Advisory Council of Elders

At the Spring 2014 Board of Directors meeting, a consensus decision was made, to establish the MANA Advisory Council of Elders. It was agreed that the Council would be composed of at least three but no more than seven MANA members and that those members would be individuals with strong ties to the organization including having historic knowledge. The Council of Elders are being asked to:

  • Meet annually or more as needed
  • Determine eligibility for voting status of non-licensed or non-credentialed midwives
  • Provide written recommendations annually to the BOD
  • Be available to the BOD in an advisory capacity
  • Review and advise regarding essential documents in collaboration with the Document Review committee as the board deems necessary
  • Create the MANA definition for the Traditional Midwife
  • Function as the committee to represent the MANA Traditional Midwife
  • Choose the annual Sage Femme awardee

 

MANA is honored to have four women stand with us as the first formal Council of Elders:

Yeshi Neumann

Yeshi Neumann, Certified Nurse-Midwife, MPH MA IBCLC

Yeshi Neumann has been working as a midwife since 1970. In 2000, she created Homestyle Midwifery, a unique model of care, blending home and hospital birth.

Linda McHale LM, CPM, EMT

Linda McHale LM, CPM, EMT

Linda McHale LM, CPM, EMT has been a midwife for over 30 years. Her first catch in 1975 was truly unplanned. Her neighbor called her to help when her second child was coming very fast.

Sherrill Elizabeth Tekatsitsiakwa "Katsi" (pronounced Gudji) Cook

Sherrill Elizabeth Tekatsitsiakwa "Katsi" (pronounced Gudji) Cook

Sherrill Elizabeth Tekatsitsiakwa "Katsi" (pronounced Gudji) Cook is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk tribe. She was born on the St. Regis Reservation in northern New York State, the youngest of the four children of Evelyn Kawennaien Mountour and William John Cook.

Maggie Bennett

Maggie Bennett

Maggie Bennett is an artist as well as a midwife. She began her midwifery career in 1975, overlapping her study and practice of midwifery with her teaching career.

 

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