Board of Directors

Robin Kaplan, M.Ed, IBCLC, President

Robin Kaplan is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC),

owner of the San Diego Breastfeeding Center, founding host of the

Boob Group podcast, and founder of the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force. She is also the author of Latch: a Handbook to Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage.  Robin completed her lactation consultant training and certification at

University of California, San Diego in 2009. She also holds a Masters in

Education from UCLA, a multiple-subjects teaching credential from UCLA,

and a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Robin offers in-person lactation consultations, teaches prenatal and postpartum

breastfeeding classes, and supervises lactation interns. She also has presented

on a wide-variety of breastfeeding topics at national breastfeeding workshops

and conventions. 

Heather Laird, Treasurer

Heather Laird has worked for multiple non profits focusing on affordable housing, early childhood education and literacy.

 

She has served on the board of the San Diego Council on Literacy, is a member of Women Give San Diego and was a San Diego Leadership Alliance fellow. 

 

As a mother of two, Heather faced different breastfeeding challenges and relied on lactation consultants to overcome those hurdles.  She is passionate about offering breastfeeding support to all moms who need it.

 

Heather has a bachelors degree in Psychology from UCLA. 

Chardá Fontenot, CLEC, Board Member

Chardá Fontenot is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), birth & postpartum doula, Perinatal Health Educator, Elected School Board Trustee for the La Mesa Spring Valley School District. Chardá received her lactation certification from University of California San Diego. Chardá is currently working on the pathway to become an IBCLC. 

Chardá provides lactation and doula support and services through both virtual and in home visits. In addition to her work, Chardá volunteers at breastfeeding support groups, schools, and For the Village Foundation. Chardá also sits on many boards including Black Infant Health Advisory, La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission and CDO Alliance to name a few and has attended seminars and events such as the Live, Love, Latch and the Perinatal Equity Initiative. Chardá has worked and volunteered with non-profits, grant programs, federally funded organizations as well as state funded maternal, family and adolescent health and human services department programs. 

Chardá is a small business owner of Generation Milk. Chardá and her husband have two boys, who were breastfed exclusively past one year each. She is a strong advocate for all breastfeeding families and strives to reduce and eliminate the inequities and disparities in breastfeeding support.

Dania Lindenberg, MD, Board Member

Dania J. Lindenberg is a board certified Pediatrician (M.D.) and a

fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). She currently

works as a primary pediatrician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center

in Hillcrest.  Dr. Lindenberg obtained her B.A. in Chemistry at

Amherst College. She earned her M.D. at Weill Cornell Medical College

in Manhattan, and completed her pediatrics residency at

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She has been working

at Scripps since 2008. Dr. Lindenberg has nursed her own 3 children,

obtaining help from lactation consultants each time, and is a strong

advocate for breastfeeding for her patients.

Michelle Clookie, IBCLC, Board Member

Michelle Clookie is a Lactation Educator, and currently enrolled in the UCSD Lactation Consultant program. Michelle has 10 years of non-profit leadership experience, working at the American Cancer Society for 8 years as a Director in their National training and development department, and most currently oversees the Postpartum Health Alliance programs. Michelle has a deep passion for developing and facilitating dynamic trainings that leave people empowered, equipped and supported. After overcoming unique breastfeeding challenges with both her daughter Charlotte, and her son Beckett, Michelle decided to take her love for training and development and pursue lactation education.

Michelle earned a Bachelors of Science from California Baptist University. She also has several training certifications that in include Myers Briggs and Strengths Finders. 

Sarah Lazar, MPH, Board Member

Sarah Lazar has a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health.  She currently manages a clinical research program at the University of California, San Diego.  She obtained her B.S. in Biology and Premedicine at Boston College and her MPH at New York University, where she also focused on health disparities and maternal-infant health.

 

Sarah has volunteered for a wide variety of nonprofits, along with volunteer time in NICUs across the country.

 

Sarah has successfully nursed all four of her young children, all with very different, challenging journeys, including one NICU baby.  She is passionate about supporting other parents throughout their own journeys and in eliminating disparities and reducing barriers to successful breastfeeding.

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