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3 - Board of Directors

Executive Chair: Shannon Carter, PhD
Shannon is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on women’s experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and is published in journals such as Sociology of Health & Illness, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, and Gender Issues. She has several years of experience in the non-profit sector, including three years as Academic Director of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Shannon breastfed her three children, Joshua, Ella and Auguste.

Contact Shannon at shannon@breastfeedingproject.org

Community Support Chair: Erin Spaulding, DC
Dr. Erin is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses her practice on maternity, postpartum, infant and child health (http://www.spauldingwellness.com). She combines chiropractic with homeopathics and essential oils to promote the health and well-being of her clients. She is passionate about helping mothers have the birth of their dreams and raise their children without fear in a holistic manner. Erin is a proud mother of three and is married to her high school sweetheart.

Public Relations Chair: Beatriz Reyes-Foster, PhD

Beatriz is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. She studies reproductive health issues in Central Florida and has published articles in peer-reviewed publications such as Breastfeeding Medicine. She is a mother of two boys, both of whom she breastfed. She struggled with supply with both her boys and only breastfed her older son for three months. A supportive community and determination have helped her to nurse her younger son for well over one year. 

Contact Beatriz at beatriz@breastfeedingproject.org

Inventory Chair: Amanda Mulkey

Amanda works with the Seminole County WIC Program in an administrative role. Although she does not work directly with WIC clients, she knows the importance of breastfeeding as she has worked with WIC for 20 years. In 2014 she became a Certified Lactation Counselor. Ironically, Amanda has never had children of her own but is passionate about helping breastfeeding women and babies in any capacity.

Contact Amanda at amanda@breastfeedingproject.org

Community Events Chair: Collen Juul

Colleen is a homeschooling mother of four who does doula work as a passion, with emphasis on helping families heal from traumatic births through re-birth ceremonies. With her first two children, she fell into common "booby traps" and breastfed for less than a month. With a different healthcare provider and stronger support system, she was able to breastfeed her third child until age four. Her youngest child breastfed through a congenital heart defect and open heart surgery at 4 months old, and is still going strong after a two and a half years! Colleen is passionate about educating mothers on the importance of support for a successful breastfeeding relationship and is active in many online breastfeeding support groups.

Contact Collen at collen@breastfeedingproject.org

Community Outreach Chair: Christina Rice

Christina is a child-educator, interior designer, event-planner, professional nanny/governess, voice actor, customer, children's storyteller, aspiring children's book author and illustrator (she just needs a publisher!), self-defense coach, singer/co-songwriter (with her musician-husband) - a so-called "Jill-of-all-trades". For 8 years, her husband was enlisted in the United States Navy. At their last duty station, Christina served as Event Coordinator for the U.S.S. Nimitz' Family Readiness Group. Her move to Orlando, when she was 8 weeks pregnant, was her 12th move in 4.5 years. After experiencing, and having to cope with birth trauma as a result of misguided medical interventions during her son's birth, breastfeeding her son was one of only a few of her goals that was met during an incredibly challenging postpartum recovery. Christina is passionate about supporting mothers, and believes that building a strong global community starts with building confident women. The Breastfeeding Project's swag bag, which she found at a parenting fair before the birth of her son, was filled with items that supported her breastfeeding journey in ways she could not have foreseen. She hopes to spread this same gift to others, through the support The Breastfeeding Project gives. She and her son are 19 months into their breastfeeding journey, and are still going strong!

Market Chair: Brooke Taylor

Fundraising Chair: Emily Rupp

Publications Chair: Jennifer Branting
Jennifer is the proud mother of one eight year old son.  Due to a broad community of supportive family, friends and lactation experts she was able to overcome several breastfeeding hurdles and was able to breastfeed for over two years. It is important for her to pay that support forward, by helping breastfeeding mothers through organization like the Breastfeeding Project.

Contact Jennifer at jennifer@breastfeedingproject.org

The Breastfeeding Project's very first Board of Directors meeting.

The Breastfeeding Project's Mother's Day Fundraiser.

Previous Board Members
Karen Andriola
Chelsea Bossory
Shawna Mitchell
Nichole Robins-Bowling
Donna Urbina
Hollie Binette