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Molly Pessl, BSN, IBCLC

Molly Pessl, BSN, IBCLC

Molly has spent most of her career with a focus on family-centered maternity care. She worked at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center from 1985 - 2003, following 5 years as a health educator, clinician and lactation consultant for a hospital based nurse-midwifery service. During her years at Evergreen Hospital, Molly developed comprehensive parent and professional education programs, the regional breastfeeding center, a postpartum follow-up clinic and Baby-Parent Groups. These programs led to the first US designation of “Baby Friendly” by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Molly is currently the director of Evergreen Perinatal Education, a consulting and education program for professionals. Molly served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and is a past president of that board. She is a registered nurse, childbirth educator and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Ginna Wall, RN, MN, IBCLC

Ginna Wall, RN, MN, IBCLC

Ginna is on the adjunct faculty of the University of Washington, Bastyr University, and Evergreen Perinatal Education. She has been an IBCLC since 1987. She led the University of Washington Medical Center to Baby Friendly recognition in 2009. She founded their lactation program 25 years ago and continues there as coordinator of Lactation Services bringing evidence-based, family-friendly care to the hospital setting where she helps all families, especially those who need high-risk care, to feel nurtured and safe in their birth place.

Ginna has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Lactation and on the IBLCE exam committee. She was a finalist in the Nurse Excellence Award for Teaching, NurseWeek, August 2005, received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Distinguished Career Award in December 2006 and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington Spirit of Service Award in May 2007. Ginna wrote the first Breastfeeding Nursing Diagnoses that were accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association in 1990, and has contributed chapters to nursing textbooks and the book, Newborn Intensive Care. Her articles have been published in the JHL, JOGNN, and Birth.

Marie McCarter Witherell, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Marie's experience with new families began in 1968 as a new nurse working in labor and delivery. Since then she has been involved with families in the childbearing years in diverse settings and with a variety of roles. She was a childbirth educator for over 30 years, and has worked at the Spokane Family Birth Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Group Health Northwest, while raising a large family in Spokane.

Since 1999, she has worked as an RN, IBCLC at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in the United States, in Kirkland, Washington. Marie facilitates the in-hospital, lactation education for staff at Evergreen, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington. She adjunct faculty for Evergreen Perinatal Education, which allows her to teach basic and advanced lactation courses around the United States for health care professionals.

Marie has developed unique skills over the years, working with beginning families of all ages and settings. Her community commitments include working in schools, universities, worksites, the media, and advocacy organizations, as a passionate and involved speaker and writer. She is an ardent spokeswoman and supporter of breastfeeding and breastfeeding women.

Christine Muenz, MA, CLE, CCE

Christine transitioned from lecturing at the university level to designing curriculum and teaching in a healthcare setting more than 15 years ago as a new mother herself. Her courses at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center (now Evergreen Health), North America's first "Baby Friendly Hospital," blend compassionate care with research-based education. Christine has been teaching some of the most popular courses at EHMC since in 1996. Her expertise includes childbirth, lactation and parenting education. She writes curriculum for prenatal and postpartum classes, and teaches best practices for feeding at all stages of infant development, including starting solids and breastfeeding the older child. Christine also facilitates support groups for new mothers, and particularly enjoys helping mothers learn from the amazing stories and experiences of the women around them. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound, and a Master's degree from San Francisco State University.

Donnianne Noble, RN, IBCLC

Donnianne has worked in the nursing profession with babies, children and parents for more than 14 years. She received her RN degree in 2004 from Shoreline Community College, deciding at that time to dedicate her education, skills and expertise working with new families in their transition to parenthood. Donnianne's passion is supporting breastfeeding mothers and in 2007 she became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is also the mother of 2 children.