BirthNetwork National Board of Directors

Anna Van Wagoner

Anna Van Wagoner

Anna is a founder of the Birth Activist Collective and Co-Director of Where’s My Midwife? She worked as a doula and midwife's assistant for five years before turning her focus to birth activism. She is currently a Co-Leader for the Salt Lake BirthNetwork.

Cheryl Gates, CPM
Past President 

Cheryl is a Certified Professional Midwife practicing since 2006. She assists families in building safe and joyful birth experiences. She is also the mother of five homeschooled children that she raises in a rural area of the midwest with the love of her life, Greg. In her down time she enjoys learning the art of self reliance, crocheting, and watching her chickens as they wander the yard. Cheryl has served as a Chapter Leader of Kansas City BirthNetwork since 2009, and she is excited to serve as President of BirthNetwork National. 

Traci            Traci Jaksetic,
          Financial Coordinator

           Traci is an experienced non-profit accountant in the Toledo, OH area. 
           Traci has served on the BirthNetwork National board as its Financial
           Director since 2003.  Traci is the co-founder of the Toledo BirthNetwork
           and served as a Chapter Leader for four years.


Heather Weber
Social Media Director

Heather is a stay-at-home mother to 3 wonderful girls. She is also the owner and operator of Homegrown Baby, a home birth baby album boutique. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology in 2004. She is a birth activist and enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her family.


Jesse Jaeger
Technology Coordinator

Jesse is a professional Web Developer and all around Tech Support Specialist with a B.S. in Information Technology and also holds the title of Father and Husband. Jesse is a birth advocate and attends regular birth and parenting events with his wife. He also regularly attends baby wearing meetings, uses cloth diapers, applies essential oils, and just generally tries to live and encourage a more natural life.

Cornelia Mazzan
Mentoring Director

Cornelia is a Co-Founder of, and Mom of one. She is a birth & postpartum doula, a certified yoga instructor, an energy work practitioner, and an aspiring midwife. Cornelia is co-leader of NJ BirthNetwork, former Holistic Moms Network chapter leader, and has recently joined the board of BirthNetwork National. She has a degree in Fine Arts and is a web and print Visual Designer with nearly 20 years of experience. Cornelia lives in New Jersey with her husband and young daughter.

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