2018-2019 LLL USA Council
The LLL USA 2018-19 Council consists of the following members representing Area Networks that comprise LLL USA.
Linda Anderson – Garden State Area Network
Linda was co-Chair of the LLLI Board of Directors 2014-16 and served as a Board member 2010-2016. A Group Leader with LLL Lawrenceville, New Jersey, for 20 years, she was a Central New Jersey Area Representative, helping create the Garden State Area Network. Linda was Conference Supervisor from 1999-2002 and has served as a Professional Liaison Leader since 2004. Linda holds a BA from Vanderbilt University in Molecular Biology, with secondary education certification. Before motherhood, she had a career in microbiological research, working at the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Johnson & Johnson. She holds administrative or board positions with several non-profits, including Girl Scouts USA, Kappa Delta Sorority, local community theatre, and Boy Scouts of America. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Linda and her husband, Claude, have two young adult children, Anderson (1994) and Delia (1997).
Serena Bough – US West Area Network
Serena first found La Leche League in Montana in 2012 while pregnant with her oldest. The nursing and parenting support she received in her Group led her to become a Leader in that Group. A recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, Serena now lives just a few miles south of the Canada border and co-leads an evening meeting serving the rural county near Bellingham, Washington. She lives with her husband and three young boys (ages 1, 3 and 5) and enjoys taking them hiking, swimming, making crafts, and visiting family on the nearby islands. In her occasional spare time, Serena is learning American Sign Language and how to play the cello.
AJ lives in Omaha, NE, with her husband and three children. She started attending La Leche League when she was expecting her third child. She became a leader in 2015. AJ is the Nebraska Equity Advocate, is a member of the La Leche League USA Social Media Team, and helps with the Nebraska and La Leche League USA Helplines. When AJ is not helping new families, she keeps busy with her three daughters and enjoys sewing, reading, and trying out new recipes!
Rebecca McCormick – Mosaic Area Network
Rebecca lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her spouse and child. She first heard about La Leche League from her mother who had attended herself as a young mom. She is a Leader with the Fairfax City Group and has served previously as a Coordinator of Leader Accreditation and as a content creator on the La Leche League USA social media team. She spends her days hiking, horseback riding, and hopes to finish a reading challenge of 42 books by the end of the year.
Stephanie Bodak Nicholson – Texas Area Network
Since 1993, Stephanie has been supporting families in the Waco, Temple, and Killeen, Texas, community through her various La Leche League (LLL) positions and through her growing business that combines her skills as a Lactation Counselor, Birth Doula, and Bradley Instructor. Stephanie works with her local LLL Killeen co-Leaders to organize Breastfeeding Cafes and Virtual Meetings, as well as Live, Love, Latch!® events. She has served in various LLL jobs over the years, including District Advisor, Chapter Leader, phone line volunteer, conference speaker, and many other conference jobs. More recently, she was a Texas Central Area co-Contact on the TXAN Council before accepting the TXAN USA Council Delegate position in December. A veteran homeschooling mom of 28 years, Stephanie has graduated five of her children and classically educates the sixth. She is expecting her first grandchild this spring! Stephanie and her family love holidays, outdoors, swimming, reading, organic gardening, baking and eating, country sunsets, baseball, yoga, and traditional crafts like basket weaving and crocheting.
Hannah Poole – Texas Area Network
Hannah lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with her artist husband and their three children, ages 11, 9, and 2. She has been a Leader with La Leche League of Greater Dallas since 2010 and is fortunate to have eight co-Leaders! Together they lead five meetings per month and manage a very active Facebook group. Hannah is a newly-certified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and also enjoys knitting and reading.
Stacy Raite – Garden State Area Network
Stacy lives in Woodbridge, New Jersey, with her husband, two sons (4 and 1.5), and their two dogs. She is a Leader with the Westfield, New Jersey Group, as well as an New Jersey Central East Area Representative on the La Leche League Garden State Council. After successfully breastfeeding her oldest son – thanks to the help of La Leche League – she became passionate about helping others to do the same. Stacy also is active in the babywearing community and loves to spend what free time she has crafting, reading, and being outdoors camping and hiking.
Sharon Savene – Southern California and Nevada Area Network
Sharon grew up knowing about La Leche League (LLL) from her mother, who attended meetings when Sharon was an infant, and Sharon’s step-mother, who was a Leader for 42 years. Sharon attended her first LLL meeting as an adult just before her daughter was born in 2010. She became a Leader just before her son was born in 2012. Sharon breastfed both of her children, including tandem feeding. In 2015, she joined the LLL Professional Liaison Department for the Southern California and Nevada LLL Area Network. Sharon holds a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and an M.S. in Zoology. She also is an actress, apartment manager, Girl Scout leader, PTA president, School Site Council Chairperson, and since 2014 a member of Sweet Adelines International.
Marianne Vakiener – Mosaic Area Network
Marianne attended her first LLL meeting in January 1989 because a friend invited her. It was the experience of attending a Communication Skills session (then called HRE) at an Area Conference that piqued Marianne’s interest in becoming a Leader. She had no idea that LLL was anything more than breastfeeding! In February 1993, Marianne was accredited and has been leading with Fairfax City LLL ever since. She was trained as an HRE Instructor soon after her accreditation and continues to lead communication skills sessions. Marianne’s LLL experience beyond the Group includes work on conferences, workshops, Leader Applicant training, LLL publications, Area Council, and the (former) EUS Division staff. Marianne lives in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. She has two young adult children. Marianne has a tutoring business and enjoys reading, coffee and making art. She received a Fairfax County Human Rights Commission award in 2002 for her work advocating for LGBTQI+ rights.