Committees and Volunteers

Committees and Volunteers

Business Case Award Program Chair

Nancy Faul, BS,IBCLC, RLC

Nancy Faul is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011 and also serves as Co-Chairperson for Florida Business Case for Breastfeeding. She began her career as a peer counselor volunteer with the WIC program in 1999 and has worked in the field of lactation for over 17 years. In 2000 she received her Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) from the Center for Breastfeeding and continued her education with receiving her B.S. for Maternal and Child Health: Lactation Consulting in 2013. Nancy has held the position as WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator/Peer Counselor Coordinator for Flagler County in the State of Florida and is currently working as a Lactation Specialist for Brevard County WIC in addition to pursuing her M.A. for Health Education.

Child Care Award Program Chair

Krista M Schoen
MS, RD, LD

Krista

Krista Schoen is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian. With experience in both the clinical and public health setting, she brings to the Board the perspective of a public health nutritionist.
As chair of the child care committee, Krista is focused on helping to initiate policy and environmental change in child care facilities to welcome breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Providing education on how to create a breastfeeding friendly child care facility is also a focus of the child care committee.

Social Media Officer

Rocio Velazquez

Born and raised in Guatemala, wife and mother of two beautiful boys. I am a kindergarten teacher and attorney in my country; currently an LL.M candidate 2019 at FIU.  Passionate breastfeeding advocate for 10 years, a La Leche League Leader and breastfeeding counselor and educator.

My goal is to raise the importance of breastfeeding as a key of social development. My family and I came to Miami in 2015 and since then I’ve been supporting families who wanted to breastfed, focusing in Hispanic families in Florida. I have a full time job as the assistant to the CEO and Chief of Staff at The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-profit which advocates for qualified early childhood education, access to health services for all children and support parents in Florida . For my contributions to health, human rights and human welfare in the community as a breastfeeding advocate, I was awarded the Alexandra Bach-Lagos 2018 Scholarship from the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.  Starting January 2019, I’ll be hosting La Leche League monthly Spanish meetings at Coral Reef Miami-Dade Public Library.

Social Media Officer

Vickie Smith,
BSN RN

I am the manager for Lactation at Florida Hospital for Women Winter Park. I want to get more involved in the community to help change and impact the policies and procedures we have at the hospital. By joining the coalition it will provide me evidence based support to help improve the support women receive in hospital and when they go home.  

Members at large-

Agata Gardner

I am a mother of two, passionate about breastfeeding, and I have seen time and time again the barriers other women, particularly working mothers, face when trying to provide the best start for their babies. In a country with no national paid maternity leave, even women who are dedicated to breastfeeding their babies struggle when having to return to work far earlier than is healthy for either mother or baby. It is imperative that we work to make that transition as smooth as possible by spreading awareness to employers of the importance of supporting the breastfeeding/pumping mother, while we continue to advocate for policy change. During my time at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, I worked on the Florida Healthy Babies grant, brainstorming creative ways to educate women on the benefits of breastfeeding, increase initiation rates (particularly among black women), and work with hospitals, daycares, and employers to increase community support for breastfeeding. I believe that in order to move forward we need to building strong community partnerships and find advocates across all disciplines. I am taking on a new role as Resource Coordinator of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, where I hope to find ways to increase support of breastfeeding among the 250 member nonprofits.

Liza Ayuso

Pediatrician for 15 years. I have advocated for Breastfeeding within my Pediatrics Group, which encompasses more than 100 Pediatricians. I have helped many moms to breastfeed at my practice.  I am also a mother of 3, and breastfed each of my children for over 2 years.

Olga Garcia

I graduated from the School of Human Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Antioquia in Colombia/ South America 21 years ago and during all my 5 years of school my passion always was maternal and infant health, promotion and prevention and had a special place for breastfeeding education and advocacy in my heart. Healthy Start has been the program that gave me the possibility to stay in the field and grow in my career as a Lactation Consultant as well as the North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. Both agencies give me the opportunity of promoting and supporting breastfeeding in many different ways in 16 counties of the North Central Florida Region. It is important that we all do our part but is also critical that we all come together and join efforts to make our cause bigger and more successful. The BFC represents the place to come and work together towards the same goals from all different perspectives and would love to be part of it as a board member.

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