October 23, 2015

About Us

Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors

Kathleen (Kat) Chiu, IBCLC, RLC

President, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

404-538-4498  www.zipmilk.org

amcbe@comcast.net, georgiazipmilk@gmail.com, georgiabreastfeedingcoalition@gmail.com

Kat has been involved in the breastfeeding world since 1977.  In 1980, she was accredited as a La Leche League Leader and a Certified Childbirth Educator, and in 1987, she certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  In the last 28 years, she has held positions as an LC in a pediatrics practice, a private practice, a group LC practice, and both postpartum and the NICU.  She has also spent years teaching both breastfeeding and childbirth classes. 

Kat has worked in the breast pump industry as a lactation consultant, sales manager, product manager and a marketing resource for over 10 years.  She has been a member of ILCA since 1987 and has served as President, Past-President, Outreach Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator of the SouthEastern Lactation Consultants Association (SELCA).  She has also served ILCA, in the past, as its International Conference Speaker Chair, and has served for over 15 years on the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, currently holding the position of President on the GBC’s Board of Directors.

Kat is the proud mother of 3 beautiful daughters and 3 great sons-in-law.  She enjoys reading, traveling, plus anything having to do with breastfeeding, mothers and babies.  But most of all, she enjoys her 7 gorgeous grandchildren.

Audrey K. Thompson, RN, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, BBA

Vice President, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

audreykthompson@gmail.com

Audrey started her career in the healthcare field as a hospital consultant for clinical information technology, which inspired her interest in nursing.  After being a Maternal-Child RN for 8 years, her passion for breastfeeding lead her to head the breastfeeding program at South Fulton Medical Center, providing education to nurses, classes to parents and lactation support for new moms.  After becoming certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2012, she entered private practice, where she continues to help families meet their breastfeeding goals.  Audrey is pleased to support breastfeeding moms in the classes she provides as Perinatal Educator at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Audrey is active in support of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Georgia, and is a member of ILCA, USLCA, and USBC as well as currently serving as Vice President of the SouthEastern Lactation Consultants Association (SELCA).  She has been a member of GBC since 2012 and currently holds the position of Vice President on the GBC’s Board of Directors.

Audrey loves home-schooling her formerly breastfed 2 sons and daughter, and is active at Mt. Paran Church of God.  Audrey often advocates for children with special needs, and mothers, babies and families everywhere. In her rare free time, Audrey enjoys singing, reading and traveling and adores all things Disney.

Marcia M. Hunter, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC

Treasurer, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

marciahunter@comcast.net

Marcia is a former State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Georgia Department of Public Health, received her BS in Nursing from the University of Evansville in 1967 and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1999.  Ms. Hunter worked as the full time District Breastfeeding Coordinator in East Metro Health District for twelve years where she inaugurated Lactation Fast Track, an annual lactation conference.  Additionally, she initiated a District WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program in 2005 and managed the program until assuming the state level position in 2009.  She has over forty years of public health experience in maternal and child health programs.  Marcia currently holds the position of Treasurer on the GBC’s Board of Directors.

Monica Lightfoot, IBCLC

Secretary, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

monica.lightfoot@dph.ga.gov

Chrysta B. Andrews BS, IBCLC, RLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

chrysta.andrews@dph.ga.gov

Chrysta has worked for the District 2 Public Health WIC program for 23 years in which 12 of those years she served as the Nutrition Program Manager- Breastfeeding Coordinator.  She has been a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 19 years.  Chrysta served as the secretary for the Northeast Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition and as the secretary for the North Georgia Regional Breastfeeding Advocacy Group.  In her spare time she loves to coach cheerleading, direct and judge beauty pageants and reading.  Chrysta is married to Jim Andrews and is the proud mother of 2 teenage daughters, Alexas and Bryce, who she breastfed.

Claire Eden, IBCLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

Claireedenlc@gmail.com

Claire Eden is a principal of Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants, LLC and Lactation Consultant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. She has been supporting breastfeeding families since 1998 through La Leche League International and as a board certified lactation consultant since 2009.  She has a special interest in breastfeeding in complex medical situations as well as breastfeeding as a public health issue. 

Born in the midwest, Claire grew up in Gainesville, Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications.  Before becoming a lactation consultant, Claire worked in health administration. She has enjoyed putting down roots in the Atlanta community through volunteer work and community involvement. She is the past coordinator and current board of directors member of the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA), the United States Lactation Consultants Association (USLCA), and the Southeast Lactation Consultant Association (SELCA).

Claire enjoys many interests including reading and antiques.  She and her husband Carlton are the parents of three daughters.

Carol Hendrix, BS, IBCLC, RLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

carol.hendrix@dph.ga.gov

Carol Hendrix, BS, IBCLC, RLC is working in Public Health as the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator at the North Georgia Health District.  She serves on the Board of Directors in SELCA, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition.  She spends considerable time counseling Spanish and English speaking mothers.  One responsibility is supervising 17 Peer Counselors who refer cases out of their scope to her.  With a passion for helping WIC moms return to work and continue breastfeeding, Carol has been actively involved in the Business Case for Breastfeeding since its inception in 2008 reaching out to the carpet mill industry in the North Georgia area.  Based on her experiences in Public Health, she has presented at several conferences including ILCA, CDC, SELCA, and Emory.  She was an integral part in the production of the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition’s DVD, “Breastfeeding:  A Guide to Success” released in 2009.  Carol has two “Gen Z” children, ages 13 and 10. 

Kathy Kerce, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

kkerce@gntc.edu

Mary Jackson, IBCLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

mnj03@comcast.net

Teresa Y. McCullen IBCLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

trobmcc@gmail.com

Teresa is a current Lactation Professional at Georgia Regents Medical Center  in Augusta GA. She has been a La Leche League Leader for 25 years, and was IBCLC certified in 1988.  She was in past Private Practice for 4 years, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Teresa is wife of Michael  (42 years), mother of 5 (2 daughters/3 sons), and grandmother to 3 girls 13,10 and 2.  Fun Fact:  I grew up with a Naval Officer Dad and we traveled the US, living mostly on the west coast, and then the DC area. I married into Army  life and had new adventures with my husband and children in additional  western locales; Fairbanks AK was the most northern, and coldest!

Andrea Serano, CLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

www.Breastfeedingrose.org    www.NAPPLSC.org

aserano@breastfeedingrose.org

Andrea Serano’s, CLC, work in breastfeeding advocacy stems from her passion for addressing maternal and infant health issues, especially among communities of color. Breastfeeding is a preventative strategy for combating infant mortality and the health disparities that disproportionately affect African American families. Ms. Serano is originally from North Hollywood CA. She attended Mount St. Mary’s College with a major in Healthcare Policy and minor in Business Administration. During her course of studies, she participated in the Transforming Communities and Public Policy-Washington Semester Program at American University and interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services in the Office on Women’s Health. 

In 2012, Andrea assisted in coordination of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) Breastfeeding Summit titled, “Reclaiming an African American Tradition”. Following the summit, she was offered the role as ROSE’s Program Manager and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In her role, Andrea serves on the coordinating team for all ROSE events, trainings, and program related activities.

In August of 2014, Andrea completed the Certified Lactation Counselor Training course and was awarded her certification in October. She serves as the Treasurer for National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), member of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, and a member of the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). 

Arlene Toole, IBCLC, RLC

Member, Board of Directors Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

atoole@gaaap.org

Arlene Toole, BS, IBCLC, RLC is the EPIC® (Educating Physicians in their Communities) Breastfeeding Program Director at the Georgia Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics(GA-AAP).  At the GA-AAP she promotes and coordinates physician to physician education on breastfeeding in doctor’s offices, hospitals and residency programs. She also assists with the communication and information on breastfeeding between WIC and the physicians of Georgia. Previously, she worked as the Lactation Coordinator at Grady Hospital where she taught breastfeeding classes, assisted new breastfeeding mothers and taught residents and medical students about breastfeeding benefits and management.  She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for over 22 years.  She has also spoken on many topics about breastfeeding from “Barriers to Breastfeeding” to “Educating Physicians on Breastfeeding”. 

She is the mother of three and has five grandchildren. She loves to hike, swim, kayak, and cook.