Our Board of Directors

A group of inspiring locals who all have a drive to serve the women in our community.

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Natanya Champney

Founder and Program Development Consultant

Mother, midwife and birth advocate serving the women of Northern NH for over 14 yrs. Natanya has a strong desire to help foster a deep connection between motherhood and community. She is the homebirth midwife that serves the North Country of NH, yet has a yearning to help women and families receive vital information no matter their risk factors or place of birth. She has 3 growing sons whom she works dilegently for always and has homeschooled at various times throughout the years. She has multiple others role at various organizations in the North Country, serving on a few different Boards over the years and has maintained employment as a Human Resources Manager at a local manufacturing facility. Natanya has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Green Mountain College, a Certificate in Midwifery from Birthwise Midwifery School, and a Certified Midwife in NH. 

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Kailene Jones

Founder and
Board Chair

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Skye Champnagne

Treasurer and Secretary

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Wendy Jordan

Founder and
Board Member

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for 25 years, Wendy has served the Seacoast community in several different capacities. With a bachelors degree in nutrition and career working at WIC, Wendy quickly found her passion for all things lactation. She currently works part time at two hospitals and has a thriving private practice. She also teach prenatal breastfeeding classes and has facilitated breastfeeding support groups. She has served on the board of the NH Breastfeeding Task Force, volunteered at Lamprey Health Care and on the Board for International Lactation Consultants Association.

Despite living in Exeter for 30 years, her home has always been the North Country as her family has lived here for many generations. She very much wants to offer her knowledge and support to the young families of this community.  Simply put, breastfeeding helps mothers, babies, and communities stay healthy and self-reliant. Wendy wants this for her hometown/area.

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Eleana Sussman

Founder and
Board Member

Eleana graduated from Rutgers University in 1968, with a degree in English. She is in 70s and is happily retired, having had four children, three of whom were born at home. In 1972 she moved to London, England and lived there until 1976. There she became a certified Childbirth Educator and Doula with The National Childbirth Trust under the tutelage of Sheila Kitzinger. She attended many births in London both at home and in hospital. Returning to the North Country in 1976, she became a lay midwife with Dr. Sauter as my backup physician. Her midwifery partner and her did homebirths in Vermont and New Hampshire until the late 1980's. She also taught prenatal classes during that time. After she retired from midwifery, she owned an Antique Store in Bethlehem, New Hampshire for many years. In her retirement now, she mostly gardens, and am so pleased and proud to be on the board of Womb and help create this wonderful resource for North Country Families.

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Deb Mardins

Board Member

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Heidi Vaughn

Board Member

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Ashley Winters

Board Member

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More Members Coming soon

We are actively recruiting more members on a regular basis. If you would like to become a board member and help make a difference in the North Country, please email info@wombinitiative.com