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Meet the Board of Commissioners

Susan Stapleton, DNPCNM, FACNM Chair

  • Data Coordinator, AABC Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative
  • Founder, former Owner & Director, Reading Birth & Women’s Center (Reading, PA) and St. Joseph Hospital Nurse-Midwifery Service (Reading, PA)
  • DNP, Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing, (Hyden, KY); MS in Nursing, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI); Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Denise Roy, MSN,CNM Vice Chair

  • Adjunct professor in Midwifery at Philadelphia University
  • Previous Consultant, to Georgetown University’s clinical placement team for Midwifery students; former Clinical Director, Director of Quality Assurance & Staff Development at The Birth Center (now Lifecycle WomanCare), Bryn Mawr, PA; past CABC President
  • MSN/CNM, University of Pennsylvania; BSN, University of Michigan

Olga Ryan, MS-NL, RN Vice Chair

  • Director, Babymoon Inn Tucson
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Lead Instructor, AABC Birth Center Focused Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • MSN in Leadership, Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ); BSN, Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont

Dominic J. Cammarano, III, DO, FACOG  Treasurer

  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist (Reading, PA)
  • Collaborative physician & former Owner, Reading Birth & Women’s Center
  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Susan Yount, PhD, WHNP-BC, CNM, FACNM Secretary

  • American Association of Birth Centers Research Committee member
  • Past Director of DNP Program, Frontier Nursing University
  • Post Graduate in Women’s Health NP, Frontier Nursing University; PhD in Nursing Research, University of Arizona in Nursing Research; MSN in Nurse-Midwife, University of Texas at El Paso

Whitney Abbott, MSN, RN, APRN, CNM

  • Midwife, New Birth Company
  • Certified Breastfeeding Specialist; Master Trainer, Helping Babies Breathe
  • MSN, University of Kansas Medical Center

Kenneth P. Blau, MD, FACOG, FPMRS

  • Founder, Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center; Attending Physician, Danbury Hospital (Danbury, CT)
  • Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Graduate of New York Medical College; Residency at Montefiore Hospital (Bronx, NY) & Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)

Dana Brown, CPM, CDM

  • Executive Director of Alaska Family Health & Birth Center, Fairbank, AK 1993-2020
  • Graduate of Via Vita Midwifery Certificate Program 1986
  • Served on Alaska Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives 2000-2009 and 2015-2019

Melanie Dossey, CNM

  • Founder, former Owner, & Clinical Director, Nativiti Women’s Health and Birth Center, (Houston, TX)
  • Clinical Preceptor and Teaching Associate at several colleges and universities
  • CNM, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX)

Jennifer Fardink, CPM

  • Co-owner of Clarksville Midwifery, Clarksville, TN
  • Graduate of Midwives College of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery
  • Graduate of Association of Texas Midwives Training Program

Greta Gill, MSN, CNM

  • Director of Midwifery, El Rio Health and Medical Director, The Midwifery Center at Tucson Medical Center for Women
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH); CNM, Frontier Nursing University (Hyden, KY) 

Catherine Gordon, MS, CNM, FNP-BC

  • Co-founder & Owner, New Birth Company (Kansas City and Overland Park, KS); Professor Mid-America Nazarene University (Olathe, KS)
  • Founder, Mercy & Truth Medical Missions; Adjunct Faculty and Preceptor at several colleges and universities
  • MS, University of Kansas; Post-Master’s Nurse-Midwifery Certificate, University of Kansas

Stephen Guy, MD

  • Medical Director, Family Beginnings Birth Center, Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, OH); Clinical Assistant Professor, Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
  • Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Graduate of Ohio State University; Residency at Wright State University (Dayton, OH)

Emily Hayes, MHA, RNC-OB/EFM

  • Nurse Manager, Family Beginnings Birth Center, Labor & Delivery, Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, OH)
  • EPIC analyst, certified in OpTime and Stork
  • MHA, University of Cincinnati

Lynn Kane, PhD

  • Consumer Representative for CABC Board of Commissioners
  • Chair, Lane County Friends of the Birth Center Consumer Advisory Group
  • PhD in Music History and Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Sandra Lawrence 

  • Consumer Representative for CABC Board of Commissioners
  • Midwifery and Birth Center advocate
  • Experience as Administrative Staff Member at Geneva Woods Birth Center

Ashton Osborne, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

  • Labor and Delivery RN at Trident Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor
  • MSN in Nursing Education, Simmons University (Boston, MA) and MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner program, Walden University

Maria Petrie, BSN, BS, RN

  • RN and Birth Assistant, Charleston Birth Place; Labor/Birth Doula at A Birth Companion (Charleston, SC)
  • Health Policy Analyst and Information Security Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton (Charleston, SC and Washington, DC)
  • BSN, Medical University of South Carolina; BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology

Moira Richards, MD

  • Medical Director of Neonatal Specialists (Mednax)
  • Medical Director of NICU at Tucson Medical Center for Children, Tucson, AZ
  • Graduate University of Minnesota Medical School; Residency at Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program

Jessica Sawyer, BS, CPM, CDM

  • Part-owner, Director & Staff Midwife, Mat-su Midwifery (Wasilla, AK)
  • Treasurer, Midwives Association of Alaska; Member Accountability Action Committee (Peer Review), Midwives Association of Alaska
  • BS in Biology with emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology, University of East Anglia (Norwich, England); Apprenticeship with Judi Davidson, CPM, CDM and Sharon Evans, CPM, CDM

Ann Sober, BSNRN

  • Co-founder, Owner & Director, Special Beginnings Birth Center (Arnold, MD)
  • Co-founder and former Owner, The Baltimore Birth Center
  • BSN, The College of Notre Dame (Baltimore, MD); RN, Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing (Philadelphia, PA)

Mark Woodland, MD, FACOG

  • Chair, Department of OBGYN, Reading Hospital/Tower Health (Reading, PA); Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine (Washington, DC)




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