2017 NPA Board of Directors

NPA board members are part of a diverse and dedicated community. 

Our board is comprised of experts from across the country and across disciplines. What brings us together is our shared commitment to mothers, babies, and families.

If you are interested in having an impact on perinatal care practice and policy at a national level, join us.

Serving with NPA provides opportunities to contribute your time, talent, and passion to a cause you believe in - positive change in perinatal care.

Executive Members

Amy Akers

President Elect
- nomination - Jerasimos Ballas, MD, MPH

Past President (Ex-Officio)
Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Vice President of Programs
Jerasimos Ballas, MD, MPH

Vice President of Development
- vacant -

Susan Altman, DNP, CNM 

Viveka Prakash Zawisza, MD 

Member At Large

- vacant -

Director of Operations 

Kristy Love

Director of Development 

Cheryl Milford, EdS

Director of Communications

Erika Goyer



Board Members

Amy Akers

Susan Akers, RDN, LD, HC, BCS

Susan Altman, DNP, CNM 

Jerasimos Ballas, MD, MPH

Jenene Woods Craig PhD, MBA, OTR/L

JaNeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, LCSW, BCD

Brigitte C. Desport, DPS, ATP, OTR/L

Sue Hall, MD, FAAP

Andrea Werner Insoft, LICSW, ACSW

Terry Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, ASPPS, CLEC, MN

Stephen Lassen, PhD 

Joyce Merrigan, DNP RNC-OB CBC CPLC

T. Allen Merritt, MD, MHA 

C. Cody Miller, MD Candidate

Tiffany Moore, RN, PhD

Chavis Patterson, PhD

Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Joelle Patricia Puccio, BSN, RN

Lisa Rafel

Vincent C. Smith, MD, MPH

Viveka Prakash Zawisza, MD

Emeritus Members

Sharon Chesna, MPA

Cris Glick, MD, IBCLC

Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Stanley N. Graven, MD

MaryAnne Laffin, RN, MS, CNM, FACNM

Sister Jeanne Meurer, CNM, MS, MAPS, FACNM


Family Advocacy Network Co-Chairs

Erika Goyer

Cheryl A. Milford, Ed.S.

Psychosocial Support Co-Chairs

Sue Hall, MD

Mike Hynan, PhD

Perinatal Substance Use Chairs

Erika Goyer

Bernadette Hoppe, JD, MA, MPH

Cheryl Milford, EdS

Joelle Patricia Puccio, BSN, RN

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