Lorraine Mejias, MPA
Lorraine Mejias is a postpartum doula, educator, and mother of one from Central NJ. She is passionate about increasing the safety in health care and reducing health care disparities, especially within maternal health. Her advocacy for breastfeeding began after realizing how powerful breastfeeding is after having her first baby. She was able to successfully breastfeed for the first three years of her daughter’s life and hopes to reduce the stigma behind breastfeeding toddlers through education. Lorraine loves seafood, traveling, and finding new hiking trails to explore. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Criminal Justice, all from Rutgers University.
Danice Miranda, IBCLC
Danice Miranda, IBCLC, is a mother of 2 from North Jersey with a passion of supporting, educating and bringing communities of breastfeeding families together. Her professional career includes earning a degree in Health Science from Long Island University and as an educator teaching various science and math courses to pharmacy and medical assistant students. Her aspirations to become a full-time supporter for breastfeeding families, an IBCLC, did not come until she grew her own family, experiencing her own trials and tribulations breastfeeding her two children and through starting her own breastfeeding support group to help her get through those bumpy roads. She realized her love for educating and now her love for supporting families should become one. She has also served as a Peer Counselor in WIC NY Presbyterian and while not working with families she volunteers her time hosting a support group in her local area. During her free time, you can find her hiking through trails at National Parks with her family, taking road trips exploring new places in NJ and reading a good book while sipping coffee at local cafes.
Ellen Maughan, JD, IBCLC
Ellen Maughan, JD, IBCLC, is a retired attorney and mom of three breastfed kids, now grown, who has been helping families achieve their lactation goals for 25 years, first as a La Leche League Leader and then as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Ellen’s breastfeeding support journey was birthed from the struggles and empowerment she experienced while breastfeeding her premature firstborn son and her two daughters. Ellen has supported lactation in hospital, public health clinic and pediatric office settings as well as in her own private practice. She also worked with the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium to draft the New Jersey Breastfeeding Strategic Plan submitted to the New Jersey Department of Health in early 2020 and passionately advocates for innovative lactation programs and policies in the state. In addition, Ellen also speaks at lactation conferences on advocacy topics and loves to garden and explore nature.
Kay O’Keefe, MSN, RN
Kay O’Keefe is a retired registered nurse with a Masters in Nursing who has worked for 40+ years in various positions as a Maternal Child Health Nursing professional. She is a breastfeeding advocate and has experience convening and collaborating with professionals in the maternal child health field as well as with community and state agencies in an effort to improve healthcare for childbearing age families. Kay currently serves as Treasurer for NJBC, Inc.
Judy M. Schneider, IBCLC
Judy M. Schneider, IBCLC, is a grandmother of 12 grandchildren. Her primary breastfeeding advocacy motivation is to promote, protect and support breastfeeding for future great grandchildren and their friends. She is a retired International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and an active La Leche League (LLL) leader in Southern New Jersey with decades of experience as a breastfeeding advocate. Her professional experience includes being the Assistant Coordinator of the WIC Breastfeeding Initiative for the counties of Burlington, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem and Cape May, New Jersey, where she collaborated with community and state agencies to increase breastfeeding rates and duration.
Beth Toner, RN, IBCLC
Beth Toner is a compassionate, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse who lives in South Jersey with her family. As a mother of seven beautiful children, she understands first-hand that each breastfeeding experience is unique, and may be filled with both joy and challenge, as well as the difference a lactation consultant can make. Beth has had the pleasure of assisting diverse families along their lactation journey, in settings such as the Department of Public Health and hospitals. Her mission is to empower families through support and evidence-based education to help them meet their lactation goals and make informed decisions. As a trustee, she desires to advocate for lactating families on a larger scale and promote the lactation profession.