Slate of Candidates for LINK Board of Directors

The LINK Board of Directors presents the following individuals as nominees to serve on the Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky’s Board of Directors. Per LINK Bylaws, members vote on the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors determines the officers. Members are voting yes or no on whether to accept the entire slate, not individual candidates. Please review the slate and use the url in the LINKed Up! Newsletter to cast your vote.

ANA MARIA LINARES, DNS, RN, IBCLC – for a new, three year term

Ana Maria Linares graduated in 1981 and received her degree in midwifery from the University of Chile. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Science degree in 2006 from the University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. She obtained her RN license in Kentucky in 2009 and in 2012 the credential as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Dr. Linares previously worked as Associate Professor in Chile, where she served as a Dean at the College of Midwifery and as a professor of obstetrics and neonatology. She also served as a breastfeeding consultant and specialist at the Chilean Department of Health Services. Currently, Dr. Linares is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, where she teaches obstetric nursing in the undergraduate program. Dr. Linares has also initiated a program of research on health disparities with emphasis in promotion of breastfeeding. She is conducting several studies on breastfeeding including promotion of exclusive breastfeeding among Hispanic women; implementation of break time for nursing mother police; and accommodation for breastfeeding infants in childcare facilities. Dr. Linares has disseminated findings in peer-reviewed publications and through oral/poster presentations at national and international conferences.


NICOLE PERITORE – for a new, 3 year term

Nicole Peritore is the program coordinator for the Health Education through Extension Leadership (HEEL) Office at the University of Kentucky. She moved to Kentucky in 2005 and earned a degree in Exercise Science and Masters in Health Promotion. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in materinal and Child Health from the Department of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. Nicole has written for extension’s Families, Food and Fitness Community of Practice and the Journal of Applied Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. She has presented her work at the Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Conference, and the American Association of Health, Physical Activity, Recreation and Dance, among others. Nicole currently works to update and maintain health related programming for Cooperative Extension Service, Family and Consumer Science Agents.
Nicole has a wonderful, supportive husband and 2 young boys that keep her laughing and learning.


MANDY SCHULKERS, MPH, IBCLC – for a new, 3 year term

Mandy received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Miami University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati. She has been an IBCLC for 2 years. Before leaving to take care of her daughter, she worked as a Registered Dietitian at the Northern KY Health Department for 7 years. While at the health department she became passionate about helping breastfeeding dyads, and served at the Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator for 2 years. Mandy lives in Cincinnati with her husband and 6 month old, breastfeeding daughter.


DENISE BARBIER, OTR/L, MOT, CLC, CKC, CIMI- reconfirm to complete term (2 years)

Denise Barbier is an occupational therapist at the University of Louisville Center for Women and Infants Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has over 20 years experience in the specialty of infant feeding. In addition to co-leading the Baby Friendly designation effort at University of Louisville Hospital, she coordinates and conducts workshops for birthing hospitals to implement birth Kangaroo Care and is the co-author of the “Jumping into Kangaroo Care” Toolkit. Denise & her husband Bob of 35 years are native Texans and have two married children.


JULIE JACOBS, MPH – reconfirm to complete term (1 year)

Julie Jacobs served as a La Leche League Leader from 2001-2005 in Columbia, Missouri and worked with the Missouri breastfeeding coalition during that time. She earned her Master of Public Health degree in 2010 at Saint Louis University and then moved to Lexington later that year when her husband began a faculty position at the University of Kentucky. For the past three years, Julie has worked as a research consultant for Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has primarily focused on studying the process of evidence-based decision making in public health, with an emphasis on the tools and skills that practitioners need to integrate research-proven interventions with community needs and available resources. As part of her work for LINK, she is the Project Director for our Continuity of Care Community Implementation Project, funded by the US Breastfeeding Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


CERISE BOUCHARD, CLC – confirm for a second, three year term

Cerise was inspired by her own pregnancy, birth and parenting to open Mother Nurture, a shop providing parenting resources that were lacking in Lexington at the time. Cerise graduated from Transylvania University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology with a focus on women’s issues as they relate to Mothering. She worked with preschool families for 7 years before opening Mother Nurture in 2006. In 2007, Cerise became certified as a Lactation Counselor and expanded the breastfeeding support services at Mother Nurture. Cerise became the first president of the Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky (LINK) in 2011. . In 2013, Mother Nurture closed and Cerise returned to the field of early childhood education as Executive Director of Growing Together Preschool, Inc, Central Kentucky’s first program integrating children of various abilities and advantages in the same program.

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