Meet the PMC Board of Directors
President: Stephanie Brown, IBCLC
Stephanie is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and a reproductive health advocate. They currently work at Temple University Hospital and facilitate a weekly infant feeding support group in addition to their private practice. Her professional work experience includes over ten years as a nanny, birth doula, postpartum doula and CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor.) Originally from California, Stephanie has lived and worked in Philadelphia for 12 years. In addition to volunteering for various reproductive health organizations, they currently serve as Board President for Philadelphia Midwife Collective.
VIce-President: Stephanie Perelman
Stephanie has experience in marketing with a focus on branding and messaging. She brings nonprofit board stewardship from her experience as President for six years of Mill Creek Farm. She currently works for Comcast and serves as Board Vice President for Philadelphia Midwife Collective.
treasurer: Kara McQuillan, CNM
secretary: emily demarest
Emily is an architect, mother of two and a Germantown resident. She has spent her career taking complex programs and systems and synthesizing them into a clean design, whether it is healthcare design, aviation or residential architecture. She graduated from the Pratt Institute and moved to Philadelphia in 2012. She spends any free time she has renovating and restoring her historic home in Germantown.
Theresa is a founding board member of PMC. She has served on several non-profit boards, including Lifecycle WomanCare (The Birth Center) where she also served as interim executive director in 2018. Her professional work includes leadership in the financial services sector for various Fortune 100 and international corporations including as chief of staff, head of strategy, head of branding/advertising, and new business line development. Theresa enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, sewing, gardening, reading, and is a home birth client of the PMC midwives.
Autumn Nelson, CNM
Autumn is a Philadelphia native and a certified nurse midwife, earning her degree at University of Pennsylvania. Autumn has since worked in Hawaii and Pennsylvania, attending births in the home, birth center and hospital settings. Currently you can find her giving full scope health and prenatal care at Lifecycle Woman Care in Bryn Mawr, PA. When she is not being a health care provider Autumn enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
malia gilbert neal
Malia is a development professional with over a decade of experience in fundraising and events. She currently serves as Director of Development for a local nonprofit focusing on education, mental health and economic development. She is also trained as a doula and is working to complete certification. Malia is a mother, a baker, and life-long resident of Germantown who strongly believes in the need for accessible reproductive care in her community. Malia received her B.A. from DePaul University and her MPA at University of Delaware. She serves on the board of directors for Philadelphia Midwife Collective.
Maura is a Philadelphia community member, committed to impacting change within the city. She is a Master's candidate in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania and currently works as the Department Administrator and Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Philosophy. Prior to this role, she has worked in small business and the nonprofit sector, notably serving as the Deputy Director of the Greensgrow Philadelphia Project from 2014-2016.
dr elizabeth soskin
Elizabeth is a Reproductive Health Care Educator and passionate long-term women’s sexuality and holistic healthcare advocate, earning her doctorate in Human Sexuality in 2011, and a former Certified Professional Midwife. She sits on the board of a Philanthropic Foundation and teaches comprehensive sex education within schools developing empowering and evidence-based curriculum for various age groups. As a core belief she is heavily invested in the Quaker tenet of social justice through her daughters’ Friends’ school and the Philadelphia Midwife Collective. Elizabeth is a mother of two children born with Certified Nurse-Midwives and loves to read and garden in her spare time. She is a Pennsylvania native and lives locally with her supportive husband and wonderful children and serves on the board of directors for Philadelphia Midwife Collective, with a focus on the Development and Clinical committees.
Lauren Welch, BSN, MPH
Lauren is a Philadelphia Midwife Collective Board Member. Lauren completed her Masters in Public Health at George Washington University in December 2011 and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in December 2017. Lauren was a HRSA NURSE Corps Scholarship recipient and works at Greater Philadelphia Health Action - a FQHC - as a Registered Nurse. Lauren will pursue a Masters in Nurse-Midwifery beginning in 2020.
Becky is a public health professional, currently working as program coordinator at Living Beyond Breast cancer. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and later her Master of Public Health in Health Policy, both from Temple University. Outside of her public health work, Becky is also an accomplished tap dance artist, and enjoys riding her bike throughout the city. She serves on the board of directors for Philadelphia Midwife Collective.
Elizabeth is a law professor at Drexel’s Kline School of Law, where her research focuses on the law and politics of childbirth. Liz is an advocate for expanded birth options and access to full-spectrum reproductive health care. She has been involved in midwifery advocacy as a consumer board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives (PACPM), helped expand access to full-spectrum doula support as a founding member of the Philly Collaborative for Reproductive Justice & Support (PCRJS), and worked to ensure abortion access for low-income people as a volunteer with the Women’s Medical Fund. In addition to her teaching and advocacy, Liz is a parent, former home birth client, and she is trained as a birth doula. She serves on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Midwife Collective.