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).
Bonnie Lee, RD, LDN- Bonnie is the Regional Nutritionist in Region 9 for the LA Department of Health and Hospitals-Office of Public Health. Bonnie was a breastfeeding mom to her son and is proud to be in the capacity to inform, encourage, promote and support breastfeeding efforts and increase breastfeeding rates with WIC clients and Outreach expansion.
Brandy Harvey, BGS (Bachelor of General Studies)- Brandy is the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Supervisor for Region 7 & 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 North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition (formerly the BANC).
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).
Dixye Ann Brewer, BA, MA- Has a BA in Exercise Physiology/Health Promotion and a MA in Health Studies from SLU. Currently works for DHH/OPH at Hammond Health Unit, where she has been the Breast Feeding Coordinator and Health Educator for the WIC program since 2008. She also works with the WIC Peer Counselors to increase breastfeeding rates and she provides outreach to local hospitals, physician’s office’s, schools, and other local partners in the community.
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.
Jessica Evins- After receiving her BSN from Louisiana College, Jessica began her career in maternal/ child nursing in 2004. She spent time in the newborn nursery and in the pediatric unit. This led to joining and eventually becoming the Executive Director of the Central Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. The CLBC offered support for breastfeeding mothers through a peer counseling and workplace support program. After relocating to Baton Rouge in 2009, Jessica became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and also a nursing mother. Jessica worked in the lactation department at the Baton Rouge General. She then joined Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge. She helped create a lactation department there. Jessica served as the Lead Lactation Consultant for the department. Ochsner’s Lactation Department worked to achieve Gift Designation in 2011, receive the Gift Above and Beyond Award in 2012, as well as become the first Baby Friendly designated facility in the state of Louisiana in August 2014. Jessica now serves as a Nurse Consultant for Bureau of Family Health’s Gift Program to help promote evidenced based breastfeeding practices. Jessica was a founding member of the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and is now the Chair of the Steering Committee. She resides in Prairieville with her husband and two sons.
Julia Bourg, RN, BSN, IBCLC- Julia is the Lead Lactation Consultant at Terrebonne General Medical Center. She graduated from Louisiana State University and has been a Registered Nurse for 10 years. Her nursing career began in 2004 at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) as a NICU, Nursery, and Post Partum nurse. Her passion for breastfeeding started with nursing her own children. Soon she realized that she had a real “knack” for helping other nursing mothers and families. In 2008, Julia decided to follow that passion and transferred into the role of Lactation Consultant. She been an IBCLC for 5 years. Within those 5 years, she has lead TGMC into achieving Gift Designation in 2010 and ultimately Baby-Friendly Designation in August of 2014 (only the 2nd Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital in the state of Louisiana). During TGMC’s journey to Baby-Friendly, Julia served as the leader of their multidisciplinary Baby-Friendly Task Force. As team leader, she was responsible for coordinating and organizing weekly meetings; planning/organizing implementation strategies; composing and conducting education for staff, physicians, and the community; and communicating goals and progress to administrative, state, and national leaders;. The team’s success with Baby-Friendly has awarded TGMC with statewide and national recognitions such as The Gift Above and Beyond Award and a featured story in the most recent CDC breastfeeding report card. Julia is committed to continue improvement efforts beyond her hospital. In witnessing breastfeeding rates at TGMC and in her community go from 40% to 70% within 2 years of beginning our Baby-Friendly efforts, she has gained great insight about effective change and improvement processes. Julia is excited to service the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and facilitate breastfeeding improvement and awareness throughout the state.
Lauren David, BSN, RN, IBCLC- Finding her niche in Women’s Services as a nurse right out of nursing school in 2002, Lauren has worked in Labor & Delivery, Nursery and postpartum, transitioning to working in public health with the WIC and Immunization program in 2005. It was as a CPA/Breastfeeding Coordinator for WIC that she was inspired to breastfeed her own children and help other new moms to breastfeed also. In 2011, she certified as an IBCLC and became an officer for the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition. After 7 years in public health, in July of 2012, she was hired as the first ever lactation consultant at Opelousas General Health System to lead the hospital’s participation in the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative, working toward achieving Baby-Friendly designation. 2 years later, she continues to be actively involved with the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition, acting as the LBC liaison, as well as staying busy at work building up the lactation program, awaiting the official site visit from Baby-Friendly in November, and being able to experience Baby-Friendly’s 10 steps herself with the birth of her 3rd child in December 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.
Tami Moreau CLC, LE – Tami is the mother of 3 breastfed children (5 years accumulative) and the grandmother of a breastfed baby girl (still nursing). Tami resides with her husband and family in Mansura, Louisiana (Avoyelles parish) and presently serves as President of the Central Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. She started working as a Program Manager/Peer Counselor Supervisor for the CLBC in 2008, and in 2013 became an Accredited La Leche League Leader and started the group, La Leche League of Central Louisiana. Tami is in the process of completing her requirements for becoming an IBCLC and hopes to accomplish that goal in the near future.
Marci Brewer, MPH- Marci is the Breastfeeding Program Manager for the Bureau of Family Health, which is housed within the Department of Health and Hospital’s Office of Public Health. Marci oversees the Bureau of Family Health’s Breastfeeding initiatives and acts as staff for the LBC. 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 is also the mother of a happy, busy (and still nursing) toddler.