Lakeisha Dennis is an experienced and certified labor doula, perinatal educator, lactation counselor, ICAN Chapter Leader and community birth advocate from Newark, New Jersey. A theologian and Air Force veteran, her diverse background and work as a community doula informs her understanding that expectant families need care, education and support during the perinatal period that is relevant, and culturally competent and sensitive. She advocates the use of the midwifery model of care as a system for reducing disparities for families of color in New Jersey. Lakeisha also teaches comfort measures and labor support to nursing students at a local university and now mentors new birth advocates and professionals. She is an avid reader and loves to cook. In her spare time, you will catch her watching her favorite zombie movies.
ICAN Vice President
Lindsey Seger took great wisdom and encouragement from the ICAN e-list in 2007 while preparing for her VBAC. She swore if there was ever an ICAN chapter in her area she’d pay it forward by attending and sharing the meetings. True to her word, she was the first one in the door when her home chapter ICAN of Nashville started up! She’s been serving as Co-Leader and Chapter Leader there for five years. She joined the Board of Directors in 2014. In addition to ICAN, she supports couples as a childbirth instructor. Most of her free time is spent chasing after her two boys and laughing with her husband. When the opportunity presents itself, she enjoys a good card game, a long book, and a hot cup of tea.
Mychel Hefner found ICAN in 2010 while looking for support for a VBAC with her third child. She received so much support on the forums from other moms who felt the same about their previous birth experiences; betrayed, disrespected, violated. It encouraged her to get more involved. She is currently the Chapter Leader for ICAN of the Foothills, serves as Regional Coordinator for the South East and Webmaster. She joined the Board in 2013. Mychel has three boys and an amazing husband who supported and “caught” their third baby via unassisted VBAC due to a lack of supported options. In addition to ICAN, Mychel homeschools her 3 boys, bakes and decorates cakes, collects Disney Snow Globes and plays in homeschool band with her son.
|Ann Marie Walsh
Board Member At Large/Chapter Director
Ann Marie found a passion in birth after her first labor ended in a cesarean. She became a research junkie and found ICAN in 2010. Rather than ‘waste’ all that information, she decided to share with local mothers by starting Second Heartbeat to share research, statistics and teach a VBAC birth class. As Co-Leader for ICAN of Nashville, she supports mothers as passionately as she received support. She has since welcomed a second and third child by hospital VBAC. Ann Marie spent time with ICAN as both the Southeast Regional Coordinator and United States Coordinator – South.
Board Member At Large/Advocacy Director
Brianna Barker is a mother, wife, and volunteer at home Mom. She is the leader and founder of the Huntsville chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network commonly known as ICAN whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, support cesarean recovery, and advocate for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). An important message Brianna shares is reminding cesarean mothers that they are scarred not broken and facilitating a safe place/ support group for mothers to share their personal experiences. Brianna has contributed to the North Alabama birth community by being the forerunner and developer with her ICAN leadership team, of a pilot program, the “Doula Grant for Expectant Mothers”, this grant , awarded once a quarter, helps assist with a portion of the cost of a doula for mothers in need. She is passionate about supporting mothers and advocating for a system that provides integrated, evidence-based, respectful care options in all settings with particular concern for fully informed consent, and respect for patient’s rights surrounding both cesarean sections and Trial of Labor After Cesarean.
Christa Billings has been involved with ICAN for 7 years and has served on the national level since Oct 2009. Christa joined the Board of Directors in March of 2012, in previous positions as Chapter Director and Vice President. Christa currently serves as the Chapter Leader for the ICAN of Portland Chapter. Christa is a mother to 3 girls. Her own birth experiences are what brought her to ICAN and shaped her passion for continued birth advocacy work. In her spare time she also serves as a Co-Leader to her daughters Girl Scout troop.