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The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition is here to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Memphis and Shelby County through the assistance of the medical profession, the public health system, and the community. We strive to support professionals like you through breastfeeding education and discussion. Please contact us to learn more.

Our Members

From medical professionals to experienced moms and those simply interested in promoting breastfeeding, we are a diverse group. Below are Active, Honorary and Supporting members.

Gayl M. Anglin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
TUI University

Gayl Anglin has over 10 years of research and project management experience in health services research and health promotion projects focusing on science to service substance abuse treatment programs, including prenatal and perinatal alcohol use. She has a strong background in health policy, including international and legal dimensions as well as a particular focus in reproductive health, and specialized experience in program evaluation, policy analysis, and contract administration. She has done extensive research on the social and political aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. She is currently a part time Assistant Professor of Health Sciences for TUI University and a full time mom. She is a strong advocate of breastfeeding and serves on the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition as a consumer member and breastfeeding mom. Dr. Anglin has a doctorate in political science from the University of Southern California.

Patty Burch, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Saint Francis Hospital, Memphis

Patty has been a maternity nurse since 1984, and became certified as a Lactation Consultant in 1993. Her passion to help women breastfeed began with a desire to pay forward the support that made breastfeeding possible with her own children. She and a team of nurses with additional training help mothers and their newborns get breastfeeding together at Saint Francis Hospital.

Kathy Burrows
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Woman King Maternity and Childbirth Services

Kathy Burrows of Woman King Maternity and Childbirth Services has worked as a birth and postpartum doula for nearly ten years and recently expanded her credentials to include Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She is a mother of three, all proudly breastfed, and an outspoken warrior for breastfeeding rights and support resources.

Ginger Carney, RD, LDN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
Founding Member
Director of Clinical Nutrition
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Ginger currently is the Director of Clinical Nutrition at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and an original member of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a registered dietitian and international board certified lactation consultant. She has worked many years in pediatric clinical nutrition and her areas of expertise include infant nutrition and breastfeeding support. Interests include improving breastfeeding education for health professionals, and raising the breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the Memphis-Shelby County area.

Candice A. Douglas, MHA, BSN RN
Nurse Home Visitor

Candice Douglas is a nurse home visitor with the Le Bonheur Nurse-Family Partnership. In this role, she provides home visitation services to first time, low-income mothers in the Shelby County area. Managing a caseload of nineteen moms allows her to educate and support breastfeeding. The desire to create awareness among the community and clients served is driven from personal experience as a breastfeeding mother and the knowledge of its many benefits. Candice is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing as an alumnus of the University of Memphis. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for two years, and continues to work on the unit from time to time. Also, she furthered her education by obtaining her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2010. Her mission to advance knowledge and awareness of breastfeeding among her peers will remain a certain part of her personal and professional life.

Sandra Madubuonwu
Parent/Child Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sandra Madubuonwu is a Lebonheur Nurse-Family Partnership Supervisor, an evidence based home visitation program for first time low income pregnant mothers. She is a Parent/Child Clinical Nurse Specialist and has over twenty years of experience in nursing. Her main areas are Maternal /Child and Community health which gives her the opportunity to educate and help new mothers with breastfeeding.

Katie Devlin Midgley, MS
The Urban Child Institute

Katie Devlin Midgley received her B.S. in Psychology, Ed. from Mississippi State University in 2006 and her M.S. in Arts and Sciences from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2008. In her graduate program she focused on family systems criminality, parental incarceration and children, and statistics. She has been employed by The Urban Child Institute since September of 2008. During her time at The Urban Child Institute, she has worked on projects examining child care settings and early childhood investment initiatives as well as policy briefs on breastfeeding and parenting structures.

Yvonne Moore, MD, MA, FACOG
ObGyn Specialists, PC

This Memphis native is married and the mother of two adult children. She is a founding partner in ObGyn Specialists, PC and has been delivering babies for over 30 years. She is on the Boards of Directors of Postpartum Support International and Life Choices Pregnancy Help Medical Clinic. Dr. Moore participates in the MidSouth Perinatal Bereavement Council as well as the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a volunteer physician for the Church Health Center and a member of True Light Baptist Church. In 2010 she was honored by the staff and Administration at Baptist Women's Hospital with the Physician Champion Award for Excellence and Cooperation in patient care. Dr. Moore is passionate about the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of her patients.

Dr. Moore holds a B.A. in psychology/biology from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters in Human Relations (counseling) from Liberty University and graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine, followed by an Ob-Gyn residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Ruth Munday BSN, RN-BC, IBCLC, RLC
Pediatric Nurse and Lactation Consultant
LeBonheur Children's Hospital

Ruth has been a Pediatric nurse for over 12 years and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2003. She works at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in the Department of Clinical Nutrition. She enjoys working with nursing mothers and babies of all ages.

Susan Ogg, RN, MSN
Clinical Research Associate
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Susan has been a clinical Research Associate at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 6 years and a Pediatric Nurse for 30. Her research specialty focus on protective effects of breastfeeding for adult survivors of childhood cancer.

Brandi Pigg, MS, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

Brandi is from Doniphan, Missouri and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from The University of Mississippi. She then graduated from The University of Mississippi’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics with a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition Services. Brandi’s passion is pediatric and infant nutrition as well as breastfeeding. She is currently a full time clinical dietitian at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and is working towards becoming an IBCLC.

Angela Plunkett RN, IBCLC, LLLL
Lactation Consultant
La Leche League Leader

Angela moved to Fayette County, TN in 2009 from Austin, Texas where she worked as a Pediatric and Mother/Baby RN and Lactation Consultant for 14 yrs. She donated milk to the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin with 3 of her children and helped to start the Mothers' Milk Bank of Ft Worth. She is the mother of 4 breastfed children whom she currently homeschools. She has also been an active with La Leche League Leader since 2000. Her interests are in supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies in all settings and improving breastfeeding education for health professionals.

Bridgette Reed
Nutrition Peer Counselor and Lactation Counselor
Shelby County Health Department Healthy Start Initiative Program

Bridgette is the Nutrition Peer Counselor and Lactation Counselor for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Healthy Start Initiative Program. The Healthy Start Initiative is a federally funded program designed to provide care to at risk women during and after pregnancy and to their children til the age of two. The purpose of this program is to improve infant mortality rates in Shelby County. Bridgette serve all the clients and children enrolled in program providing them with both nutrition and breastfeeding services.

Donna Holmes-Ross, BA, CLC, MBA
Certified Lactation Counselor

Donna is a native Memphian and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She is the CEO of Bring It On Out where she assists pregnant women with fundamental How To Classes and continued counseling after they have delivered. Donna is a liaison for pregnant and prenatal women in assisting them in their decision and efforts to become breastfeeding moms. She does home and hospital visits for women that need assistance with those first crucial weeks after delivery. She has counseled and promoted breastfeeding through; home, hospital, and office visits, support group meetings, health fairs, baby showers and many other events throughout the entire Shelby County area for 23 years. She is a member of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition and MALCA (Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association). Her contributions to the Shelby County area have been the promotion of the Art of Breastfeeding, and reminding us that everyone who has children should give their babies the best start by feeding human milk for human babies.

Helen C.B. Scott RN, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Consultant
Methodist LeBonheur Germantown, Women and Children's Pavilion

Helen graduated as a RN and Registered Midwife in Johannesburg, South Africa and worked in London, England before moving to LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Her passion for breastfeeding grew from a culture where it was widely accepted and her desire to follow nature led to her own commitment to breastfeed. Experiencing all the benefits of breastfeeding with her own three children led her to become a full time lactation consultant in 1997. She states, "I am thankful that I can share my skills and promote breastfeeding in our community."

Ashley F. Smith RN, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Consultant
Newborn Center - The Regional Medical Center at Memphis

Ashley Smith is the Lactation Consultant in the Newborn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. She has worked to develop policies and procedures that promote human milk feeding in the NICU at the Med. Ashley is on the TIPQC (Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care) HM4VLBW pilot team and has assisted in writing a NICU human milk feeding tool-kit for the state. Ashley is a member of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition and President Elect for the Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association. Prior to working at the Med, Ashley worked as an L&D, Mother/Baby Nurse and Lactation Consultant at Methodist Hospital Germantown for 12 years.

Allison Stiles, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician and Internal Medicine

Dr. Stiles is a Memphian and Central High graduate, who went away for over 20 years before returning to Memphis. She worked as an engineer for 10 years before medical school. She received dual board certification in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and is practicing as a solo practitioner in Midtown. She became interested in breastfeeding as a mother of 2, and as a Pediatrician who realized the key part of the immune system that breastfeeding provides, in a most important time of life.

Genae Strong, PhD, CNM, RNC-OB, IBCLC
Assistant Professor, Loewenberg School of Nursing
University of Memphis

Dr. Strong is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, Loewenberg School of Nursing with 20 years of experience working with breastfeeding women, 15 years of formal teaching experience, 7 years of breastfeeding research, and 10 years of community service toward breastfeeding promotion, education, and support. Dr. Strong has published in the field of lactation and maintains a program of research focused on overcoming the barriers health care provider’s face while assisting the breastfeeding dyad. Currently, Dr. Strong is designing a breastfeeding educational curriculum for pre-licensure nursing students to improve their confidence, competence, and calling to support and promote breastfeeding as recommended by national and international practice standards. Serving on the board of the Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (MALCA) for several years and as a member of the SCBC, Dr. Strong has a "strong" passion for breastfeeding.

Honorary Members

Lynda Gioia-Flynt, MD, FACOG
Director of Ambulatory Services at the Medplex
Associate Director of the Residency program for OBGYN
University of Tennessee-Memphis

Marion Hare
Founding Member
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Marion is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in the departments of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics. She is a practicing pediatrician with the UT Medical Group. She sees patients with pediatric residents in their continuity practices and also is involved in several research projects that focus on young children and parents. She is a charter member of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition.

Marian Levy, Dr.P.H., R.D.
Founding Member
Director of the Master of Public Health Program
University of Memphis

Dr. Marian Levy is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Memphis. She received her doctorate in Public Health from UCLA. A Registered Dietitian, she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to reduce pediatric obesity, promote health equity, and increase access to health care. Dr. Levy has held several leadership posts, including President of the Tennessee School Health Coalition (2000) and Chair of the Tennessee Healthy Weight Network (2006). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Cynthia Milk Fund and the Core Leadership Group for Shelby County Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. She was also named to the Regents Academic Leadership Institute (RALI). In 2008, she received the Ruby R. C. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award for Race Relations. Most recently, she was recognized with the 2009/2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Memphis.

Kim Stuckey MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
University of Tennessee-Memphis

Dr. Stuckey is married and has two children ages 8 and 5. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine with the Family Medicine Program at UT-Memphis where she has been for three years. She participates and teaches in the whole spectrum of family medicine, but her passion is obstetrical care and attending births. She received the Patrick J. Murphy teaching award from the residents this year.

She graduated from Goshen College and then Wright State Medical School. She did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Then went into private practice in northern Indiana for two years and decided to enter an OB fellowship at St. Francis in order to further develop her surgical skills. Prior to medical school she worked for two years in a school-age-parenting program in San Antonio. There she helped to start a day-care where the mothers could come and breastfeed during their lunch break.

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Supporting Members

Linda Hyde
Cindy Earle
Jessica Huntley

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