Latham Thomas

Opening Ceremony: Addressing Black Infant Death

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Latham Thomas

Soulful doula and celebrity wellness-lifestyle expert and bestselling author Latham Thomas is transforming how women give birth — and how they rise up to become the confident, radiant, ultimate best version of themselves.

One of the most sought after doulas in the world and one of the most celebrated figures in wellness, Latham empowers women to give birth to their dreams as she leads a revolution in radical self-care. Described by Dr. Oz as a “fitness and nutrition powerhouse,” Latham helps women embrace self-care, reclaim their bodies as sacred, and tap into the glow power that resides within.

On the vanguard of transforming the maternal wellness movement, Latham is the founder of Mama Glow — — an explosively popular lifestyle brand and highly regarded boutique offering inspiration, education, and innovative holistic services for new and expectant mothers. Mama Glow’s globally recognized Doula Immersion program boasts doula trainees from around the country and 6 continents.

Known as the Glow Maven, Latham has revolutionized the doula concept and has both elevated the field and educated the masses on women taking better care of their bodies and minds through dynamic wellness concepts. Her new audio program, Beditations: Guided Meditations and Rituals for Rest and Renewal, helps listeners reboot their lives with best practices and daily rituals to improve rest, increase optimism, boost energy, and enhance health and mental clarity.

A creative matrix and self-care sorceress, Latham was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 — an enlightened group of leaders elevating humanity with their amazing work. Her highly anticipated new book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within, sold out within two weeks and is currently in its third reprint. Her first book, Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy has served as an essential go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers — endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Mark Hyman, Christy Turlington Burns, and others. Latham has recently moderated panel conversations on the often unnoticed disparity of Birth Equity and the black maternal health crisis.

Cultivating her wellness practice over nearly a decade, Latham has served as a lifestyle guru and doula for celebrity clients such as Alicia Keys, Debra Lee, Rebecca Minkoff, Tamera Mowry, DJ Khaled, Venus and Serena Williams. She’s appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News LIVE, Good Day NY, CBS News, and Inside Edition, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, Essence, O Magazine, New York Daily News, New York Post,, Whole Living, and on the covers of Experience Life Magazine, Thoughtfully and New York Family.

A peerless presence in the world of wellness, Latham holds dual degrees from Columbia University and is a certified holistic health counselor. A grassroots inspirational leader and motivator, she leads mass meditations, speaks to large groups about entrepreneurship, self-care and birth, leads a coaching accelerator program for mom entrepreneurs, and serves on the Tufts University Nutrition Council and on the Wellness Council for Well + Good.

Sayida Peprah, PsyD

Keynote: Ripple Effects of Historical Trauma on Black Birth and Breastfeeding Outcomes

Friday, May 10, 2019, 9:00-10:30am

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health.  Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix and a presenter and consultant on topics of cultural diversity/humility, mental and maternal mental health.

Currently, she is a maternal mental health educator, birth doula mentor and an instructor for the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health.  She is a also member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences in the black community.  

Dr. Sayida served on the 2018 California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Maternal Suicide Review Committee, working with other health care providers and researchers to identify key factors in preventing maternal suicide.  In 2019, Dr. Sayida will provide training and supervision for perinatal support specialists, in the HealthNet/Los Angeles Medicaid Community-Based Doula pilot for African American/Black mothers.

Dr. Peprah is dedicated to contributing her expertise to uplift the community and improve the effectiveness of maternal health and support services.

Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka, MSEd, MSN, CNM

Black Breastfeeding Week

Virtual Pre-conference

Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka is a nurse-midwife and innovative culture worker leveraging digital media to impact health and parenting. Clinically, she cares for women across the life span at an independent birth center. Anayah also writes, speaks, and consults with organizations on using social media to deepen community building and leverage social change. Anayah is co-editor of Free to Breastfeed: Voices from Black Mothers (Praeclarus Press) and a consultant for MomsRising. Her work has been written about on, HuffPost, Ms. Magazine , Mater mea, MyBrownBaby and ThinkProgress. She is a wife and mother to two curious and agile boys and a graduate of Yale University and Vassar College.

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Angela Johnson, PhD

Pre-Conference: Building an Inclusive Environment: Supporting New Mothers in the Workplace

Dr. Angela M. Johnson is a social scientist focused on psychosocial and structural factors that shape maternal health and breastfeeding disparities among African American women.  Her published studies highlight that racially disparate breastfeeding outcomes are persistent and position African American women and their babies to experience higher risk for poor health outcomes.  Dr. Johnson is passionate about her research program and its potential to support the healthy social-emotional and physical growth and development of infants and their families.  Her research has informed the work of local policy and grassroots intervention programs in multiple communities and is published widely in several top tier, peer reviewed journals.     

Dr. Johnson earned her PhD and Masters’ degree from Michigan State University and Bachelors’ degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Dr. Johnson was awarded a highly competitive 2-year NIH funded Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Fellowship through the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research and the Women and Infants Mental Health Program to support her research.

Dr. Johnson currently serves as senior community outreach specialist with Michigan Medicine Department of Community Health Services, Program for Multicultural Health where she collaborates with institutional, local, state, and national partners to develop education, training, and research programs for community, students, and staff, designed to reduce racial and other social inequities.  Johnson is currently working with community and institutional partners to develop an intervention designed to address barriers to optimal perinatal health and well-being among community women.

Dr. Johnson is committed to addressing the needs of women and their families and serves through multiple organizations such as the Black Breastfeeding Caucus, Journal for Human Lactation Review team, American Public Health Association review team, Washtenaw Area Council for Children, Washtenaw Co. Breastfeeding Coalition, and others.

Anjanette Davenport Hatter, LMSW

Panelist: High Tech & Community Innovation

May 10, 2019, 10:45am – 12:15pm

Anjanette Davenport Hatter is a social entrepreneur and is the Owner/Executive Director of Harambee Care Maternal Infant Health Program, which aims to reduce infant mortality and improve pregnancy health outcomes. She is also the Founder of Harambee Care Village, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that improves population health by providing equitable community based education and support services. As a social justice leader, she has cultivated change in healthcare and breastfeeding support at local and national levels. During her tenure as President of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, she helped reduce breastfeeding disparities in African American families thus impacting infant mortality rates in this population. Her passion for addressing equity led to her participation in the Community Innovation Project for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mrs. Davenport Hatter has worked extensively with organizations that address risk factors for chronic diseases such as Gift of Life Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and through various health initiatives as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Mrs. Davenport Hatter has served as a panelist for The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation and Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association. She presented nationally at the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting where she showcased the social worker’s role in improving clinical outcomes in dialysis patients. Her tireless efforts in working to improve health outcomes in her community has led to her nominations for the WEGO Health Activist Award and the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition-Breastfeeding Promotion.

Mrs. Davenport Hatter holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. She is a dedicated wife, mother and social worker.

Char’ly Snow, CNM

Bus Tour: Women Inspired Neighborhood Network

Char’ly Snow is a Detroit native and proud alumna of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.  She joined the Henry Ford team in 2006 and has been spreading her wings ever since. After having served diligently as a bedside nurse, nurse educator and assistant nurse manager in the Cardiovascular ICU and Surgical ICU departments, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).  Currently, Char’ly serves as the Director of Midwifery Services for Henry Ford Health System.


In partnership with the Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network (WINN), she aided in the implementation of the innovative Enhanced Group Prenatal Care Model at Henry Ford Hospital. She is not only a full-time CNM  but also the founder of Metro Detroit Midwives of Color (MDMOC). MDMOC is a non-profit professional organization, inclusive of all minority midwives that serve women in the Metro Detroit area. Ultimately all of their efforts will serve to reduce the prevalence of health disparities among ethnic minorities.


Char’ly is the 2018 recipient of the Kitty Ernst Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. This award is given to one midwife each year who has been certified for less than ten years, and has demonstrated innovative, creative endeavors in midwifery and/or women’s health clinical practice, education, administration, or research.

Cindy Eggleton, MA

Bus Tour: Brilliant Detroit

Cindy Eggleton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Brilliant Detroit, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy, and stable. They do this by establishing and operating homes in high need neighborhoods that offer proven programming to families and children. Cindy leads on strategy, organizational partnerships, and fundraising, helping to bring the organization from one home with 50 participating families and five partners to seven homes with over 900 participating families and 80 partners in just two and a half years.


While co-founding Brilliant Detroit, Cindy served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and, prior to that, she worked with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM). At UWSEM, she moved from a consultant to the Senior Director of Education Preparedness and oversaw a $60 million education portfolio. In this position, she worked on improving high school graduation rates, foreclosure prevention, and more, and was responsible for bringing the Social Innovation Fund for early childhood to Detroit.


Cindy earned a Master’s in Psychology from Wayne State University and ran her own communications, strategy, and design company, CERB Associates, LLC for 21 years.

Ebonie Guyton M.Ed, CHES

Bus Tour: Brilliant Detroit

Ebonie Guyton M.Ed CHES, serves as Program Director of Brilliant Detroit, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy, and stable. Ms. Guyton is a Certified Health Education Specialist with over 12 years of experience building community health programming. She has a mission to build community health and education programs that improve the social determinants of health for young mothers and children in Detroit. Ms. Guyton is a native Detroiter and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Community Health Education from Wayne State University. 

Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH

Panelist: High Tech & Community Innovation

Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:45am – 12:15pm

Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH serves as Co-Director of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, an initiative focused on advancing Black maternal health, rights, and justice. She is the founder of Sisu Consulting, where she works with organizations to advance social, racial, and reproductive justice for women of color. Her life’s mission is to create a world where women of color have what they need to achieve their ideal health and well-being.  Elizabeth is a recognized thought leader on women of color, reproductive and maternal health, and social justice who has been published in The Nation, Rewire, The Root,, and other outlets.

Jabina Coleman, LSW, MSW, CLC, IBCLC

Everybody Wants to Hold the Baby, Who Will Hold the Mother

Friday, May 10, 2019, 1:15 – 2:15pm

Jabina G. Coleman is a Licensed Social Worker and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has dedicated over a decade of her life to serving women, children, and families in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Jabina received her Bachelors of Science in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. Jabina is the owner of Life House Lactation & Perinatal Services, LLC where she provides in-home lactation consultations, facilitates breastfeeding and parenting wellness groups-BAE Cafe, and provides psychotherapy to parents experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Jabina is also the co-founder of Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color, where the mission is to support professionals and communities of color who are treating and dealing with the complications of perinatal mood disorders. Jabina’s work is grounded in trauma-informed care and reproductive justice. Her work has been published in the Clinical Lactation Journal, the official journal of the United States Lactation Consultant Association. Jabina has also been a local and regional keynote speaker addressing lactation and perinatal mood disorders. Jabina presented as a community advocate at the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the newest approved and only medication specific to postpartum depression. Most recently, Jabina has been awarded the Cultural Changemaker Award for the United States Breastfeeding Committee & Convening and is also mentor leader for Health Connect One-Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA). Jabina is also the mother of two beautiful children one of which she had the pleasure of breastfeeding for 3.5 years. Jabina’s mission is to educate, empower and support families and communities on their journey into parenthood while working on systemic barriers impeding on a culture of health.

Jennifer Day, IBCLC

Masterclass: Lactation Support After Loss: Understanding the Physiology & Psychology of the Grieving Process

Friday, May 10, 2019, 1:15 – 2:15pm

Jennifer Day is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Founder, and Owner of Feed the Babes, LLC an in-home and clinic-based, skilled breastfeeding support service. Jennifer also serves as a Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) Project Manager. Additionally, she acts as Chairperson of the Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition and facilitator of a community-based breastfeeding support group entitled “Meet, Nurse, Love” in Oakland County, MI, and Co-Founder of the Southeast Michigan IBCLC’s of Color. The married mother of two happy, healthy, breastfed children has committed herself toward decreasing disparity gaps in breastfeeding by educating the public, using her voice and platforms, serving her community and, most recently, offering Pathway 3 IBCLC Mentorship for aspiring IBCLC’s, equipping and empowering future trailblazers to change the world. She is a leader, public speaker, consultant, clinician, advocate, and educator with thousands of experiential hours assisting and supporting the pregnant and lactating families she has and continues to serve in clinical and in-home settings throughout Metro-Detroit and Southern Ontario, Canada.  

Karla Mitchell, ND

Masterclass: Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Friday, May 10, 2019, 2:30-3:30pm

Dr. Karla Mitchell, ND is Detroit’s Clinical Traditional Naturopath and Herbalist. In private practice at Exhalation Integrative Wellness, she is keen on integrating natural methods for whole-person healthcare and applying various non-invasive, drug-free, methods to conventional medical approaches.  Leading the city’s most innovative model for urban community healing, she provides leadership in developing culturally appropriate strategies to address health equity, health disparity, health literacy and non-compliance among underserved and underinsured populations. Her work focuses on improving health outcomes, reducing and preventing dependencies, and educating and empowering people to make informed health care choices.  Dr. Mitchell infuses her work into various sectors, advocating herbalism and traditional naturopathy as viable adjuncts to conventional healthcare methods.

In addition, Dr. Mitchell is Executive Director of the C.L.A.S.S. Agency, a mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment agency; for which she previously served several terms as a board member.  She has served the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority as a member of its Substance Use Disorder Policy Oversight board, is Project Director for A.C.T.I.O.N, a drug-free communities coalition and currently serves as a member of the Detroit Health Department’s Community Themes and Strengths Committee.

She was most recently recognized by the Ashoka Changemakers Foundation as a pioneer in children’s wellbeing, a cohort of innovative leaders whose exemplary models promote Children’s Wellbeing in the United States.

Kiddada Green, MAT

Panelist: High Tech & Community Innovation

May 10, 2019, 10:45am – 12:15pm

Kiddada Green is an internationally renowned thought leader. As the founding executive director of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) she purposefully uses her platform to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for black families.  Ms. Green’s innovations in the field are immense. She is responsible for spearheading the formation of the Black Breastfeeding Caucus, and co-creating both Mommy-Friendly Detroit and Black Breastfeeding Week.   

Ms. Green has attracted worldwide audiences with presentations for both GOLD Learning and iLactation. Her work has been published internationally in Breastfeeding Medicine, The Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  As an avid learner,  Ms. Green is a proud esteemed member of the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program.  As a social entrepreneur, she successfully completed a business accelerator fellowship with Enterprising Health, a subsidiary of Ascension Health.  As an expert in community-centered approaches, she put forth recommendations for The U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and the State of Michigan Breastfeeding Plan.  She has been featured in several acclaimed publications, including Ebony Magazine.  

Furthermore, Ms. Green is a reviewer for the American Public Health Association, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Kansas Health Foundation.  Kiddada holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Oakland University. Kiddada Green is a proud and devoted wife, mother and educator.

Kimberly Seals Allers

Panelist: High Tech & Community Innovation

May 10, 2019, 10:45am – 12:15pm

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and an internationally-recognized speaker, strategist and advocate for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on the socio-cultural and racial complexities of birth, breastfeeding and motherhood. She is the director of the Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective, a national initiative to shift the narrative of maternal and infant health issues, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Kimberly was recently named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century”  for 2018 by Women’s eNews. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Washington Post, Slate and others, her online commentaries received over 10 million page views last year. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2017.

As a consultant, Kimberly provides strategic communication services to hospitals, non-profits and other public health-related organizations, with an expertise in engaging communities of color.

For over seven years, she has led innovative community-based projects in New Orleans, Birmingham, Detroit and Philadelphia that explore the impact of “first food deserts”—communities that severely lack accessible resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed—and designed community-partnered strategies to transform these areas into more breastfeeding supportive environments. She most recently created and directed The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg-funded, $500,0000 pilot project in Detroit and Philadelphia to create community-partnered strategies to turn vulnerable communities into more breastfeeding-supportive environments.

Kimberly serves on the advisory board of MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon and of 1000 Days, a non-profit focused on early nutrition founded by Hillary Clinton and is the former vice president of the Board of Governors for the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). In 2018, she founded Narrative Nation, a non-profit that creates community-centered media and technology to eradicate health disparities.

Kimberly previously served as editorial director of The Black Maternal Health Project of Women’s eNews and was an IATP Food and Community Fellow focused on reframing breastfeeding disparities as a food systems issue.

Kimberly is also the author of The Mocha Manual series of books, published by HarperCollins and founder of, an award-winning pregnancy and parenting destination for African Americans. Her first book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and turned into a DVD sold at Wal-mart. The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit and The Mocha Manual to Military Life round out the top-selling series.

Kimberly has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Fox News and has been featured in various international and national media outlets, including The Guardian (U.K.), U.S. News & World Report, Essence, Black Enterprise, Pregnancy and in various online media properties.

Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A divorced mother of two, she lives in Queens, NY with her children. Learn more at Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @iamKSealsAllers.


Lynette Biery, PA-C, MSc

Masterclass: Michigan Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan

Friday, May 10, 2019, 2:30-3:30pm

Lynette Biery is the Director of the Bureau of Family Health Services, with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she provides administrative direction and oversight of the Division of Immunization, the Division of Maternal and Infant Health, and the Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She also serves as the Maternal Child Health Director for Michigan.


Lynette has extensive experience in clinical care delivery, research, evaluation, program management and administration. She was Project Manager at the MSU Institute for Health Policy where she worked on a variety of research, policy analysis, and quality improvement projects for both public and private sector organizations, covering a range of maternal child health issues. She also has many years of clinical practice in the primary care setting as a Certified Physician Assistant.


Lynette is an enthusiastic supporter of breastfeeding and breast fed her two daughters until they were 3 years old.

Malik Kenyatta Yakini

Bus Tour: D-Town Farm

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.

Mia Roetherford, IBCLC

Masterclass: Lactation Support After Loss: Understanding the Physiology & Psychology of the Grieving Process

Friday, May 10, 2019, 1:15 – 2:15pm

Mia Roetherford, is a lifelong Detroiter and mother of 2 who has been breastfeeding for 4 years. Mia considers herself to be an advocate of the underrepresented and a protector of her community.

Mia’s commitment to advancing breastfeeding equity through community-oriented breastfeeding support led her to the Mother Nurture Lactation College in 2015. As a member of this unique program, she earned both a Community Health Worker certification and the IBCLC credential. Mia wishes to provide a safe space, address barriers,and empower families where they can initiate and continue their breastfeeding goals. Mia desires to leave an impact that ultimately changes the culture and our overall perspective of what breastfeeding is and looks like in her community.

Mia, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wayne State University is employed by Henry Ford Hospital as an IBCLC. She continues her life’s work to provide quality lactation and health care to her community as a student in Wayne State University’s School of Nursing.

Nada Dickinson

Bus Tour: Women Inspired Neighborhood Network

Nada Dickinson, a Community Health Worker, Team Leader (CHW), with Henry Ford Health System since 2011, works for Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network: Detroit, which provides services to reduce infant mortality. Where she conducts home visits, and connects families to resources and supportive services. She co-facilitates with the Midwifery team at Henry Ford Health System for Group Prenatal Care. This is an innovative approach by addressing health from the perspective of the social needs of mothers in Detroit. She was featured and published in two national publications, “I Dream Detroit”, and “A Day in the Life of a CHW”. Nada had the privilege of presenting and representing WIN Network Detroit, at the Stakeholder Health annual conference held at Howard University. Nada knows the community and what’s needed. She is very resourceful and self-driven with an innovative mind, with her creativity she named the organization Women Inspired Neighborhood Network (WIN Network Detroit). The wife and mother of two also, is her Block Club’s Vice President, and organizes a back to school events that have given over 300 backpacks and school supplies to the youth in her community. This event received recognition from a Detroit local news station channel 4 WDIV. Whether at work or in the community, Nada strives to be the vehicle of change to help families get to the road of success.

Ninah Sasy, MSA

Masterclass: Michigan Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan

Friday, May 10, 2019, 2:30-3:30pm

Ninah Sasy is the Senior Maternal Child Health Strategist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she is responsible for developing innovative solutions and partnerships to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in Michigan.  

Ninah has worked nearly 15 years in public health.  Throughout her career, she has gained experience in continuous quality improvement, project management and strategic planning.  Her diverse career in grant administration, immunization management and emergency response has equipped her with the ability to problem solve and serve as a conduit to connect resources for a greater impact.

She is also the proud mom of a 5-year-old boy who was born at 32 weeks and spent his first six weeks of life in the NICU.

Shonte’ Terhune, IBCLC

Masterclass: Lactation Support After Loss: Understanding the Physiology & Psychology of the Grieving Process

Friday, May 10, 2019, 1:15 – 2:15pm

Shonte’ Terhune is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, postpartum doula and health educator.  Over the past five years, she has worked diligently in Genesee County to increase breastfeeding rates. She has worked in the hospital as a lactation intern and at various pediatric and obstetrician clinics, promoting and educating women about breastfeeding. Normalizing breastfeeding is her passion. Shonte’ is also the owner of, You Overcome Lactation Obstacles (YOLO) empowers and provides culturally competent, evidence-based breastfeeding support and services to Flint families. With skilled professional support by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) mothers find solutions and ultimately reach their breastfeeding goals. She is also a member of the Southeast Michigan IBCLC’s of Color.

Tameka Jackson-Dyer, IBCLC, CHW

Masterclass: Lactation Support After Loss: Understanding the Physiology & Psychology of the Grieving Process

Friday, May 10, 2019, 1:15 – 2:15pm

Tameka Jackson-Dyer is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant who has experience working in WIC clinics, Baby Friendly hospitals, OB clinics and in the community. She began her career in lactation as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with several Metro Detroit WIC agencies and earned certifications as a Lactation Educator, Community Health Worker and Lactation Specialist during her time there. She assisted Coffective with their Cultural Competence Project for the reboot of their mobile app, and is currently working on several other projects with them. She is also under contract with Eastern Michigan University as the Breastfeeding Subject Matter Expert for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (CDC-REACH) Healthy Asian-American Project (HAAP). In addition to her work with EMU & Coffective, the wife & mother of three, Chair of the Detroit Metro/ Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition, volunteer mentor with Sisterfriends Detroit, admin for God’s Liquid Gold breastfeeding support/ education Facebook page, member of Southeast Michigan IBCLC’s of Color and owner of CrazyMilkLady Lactation Support Services, LLC., providing prenatal education and postpartum breastfeeding assistance through home visits in the metro Detroit area.

Waymond Hayes, PhDc

Bus Tour: Focus: Hope Early Learning

Waymond Hayes is a high energy, self-motivated individual with great leadership skills. He is a frequent workshop presenter and speaker who brings complementary, but distinctly different experiences to Child Development. Currently, Waymond is the Director of Early Learning / Youth Development at Focus: HOPE, and sits on the boards of the Michigan Head Start Association, and Great Start Collaborative. Mr. Hayes is also a dedicated member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. where he is the Director of Education for the Detroit chapter Pi Rho. He has trained teachers and parents for over 16 years on a myriad of early childhood topics. With over 18 years’ experience working in all areas of Early Education and his quest for knowledge and determination to become a leader in his field; Mr. Hayes has also earned his Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development from Oakland Community College, Bachelor in Early Childhood Education/Family Studies from Rochester College, Master Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University and is currently working toward his Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership.  Mr. Hayes also used his knowledge with young children to teach others by becoming an Instructor of Early Childhood Education at Baker College. Most recently he accepted an opportunity as a Lecturer at University of Michigan where he taught a class titled “Understanding and Working with Families with young children”. Waymond Hayes was one of the first students to attend a head start program on the southeast side of Detroit as well as the first Male Center Administrator to open a Head Start all Male Academy at the same agency and location. He credits deep Family involvement in Early Childhood Education as his source of motivation.

Yolanda Jack

Opening Ceremony: Performing “Mother, A Cradle to Hold Me” as written by Honorable Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Yolanda Jack is Youth Program Coordinator at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and an actress, stage manager, and director of theater. A native Detroiter, Yolanda returned home after 10 years on the East coast to begin a family and found One World Theater Company with her husband, Phillip Jack. A staunch advocate for breastfeeding, Yolanda proudly nursed her now young adult and teen children, Xavier and Nandi, who are shining examples of what a great start to life that includes breastfeeding can do.