Board of Directors

Ashleigh Aldridge

Ashleigh Aldridge is the Communications Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAB. She is a Birth and Postpartum Doula who has always had a desire to work with birthing persons and babies. Ashleigh has a heart for the community and service and volunteers with several local organizations, serving on the Junior Board of Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, the Junior League of Birmingham and the Rotary Club of Birmingham Sunset. 

Jeanne Baker, RDN, LD

Jeanne Baker is a retired registered dietitian/nutritionist who dedicated her career to the Jefferson County Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) where she worked for 30 years, serving as the District WIC Director for the last 12 years. Jeanne was passionate about the WIC program and strived to provide relevant nutrition education and support to as many eligible families as possible in a compassionate, respectful environment. “Having a career that gave me the opportunity to positively impact the lives of low income women and empower them to make better choices for their families was a blessing”. Jeanne lives in Avondale with her husband Neal and their two golden retrievers, Olive and Lucy, and two cats, Eva and Kieran. She enjoys gardening, reading, volunteering at church and sitting on her porch.

Kaleigh Beadlecomb, PA

Kaleigh Naylor is a Physician Assistant at UAB. Before training as a PA, she worked extensively as a certified doula and completed the bulk of requirements for midwifery. Kaleigh thus brings a unique perspective to our board, having this combination of a doula, midwifery, and allopathic medical training and experience.  

Mariah Alyce Brown

Mariah Alyce Brown is a Tuscaloosa, AL native who has always had a passion for women's health and education. Mariah is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Birth, and Postpartum Doula, as well as a licensed Cosmetologist. Mariah believes that Doula services should not be looked at as luxury services, but as a necessity to aid mothers in successful birthing and postpartum healing, both mentally and physically. 

Jackie Curtiss Cox

Jackie Curtis Cox is a self-employed fundraising and grassroots organizational consultant. She has extensive experience in fundraising, event planning, and campaign leadership. She is a huge believer in the impact of doulas on healthy families.

Jen Harvard

Jen Havard currently works as Director of Sponsorships and Planned Giving for United Healthcare Children's Foundation. Jen has held positions in government, private industry, and nonprofits. Before moving to Birmingham, Jen served as the Development Officer at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, including on their Junior Board. She has extensive experience in event organizing and fundraising.

Holly Horan, MA, PhD

Holly Horan, MA, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama. She is also a birth and postpartum doula. Holly was previously a program coordinator for a Medicaid-funded, community doula program in Oregon. Her research focuses on the relationship between maternal stress and birth outcomes and the scaling up of collaborative perinatal care with an emphasis on the inclusion and recognition of doulas as members of the perinatal healthcare team.

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. We appreciate her calm support for families and her passion for BirthWell. 

Dr. Zenoria Causey Pruitt, MS, MPH, PhD

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Dr. Zenoria Cause Pruitt earned her MS in Cell Biology from Tuskegee 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. 

Anjanette Robinson, LPC-S, NCC

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Anjanette Robinson is a Counselor, Birth Doula, and Postpartum Doula. She leads a variety of groups at her business: Building Successful Families, LLC. She is passionate about birth, and especially about supporting families during the 4th trimester: the early months after the baby is born. 

Lydia Thurston, PT, DSc, ATC, PNAP

Dr. Lydia A. Thurston is a licensed physical therapist (PT) and athletic trainer with decades of clinical, teaching, research, administrative, and health advocacy experience threaded with interprofessional collaboration. Her career exemplifies an energetic passion for promoting collaborative clinical decision making and maternal/child health. She has published and presented scholarly works in the areas of interprofessionalism, doula care, PT, and health behavior.

Adriana Valenzuela

Adriana Valenzuela is the Public Health Language Coordinator at Jefferson County Department of Health. She has extensive training and experience in cultural competency, public health, and interpreting. She has also completed a DONA approved birth doula workshop and occasionally attends births. We hope Adriana will help us reach the Spanish speaking community.  

Dr. Beverly VonDer Pool, MD

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Dr. Beverly VonDer Pool is a board-certified family physician who received her medical degree from the University of California at San Fransico and completed a family 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 UAB-Highlands' Family Medicine Clinic.