Meet the MLCA Board of Directors
Mary Foley, RN, BSN, IBCLC :: MLCA President
Mary Foley is the Lactation Program Coordinator for the Maternal and Newborn Service at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Massachusetts. She has held this position for 16 years. Previously she worked in numerous maternity settings including: postpartum, labor and delivery, home care, and as a lactation consultant in private practice. In 2012, with Mary championing the cause, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital became the 4th Baby-Friendly hospital in Massachusetts. She has served as a faculty member for the MotherBaby Summits, in West Virginia, Louisiana and Michigan North & South, and has been a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Baby-Friendly Initiative. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Massachusetts Baby Friendly Collaborative.
Tricia Elbl, IBCLC :: MLCA President-Elect
Tricia Elbl is an IBCLC since 2011, and works at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester and as a private practice lactation consultant. She lives in Framingham, MA with her four children and husband, and is excited to contribute to MLCA in any way she can.
Robin Snyder-Drummond, IBCLC :: MLCA Secretary
Robin has been an IBCLC since 2009, and currently runs a private practice doing lactation home visits. She also teaches prenatal classes at Newton Wellesley hospital, visits new mothers at Lawrence General Hospital, and co-facilitates meetings at the Codman Square baby Cafe.
Prior to becoming an IBCLC, Robin was a certified childbirth educator for twenty years and an active birth doula for ten years.
Judith Fayre, BS, RN, IBCLC :: MLCA Treasurer
Judith has worked in women’s health for the past 20 years, first completing a 2 year advanced course of Midwifery Studies from the MA Midwives Alliance, as well as becoming a DONA doula and a Certified Childbirth educator. Teaching and working in hospitals in Southern NH and private homes led to a desire to become an RN. Graduating from Rivier College School of Nursing in 2004 and working for the next 8 years as a labor/delivery nurse led to completion of an IBCLC certification.
Moving to MA in 2011 opened an opportunity to work concurrently in the lactation departments of 2 hospitals on the Northshore as an RN, IBCLC, also facilitating new mother & breastfeeding support groups as well as building a private practice. She is currently on the Board of MA Breastfeeding Coalition and MLCA.
Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC :: MLCA Board Member
Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a previous board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.
Lucia Jenkins, RN, IBCLC :: MLCA Board Member
Lucia Jenkins has been an IBCLC for 22 years, prior to which she practiced for 5 years as a home-birth midwife. She is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Baby Café USA, and lectures about the process of starting Baby Cafes. She is the facilitator of the Melrose Baby Café and Malden WIC Baby Café, and is a staff IBCLC at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She also has a private consulting practice, North Shore Lactation, for the past 14 yrs. Lucia is a past board member of the Mass Breastfeeding Coalition and a current USBC voting member. She delights in being the mother of five grown children who were all fully breastfed, and the grandmother of 7, also all breastfed.
Maire MacLean, IBCLC :: MLCA Board Member
Maire MacLean is a private practice lactation consultant providing home and office visits to breastfeeding families on the North Shore and north of Boston communities. Her practice supports families with a range of breastfeeding challenges from common to complex. She is the former Education Coordinator for the Nursing Mothers’ Council. As Education Coordinator Maire developed and coordinated Breastfeeding Basics Workshops and a yearly Breastfeeding Conference for perinatal health providers. Presently she facilitates a monthly breastfeeding support gathering in Beverly. She is a long time La Leche League Leader and a Breastfeeding Counselor for Nursing Mothers’ Council and currently offering a monthly Nursing Mothers’ Council support meeting in Beverly. Maire has three mostly grown children who were the fist to teach her about breastfeeding challenges. She lives in Hamilton, MA.