Congratulations to our newest CNMA BOD Members!
The ballot for the open board positions for CNMA closed this past week and CNMA is excited to announce the following candidates were elected into their positions:
President Elect; Paris Maloof-Bury
Secretary: Alison Young
Northern Regional Rep: Jillian Cauley
Southern Regional Rep: Betsy Jenkins
Student Rep: To be announced at the Annual Meeting.
Paris Maloof-Bury, CNM, RNC-OB, IBCLC
Paris Maloof-Bury has been caring for women and families for 14 years. Before becoming a nurse-midwife, she began her career as an RN in 2005, and worked in Telemetry, L&D, high risk antepartum, as a lactation consultant in the NICU and outpatient settings, and as a nurse educator providing labor support and lactation education to staff nurses. She also spent many years as a childbirth educator, running support groups for new mothers, and moderating online breastfeeding support groups. She currently works at Sutter Health in Davis, California, where she provides care for women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period, as well as termination and contraceptive care.
Paris has had the great honor to serve her profession in both leadership and service positions, locally and nationally throughout her career. She currently serves on the Health Policy Committee with the California Nurse Midwives Association, and on the National Government Affairs Committee for the American College of Nurse Midwives. Early in her career she was chosen for AWHONN’s Emerging Leader Program, served as the AWHONN chapter coordinator for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, and was co-author of AWHONN's position statement "Continuous Labor Support for Every Woman." She remains a contributing writer for AWHONN’s consumer-facing publication Healthy Mom and Baby and serves on its Editorial Advisory Board. She was a contributing writer for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative's Toolkit on Supporting Vaginal Birth and served on ACOG’s Speaker Bureau, speaking on preventing the primary cesarean section. She served as Vice-Chair of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County, and as their Chair of Policy and Advocacy. She served on the Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Ventura County, and is now a member of the Maternal Mental Health Collaborative of Yolo County. When time allows, she enjoys speaking on labor support and lactation at workshops and conferences across the country.
Paris believes that every woman deserves gentle, respectful, evidence-based care, and works tirelessly to shape the culture, policies, and paradigms that determine the care we deliver and receive. She currently lives in Sacramento and feels grateful for the ability to spend her spare time lobbying in support of women’s health care and social justice, and advocating for CNMs at state BRN meetings. She looks forward to a time when every midwife in California can practice independently and to the full extent or their education and training, and when every woman has access to high quality midwifery care.
Paris and her husband Lance have two beautiful sons, a dog, a cat, and two fish. They enjoy camping, bike rides, gardening, playing music, and dancing.
Alison Young, MSN, CNM
Ali studied to be a midwife at Johns Hopkins and Shenandoah University. Before becoming a midwife Ali worked at 3 different birth centers and was a doula for many years. Ali has caught babies in the US at a large urban teaching hospital, a small rural hospital in California, a birth center with hospital privileges, and in Africa in a low resource setting. Ali currently practices in Vallejo at Planned Parenthood providing family planning and reproductive health services. Ali’s passions include: providing access to both fertility and abortion services, reproductive health justice and anti-racism work. She resides in Vallejo with her two kids and husband.
Southern California Representative/2nd term:
Betsy Jenkins, CNM, MPH
Betsy is the Southern California Representative of the CNMA and Director of Midwifery Services at Eisner Health, an FQHC Community Clinic in Los Angeles. Betsy received her undergraduate and Masters in Public Health degrees at UCLA. She received her BSN at CSULA and nurse-midwifery education at LAC-USC. Betsy has practiced full scope midwifery for over 25 years in both private practice and community health settings. As Director of Midwifery Services, she oversees the midwifery practice at two hospitals: Martin Luther King Community Hospital and California Hospital. She has long worked with the Medical Director of Women's Services to promote a model MD/CNM collaborative practice for our patient population with a strong focus on perinatal safety, low NTSV cesareans and high VBAC success rates. In the coming year, she hopes to work with a recent CMQCC initiative to improve Birth Certificate reporting accuracy and better reflect the number of CNM deliveries recorded in the state. When not working, Betsy is involved in caring for her two grandsons (the second born just 3 weeks ago unexpectedly in my home with me as the midwife!) and has a passion for long distance cycling, where I volunteer as a Training Ride Leader for the AIDS/LifeCycle event annually.
Northern California Representative/2nd term
Jillian Cauley, RN, CNM
Jillian is returning for a second term as a representative to Northern California. She graduated with honors from University of San Francisco and from Georgetown University’s distance learning women’s health program in 2017. She worked as an emergency room and intensive care nurse and she’s been a midwife since July 2017 working in both a hospital and out-of hospital birth center. She loves being an advocate and service provider for her queer community and was an active participant in creating the Anti-racism and reproductive justice committee for CNMA. She works to provide trauma informed obstetric and gynecologic care and ensures informed consent is the heart of how she speaks to her patients.
Thank you to all who took the time to vote for our new Board members to CNMA!
We look forward to a productive year with our new President Elect, Secretary, Student Rep, and continuing Regional Reps.
Congratulations and welcome to our new incoming BOD members!!