Abigail Reese, PhD, CNM
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Abigail Reese, PhD, CNM
Education: Abby completed a PhD in Nursing with a focus on Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing & Health Policy Collaborative Fellow (2018). She earned an MSN in the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty (1998) at the Yale School of Nursing, and has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Princeton University (1992).
Professional Activities: Abby is a CNM who has practiced in a variety of settings, including home, birth center, hospital, academic medical center, and community health center models. She has conducted qualitative policy research that addresses access to maternity care in rural New Mexico communities, and engaged in evaluation research with community-based participatory research partnerships. Abby has been actively involved in the clinical teaching of medical students, resident physicians, and nurse-midwifery students, and has a strong commitment to a multidisciplinary, collaborative care model. She currently works as the Maternal Health Program Manager for the NM Department of Health. In this role, she is responsible for the licensure and regulation of midwifery practice for direct-entry and nurse midwives as part of a public health program focused on convening all stakeholders to improve outcomes for birthing people and families across New Mexico.
Education: Dr. Eden earned her Doctorate in Philosophy in Applied Medical Anthropology and a Master of Public Health in Community and Family Health from the University of South Florida in 2013. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs (1996) and Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and in English (1993) from Ohio University.
Professional Activities: Dr. Eden is a medical anthropologist who leads the qualitative research efforts at the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). Since joining ABFM in 2013, she has designed and implemented qualitative and mixed methods projects related to family medicine scope, comprehensiveness, accreditation, training, physician Maintenance of Certification experience, and professionalism. Her research has focused on issues of maternal and child health, maternity care, breastfeeding, the health care workforce, and education. Dr. Eden currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) and on the editorial review board of the Journal of Human Lactation. She previously served as a member of the board of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) from 2010-2016. She has published book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Human Lactation, Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, Family Medicine, and the Anthropology of Work. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (public health, Kazakhstan 2000-2002).
Education: Carolina received her Master of Public Health from the University of New Mexico in 2017 and her Bachelor of University Studies with concentrations in socio-economic development, women’s studies and community health from the same university in 2005. She completed the New Mexico midwifery apprenticeship pathway in 2020.
Professional Activities: Carolina Nkouaga is a public health consultant and a community midwife. For over a decade, she served as the Director of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Community Health, where she collaborated on the development of the health extension model and various community health worker initiatives, as well as the implementation of the University’s strategic goal to work with community partners to improve the health and health equity in the state of New Mexico more than any other state. Carolina is passionate about the development of collaboration and partnership and has been a key driver in the community health worker model in New Mexico which is currently being replicated in many other states. She currently serves families in central New Mexico during the prenatal, birth and postpartum period, holding space and honoring their traditions as they welcome a new life. She draws on her experience of working in indigenous communities throughout Latin America on community development projects, as well as the Bahá’í principles of unity and service, to guide her work.
Education: 2010 Associates of Science in Midwifery, National College of Midwifery; 2002 Masters of Science in Aerospace Sciences, University of Colorado; 2000 Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Professional Activities: Cassaundra has been the Chief Development Officer for the National College of Midwifery for the past five years. Her primary focus in all organizational work is efforts toward equity, inclusivity and diversity. She is a former LM member of the New Mexico State Licensed Midwifery Advisory Board, Former Co-chair of the New Mexico Midwives Association, a CPM and a Licensed Midwife in New Mexico and Texas, and a Recertified Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has authored two books and various articles for birth professionals. Cassaundra regularly facilitates organizations’ growth using the Technology of Participation methodology helping them uncover their shared vision, make effective action plans and build healthy communication.
Education: Masters of Midwifery, Student, Midwives College of Utah, August 2019,Masters of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health concentration, Colorado School of Public Health, December 2015 Certified Phlebotomy Technician, NHA, January 2013, North American Registry of Midwives Certified Professional Midwife, March 2010, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Certification, October 2008, DONA Birth Doula Certification, February 2009, University of Colorado at Denver, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, May 1995, Colorado School of Mines, Chemistry major, 1991-1993
Professional Activities: Gina currently works as a midwife in Denver, Colorado. She is a partner at Metro Midwifery, a home birth practice that emphasizes educational opportunities for midwives and students in their community. She and her midwifery partner also co-host a midwifery podcast: Mod Midwives. She has been a faculty member at Midwives College of Utah since May 2016 and is currently a Core Faculty member and curriculum writer, which has given her knowledge of and familiarity with educational competencies. Gina has done original research on interprofessionalism in midwifery and has developed a two-part continuing education course. She is passionate about midwifery education and is eager to assist with the elevation of midwifery education in the US.
Education: Master of Arts, Health Arts and Sciences, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont — 2003. Independent Study in Childbirth and Midwifery beginning in 1973. Apprenticeship in Midwifery, 1975 — 1976. Bachelor of Science, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York — 1968.
Professional Activities: Karen Ehrlich, MA, CPM, LM has been a childbirth educator, health educator, and midwife since 1975. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of MEAC and serves as chair of the Continuing Education Committee, having been a Continuing Education Unit reviewer since 2007. Additionally, she has worked as a midwifery educator at Sage Femme Midwifery School and the Institute of Feminine Arts, and has been a module preceptor for National College of Midwifery. She has been an active member of California Association of Midwives, and has been a supporting member of Midwives Alliance of North America, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, Citizens for Midwifery, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health, International Childbirth Education Association, and Citizens for Health.
Education: BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2006), and MPH in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health (2011). Katie studied comparative health systems through a non-degree program at the Universitaet Bremen, in Bremen Germany (2007).
Professional Activities: Katie is the Executive Director of National Midwifery Institute. She is the author of Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition high school and college education modules, was an early contributor to the Birth by the Numbers website, and has written and taught childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care curriculum for organizations and professionals in the greater Boston and Denver areas. Prior to coming to the National Midwifery Institute, Katie worked in clinical research, managing regulatory requirements, working directly with research participants, and providing professional development and training for physician researchers and research staff. Katie was the Program Manager for a pediatric surgical outcomes research group at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Karl Gauby, Ph.D., J.D.
Education: Dr. Gauby earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Juris Doctor degrees from Arizona State University. He also holds master’s degrees in business and microbiology, and bachelor’s degrees in medical technology and biology. He was admitted to practice law in Arizona, District of Columbia, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and before the U.S. District Court for Arizona. He holds certifications as a Medical Technologist, Clinical Scientist and Clinical Laboratory Director.
Professional Activities: Dr. Gauby is Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. He currently serves on the Boards of the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA), and the American Academy of Forensic Science’s Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). He also serves as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). He previously served as a board member and treasurer of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Indiana Continuing Education Forum (ICLEF), the Grant County (Indiana) Community Corrections Board, and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He also served as a clinical laboratory director for the Navajo Area, Indian Health Services in Arizona, and he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel with 22 years of service.
Fionda Williams Brock, MSN, MSHS, RN
Education: PhD in the history of science and medicine from UCLA; MA (2015) in the history of science and medicine from UCLA; CPM (2010); studied midwifery at the Association for Texas Midwives Training Program; BA (2006) in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies.
Professional Activities: Scottie Buehler is a midwife turned historian of medicine. Her book monograph explores the pedagogical practices and objects of midwifery training programs in the eighteenth-century French Atlantic. After earning her BA in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, she became licensed as a Certified Professional Midwife in 2010 and founded and operated a homebirth midwifery practice in Austin, Texas. She continues to assist at births and is on the board of directors of a non-profit, social justice-oriented birth center.
Megan Koontz, MSM, LM, CPM
Education: Ms. Koontz obtained her Bachelor of Midwifery degree in New Zealand in 2001, followed by a Masters in Midwifery in 2015.
Professional Activities: Originally hailing from New Zealand, Megan has an international background that has shaped her career as a midwife. In 2005, she made the decision to move to the United States. Megan has two children—one born in the water at home and the other in a hospital following a transfer. Throughout her professional journey, Megan has served as a midwife in diverse settings, including home births, birthing centers, and hospitals, spanning New Zealand, Alaska, and California. Over the years, she has had the privilege of attending people birthing through a wide range of experiences ranging from natural home births to hospital births involving epidurals and cesarean sections. Megan holds the credentials of a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Furthermore, she is a Licensed Midwife (LM) in both California and Alaska. Actively involved in the midwifery community, she has served in the past as a board member for the national body of NAPM (National Association of Certified Professional Midwives). Beyond her professional endeavors, Megan finds solace and joy in the great outdoors. Skiing, skating, hiking, and biking are among her favorite activities, and surprisingly, she has discovered a newfound appreciation for Alaskan winters that rivals her love for summer.