Lisa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, WIC Program in Zanesville, Ohio. She is a member of the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association (OLCA) where she has served as President and is currently Publicity Chair. She is the founder and Co-Chair for the Southeast Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition (SEOBC) and a member of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).
Lisa started her breastfeeding advocacy journey as a breastfeeding mom and La Leche League member, and then started her own breast pump rental/sales business, Mother Mates, 18 years ago in Northeast Ohio. From there, she got involved with a local breastfeeding coalition where she learned of the Breastfeeding Peer Helper Pilot Program that Ohio WIC was starting in select counties, with Ashtabula County being one of the first to implement the program. Lisa says, “Becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Helper launched a passion in me I had no idea I could experience.”
She continued her education by becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and then later when she moved to Muskingum County, she worked for Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Breastfeeding Peer Advisor in the NICU, and also implemented a Peer Program at Muskingum County WIC. She didn’t stop there, “Deciding to become an IBCLC in 2011 was a huge step for me, but one I was ready for. Being able to help moms at that next level was challenging and very rewarding.”
Lisa continues her work today by helping moms one-on-one at her office, contracting with another county in our region who does not have a local IBCLC, hosting Breastfeeding Cafes twice a month, advocating for mothers in all aspects of breastfeeding, collaborating with local health providers and community members, administering Facebook pages: Muskingum County Breastfeeding Moms, Southeast Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition – SEOBC, and the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, and being mom to her college-bound daughter and percussionist high school son, her inspiration. “Growing up in the far northeast area of Ohio and now living in the southeast region of Ohio, I’ve been able to see variables even within those Appalachian cultures. A lack of resources for families, and for breastfeeding advocates, is a huge issue so connecting with others and accessing the resources of the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network was imperative. Becoming a member was a no-brainer. The network is much appreciated.
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.