Director of Accreditation
Director of Accreditation
Education: 2006, BA, Sociology, University of Maine, Orono, ME; 2016, Certificate of Death Midwifery, Final Passages, Sebastopol, CA
Professional Activities: Before coming to MEAC, Amari worked at a MEAC Member School in a number of roles, where she coordinated institutional accreditation efforts, state degree authorizations, federal compliance with Title IV programs, and oversaw institutional processes such as policy and procedures, publication of student handbooks, and coordination of disability services. Amari also has experience in outreach education, childrens services, behavioral health, assisted living, and end-of-life care. Amari was a MEAC Accreditation Coordinator prior to becoming the Director of Accreditation. She lives and works on a small horse-powered farm in the historical, unceded, and stolen territories of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Cayuse, and Western Shoshone tribes (among others).
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: 2013, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; 1999, BA, Health Science, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Professional Activities: Rachael is a social science researcher who studies direct-entry midwifery and planned home birth in high-resource settings. In recent years, she has worked as a research associate at the University of Minnesota and an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Rachael also has experience in the health sector. Between 1997 and 2007, she worked as a personal care attendant, health care assistant, public health educator, and doula. She served as a MEAC ARC volunteer from 2015 to 2016. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and their two children.
Education: 2000, BS., Biological Science and Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; 2003, Certificate in Midwfiery, Seattle Midwfiery 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 spouse stewarding land on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Duwamish Coast Salish people.