Elizabeth “Liz” Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is a lawyer/litigator (since 1983) and private practice IBCLC lactation consultant (since 1997). Liz explains (with plain language and humor) how lactation advocacy, ethics, and the law overlap, in all geographic and work settings. She is an Adjunct Professor in Drexel University's Human Lactation Consultation Program, recently served as the President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and as a Director of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), and is a current Director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). She wrote the only textbook focusing on IBCLC ethics and legal issues, and authored chapters on similar topics in several other texts.
Kimarie Bugg, DNP, FNP-BC, MPH, IBCLC, CLC
Kimarie Bugg, DNP, FNP-BC, MPH, IBCLC, CLC, is Chief Empowerment (CEO) and Change Leader of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc (ROSE), a nonprofit corporation developed in 2011, to address breastfeeding inequities and disparities in the African American community. Kimarie previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of the faculty for CHAMPS (communities and hospital’s advancing maternal practices), a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and chair of the nominating committee for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She also provides training for WIC Breastfeeding administrative staff and Peer Counselors nationally. She recently completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects. Kimarie is married to Dr. George Bugg Jr., a neonatologist, and they are the parents of five adult children.
Andrea Serano, CLC, IBCLC
Andrea Serano, CLC, IBCLC, is originally from North Hollywood CA. She attended Mount St. Mary’s College with a major in Healthcare Policy and minor in Business Administration. In 2012, Andrea helped coordinate the first ROSE breastfeeding summit titled, “Reclaiming an African American Tradition”. She then relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and currently serves as ROSE Program Director. In her role, Andrea serves on the coordinating team for ROSE events, trainings, and program related activities. In addition, Ms. Serano is a Co-Founder and Treasurer for National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), board member for the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, Stakeholder Advisory Board Member of the Emory Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome and Metabolomics, and a member representative for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Andrea also serves as a member of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) National 2016 First Food Racial Equity cohort, where she co-facilitates trainings for communities and organizations.
Tenesha Sellers, BS, CLC
Tenesha Sellers, BS, CLC, is the Community Transformer Coordinator for ROSE. She is a modern mom of 6 beautiful children. Tenesha is currently collaborating with DeKalb Medical’s NICU department in their milk room laboratory while working in lactation there. She has trained and mentored approximately 300 Community Transformers through her position as Community Transformer Coordinator at ROSE. She has also worked as a proud Peer Counselor, where she taught breastfeeding classes and followed moms on their breastfeeding journey through the Loving Support Curriculum. With 11.5 years of experience Tenesha has stayed committed to lactation while serving as a WIC peer Counselor and Rockdale County school liaison. She has received several certificates and acknowledgements for her work and participation in advocating breastfeeding in and out of her local communities.