the WIC Program shows in various facets with in her local program and beyond. Lastly, she will talk to you all day long about her Labradoodle, Gibbs!
Vice President and Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator, Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Well Newborn Unit at IU Health Methodist/Riley Hospital
Dr. Emily Scott is a Riley pediatric hospitalist and the medical director of the well newborn unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital. She has won several teaching awards, including the Morris Green Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award and the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award. Emily is also involved in advocacy work for newborns and children and serves as vice president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (INAAP). This summer, she was awarded a March of Dimes Advocacy Fellowship position. She has led several statewide quality improvement projects focused on Indiana's infant mortality crisis and has presented at a state and national level on neonatal abstinence syndrome, breastfeeding and safe sleep practices.