Division of Research Coordinating Council

The members of the Division of Research (DOR) Coordinating Council (CC) are active members of the midwifery and research communities. This volunteer council holds a passion for ensuring that childbearing families, and communities achieve optimal health.

The Coordinating Council of the DOR provides oversight and direction to of all activities of the DOR. The CC envisions a world where midwives, researchers, and other healthcare professionals work together to ensure that childbearing families and communities achieve optimal health.

Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM

Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM

Chair, Midwives Alliance Division of Research

Melissa Cheyney PhD CPM LDM is Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Anthropology at Oregon State University (OSU) with additional appointments in Public Health and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Bruce Ackerman

Bruce Ackerman HBD

Director of Data Collection, MANA Research

Bruce Ackerman works on design and improvement of the web data collection system, supports users of this system, and participates in DOR coordination.

Marit Bovbjerg PhD, MS

Marit Bovbjerg PhD, MS

Director of Data Quality, Division of Research

Marit Bovbjerg PhD MS is a reproductive and health services epidemiologist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

Courtney L. Everson PhD

Courtney L. Everson PhD

Director Research Education, Division of Research

Courtney L. Everson PhD is a Medical Anthropologist and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Midwives College of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Dr.

Ellen Harris-Braun CPM

Ellen Harris-Braun CPM

Director of Database Development, DOR
Sept. 6, 1966 - October 28, 2016

The entire community of the Midwives Alliance of North America is mourning the loss of Ellen Harris-Braun, CPM, and the Director of Database Development for the Midwives Alliance Division of Research.

Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM

Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM

MANA President, Section/Division Advisor
MANA Board Liaison to the DOR

Politics and traditional medicine are what led Marinah to midwifery, and she has a firm commitment to both political activism and birth work.

 

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