Clarke Erickson Baer
Clarke Erickson Baer
Clarke Erickson Baer is a lifelong learner dedicated understanding and applying promising and best practices for facilitation methodologies, program design, implementation practices, and evaluation to advance health and well-being of at-risk communities. She is currently serving as the Maternal Mortality Program Manager for the Arizona Department of Health Services. In her previous roles, Clarke focused on improving rural maternal health programs and implementing positive youth development programs for undeserved youth.
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Desiree Greene’s background spans the fields of public and environmental health, nutrition, finance, education, and public policy. She is extremely interested in women’s health, family planning, public policy, human rights, and health equity. Drawing on a broad range of diverse academic and work experiences, she has also been involved in health equity, human rights, educational, environmental, and public & women’s health projects and initiatives in Pennsylvania, Seoul, Korea, New Jersey, and Arizona. Prior to becoming the Healthy People Healthy Communities IGA and Family Planning Program Manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), she worked in Birth Defects Surveillance at ADHS, and as a Nutrition Educator and Trainer for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s WIC Program. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey and Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Desiree has also completed her second master’s degree at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, where her concentrations were on health services administration and health equity. She is currently studying to be a Birth Doula and is a certified Yoga Nidra Practitioner.
Dr. Cara English, DBH
Dr. Cara English has 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, counseling, and integrated behavioral health care, and is thrilled to open Terra’s Place with a mission to serve women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
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Jennifer Hoeprich, LM
Jennifer Hoeprich, CPM, CMT is a home birth midwife, meditation teacher, and women’s circle facilitator who has served birthing families in the Phoenix area since 2004.
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Jimmy Gialelis, LMT
Certified Massage Therapist
Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB has been a nationally certified massage therapist of 17 years. He maintains a private practice in Tempe, AZ. Mr. Gialelis teaches both at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and with his company Advanced Massage Arts & Education.
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Keeley Bruner is a mother of three, having completed her most recent 4th trimester after giving birth last spring. S
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Kim is born for Naakaii Diné (Mexican People) and from Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak People) clans. Born in Tuba City, maternally from Tolani Lake, AZ located in the southwestern area of the Navajo Nation. Growing up on and off the Navajo Nation, and residing in various tribal communities throughout her life, Kim is passionate about utilizing her education and experience to promote healthy living through kinship values.
Kim has over eight years of experience in peer-counseling, clinical and educational lactation. Kim’s work has been inclusive of Tribal and culturally diverse communities serving the needs of prenatal, newborns, and post-partum mothers and families. Her current work at the hospital with Valleywise Health Medical Center and prior experience in private practice with Arizona Breastfeeding Center is clinically intensive. Kim co-teaches the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training course geared towards American Indian/Alaska Native tribal communities throughout the nation. This course provides foundational lactation education to Native people so that they provide clinical breastfeeding support in their communities. Kim also independently consulted with Changing Woman Initiative out of New Mexico, a free access birth center serving Indigenous women to reproductive wellness. She currently serves, and is one of the first Indigenous woman, on the Board of Directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a non-profit independent organization of more than 50 professionals, educational and government organizations supporting breastfeeding across the nation. Prior to this new role she was an also active member and served as co-chair planning committee for USBC’s National Conference Convening 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Kim just ended her two year service as Vice-President for Central Arizona Lactation Consultants of Arizona.
Kim’s extensive experience in this field has led to opportunities in consulting, which along with her husband synthesized their consulting business in Tribal Indemnity. Within three years, Tribal Indemnity has assumed responsibility of complex projects and strategic planning with one of the largest Tribes in Arizona. She recently established her own small business, Indigenous Breastfeeding Az, LLC and is founder of Arizona Intertribal Breastfeeding Coalition.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-three years and three daughters of whom she breastfed until they were 2 years old. She also loves early morning runs, hiking, boxing and yoga.
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Michelle Lacey, MA, LPC, PMH-C
Michelle Lacy(MA, LPC, PMH-C) is the Clinical Director for Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Perinatal Mental Health clinician.
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At the core of Monique Joseph lies her ability to give selflessly and motivate others to pursue their highest level of ability. She takes great pride in helping others to achieve their dream of success in business, build strong families and children and giving back to the communities that helped to inspire her.
After receiving the 2006 Dr. Barbara Sizemore Leadership and Service Award, and being a 2006 Vincentian Fellow, she has continuously been inspired by the Vincentian mission to serve the poor. In 2008, she launched a public relations and marketing firm The Marque Group, LLC., working across private, nonprofit, government and B2B sectors. She has represented some of today’s leading icons in entertainment, politics and business. She earned several business awards for her work in this field. As an organizer and community leader she launched new initiatives. She became the founding President of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity Alumni chapter in Portland, Oregon, developed the Society of Leaders Emerging for High school students and served on several boards and business committees for the City of Portland. One of her greatest achievements was being nominated and elected as a 2012 Delegate to the Democratic National Convention representing the State of Oregon. She also served as the 43rd precinct committee person and was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory board serving African-American children and education. Becoming a new mom in 2013, she saw an unmet need and launched UrbanMommyInc, an online organization that focuses on building healthy lifestyles, early childhood literacy and community for new mothers. Her work in this area helped her to receive a nomination and recognition as a 2016 White House Change Maker Award in Washington, DC.
After the birth of her daughter she would soon begin her greatest work of affirming a strong, powerful and fearless daughter. She wanted to instill a passion for education, reading, loving herself and life. While operating both businesses, she launched Joseph House Books and published her first children’s book in 2017. She has become a leading advocate in developing early childhood education initiatives in underrepresented communities and fiercely promoting the advantages of diversity in early development learning. Her passion for fighting on behalf of children and African-American families motivates her each day to always strive for excellence, support others and serve fiercely. Monique says, “my work is not finished until the playing field is even for all children and families in underrepresented communities.”
After relocating to Phoenix, Arizona she quickly became involved in serving the community. She was an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the State of Arizona, a member of The Jack and Jill of America, Phoenix , AZ Chapter where she served as the Public Relations and Community Chair and currently serves as the Legislative Chair. In addition, she is a member of The Junior League of Phoenix and serves on several boards. Monique shares her life with her husband Sheldon and six-year-old daughter Zoie. She continues to advocate for organizations that serve women and children. She enjoys photography, writing and her new-found love, boxing
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Neil is the Outreach Project Coordinator for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) in Mesa.
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Sandy La Cava
Sandy LaCava, M.Ed., an Arizona resident for over 38 years, raised two children as a single mom. She worked for years in the business sector, then in education, and is presently community development manager at Southwest Human Development. Sandy believes children are our greatest resource and by providing supports for families we can greatly impact a child’s future success in school and in life. This is her work – educating our community about the importance of a healthy foundation for Arizona’s children, knowing it is good for families and good for Arizona.
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Sheri Collins is a First Things First Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Maricopa Region. Before joining First Things First, Sheri served as a First Things First grant partner in the East Maricopa, Southeast Maricopa and Yavapai regions as an Outreach Specialist with Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA). Prior to AzCA, Sheri was a marketing and communications manager, marketing consultant, educator and lobbying associate. Her professional experience includes journalism, media relations, government, education, fundraising, grant writing, community outreach and event management. Sheri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University.
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Wendi is a desert child at heart, born and raised on the Arizona clay. In 1993 she helped a friend through the birth of her first child and felt a passion to devote her life to moms and babies.