Kathleen is a La Leche League Leader, co-leading monthly Series meetings and offering one-to-one breastfeeding support in Durham, NC. In addition, Kathleen is a member of the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities Team in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC, working with others to create a breastfeeding supportive community that includes local governments, healthcare, local business and organizations, and education from childcare to postsecondary programs. Kathleen also is a Certified Lactation Counselor and has a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on Early Intervention and Family Support. Kathleen has enjoyed working with children and their families as a LLL Leader, preschool teacher, Early Interventionist, and coordinator of multiple NIH research studies, and now she has the added pleasure of spending joy-filled times with her beautiful and very-active grandsons.
Michelle currently serves as Treasurer of Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance. Having been a nurse at the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Hospital and currently a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 10 years at Growing Child Pediatrics in Raleigh, breastfeeding support has always been a part of her practice. In 2015, she became certified as an IBCLC and joined TBA in 2016. Lactation assistance and the promotion of breastfeeding has been a very rewarding part of her career. A mother to two energetic school-age boys, Michelle enjoys traveling with her family, reading, and running.
Susan has served on the TBA planning committee for nine years. Although she is retired as a Family Nurse Practitioner and an IBCLC, the TBA keeps her close to favorite parts of her nursing career. Susan spent her first 20 years as an Army nurse with a focus in Labor & Delivery, Postpartum and the Intensive Care Nursery while working in Hawaii, Germany, Arizona and the US Military Academy in West Point. Later, she worked as an FNP/IBCLC in a pediatric out-patient clinic. Life changed when Susan was 54 - she and her husband adopted their only child. Susan now teaches CPR, substitutes for school teachers, volunteers with the USO and with her church.
Dr. Donna Hedgepeth is honored to work with the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance to help give back to her community. She enjoys being a part of this diverse group of professionals who are dedicated to educating and promoting healthy breastfeeding within our state and beyond. Dr. Hedgepeth, DC, DACCP is a chiropractor with a diplomate ranked specialty in chiropractic care for pregnancy and pediatrics. She has practiced in her hometown of Raleigh since 2001 after graduating as Valedictorian of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Hedgepeth also holds degrees from NC State University and Duke University. In addition to her chiropractic practice, she has been a Continuing Education speaker and seminar presenter for many conferences and events across the state. She is also an active member of many local and national professional organizations. When not working, she values time with her husband, two sons and their miniature dachshund, taking walks, playing games or cheering on her alma maters at local sporting events.
Elaina Lee, MD is a Family Physician at Family Care, PA in Durham. She has been a volunteer with Nursing Mothers of Raleigh since 2001 and currently serves as its president. She enjoys incorporating her breastfeeding knowledge and experience into her medical practice; this even includes helping parents who do not give birth (e.g., adoption, surrogacy) to induce lactation for their babies. Elaina is a member of the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance and the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition. For the past several years, she has been on the planning committee for the annual Art of Breastfeeding Conference. She is married and has three young-adult children, a dog, and four rescue cats. Learning to make pottery is her newest endeavor. She enjoys doing Pilates and attending music/theatre performances at her daughter’s school and around the Triangle.
Danielle Little has served her community as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor & Breastfeeding Support Facilitator, Doula and Family Health Educator for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Health Education from Peace College in Raleigh, NC and is a candidate for a Master’s of Education in Adult Education and Development from Strayer University.
She is a wife and mom of four and well acquainted with growing family dynamics and the need for a strong supportive village. As a native North Carolinian she enjoys driving to the beach in the summer and scenic travels to the mountains in the fall, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Margie Mould has been an IBCLC for 20 years and currently works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh. She has been at WakeMed for 31 years and has been a staff nurse on orthopedics, postpartum, newborn nursery, NICU and served as co-coordinator of the Mothers' Milk Bank. She is a certified yoga teacher, roller skating teacher and also enjoys biking, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, gardening and being on the beach.
Mary Overfield currently serves as TBA Chair. She has been a volunteer with Nursing Mothers of Raleigh since her first of three children were born (and she and her husband are now proud grandparents of six). She was a lactation consultant at WakeMed Health and Hospitals for years and trained Cooperative Extension program assistants for the In-Home Breastfeeding Support Program through North Carolina State University. Mary helps plan the annual three-day Art of Breastfeeding Conference sponsored by WakeAHEC and is a lifetime member of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition. An IBCLC since 1986, she taught the Lactation Consultant Comprehensive Update for many years and has been Chair of the Education Committee for ILCA. Mary enjoys cooking, is an avid gardener, and loves hiking in the mountains.
After studying biology in college, Nicola spent the early part of her career sharing her love of science with middle school students. It was not until after the birth of her first child in 2007 and the challenges she faced breastfeeding that she became interested in pursuing a career in breastfeeding support. She enrolled at North Carolina State University to study human nutrition and completed the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative through the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. In the fall of 2013, she opened Harmony Lactation, LLC with the goal of helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences department at North Carolina State University; her research focuses on breastfeeding education in schools. She has been a member of the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance since 2014 and enjoys the chance to connect with others passionate about breastfeeding during the monthly meetings.
June 26, 1957 - December 15, 2017
Sheri Taylor served as TBA treasurer for many years and helped to shape the content of our conferences. She passed away peacefully after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Her 38-year career was dedicated to caring for newborn babies and their mothers. She served as head nurse of the intensive care nursery at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro before transitioning to her true passion of lactation consulting. She spent the last 20+ years at Rex Hospital where she is credited as the Founder of the Rex Infant Nutrition Program, and in 2015 was recognized as one of the “Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina.” She is greatly missed.