Mary Lawlor, CPM, LM, has been in homebirth practice in southern New England since 1981, and opened the Monadnock Birth Center in NH in 2008. She is a passionate advocate for midwives and for women’s access to the care of midwives, and a national leader in shaping the public policy agenda for the NACPM in support of these goals. She participated in the successful initiative to license CPMs in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2000, and has served as an Adviser to the VT Office of Professional Regulation since 2002, helping to oversee the practice of midwifery in the state. In 2000 she became a founder of the NACPM and served as President from 2002 until 2012, before becoming the executive director in 2012. She serves as national midwifery policy advisor to NACPM, including advocating to the U.S. Congress and federal agencies for increased access for women across the country to Certified Professional Midwife services and high-quality, high-value maternity care.
Kirsten Archibald, MBA, traveled the world in her youth, living in Germany, Iran, Indonesia, England and southern Africa before settling in the U.S. over 20 years ago. Kirsten holds a Bachelor in Science from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Cornell University, and a Certificate in Waldorf teacher training from Antioch University. Kirsten brings her background in business, non-profit administration and working with people from all walks of life, as well as a deep sense of gratitude to the work to support the Executive Director and the Board. Kirsten is married with two children and she loves to sing,dance, garden, hike and teach living history.
Chapter Program Manager
Susan Smartt Cook, CPM is a practicing midwife and certified Nia dance instructor in Edmond, OK. She trained as a midwife with family practice physicians and midwives in Chicago, IL from 2007-2010, and spent her first year of midwifery practice among the Amish in rural Wisconsin. She began her work with NACPM as Administrative Assistant and CPM Symposium Coordinator in 2011 and 2012. After transitioning away from administrative work to focus on building her solo midwifery practice in Oklahoma, she was thrilled to learn of a new opportunity to support the work of NACPM as Chapter Program Manager. Susan stepped into this role in the Spring of 2015.
Joanna Roche has an eclectic background and a passion for building relationships. She is originally from Boston where she learned to cook the best meatballs and sauce (as any proper Italian girl will proclaim). Growing up in the graphic arts world, she had a successful printing sales career. Because of a desire to make a meaningful difference in the world, she left that to become an elementary school teacher and yoga instructor. Joanna’s entrepreneurial spirit then led her to create a real estate investing company where she also helped others through her business mentoring program.
When she moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Joanna was the Development Director for a non-profit professional theater. Her work and adventure over the years has brought her to many places in the world including Russia, Mexico, Turkey, and Costa Rica. Most recently, she spent 3 months in Peru working with llamas in the mountains and bees in the jungle. Then she fulfilled a life-long dream of going on safari in South Africa. She has raised 2 sons – an officer on a submarine in the Navy and a recent college graduate with an eye towards serving on the United Nations Security Council. Newly arrived in the Monadnock region, Joanna is serving as the Program Manager for NACPM and would love to get to know you. That is when she’s not practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, riding her bike, pretending to play guitar…