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Board of Directors

BirthWell Partners Board of Directors 2018


Beverly Brown, BSN

Beverly Brown is a nurse manager at the Jefferson County Department of Health and also has over 20 years of experience as an ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) childbirth educator. She has taught childbirth education classes for the Jefferson County Health Department, and teaches and provides birth doula services for clients at Healthy Start.

LaTanya Dawson, LSW

LaTanya Dawson is a Licensed Social Worker working as a Family Partner and Coordinator at UABs Early Head Start Program.

Jennifer Greer, PhD

Jennifer Greer is a retired Teacher/Educational Liaison formerly working at UAB Graduate School. At UAB She taught professional development for scholarly writing, communications, and leadership for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

Truus Delfos-Broner, CNM

Truus Delfos-Broner has been a practicing Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) since 1976 and has been employed by UAB since 1989. She has a great interest in promoting healthy mothers and babies and currently serves an “at risk” population through the Women’s Clinic at UAB’s 1917 Clinic.

Dr. Zenoria Causey, MS, MPH, PhD

Dr. Causey earned her MS in Cell Biology from Tuskeegee University, and a MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Walden University. With over twenty years of experience in biomedical research and laboratory practice, she is currently employed by UAB as a Clinical Research Program Manager.

Dr. Jesanna Cooper, MD

Dr. Cooper is an OB/GYN at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She graduated from UAB Medical School and completed her residency training in OB/GYN at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Cooper is a strong advocate of breastfeeding. She lives with her husband and two children in Birmingham.

Shanté Hamm, MSW

Ms. Hamm attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she received her BS in Human Environmental Sciences and her MSW. She is the Parenting Education Coordinator as well as a Family Partner (Case Manager) for the UAB Early Head Start Program, a family focused child development program. In addition, Ms. Hamm is also trained birth doula who received her training with BirthWell Partners in 2013.

Anne Pautler, CD(DONA)

Anne Pautler is a DONA certified birth doula. She worked as a BirthWell Partners volunteer doula from June 2013 until September 2016.

Lydia Thurston, MA, DSc

Lydia Thurston is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Samford University. Her areas of expertise include pelvic floor rehabilitation, acute care pediatrics, orthopedics, burn rehabilitation, and health/wellness. She has published in the areas of orthopedics, oncology, and health behavior. Ms. Thurston lives with her husband and two children in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

Dr. Beverly VonDer Pool, MD

Beverly VonDer Pool is a board certified family physician who received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Washington, Providence Hospital Affiliated Program. Dr. VonDer Pool spent seven years in private practice and as a volunteer instructor for the University of Washington, and nineteen years as an associate professor with obstetric privileges at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently practices family medicine at St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine in Birmingham.

Martha Williams

Ms. Williams has a degree in Apparel & Design Technology from Lawson State Community College and is self-employed as a seamstress. Ms. Williams also serves on the Board of Directors for Imani Support Services, Inc.