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.
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 cherishes her close-knit little Russian family, arts all along the spectrum of low brow to profound, her goofy boys, and those elusive moments of unstructured time. She believes pregnancy, birth, infancy, and/or adoption are part of a uniquely formative time in life that has profound and long-lasting implications. She also believes that people in this season of life are especially influenced both by negative and undermining experiences and by positive and supportive ones.
Natalie Berkman, Warm Line Volunteer
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.
Meredith Calzia, Warm Line Volunteer
Meredith and her husband moved to Eugene nine years ago to start their family. They have both a young son and daughter. Meredith studied child development and has taught as a preschool teacher for over ten years, although she is currently taking time off to stay home with her daughter.
Meredith began volunteering for WellMama shortly after the birth of her second child. Since she was in the thick of it herself, she figured no better time to start. Speaking with and supporting local moms has been such a pleasure and quite rewarding. Parenting is a huge job. The phrase “It takes a village” is no joke. Meredith is happy to be part of such a great village of moms helping moms!
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
Mandy Gettler is a business manager at the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon. She has always been an advocate for women’s rights. During her pregnancy, she conducted research on the U.S. medical community and birth outcomes. Her research led her to choosing to have a home birth in May 2010. She successfully worked with a group of women to advocate for re-instating licensed direct-entry midwives into their insurance policy. She volunteers with WellMama, because she believes every woman and her family should receive support during pregnancy and the postpartum period and that the medical community is often not structured to provide that support. Mandy is a fitness and nutrition junkie who enjoys spending time with her son and boyfriend outdoors – even in the Eugene rain.
Kate Panum, Medical Provider Liaison
Julie Ross, 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.
Alese Colehour, Self Care Saturday Group Leader
Jessica Derstine, Support Group Leader
Melanie Frei, Event Planner
Sara Harkness, Self Care Saturday Group Leader
Min Yi Su, Support Group Leader