Mishelle Trescott, LPN, CLS was born in San Diego, California. Her family traveled a lot and settled down for almost five years in Zanesville, Ohio, where she graduated from high school and joined the U.S Army as an active duty soldier. She became a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B). She had trained and mastered giving care in extreme circumstances. After her active military service, she continued with Reserve services and went back to school to receive her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certification. As an LPN, she was able to gain experiences as a telemetry technician and critical care nurse on a critical care step down unit, emergency room care, scrub technician and care nurse on a labor and delivery unit. As she went back to school to further her nursing degree, she gave birth to her first child. She had a very hard breastfeeding experience and was unable to meet her personal goal. When becoming pregnant with her second child she was determined to reach her goal of one year. Even after her child was six months old, she went back to school and was offered a position as a WIC breastfeeding peer helper. She had the opportunity to gain knowledge from the Lactation Consultant she worked with and through school. The most knowledge she could gain came from her second experience as a breastfeeding mother, because she was very successful and surpassed her personal goal.
Mishelle continues to work with the Noble County Health Department where she maintains her position as a Peer Helper with WIC and works with the Ohio Department of Health's Maternal Health Grant. She has lead the way of normalizing breastfeeding in her community and helps develop an infrastructure in her Appalachian community.
"As a WIC Peer helper, I wanted to give mothers the same education and hope to succeed at achieving her breastfeeding goals. I have worked as a peer helper for six years, gaining certification as a certified lactation specialist. I have had many opportunities through experience and training to advance my counseling skills. I am hoping to complete my Bachelors of Science degree within the next year as well as move towards receiving my qualifications to sit for the certified health educator board. I am excited to help the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network to succeed with the mission and goals. I am honored to have been appointed Vice President and will do all I can to devote my time and passion towards this growing and dynamic group."
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.