2020 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.


Kristin Love

Executive Director

Jerasimos Ballas, MD, MPH


Viveka Prakash Zawisza, MD, MS, MBA


Amy Akers

Past President (Ex-Officio)

Tiffany Moore, RN, PhD


C. Cody Miller, MSBe

Vice President of Development

Chavis Patterson, PhD

Vice President of Programs

Vincent C. Smith, MD, MPH



Amy Akers

Jerasimos Ballas, MD, MPH

Patti Bridges, MSW, LCSW

Jenene Woods Craig PhD, MBA, OTR/L, CNT

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

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

Elizabeth Filipovich, MPH

Maria Fisher, CNM, MSN, MPH, IBCLC

Cristal Grogan

Andrea Werner Insoft, LICSW, ACSW

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

Gail Levine, MD

Joyce Merrigan, DNP RNC-OB CBC CPLC

C. Cody Miller, MSBe

Tiffany Moore, RN, PhD

Shante Nixon

Heather Cohen Padratzik, MHA, JD

Chavis Patterson, PhD

Jessica Restivo, OTR/L

Sage Saxton, PsyD

Vincent C. Smith, MD, MPH

Viveka Prakash Zawisza, MD, MS, MBA


Sharon Chesna, MPA

Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP

Stanley N. Graven, MD

Becky Hatfield

Bernadette Hoppe, MA, JD, MPH

Mike Hynan, PhD

MaryAnne Laffin, RN, MS, CNM, FACNM

Sister Jeanne Meurer, CNM, MS, MAPS, FACNM


Kristy Love

Executive Director


Cheryl Milford, EdS

Director of Development


Erika Goyer

Director of Communications


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