Faculty

Jan Barger, RN, MA, IBCLC, FILCA

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Jan has worked in in all areas of maternal child health (except the NICU) since 1972, and currently maintains her private practice which she started in 1985. She worked as the lactation consultant for Wheaton Pediatrics for 23 years. Jan has served on the IBLCE board and exam committee and was the 1990-92 International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) President. She is the co-author of Blueprints, and Clinical Instruction in Lactation.

Carole Peterson, MS, IBCLC

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Carole was a lactation consultant for at a local agency WIC  Clinic for 17 years. She then became a Regional IBCLC for Indiana WIC. She now does training and webinars for Indiana WIC. She also mentors new health professionals desiring to become IBCLC for the Illinois WIC program. She has participated on the NWA Breastfeeding Committee and spearheaded several of the breastfeeding position papers for NWA including 

 Carole represented NWA on the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

Rhonda Wudtke, RN, IBCLC

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Rhonda has worked in the maternal-child health field since 1998.  She has worked as an RN in labor/delivery, mother/baby, and the special care nursery- level 2E.  Rhonda began her career as an IBCLC in 2003.  She currently works as a hospital IBCLC at UnityPooint Health – Methodist in Peoria, IL.  Her practice involves seeing dyads in the inpatient & outpatient settings as well as a weekly clinical mom support group called UPH Milk Drop In.  She enjoys collaborating with other IBCLCs, local WIC employees, and mothers on the Central Illinois Breastfeeding Task Force.  Rhonda lives with her husband Bill in Washington IL.  She has 3 amazing children – Issac, Josie & Caleb.  Izzy Mae, a husky/malamute mix joined the family in 2016.  

Jan Ellen Brown, BS, IBCLC

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Jan Ellen has worked in the field of lactation since 1987. She has been a hospital based IBCLC and established a large private practice in Charlotte, NC. She is the co-author of 25 Things Every Nursing Mother Needs To Know and The Nursing Mother’s Companion Diary. Jan Ellen joined Charlotte Pediatric Clinic in 2008 as a lactation provider. 

Colleen Batt, MS, RD, IBCLC

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Colleen has worked in the Indiana WIC Program since 1985 as a local agency coordinator.  She became an IBCLC in 1990 due to her interest in helping mothers’ breastfeed while on the WIC Program.  She has successfully mentored 11 WIC staff members working in the Tippecanoe County WIC Program to become IBCLC in the 26 years she has worked there.  She has served on the National WIC Association Board of Directors and has been an active member on the Indiana WIC State Breastfeeding Committee.

Pam Allyn, RN, BSN, LCCE, IBCLC

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Pam has worked in Maternal/Child nursing since 1975 in hospitals and public health and as a lactation consultant. 


Pam is currently working with LEC as the primary instructor for LEC's home studies.

Stephanie Carroll, BS, IBCLC

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Stephanie Carroll is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who lives in southeast Ohio with her two daughters. She founded the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network in May of 2016. Stephanie started in lactation in WIC in 2010.  She has since worked in a hospital setting. Stephanie now owns a private practice and works for a breast pump DME part-time.  Stephanie regularly speaks on Appalachian Breastfeeding Network's behalf to raise awareness to Appalachian culture and barriers that prevent mothers and parents to achieve their breastfeeding goals. Some initiatives she is working on can be found at http://www.appalachianbreastfeedingnetwork.org

Kathy Ragland, IBCLC, CD, DONA

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Kathy Ragland started her lactation career as a WIC Peer Counselor and Doula and has worked in private practice and several hospitals for over 16 years. She has been a trainer for the Illinois Department of Human Services since 2008 providing breastfeeding education for nurses, dietitians, and peer counselors. She has served as TV host and presenter breastfeeding topics and a panelist for the March of Dimes Conference. 

She is the Winner of the Breastfeeding Neighbor of the Community Award, and currently volunteers at the Cook County Corrections Department teaching incarcerated moms and moms-to-be how breastfeeding can enrich and empower their lives as they work to reunite with their babies and children.

Married, she has two sons. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family as well as her volunteer activities.

Dawn Kersula, MA, RN, LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC

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Dawn has been helping babies breastfeed since 1983. She began as a La Leche League Leader, became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 1989,  the second IBCLC in the state of Vermont in 1992, and still couldn’t get enough – so she went to nursing school. Dawn is the Perinatal Specialist at a community hospital in southern Vermont, and spent nine years talking about breastfeeding nationwide for PESI Healthcare.   Her Masters thesis looked at the transition to motherhood after a difficult birth experience.  She serves as President of the Vermont Lactation Consultant Association and blogs regularly at http://www.bmhvt.org/category/baby-steps/.