Senior Leadership

Meet Staff and Faculty at MCU

President
Kristi Ridd-Young
Email:  president@midwifery.edu
BS Public Health Administration (Madison University), DONA International Doula Trainer, CD (DONA) Doula
Dean
Megan Koontz
Email: academicdean@midwifery.edu
CPM, Master of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic Institute), Bachelor of Midwifery (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Information and Technology), BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University)
Director of Compliance & Financial Aid
Whitney Mesyef
Email: directorfinancialaid@midwifery.edu
JD (Washington University Law School), BA Anthropology (Brown University)

Admissions

Director of Admissions

Jasmine Barnes
Email:  admissionsdirector@midwifery.edu
BA Criminal Justice (Northern Arizona University, Certified Birth and Postpartum doula

Admissions Counselors
Louisa Cohen

Email:  admissions@midwifery.edu
M. Ed Higher Education Leadership (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), BA Political Science (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Nicole Croft
Email:  admissions@midwifery.edu
MA Community Leadership (Westminster College), Community Midwife (Utah Association of Community Midwives)

Clinical Department

Clinical Department Chair
Kaylee Ridd
Email: clinicaldepartmentchair@midwifery.edu BS Sociology (University of Utah)
Assessment Specialist
Sarah Carter 
Email: assessment@midwifery.edu
CPM, ASM (Midwives College of Utah), BA English (Brigham Young University)
Preceptor Liaison
Jenny Schultz
Email: preceptors@midwifery.edu
CPM, LM State of Arizona, MPA (Arizona State University), BA History (Baker University)

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Officer
Christina Hrenko
Email:  financialaid@midwifery.edu
BA Economics (Youngstown State University)
Director of VA Benefits & Financial Aid Officer
Emily Rainey
Email: va@midwifery.edu
BS Anthropology, MSPH (University of Utah)

Student Services

Director of Student Services
Cheryl Furer
Email: studentservices@midwifery.edu
CHom (Homeopathy School International), BSM (MCU), CPM, RM (Colorado)
Director of Equity, Access & Student Life
Tamara Taitt
Email: studentlife@midwifery.edu
MS Master of Science, Marriage & Family Therapy (Nova Southeastern University), AS Associate of Sciences, Midwifery (Miami Dade College), BA, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Princeton University), LMFT (FL)
House Mentors
Arden Kindred
email: arden.kindred@midwifery.edu
ASM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM, LM, Certified Herbalist

Celeste Pegues
email: celeste.pegues@midwifery.edu
BA Wellness Studies for Marginalized Communities (Metropolitan State University of Denver)

Demetra A. Seriki
email: demetra.seriki@midwifery.edu
BSM. (Midwives College of Utah, CPM., RM.

Jodie Palmer
email: jodie.palmer@midwifery.edu
MAE (George Wythe University)

Sandra Blankenship
email: sandra.blankenship@midwifery.edu
BA (Business Scranton College), RM, CPM

Administrative Staff

Accounts Payable
Rachel Ertel
Email: rachel.ertel@midwifery.edu
Administrative Assistant
Cassie Williams
Email: administrativeassisstant@midwifery.edu

BS Public Health (Brigham Young University)

Director of Marketing, Events & Fundraising
Masha Mesyef
Email:  marketing@midwifery.edu
JD (Washington University School of Law), BA Psychology and Political Science (University of Illinois-Chicago)
Ethical Review Board
Chair: Ashley Jones
Email: erb@midwifery.edu
MSM, BSM (Midwives College of Utah)
Financial Advisor
Julie DeLong
BA Economics (Brigham Young University)
Human Resources
Faculty Human Resources Coordinator
Masha Mesyef
email: faculltyhrcoordinator@midwifery.edu
JD (Washington University School of Law), BA Psychology and Political Science (University of Illinois-Chicago)

Staff Human Resources Coordinator
Kim Blue
email: staffhrcoordinator@midwifery.edu
MS Women’s Studies (Minnesota State University, Mankato), BA English (Southern Illinois University)

 

 

Librarian
Kaylee Ridd
Email: librarian@midwifery.edu
BS Sociology (University of Utah)
Receptionist
Marivette Torres
Email: office@midwifery.edu
ASM (Midwives College of Utah, LM, CPM
Registrar
Laura Park
Email: registrar@midwifery.edu
Research Assistance Coordinator
Emily Rainey
email: researchassistance@midwifery.edu
BS Anthropology, MSPH (University of Utah)
Student Finances
Darliegh Webb
Email:  studentfincances@midwifery.edu
AA (Salt Lake Community College)
Technical Support
Megan Koontz
email: academicdean@midwifery.edu
CPM, Master of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic Institute), Bachelor of Midwifery (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Information and Technology), BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University)
Writing Lab
Jana Studelska
email:  writinglab@midwifery.edu
BS (Bemidji State University) CPM, LM, CBE (Lamaze)

MCU Faculty

Aisha Al Hajjar
Adjunct Faculty
BSM & MSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM (NARM)
Arden Kindred
Adjunct Faculty
ASM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM, LM, Certified Herbalist
Ashley Jones
Adjunct Faculty
BSM & MSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM
Aubrey Ridd
Adjunct Faculty
BA (University of Utah), BSN/RN (Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions), CLE
Audra Post
Adjunct Faculty
BSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM (NARM)
Carmen Mojica
Adjunct Faculty
BA Black Studies/Television and Radio Productions (State University of New York at New Paltz), Birth Doula (DONA), CPM, LM (Maternidad La Luz)
Cheryl Furer
Adjunct Faculty
CHom (Homeopathy School International), BSM (MCU), CPM
Delphine Silvermoon
Core Faculty
MSN (Frontier Nursing University), DEM
Demetra Seriki
Adjunct Faculty
BSM (Midwives College of Utah)
Erin Kaspar Frett
Core Faculty
MSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM
Gina Gerboth
Core Faculty
MPH/Maternal and Child Health Concentration (Colorado School of Public Health), BS (University of Colorado), CPM, RM-Colorado, IBCLC
Jana Studelska
Adjunct Faculty
BS (Bemidji State University) CPM, LM, CBE (Lamaze)
Jodie Palmer
Adjunct Faculty
MAE (George Wythe University)

 

Kristin Effland
Core Faculty
MA (Bastyr University), CPM, LM (Washington State)
Lynette Elizalde-Robinson
Clinical Faculty
BS, LM, CPM, CCEd
Masha Mesyef
Adjunct Faculty
JD (Washington University of St. Louis School of Law), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Megan Koontz
Core Faculty
CPM, Master of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic Institute), Bachelor of Midwifery (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Information and Technology), BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University)
Dr. Nikia Grayson
Adjunct Faculty
DNP, CNM, Doctorate of Nurse Practice (University of Tennessee Health Science Center), Master of Science in Nursing (University of Tennessee Health Science Center), Post Masters Certificate in Midwifery (Frontier Nursing University), Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology (University of Memphis), Master of Public Health (Howard University), Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Howard University)
Ruth Ann Colby Martin
Core Faculty
BA (Hampshire College), CPM, LM, EMT
Sarah Butterfly
Adjunct Faculty
MSM Candidate (MCU), MPA (Arizona State University), BA: Women and Gender Studies (Arizona State University), BA: Sociocultural Anthropology (Arizona State University) CPM, MPA
Sharon De Joy
Adjunct Faculty
Credentials
Dr. Sonia Ochoa
Adjunct Faculty
Médico Cirujano y Partero (Physician, Surgeon and Obstetrician; Universidad de Guadalajara), Terapéutica Homeopática (Homeopatía de Guadalajara), BST. (C.E.C. y T. No. 25), A.A.S. (LDS Business College), CMA, Instructor Trainer, Instructor (American Red Cross)
Susi Delaney
Core Faculty
MA (University of Pennsylvania), CPM
Tanya Smith Johnson
Adjunct Faculty
M.S. Medical Science (Hampton University), BS Biology (Hampton University), CPM

Board of Directors

President

Jennifer Rabins
ASM (Midwives College of Utah) BS Psychology (University of Phoenix), MBA (University of Phoenix)

Members

Cassandra Aho

CPM, ASM (Midwives College of Utah) Victim Advocate and Intimate Partner Violence Consultant

Kristi Ridd-Young
BS Public Health Administration, DONA International Doula Trainer, CD(DONA)

 

Sierra Bizzell
PhD. Christian Leadership (School of the Great Commission), EdS. Curriculum and Instruction (Liberty University), M.A. Human Services (Liberty University), B.A. Psychology (North Carolina State University), CD(DONA), Certified Lactation Educator (Breastfeed LA)

Varden Hadfield
M.A. Philanthropic Studies, Certified Fund-Raising Executive

Valerie Hall
CPM, ASM (Midwives College of Utah) LM (Idaho, Wyoming), CCE (AAHCC)

 

Board Advisors

David E. Palmer Legal Advisor
BS (University of Utah), JD (S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah)

David H. Rubin, M.D.
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training, Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy

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