WellMama’s Board of Directors
Andrea Smith, CPA, CPC, QPA
Andrea grew up in Eastern Oregon, moving to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Accounting. Andrea quickly began her accounting career with Kernutt Stokes LLP in 1994, where she continues to serve clients today. Over the years, Andrea has remained active in the Eugene-Springfield community, serving on nonprofit boards (The Eugene Active 20-30 Club and The Center for Community Counseling) and as a parent representative on the site councils at her children’s 4J schools. Andrea has been a WellMama Board member for nearly 10 years and has served as both Treasurer and, currently, Board President. Andrea is the proud mother to two boys and understands the challenges that come with raising children and being a working parent. Becoming a single mother with a 3½ year old pre-schooler and a 6-week-old infant, without the benefit of local family, Andrea realized the importance of a robust support network for parents in our community. She strongly believes in community responsibility to ensure all parents are surrounded by support and needed resources to flourish as successful parents. It’s a difficult route to forge without those supports, even more so when dealing with unexpected outcomes along the parenting journey. She is proud to be able to serve the families of Lane County through her service to WellMama.
Kristine Chadwick, PhD
Board Vice President
Kristine moved to Eugene in 2013 and wanted to get involved in her new community. The mother of three mostly-grown sons, Kristine suffered depression and rage every time she was pregnant and wanted to support other birthing parents in ways she had not been supported. When she discovered WellMama, she knew she’d found a venue to express her passion for ensuring parents receive the support they need to move through and past these often unexpected, misunderstood, and unwanted emotions. She’s both proud and humbled to have had the opportunity to support WellMama in varous ways during the past six years. She holds a doctorate in psychology and is the director of planning, research, and evaluation at a local education consulting firm.
Erin Grace, BSN, RN
A wife and mother of three, Erin is also registered nurse, who worked in Labor and Delivery for more than 20 years. She has a strong commitment to the holistic care of women, especially during childbirth years. After suffering from her own PTSD after the birth of her premature daughter, her interest in the postpartum mental health of families grew stronger. Her goal is to increase awareness of postpartum mood disorders as well as provide care and support for women and men in their own journey of parenthood. She joined the board in 2018 and is very proud to be a part of this organization.
Miriam Herrmann, JD
Miriam is a WellMama board member. She has a degree in psychology and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from Emory University Law School. Miriam is a project manager in the quality department of a local health plan working on behalf of members and providers. She originally came to WellMama because of her interest in making sure that all new moms and families get the support they need to more fully embrace the joys and challenges of parenthood. Serving on the board has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for her, and she’s been so impressed with the impact of this small organization in our community- through support groups, educational activities, and events. She has two young children who keep her laughing and living in the moment.
Sandra Rood, MD
Sandra has lived in Eugene since 2005, after completing her Pediatric Residency training in Grand Rapids, MI. After working as a General Pediatrician in Eugene for 12 years, she relocated her practice to Salem, Oregon where she is a partner at Childhood Health Associates of Salem. In addition to caring for her own patients and practice management, she serves on the board of the Oregon Pediatric Society, where she leads quality improvement efforts to make Pediatric care better for all Oregonians. She is the mother of a former premature infant, and spent several weeks in the NICU at Riverbend Hospital in 2010 after a complicated pregnancy. She developed significant postpartum anxiety and depression in the year that followed, and was fortunate to benefit from expert knowledge and assistance during that time. In supporting WellMama through donations, referrals, and now leadership, she endeavors to bring to parents of all kinds the support, prevention of, and treatment for mental health concerns that can surround the birth of an infant. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, needlepoint and spending time with her husband and son.