Meet the Faculty of the Healthy Children Project

Karin Cadwell, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANLC, IBCLC is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, researcher and educator. She is a member of the faculty of the Healthy Children Project and convened Baby-Friendly USA, the organization implementing the UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. Dr. Cadwell counsels breastfeeding mothers at the Center for Breastfeeding, a community-based lactation clinic on Cape Cod. Dr. Cadwell is a delegate to the U.S. National Breastfeeding Committee. She is a member of the faculty of Union Institute and Universities Bachelorís, Masterís and PhD degrees in maternal child health-lactation consulting. She was Visiting Professor and chair of the Health Communications Masterís Program at Emerson College (a joint program with Tufts University School of Medicine and Public Health.) She is the author of numerous books and articles including The Pocket Guide for Lactation Management, Breastfeeding A - Z: Terminology and Telephone Triage, Case Studies in Breastfeeding, Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the United States. She has led delegations focusing on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation to China, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Latvia, Cuba, Egypt, and Israel. Dr. Cadwell was awarded the designation IBCLC in 1985 for "significant contribution to the field" and has also certified by exam.

Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC is a lead faculty and lactation consultant at the Center for Breastfeeding. She served as National Coordinator of Baby-Friendly USA, implementing the UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States, for 14 years. She has extensive experience as a nutritionist and breastfeeding educator in WIC and other Maternal Child Health programs. Cindy is a member of breastfeeding coalitions on the local, state and national level, including the US Breastfeeding Committee. A lactation consultant at the Center for Breastfeeding, Cindy is also an adjunct professor at the Union Institute and University. She is an author of numerous publications including The Pocket Guide for Lactation Management, Breastfeeding A - Z: Terminology and Telephone Triage, Case Studies in BreastfeedingMaternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 100 Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the United States.

Lois D. W. Arnold, PhD, MPH is a recognized international and national expert on donor human milk banking policy and practice as well as breast milk collection and storage techniques. Dr. Arnold was a founding member and served as the Executive Director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, Inc. for many years. She is currently the coordinator of the National Commission on Donor Milk Banking, a special project of the American Breastfeeding Institute, and focuses her energy on the development of health policy related to donor human milk banking. She serves as a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Dr. Arnold is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the subject of donor milk banking including Human Milk in the NICU: Policy into Practice.

Elyse Blair, RN, BSN, IBCLC works as a Clinical Nurse Educator at a large university teaching children’s hospital in Atlanta. Elyse played an integral role in the Special Care Nurseries as a Lactation Consultant for a hospital which delivered over 16,000 babies in 2001 and has a 104 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Elyse was a delegate for the Eisenhower Foundation Delegation on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation to Russia and Romania and wrote the monograph A Guide to Breastfeeding Your Special care Baby, and co-authored Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 2nd ed.


Deborah Krauter RD, IBCLC has a private practice as a nutritionist, lactation consultant and psychotherapist. Deborah most recently served as Massachusetts State Breastfeeding Coordinator and Nutritionist for over 10 years where she developed and implemented WIC's "Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program." She is also a founding member of the Mass. Breastfeeding Coalition.



Roxane Hynek, CNM, RN, IBCLC, a certified nurse midwife, has worked to help mothers with breastfeeding throughout the spectrum of pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. She has worked with mothers and babies from prenatal care, childbirth education, and maternity, to post-partum, early newborn care and lactation consulting. When Roxane isnít teaching training programs for Healthy Children, she lives and works near Boston, Massachusetts.



Nikki Lee, RN, MSN, IBCLC, ANLC, CIMI, CCE, CKC has been active in maternal-infant care since 1975. She integrates theory and concepts from childbirth education, lactation consulting, craniosacral therapy and infant massage in her work. She is currently on leave as affiliated faculty in the Maternal-Infant program at Union Institute and University, has an active private practice, and is a published author.

Dawn Hawthorne, RN, MSN, CCRN, NM, IBCLC is a family educator and lactation consultant. She works in clinical and academic arenas in the US, Jamaica and England. Dawn's clinical work has focused from the birth of babies as a midwife through neonatal and pediatric intensive care nursing and lactation consulting. She has served as adjunct professor at several nursing schools and has supervised nursing students as a clinical instructor. Dawn resides in Florida and currently coordinates a neonatal development clinic at a regional hospital where she provides lactation support, parent education and cares for premature infants in the Level III NICU.


Jacquelyn Benson, RN, CLC, IBCLC is a registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. Her work has focused on maternal/child nursing with an emphasis on OB, the newborn nursery, the NICU, and pediatrics. As a hospital based nurse, Jacquelyn has been helping mothers and babies with breastfeeding during their hospital stay. Jacquelyn currently resides north of Chicago and works with mothers and babies in the community.

Anna Cadwell Blair, PhD, IBCLC, CLC has conducted research on sore nipples and positioning/latch. She counsels breastfeeding mothers on Cape Cod. She is a co-author of 100 Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding, Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the US and is an Chair of the Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting Bachelors degree at the Union Institute and University and also chair of the Health and Wellness program on the the Masters level.

Debra Kearney Brown, BS, IBCLC has been working in the lactation field for more than 20 years. She has worked in with mothers in various settings Ė hospitals, clinics and home visits. She is the breastfeeding coordinator for a WIC program in Florida where she has developed and implemented support groups/classes, and supported clients via a breastfeeding hotline and consultations. The State of Florida WIC program gave her WIC agency an award for showing the largest increase in initiation of breastfeeding rates in 2002.

Sheri Garner, RN, BS, ANLC, IBCLC is a nurse and lactation consultant working in Mankato, Minnesota. Sheri has worked in birth centers, childrenís hospitals, military facilities and for the American Red Cross. She holds a BS in Maternal and Child Health: Lactation Consulting from Union Institute and University. She is also active in community services related to public health in her community in Iowa.

Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC is an experienced ethnographer who has worked with health care, municipal and technological businesses, using ethnography to understand and appreciate the work practice of professions, workflows and services in order to help improve practice. She has conducted research in the United States, Sweden, Latvia, Egypt and Iceland. Her current research involves using video ethnography and interaction analysis to change practice in hospital settings to improve continuous skin-to-skin for the first hour after cesarean and vaginal births in Egypt and the United States. She, along with Ann-Marie Widstrom and Kristin Svensson, are the producers of the DVD Skin to Skin in the First Hour after Birth: Practical Advice for Staff after Vaginal and Cesarean Birth. Her newest DVD, the award winning The Magical Hour: Holding Your Baby for the First Hour After Birth is aimed at parents. Dr. Brimdyr is an advisor and faculty member for the BS in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting at Union Institute and University.

Jenny Spang, IBCLC has been working with mothers and babies for over twenty years. As a Certified Professional Midwife with a home birth practice in Vermont for ten years, she has extensive experience with healthy pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care practices. She has worked as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Childbirth Educator, Doula, Family Planning Specialist and Community Health Educator. She currently lives near Bangor, Maine where she has provided home visit support prenatally and postpartum to first time and teen parents, specializing in developing counseling relationships to help parents reach their breastfeeding and parenting goals. She is an active member of her local and state breastfeeding coalitions and has created a number of programs for her community, including a childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting curriculum for teen parents, a teen family planning clinic and a workplace lactation program for an agency with four hundred employees.