Wilma Taylor-Costen is the President of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association. Taylor-Costen is the former Assistant Superintendent of Academics and Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. In her roles as a central office administrator, Wilma had the oversight of the early childhood department and 25 School Principals. Before becoming a central office administrator, Wilma served in the school setting as a classroom teacher, department head, assistant principal, and principal.
During her tenure with Detroit Public Schools Community District, she established partnerships and developed programming that supported the educational and social-emotional growth of students and their families. One such program was the Dad’s Day in Preschool. Fathers of preschool students spent a full day attending workshop sessions and engaged in dialogue learning methods on how to be fully present in their child’s education
An advocate for Social Justice, Wilma champions the global issues of human rights and equality for women, children, the underserved and overlooked in metropolitan Detroit. She is a volunteer for several service organizations. Wilma is a member of the Lion’s Club International, a Leading Lady for the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and she is the past President of the Stork’s Nest Foundation.
Wilma believes that her life is purpose-driven and that she is on this planet to share her gifts. She is the founder of two organizations; the Sister Bag Project, a collaborative initiative that gives care bags to homeless and abused women, and H. Littleton Education Consultants, a group established to support the professional development of urban educators in public schools.
A college graduate, Wilma holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Wilma is a lifelong learner and committed to remaining current in the field of education. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Phoenix.
Self-Awareness and Self-Care are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. As such, Wilma engages in activities that help her to maintain balance. Her practices include meditation, yoga, reading, writing, and decorating. When away from work, she enjoys antiquing, traveling, and exploring new adventures. Wilma is a graduate of the Unity Urban Ministerial School and will receive her Ordination in June 2020.
Victoria Washington is a stay at home mom and serial entrepreneur. She cherishes the time that she spends with her amazing daughter, Addison Olivia. She earned her B.S. Chemistry degree from the University of Michigan and utilizes her science background as a co-founder and general manager of Detroit Dough, a safe-to-eat cookie dough distributor located in Detroit, MI.
As part of her community involvement, Victoria serves as the Mommy Ambassador for Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA). She has also successfully participated in the Community-Based Doula Training Program in hopes of supporting moms through prenatal, birth, and postnatal care. Her role as Mommy Ambassador allows her to regularly interface with a diverse group of women and forge positive relationships within the community while encouraging women in their breastfeeding journey.
Shanita Fort is a mother, trained doula, project manager and artist. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Management in May 2016 from Augusta University. Since graduation, she has moved into project management and become a trained doula.
She is the board member at-large of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA). Shanita is a huge advocate about breastfeeding and the health benefits to not only the child but the mother. Shanita provides lactation support to her doula clients as well as women in the community. She is an active member of a breastfeeding support group in the Augusta community. Her main goal is to help breastfeeding families achieve their feeding goals. She believes that breastfeeding self-efficacy is key to breastfeeding success. As a multi-year breastfeeding mother and doula, Shanita has first-hand knowledge regarding breastfeeding and its challenges.
Mommy Ambassador At-Large
Malikah Garner is a mother, wife, advocate and entrepreneur. She is the proud mother of 2 amazing boys, Nolan and Aaron. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SVSU & an MBA from Northwood University.
Malikah’s passion for breastfeeding advocacy is centered on community support, impacting institutional policy & inclusion in the breastfeeding community.
Her Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) journey began by attending breastfeeding clubs. Malikah now serves as BMBFA’s lead Mommy Ambassador and Board Member At-large. She is proud to advocate for the community. Her perspective on normalizing black breastfeeding has been featured on national platforms such as Good Morning America. Malikah has exclusively breastfed her son Aaron for over 4 years.
She is a marketing and project management professional. She founded Detroit Youth Code, a computer programming bootcamp for Detroit youth. Malikah & her husband own a real estate investment business.
Malikah is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Detroit Alumnae Chapter.