WellMama Board of Directors
Board President: Brooke Hope Lambard Kyle, M.D.
Brooke, originally from Louisiana, is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist with Women’s Care at their Riverbend location. She enjoys helping women, especially during pregnancy and birth. Postpartum depression is a special interest of hers, and she carries an empathy for those affected with postpartum difficulties. She also enjoys lactation counseling and provides a personal connection, as she breastfed her children until eighteen months.
She has practiced in Miami, Florida, and Melbourne, Australia (where she provided support for a practice of sixty midwives). Her Australian experiences with birth help her bring a worldly perspective on the mother-baby connection that she finds so special.
Brooke is married to a local urologist, and they have three children. As a family, they enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, camping, playing the ukulele, and walking on the Oregon coast. Her days are filled with motherhood, both hers and her patients.
Board Secretary: Hannah M. Vasey-Vehrs, JD
Hannah Vasey-Vehrs is the Secretary of the board of directors of WellMama. She works as the Assistant Risk Manager for the University of Oregon. In this role, she works with student groups, academic departments, and administrators to plan successful events and programs that proactively mitigate risk. She also assists with insurance claims, organizes special projects, and sits on various committees including the threat assessment team and diversity committee. Hannah is also involved with the Lane County Women Lawyers.
Prior to joining the University, Hannah worked as an attorney in civil litigation defense. Hannah graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 2009. She graduated from Willamette University with a B.A. in Politics, and grew up in Spokane, Washington.
Hannah found WellMama as a client first, after the birth of her daughter in 2011. Hannah’s desire to share her difficult experience with fellow mothers drew her to becoming more involved as a volunteer and eventually a board member for WellMama. She wants other mothers to know that they are not alone and that with time and support, they will feel better.
In her spare time, Hannah enjoys gardening, writing on her blog, keeping up with her book club, and raising her two little Ducks fans, Henry and Olivia.
Board Treasurer: Andrea Smith, CPA, CPC
Biography coming soon.
Kallen Korin, IBCLC
Kallen Korin, IBCLC, is a retired RN and childbirth educator who came to Eugene 5 years ago to be near her son and family. She had worked in a state mandated program in NJ for women who had Perinatal Mood Disorders. She had been part of the initial project, making phone calls and leading support groups. Here she has led support groups, womaned the WARM line, done training for volunteers, and been on the Board since 2012. Presently, her main occupation is caring for and enjoying her grand daughter.
Marc Zola, LMFT & LFC
Marc Zola, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor. The founder of Eugene Therapy and Oregon Counseling of Corvallis (a multi-disciplinary mental health group practice), Marc specializes in treating anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Marc is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon’s Couples & Family Therapy graduate program in the Counseling Psychology Department of the College of Education. He provides clinical supervision and psychotherapeutic training focused on self-of the therapist issues, family systems theory and interpersonal process.
Prior to starting Eugene Therapy, Marc was a staff psychotherapist for PeaceHealth’s Psychiatric Inpatient Unit where he provided individual and group treatment to patients with acute mental illness.
Biography coming soon
Angela M. Zallen
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WellMama Advisory Board:
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Cynthia Roberts, MS, LPC
Cynthia is a private practice therapist and trainer in Eugene, Oregon, who specializes in attachment, trauma, and postpartum mental health. She personally experienced postpartum PTSD after a birth trauma in 2011, and this experience helps her connect with clients. Cindy spent two years studying intensively with Glen Cooper, LMFT (co-founder of Circle of Security) in parent/child attachment work. She has used this attachment knowledge to help many people create security within their most important relationships and especially after the birth of a child. Additionally, Cindy studied with Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., for two years and led Lane County’s team with the State of Oregon and Child Trauma Academy. This intensive study provided a thorough understanding of how trauma affects brain development. Cindy teaches the Prevention and Interventions in Infant Mental Health class and co-teaches the Brain-Savvy Practitioner series with Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D., LMFT, both through Portland State University. Cindy has been a part of the WellMama board since 2011 and enjoys working toward systems change as well as providing education around postpartum issues in the community.
Janna Blair Slack
Janna is a full spectrum doula and co-founder of the LA Doula Project. She aims to make compassionate support accessible to a broader range of pregnant people and parenting experiences. She loves working and learning in Eugene’s vibrant birth community and is thrilled to be a part of the incredible team at WellMama. She also enjoys cooking, music, vintage fashions, hiking, foraging, and embroidery.
Jessica Friedman, MD
Jessica received her master’s degree in medicine from Temple University School of Medicine and worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia doing research prior to that. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Philadelphia. Upon graduating from residency, Jessica accepted a job offer in Oregon Medical Group.
After being in Eugene for only a few months, she met her husband Glen, and they were married a year later. They have three wonderful children. Jessica worked as a volunteer executive director for WellMama for almost a year before the organization hired its first paid Executive Director in 2012. She now has her own private gynecology practice in Eugene called Grassroots Gynecology. In 2015 she moved from the Board President position to a role on the advisory board.