NACPM hires Consultants and engages field experts as needed to support organizational development, contribute to strategic development, and provide content expertise for projects and initiatives.
Dr. Nancy Anderson is a board certified pediatrician with an MPH in Maternal-Child Health. She spent five years working in Mozambique, and worked for the Department of Social and Health Services in Washington State for twelve years. She currently teaches at Evergreen State College, and her particular interests are health equity, global health issues, and the health of women and children, with a focus on the elimination of maternal infant health inequities in the US. NACPM is sponsoring her research on the barriers that women of color experience with respect to the midwifery profession, in order to optimally structure a midwifery education scholarship program aimed at women of color.
Dr. Courtney Everson holds a PhD in Applied Medical Anthropology with a long track record of community outreach, research, and leadership in education, non-profit management, and health equity. Dr. Everson is currently appointed as core Academic Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Midwives College of Utah, where she also serves as the Chair of the Evidence-informed Practice Steering Committee. Dr. Everson holds several leadership positions nationally, including as the Director of Research Education for the MANA Division of Research, the Co-Vice President of the Association of Midwifery Educators, and on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. Dr. Everson contributes to the vision and efforts of NACPM in several ways, including as a NACPM webinar series speaker and in serving on the CPM 2018 Symposium Program Team. In serving as a NACPM consultant, Dr. Everson strives to bring experiences and knowledge in midwifery research, education, and equity to the initiatives of NACPM.
As a Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Everson’s specializations include perinatal health inequities; social justice; culturally safe care; midwifery and doula care models; research and clinical ethics; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress and social support; evidence-informed practice; interprofessional collaboration; and mixed methodologies. Dr. Everson actively publishes in academic forums, and is an invited, avid speaker at local, national and international venues. Dr. Everson has won multiple awards for her teaching, research, and service, including being named “Teacher of the Year” in 2014 for the Midwives College of Utah and receiving the “Our Future, Award of Excellence” from the Oregon Women in Higher Education Consortium. Most recently, Dr. Everson and her colleagues received the “Best Research Article” Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives for their 2015 publication on waterbirth in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Dr. Everson is also an anti-racism and anti-oppression trainer, as well as a perinatal health educator, birth doula, and postpartum doula in the Denver-metro area, primarily serving at-risk families and youth.
Shirley McAlpine is an entrepreneur, facilitator, an accredited Executive Coach and Consultant, with 23 years’ experience working across sectors in UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and US. She is co-producer/director of the Birthwise DVD/App and co-founder of BeBirthwise and Birthwise Consulting. She has been working with NACPM since 2010. Previously a Board member of the Fawcett Society in UK, working for women’s equality and raising awareness of breast cancer amongst black women. She has also delivered large group transformational seminars. She has been working with NACPM since 2010 as a coach and consultant and now resides in Chicago, with her husband Dan and two children.
Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH, had her first baby at home in 1976 and has been a staunch advocate for childbearing women, the midwifery model of care and the recognition of midwifery in state and national policy ever since. She was director of Seattle Midwifery School for more than 20 years, where she also taught a series of courses in midwifery history, professionalization, ethics, law, health policy and business. She was a founding member of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and served as Executive Director from 2008 to 2012. She advises numerous midwifery organizations and consults with NACPM on strategy, programs and initiatives to support the development of the CPM profession and to improve the quality of maternity care for all women in the U.S.