BirthNetwork National Board of Directors


Cheryl Gates, CPM

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. 

Michal Klau-Stevens, LCCE, 
Past President 

Michal is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in West Hartford, CT.  Michal is the Chapter Leader of BirthNetwork National of Greater Hartford.  Michal has been on the BirthNetwork National board since 2006, serving as a Regional Representative, Chapter Coordinator and President-Elect, as well as serving as representative to the Coalition to Improve Maternity Service's (CIMS) Organizational Members Coalition.

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.

Kirsti Kreutzer 

Kirsti Kreutzer,
Advocacy Coordinator

Kirsti is the Co-Director of Where's My Midwife? and a co-chapter leader for Women in the Center, a BNN Chapter in Wilmington, NC.  She uses her filmmaking skills to educate the public about midwives and the amazing care they provide, and to help spread the word about the MFCI in her community.  Kirsti also serves as a consumer representative on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), and serves as a member of the Leadership Committee for the Coalition to Improve Maternity Services (CIMS).

 Anna Van Wagoner

Anna Van Wagoner
President- Elect and Mentoring Program Coordinator

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.

 Alicia Brooks

Dr. Alicia Brooks
Chapter Leader Training Coordinator

Alicia is a homeschooling mother to 5 amazing boys. She is also a Chiropractor, Doula, Childbirth Educator and Student Midwife in the St. Louis area. She received her bachelors degree in Life Sciences in 2007 followed by her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009.

Simone Snyder 

Simone Snyder LMT, ICCE, CD
Social Media Coordinator

Simone Snyder is a licensed massage therapist specializing in prenatal and postpartum massage. She is also a doula, childbirth educator, Dancing for Birth instructor, herbal student and aspiring midwife. She recently moved back to NJ with her husband and two sons where she has become a New Jersey BirthNetwork co-chapter leader. She has volunteered her time working with organizations such as Postpartum Support International, Yayasan Bumi Sehat, ICAN, The NM Midwifery Advisory Board, and ICEA.

 Jesse Jaeger

Jesse Jaeger
Technology Coordinator

Jesse is a professional Web Developer with a B.S. in Information Technology as well as having the roles of a Computer Specialist, Systems Administrator, Father, and Husband. Jesse is a birth advocate and attends regular birth conferences/summits with his wife. He also regularly attends baby wearing meetings and is a member of a Facebook group in support of birth and web technology in combination.

 Kelly Caldwell

Kelly Caldwell
Board Member At-Large

Kelly is a certified professional midwife and traditional naturopath focusing on holistic healing for families. A homeschool graduate, she received her Bachelor's of Science in 2008 and officially began her rural homebirth practice that same year. In her downtime she homeschools 5 of her 6 child who are still at home, milks her goats, wildcrafts herbal remedies, knits and writes. She enjoys those precious off-call moments with her soul mate Reid and lives for their next road trip!


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