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Our 2017-18 Council

The LLL USA 2017-18 Council consists of the following members representing the six Area Networks that comprise LLL USA. Council can be reached at

Kathleen AndersonKathleen Anderson – Alliance for Breastfeeding Education Area Network

Kathleen lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and currently co-leads the morning Group in Durham, North Carolina. It is a joy to be able to lead the Group with her daughter-in-law!  Kathleen also is active in the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities initiative in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. She has a Master’s degree Early Intervention and Family Support and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. Kathleen and her husband have two grown children and two delightful grandsons. Kathleen and the grandbabies (who are 4 years and 6 years) enjoy getting together to play their ukuleles, creating new songs, and singing loudly.

Linda AndersonLinda 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, Selena 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.

Tina CastellanosTina Castellanos – Texas Area Network

Tina has been a La Leche League Leader in Texas since 1999. She has led meetings in Austin, Killeen, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. She currently co-Leads an evening meeting in San Antonio. Tina has held many positions within the Texas Area Network of La Leche League USA. Tina is the proud mother to three amazing children. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Merchandising/Marketing. She holds a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health and was a Fellow during her time there. Tina is a very active Doula, Childbirth Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in Private Practice.

Debbi HeffernDebbi Heffern – Mosaic Area Network

Debbi lives in St. Louis, Missouri and works as a hospital-based Registered Dietitian, IBCLC. The evening LLL Group which she’s led since 1983 meets in the same hospital. She has held many Council and Conference positions for her Areas over the years. Debbi is on the board for the Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition and manages the websites for the Gateway Area, the Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition, and the local USLCA affiliate. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Dietetics and Business Management from Fontbonne University. Debbi and her husband have three grown children and six grandchildren who (she is happy to say) all live in St. Louis, too—this year!

Colleen MarubayashiColleen Marubayashi – Southern California and Nevada Area Network

Colleen is on the Southern California and Nevada Area Network Board of Directors as the Agreements Department Coordinator. She was accredited in 2005 and leads the same meeting in Long Beach, California, that she attended as a new mother. Colleen works as a kindergarten teacher and lives in Los Alamitos with her husband and their three sons.

Hannah PooleHannah 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 RaiteStacy 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.

Jacquana Smith – Alliance for Breastfeeding Education Area Network

Jacquana lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband and four children. Jacquana first heard about La Leche League in 2012, when she was pregnant with her first child. She is the Administrator for LLL USA Helpline and serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. Jacquana served previously as the Equity Advocates Co-Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Public Health. Jacquana enjoys Spin (cycling class), crocheting, and visiting different museums with her family.