Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Education: 2016, BA., Interdisciplinary Studies w/Social Justice concentration, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. 2024 MBA., Masters of Business Administration focused on Societal Impact, Brown University, Providence, RI, and IE University, Madrid, Spain.
Professional Activities: Shirdell has worked in higher education administration and non-profit organizations centered on equity and access within the health field for over 12 years. She has a passion for black maternal health and has been a doula since 2014. In her spare time, she leads efforts in making Black maternal health more equitable throughout the African diaspora and creates opportunities for women of color to travel internationally. She is the mother of two busy and beautiful boys, and she currently lives in Ithaca, NY, with her family.
Director of Accreditation
Education: 2001, BA, Integrative Studies, Communications concentration, Leadership Studies Certificate, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. 2010 M. Ed. Social Foundations of Education focused on Higher Education Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Professional Activities: Jennie is a strategic and dedicated director driven to create meaningful change and drive positive impact for individuals, organizations and communities. She has over 15 years of progressive experience leading program development, strategic partnerships, accreditation, and organizational effectiveness, across educational, community and state institutions. Before coming to MEAC, Jennie worked as the Director of Accreditation and Member Services for the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.
Education: Certificate in Midwifery from Florida School for Traditional Midwifery (2013), Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC (2007), Licensed Midwife by Virginia Licensed Midwife of Board of Medicine, Certified Professional Midwife (NARM Certification)
Professional Activities: Jessica worked at the Birth Cottage Midwifery in Tallahassee, FL where her responsibilities included all aspects of Midwifery including prenatal, laboring, birthing, postpartum and well woman; and newborn care and exam. She facilitated over 40 vaginal births under the supervision of a Licensed Midwife and counseled over 60 families on pregnancy, well-being, dietary, child birth and breast feeding.
Education: 2000, BS., Biological Science and Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; 2003, Certificate in Midwifery, Seattle Midwifery School, Seattle, WA
Professional Activities: Marissa worked as a midwife, birth assistant and doula before beginning to work at a MEAC Member School. As a MEAC school administrator for over 13 years, they served in various roles including Clinical Coordinator and Program Supervisor. From 2015-2017 they volunteered as an ARC member for MEAC. They live with their wife in the lands of the Duwamish Coast Salish peoples, now known as Seattle.