Staff & Volunteers

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Ahavah Oblak, Executive Director

Ahavah comes to WellMama with years of experience working as an educator and as a professional grant writer/consultant for Tribes and small nonprofit organizations. She has earned an Oregon Teaching License, M.Ed, Certificate in Native Studies and an MS in Folklore– collaborating and assisting in curriculum development with the Culture and Heritage Department for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. As a clinical herbalist in Israel for seven years, Ahavah worked primarily with women and children; focusing on women in their childbearing years. She also has had her own journey with perinatal mood disorders. Ahavah is the proud mother of four amazing children; daughter Eva, age 23, and Ezra, Raffi, and Tal Shalom, ages 20, 17, and 15. She is excited and energized to launch WellMama’s “Reaching All Mothers Initiative”, where her skills and connections with under-served and under-represented communities in Oregon will be an asset.

Jess Schultz, Volunteer Coordinator

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Jess received her bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies from the UofO. She is also a birth doula and a licensed massage therapist, specializing in pregnancy and postpartum clients, as well as a certified Infant Massage Instructor. She has 3 young kiddos that keep her really busy and invested in the community. She started out as a client of WellMama, needing postpartum depression support after the birth of her second daughter. She began volunteering with WellMama’s Wellness Saturday groups and facilitating the Infant Massage and Chair Massage groups. Her position as expanded since then and now she is the Volunteer Coordinator and loves working with the wonderful group of WellMama volunteers who provide such wonderful support for families in our area.

WellMama Volunteers

tatiana headshotTatiana Efremova,  Warm Line and NICU Volunteer

Tatiana is fired up about serving families in the thick of the childbearing cycle. She focused her human development and family science coursework around issues related specifically to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and lactation. She has provided non-judgmental support to pregnant and postpartum women through the Lane County WIC program and WellMama’s warm line.Tatiana is a single mother to two boys and was once a WellMama warm line caller herself, when pregnancy and postpartum depression made an unexpected nightmare of her life. She believes pregnancy, birth, infancy, and/or adoption are part of a uniquely formative time in life that has profound and long-lasting implications.

Natalie Berkman, WellMama Volunteer Trainer

Natalie has been a WellMama volunteer since September 2013. She is a warm line volunteer and helps to develop and facilitate training for new volunteers. Her first experiences with WellMama were as a support group attendee, following the birth of her son. She was struck by the capacity of mothers to support one another through the highs and lows of new parenthood, and wanted to reciprocate the support she had received.

Natalie is a psychotherapist at Eugene Therapy. She works with older adolescents and adults, focusing on a broad range of mental health and psychosocial concerns including mood disorders and life transitions. She is particularly interested in how therapy can facilitate the transition into parenthood and in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders. She is currently enrolled in the Maternal Mental Health Certificate training through Postpartum Support International and the 2020 Mom Project.

 

Kallen Korin Kallen Korin, Support Group Leader 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. Kallen also serves on the WellMama Board of Directors.

Kerstin Lind, Warm Line Volunteer

Lillian Shoupe, Support Group Leader
Lillian Shoupe is a postpartum doula who offers individualized support to families. She volunteers with WellMama because she has a long-standing admiration and desire to be with young families. Teaching hypno-based childbirth classes, infant massage to parents and caregivers, and prenatal and postpartum yoga classes give her more time to connect and help many blossoming families in meaningful ways. Lillian is a retired Rolfer and movement therapist. Holding the space for WellMama’s Wednesday morning support group at Parenting Now! is another activity in this continuum and truly makes her life richer and more meaningful. She also likes to quilt, do needlepoint, knit and crochet things, play in the garden, interact with her flock of chicken and ducks, and ride her bike. Lillian has two grown sons, each with great partners, and a lovely, articulate granddaughter.

Sara Smith-Spahn, Support Group Leader
Sara, her partner Kevin, and their son Rowan moved to Eugene in 2007. Since then, they have welcomed Ellena, born in 2010, into their nest. Sara studied studio art and has worked as an arts administrator for several years. She received a certificate of completion at the Postpartum Services International Conference in 2012. She is currently studying to incorporate counseling practices with therapeutic art while enjoying mama time with her son and daughter.

Sara started volunteering for WellMama in February 2011 by assisting with peer-to-peer support group services. Recently, she has started to conduct care calls at the WellMama office and lead the Saturday Self-Care art and wellness sessions. She plans to assist with volunteer services in the fall.She volunteers for WellMama because of the profound and far reaching impact WellMama programs and resources provide for women, families, and the community.

Julia Brasseur, Warm Line Volunteer

Starr Amrit, Warm Line Volunteer

Jessica Derstine, Support Group Leader