Anne merewood, phd, mph
Director, center for health equity, education, & research (CHEER)
Focus: Overall direction of CHEER
Other Current Work: Director, CHAMPS; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health; Consultant to numerous Native American tribes via the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center.
Previous Work: Director, The Breastfeeding Center, Boston Medical Center; Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Lactation
Fun Fact: Owns a pit bull and raises chickens and ducks at home.
Work Email: email@example.com
laura burnham, mph
cheer project director, boston medical center
Focus: Maternal and Child Health epidemiology and quality improvement.
Previous/Other Current Work: Project Manager, Massachusetts NeoQIC Human Milk Collaborative; Quality Improvement Data Coordinator, Department of Neonatology, Boston Medical Center; Teaching assistant at both Boston University School of Public Health and Tufts University.
Activities of Choice: I love to cook and garden. I also love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Fun Fact: My dog, Penne Pasta, is so cute she’s caused a traffic accident. She also knows how to sit, roll over, and shake.
Work Phone: 617-414-6466
Work Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsten Krane, MS-MPH, RDN, CLC
CHEER Project Director, Boston University
Focus: Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Public Health Systems, Opioids and Chronic Disease
Previous/Other Current Work: Food Sovereignty, Food and Nutrition Policy for the MT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Indian Health Service, WIC and the Peace Corps.
Activities of Choice: Hiking, reading, cooking and Chasing toddlers.
Fun Fact: I live on the Blackfeet Reservation along the edge of Glacier National Park in rural Montana.
Cell Phone: 406-845-2939
Work email: email@example.com
Becky Knapp, RN, MPH
CHEER Project Director
Focus: Maternal and child health, breastfeeding, reducing health disparities
Previous/Other Current Work: Maternal and child health nursing in hospitals around the country, Maternal and child health nursing home visitor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit research nursing
Activities of Choice: Running, hiking and camping, knitting, playing with my family
Fun Fact: I've driven across the country three times. My copilots have included my pet fish and my pup!
Work Phone: 509-654-5275
Work Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Berger, MS
CHEER Graduate Student Research Assistant
Focus: American Indian/Alaska Native Projects
Previous/Other Current Work: Blackfeet Community Health Assessment, AI/AN Community Health Assessments, MSPI/DVPI technical assistance, T-PHIT (Tribal Public Health Improvement Templates).
Activities of Choice: As a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, I investigate the role of the body in human rights violations, using both my forensic anthropology background and public health experience. In my spare time, I love fitness, reading, and baking!
Fun Fact: I was raised in Colorado and currently live in Florida. I love the mountains and the beach!
Cell Phone: 303-547-2064
Work Email: Jacqueline.Berger@bmc.org
Porsha Lark, MPH
CHEER Graduate Student Research Assistant
Focus: Improvement of American Indian and Alaskan Native health
Previous/Other Current Work: Boston University School of Medicine, Union Settlement, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Activities of Choice: Bullet journaling, traveling, yoga, trying new recipes and learning Spanish.
Fun Fact: I am the youngest of five and an aunt of 13!
Work Phone: 617-414-3585
Work Email: Porsha.Lark@bmc.org
Mun aung, mph
CHEER Research Assistant
Focus: Monitoring and Evaluation, Research
Previous/Other Current Work: I recently graduated from Boston University School of Public Health with Epidemiology and Global Health concentrations.
Activities of Choice: Cooking, jogging, hiking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
Fun Fact: I am an uncle of 1 year old!
Work Phone: 617-414-4865
Work Email: Mun.Aung@bmc.org
Kimarie Bugg MSN, FNP-BC, MPH, CLC, IBCLC
CHAMPS Community Engagement Director
Focus: Community training, education and support. Community includes: healthcare professionals, the business and academic centers and organizations, mothers, babies and families.
Previous/Other Current Work: Nurse practitioner and president and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere in Atlanta, GA.
Activities of Choice: Providing resources for healthcare providers, mothers and their families so that breastfeeding can be initiated and maintained, especially in marginalized and vulnerable communities.
Fun Fact: I love to dance.
Work Phone: 404-719-4297 & 404-990-3497
Work Email : email@example.com
Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
Mississippi Liaison and trainer
Focus: With over 20 years providing lactation-related training programs in every U.S. State, Cathy is passionate about educating health care professionals who work with new families. She is co-director of Every Mother, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Mississippi that develops breastfeeding training curricula for Federal agencies such as the national USDA WIC program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She developed the CHAMPS 4-hour competency training for hospitals and provides it for CHAMPS hospitals in Mississippi.
Previous/Other Current Work: She is the former State WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Mississippi State Department of Health, former Training and Outreach Coordinator for Best Start Social Marketing (which developed the national WIC marketing campaign, Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work), and a former university public relations director.
Activities of Choice: Photography, presentation design, travel, teaching, and meeting the most amazing people who work with new families!
Fun Fact: Mom of 5 healthy breastfed children and Nana to three breastfed grandchildren
Work Phone number: 662-931-6368
Work Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn URL: email@example.com
Roger A. Edwards, ScD
CHAMPS Community Engagement and Public Health Consultant
Focus: Implementation Science in Maternal and Child Health, Public Health Research and Policy, Diffusion of Innovations, Educational Research
Other Current Work: Associate Professor of Interprofessional Studies and Associate Director of the Health Professions Education Program at the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.
Activities of Choice: I love being outdoors and bird watching.
Fun Fact: My favorite vacation spot is the beach.
Work Phone: (508) 472-0406
Work Email: REdwards@mghihp.edu
Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM
MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR CHEER
Focus: Serves as content expert as a physician with breastfeeding medicine expertise as well as quality improvement and research experience. Also provides expertise as a clinical educator and program developer.
Previous/Other Current Work: Lori Feldman-Winter, M.D., MPH, is Professor of Pediatrics at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and the Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Healthcare in Camden, NJ. She received her AB with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, her MPH with distinction from the Rutgers School of Public Health, and her MD with AOA honors from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Feldman-Winter is recognized around the world for her work related to breastfeeding education programs and nutrition policy. She was the Physician Champion of the New Jersey Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a project of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) New Jersey Chapter (AAPNJ), and the New Jersey Department of Health, member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Policy Committee for the AAP (national) Section on Breastfeeding, and was National Faculty Chair for the CDC funded National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ)- Best Fed Beginnings Project. She is consultant to the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Mother-Baby Hospital Initiative-Healthy Beginnings NJ. She is faculty co-chair of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded NICHQ-National Alliance Partnership for the Promotion of Safe Sleep-Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) project. She also serves as AAP representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee, is a member of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, and Lead Author of Safe Sleep and Skin-to-Skin Care in the Neonatal Period for Healthy Term Newborns, Best Fed Beginnings: A Nationwide Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding, as well as over 100 peer-reviewed articles, published abstracts, and book chapters. She is currently consultant and Physician Lead to the Kellogg funded Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS) Project, a project of CHEER.
Activities of Choice: Besides working as a pediatrician, quality improvement content expert and researcher, I am a co-course director for a novel 4-year medical school curriculum, “The Scholars Workshop.” In my free time, I enjoy family vacations, skiing, hiking, and escaping to my home-away-from-home in the Berkshires.
Fun Fact: As an undergraduate, I was a combined biology and fine arts major, and continue to enjoy painting and decorating.
Work Phone number: 856-968-7362
Work email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-feldman-winter-b6948037/
Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC
Focus: Breastfeeding, Infant Health, Reducing Racial Disparities
Current Work: Lactation Coordinator for Women Children Services
Activities of Choice: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, baking and traveling.
Fun Fact: I am a proud Air Force Military Spouse!
Work Phone: 850-684-2199
Work Email: Felisha@beyondbreastfeeding.com
Tawanda Logan-Hurt, BSW, CLC
CHAMPS MISSISSIPPI Delta Community & Hospital Consultant
Focus: Working with community breastfeeding groups and hospital maternity staff on breastfeeding education
Previous/Other Current Work: Mississippi State Department of Health Region 1 Breastfeeding Coordinator. Previous work: Hospital, Nursing Home, and Head Start Social Worker
Activities of Choice: Attending church and spending time with family and friends by gathering together socializing, traveling and going out to eat.
Fun Fact: I am the biological mother of 6, step mother of 3, and grandmother of 2.
Work Phone number: 662-455-9429
Work email: email@example.com
CHEER/CHAMPS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Nickel, PhD, MPH
CHEER Data Consultant
Focus: Statistical analyses for causal inference, analysis of linked administrative data in health research, evaluation research, population maternal and child health, and maternal and child health policies.
Other Current Work: Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences; Research Scientist at Manitoba Centre for Health Policy; Instructor for graduate course in Epidemiology at University of Manitoba; Member of Executive Counsel for International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation; Scientific Chair of Breastfeeding for the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association; Member of Board of Directors for Sexuality Education Resource Centre of Manitoba.
Activities of Choice: I enjoy backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Fun Fact: The first date that I had with my spouse involved a road trip across five states to go to a waterski competition in which I was competing. At the end of the weekend, we figured, if we could survive a road trip across five states as a first date, we should give dating a go. We’ve been together for 10 years!
Work Email: email@example.com
Mike Geboe, MA, LAC, MAC, SAP
Focus: Breastfeeding Promotion, Drug & Alcohol Prevention and Native Wellness
Previous/Other Current Work: Licensed Addiction Counselor/Clinical Supervisor, School Psychologist, and HIV Prevention Specialist.
Activities of Choice: Hiking the Montana landscape, being outdoors and learning about my family history
Fun Fact: I am half Chippewa-Cree and half Northern Arapaho.
Work Phone: 406-395-4112
Work Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHEER COPYWRITER & CONSULTANT, Site Administrator
Focus: Providing mothers and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information.
Previous/Other Current Work: Touring musician and songwriter.
Activities of Choice: Writing songs, playing music, cooking, and touring.
Fun Fact: I’m an international award winning drummer and published songwriter.
Work Email: email@example.com
Focus: Designing eye-catching CHEER collateral
Previous/Other Current Work: I am currently working as a designer for a Health & Fitness App called Lose It!
Fun Fact: I went skydiving last fall to conquer my fear of heights - it...mostly worked. The view was beautiful!