WellMama Board of Directors
Board President: 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. As of May 2011, Jessica stopped working full-time for Oregon Medical Group so she could spend more time with her family. Jessica worked as a volunteer executive director for WellMama before hiring current executive director Andria Peterson.
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 Treasurer: Andrea Smith, CPA, CPC
Biography coming soon.
Marshall joined the WellMama Board in 2013. He is a father of two and husband of seventeen years, residing in the Eugene area since 2009. Marshall is an active mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He has fourteen years’ marketing experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, technology, and outdoor. He is currently the Marketing and Donor Recruitment Director at Lane Blood Center and was previously a Worldwide Competitive Intelligence Team Lead at Hewlett-Packard. He will assist WellMama to increase revenue and expand services.
Kallen Korin, RN, BS, IBCLC
Working with women during their pregnancies and through their postpartum period has always been Kallen’s passion. She is co-owner of the Willamette Valley Lactation Consultants, LLC, which opened in April 2012 and shares an office space with WellMama. She has been a nurse for over forty years, a childbirth educator, doula, and a lactation consultant. Until a year ago, she lived in New Jersey and worked with families struggling with postpartum depression as part of Virtua Health and Wellness Center. Kallen ran support groups, answered the hotline, and conducted follow-ups for several years.
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.
Lysa Sangermano, MS, IBCLC
Lysa has a master’s degree in marriage, family and child counseling. She has been a lactation consultant for thirteen years with the Relief Nursery in Eugene and is a Healthy Start Home Visitor through Parenting Now (formerly Birth to Three), providing support to first-time parents. Sangermano has a personal history of recovery from postpartum depression.
Hannah M. Vasey-Vehrs, JD
Hannah is an attorney, mother, Ducks fan, and aspiring writer. She graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 2009. After practicing as an attorney in civil litigation defense for municipalities, she took a position in the Office of Risk Management at the University of Oregon. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Hannah has been a converted Oregonian since 2001. In 2011, she gave birth to her daughter. The experience of becoming a mother brought feelings of joy, wonder, worry, sadness, frustration, love, and empathy. Hannah’s desire to share her experience with fellow mothers drew her to becoming involved in WellMama. When she is not changing diapers or working her full-time job, Hannah enjoys gardening, volunteering, writing her blog, visiting her friends, and giving unsolicited advice to her two younger sisters.
Heidi Behrends, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Heidi is a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and certified lactation consultant. She has worked in the field of OB nursing for over twenty-five years and is currently working part-time on the Mother/Baby Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, where she also teach childbirth preparation classes. Heidi is the co-owner of a private practice lactation consulting business called Willamette Valley Lactation Consultants, LLC. Willamette Valley Lactation Consultants offer consultations in their office or in the home in addition to breastfeeding support and education for young families. Heidi is married with three daughters. In her “spare time,” she enjoys working out, traveling, and a good cup of coffee.
Amy-Rose co-founded WellMama Mental Health and Support Services in 2007 following her own struggle with postpartum depression and PTSD following the birth of her sons. As a psychotherapist with a background in early childhood mental health and medical social work, she found there was very little awareness of perinatal mental health issues or services for this population in Lane County.
In addition to developing support groups, phone, email, and counseling services, her past and present work has focused on educating the healthcare community on the prevention, screening, identification, and treatment of emotional health conditions during and after pregnancy. In late 2011, she relocated to Utah and now serves as the southwest regional coordinator for Postpartum Support International and is currently the director of Maternal Mental Health Services at The Healing Group in Salt Lake City. Her current perinatal psychotherapy practice allows her to continue the mission of WellMama in Utah while still acting as a resource for the continued development and expansion of WellMama services in Eugene.