Meet the LBC Steering Committee
The work of the LBC is directed by a dedicated 12 member Steering Committee. Read more about our Steering Committee Members below.
Our Steering Committee includes:
Meet the Steering Committee
Aledia N Williams, MS, RD, LDN, CLC-Aledia was a long-term breastfeeding mom who currently serves as DHH/OPH WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinator, manages the state breastfeeding peer counseling programs, is a standing (appointed) member of the steering committee and is actively involved in many breastfeeding and maternal and child health organizations and programs throughout the state.
Ashley Lucas, MD- Dr. Lucas has been in private practice as a general pediatrician for 13 years; she is a partner with Pediatric Medical Center in Baton Rouge, an affiliate of the Our Lady of the Lake Physician group. Dr. Lucas is a clinical faculty member of the Our Lady of the Lake pediatrics residency program and has served on various committees, including the Resident Recruitment and Selection Committee and the Pediatrics Research Committee. She is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Louisiana Chapter Child Care Contact and represents the AAP on Louisiana’s governor’s early childhood advisory council (BrightStart).
Betsy LeRoy, MD- Dr. LeRoy is an obstetrician at the Women’s Health Clinic, Willis-Knighton Physician Network, in Shreveport, LA. Dr. LeRoy is a mother of three and is passionate about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been an integral part of her training and research interests. Dr. LeRoy has been recognized numerous times for excellence in teaching and research in women’s health and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Brandy Harvey, BGS (Bachelor of General Studies)- Brandy is the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator/Supervisor for Region 8. Prior to her current role, she was stay-at-home mom to her precious son and for two years worked as WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for Region 8 of Louisiana. She long-term exclusively breastfed her son and is privileged to be apart of so many opportunities to share and help others with their breastfeeding goals. She is a member of (BANC) the Breastfeeding Awareness Network and Coalition of Northeast Louisiana.
David Holcombe, MD, MSA, FACP- Dr. Holcombe currently serves as the Regional Administrator/Medical Director of the Office of Public Health for Central Louisiana. He has published a number of scientific articles, as well as several collections of short stories and plays. He and his Belgian wife, Nicole, have raised four sons in Alexandria, where they participate actively in the cultural life of the community. Besides practicing public health medicine and promoting breastfeeding, Dr. Holcombe is a painter, writer and folk dance instructor. His works can be viewed at www.holcombegallery.com.
Brenda Myers, RNC, IBCLC, RLC- Brenda is the Lactation Consultant at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. She is a founding member of the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and the Breastfeeding Awareness Network and Coalition of Northeast Louisiana.
Caitrin Alb, MPH- Caitrin is the Community Outreach and Advocacy Program Coordinator at Mary Amelia Women’s Center at Tulane University. She manages most of the Center’s breastfeeding initiatives, including projects that focus on workplaces, child care centers, and general social norms change around breastfeeding. She is also a member of the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition (GNOBAC).
Greg Gelpi, MD-Greg Gelpi, MD is a pediatrician in Baton Rouge, LA. He is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Telephone Triage, Senior Partner of the Pediatric Clinic and Old Hammond Pediatrics and a member of the medical staff at Baton Rouge General Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital and Woman’s Hospital. Dr. Gelpi is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates in his practice and at the hospitals in which he works.
Lauren David, BSN, RN, IBCLC- Lauren became an IBCLC in 2011 and was elected Secretary of the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition in May of 2012. In July of 2012, she left the WIC program and joined Opelousas General Health System as its first ever Lactation Consultant. In addition to daily LC duties and establishing a new lactation department, she is also responsible for collecting, analyzing and inputting breastfeeding data as Data Manager for the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative that OGHS was granted in June, allowing the hospital assistance, education and guidance to achieve Baby-Friendly Designation by 2014.
Martha “Marty” Hennegan, BSN- Marty is the MCH Regional Coordinator in Region 9 for the LA Department of Health and Hospitals-Maternal and Child Health Program. Marty is the mother to 4 breastfed children and is passionate about improving maternal and child health outcomes in LA.
Nicole Fox, RN, IBCLC, RLC- Nicole is currently the lead lactation consultant in the NICU at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. Currently, Nicole holds both NNC certification in Maternal/Child Nursing as well as IBCLC. In addition to her professional certifications, Nicole has also been a La Leche League (LLL) leader since 2006. The LLL group she leads is an outreach & educational group targeting WIC clients.
Susie Amick, RN, IBCLC, RLC, LCCE- Presently, Susie is a lactation consultant at “The Breastfeeding Center” of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) in Metairie, LA. Susie has presented at maternal and child health conferences, as well as having taught Lamaze courses and breastfeeding classes for over 30 years in South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Japan. Susie was instrumental in helping her hospital achieve Gift Certification in 2007 and now leads her hospital in the national Best Fed Beginnings project.
Marci Brewer Asling, MPH- Marci has been the Statewide Coordinator for The Gift since 2006. Marci received her masters degree in public health, with a focus in maternal and child health, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Marci assists the steering committee in carrying out the mission and goals of the LBC.