Senior Leadership

Meet Staff and Faculty at MCU

President
Kristi Ridd-Young
Email:  president@midwifery.edu
BS Public Health Administration, DONA International Doula Trainer, CD (DONA) Doula
Dean
Megan Koontz
Email: academicdean@midwifery.edu
Master of Midwifery, Bachelor of Midwifery, BA Psychology and Education, Postgraduate Certificate Instructional Design, CPM
Director of Compliance & Financial Aid
Whitney Mesyef
Email: directorfinancialaid@midwifery.edu
JD, BA Anthropology
Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Opportunity
Dr. Jermain Cooper
Email: JEDO@midwifery.edu
Ed.D in Leadership, MS Human Behovior, BA Sociology, BA Criminology

Admissions

Director of Admissions
Jasmine Barnes
Email:  admissionsdirector@midwifery.edu
BA Criminal Justice, Certified Birth and Postpartum doula
Admissions Counselors
Nicole Croft
Email:  admissions@midwifery.edu
MA Community Leadership, BA Social Science

Clinical Department

Clinical Department Chair
Kaylee Ridd
Email: clinicaldepartmentchair@midwifery.edu BS Sociology
Assessment Specialist
Sarah Carter 
Email: assessment@midwifery.edu
AS Midwifery, BA English, CPM
Preceptor Liaison
Jenny Schultz
Email: preceptors@midwifery.edu
MPA, BA History, AS Midwifery, CPM, LM (Arizona)

Financial Aid

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

Student Services

Director of Student Services
Marijke van Roojen
Email: studentservices@midwifery.edu
MPH Maternal Child Health, CPM, LM
Director of Equity, Access & Student Life
Tamara Taitt
Email: studentlife@midwifery.edu
MS Master of Science, Marriage & Family Therapy, AS Midwifery, BA Psychology, LMFT (FL)
House Mentors
Celeste Pegues
email: celeste.pegues@midwifery.edu
BA Wellness Studies for Marginalized Communities

Demetra A. Seriki
email: demetra.seriki@midwifery.edu
BS Midwifery, CPM, RM

Jodie Palmer
email: jodie.palmer@midwifery.edu
MA Education

Sandra Blankenship
email: sandra.blankenship@midwifery.edu
BA Business, RM, CPM

Sarah Butterfly
email: sarah.butterfly@midwifery.edu
MS Midwifery, MPA, BA Women and Gender Studies, BA Sociocultural Anthropology, CPM, MPA

Administrative Staff

Accounts Payable
Rachel Ertel
Email: rachel.ertel@midwifery.edu
Administrative Assistant
Cassie Williams
Email: administrativeassisstant@midwifery.edu
BS Public Health
Director of Marketing, Events & Fundraising
Masha Mesyef
Email:  marketing@midwifery.edu
JD, BA Psychology and Political Science
Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator
Masha Mesyef
email: humanresources@midwifery.edu
JD, BA Psychology and Political Science
Ethical Review Board Chair
Dr. Sharon DeJoy MPH, PhD, CPH, CPM
Email: erb@midwifery.edu
Financial Advisor
Julie DeLong
BA Economics
Librarian
Kaylee Ridd
Email: librarian@midwifery.edu
BS Sociology
Receptionist
Marivette Torres
Email: office@midwifery.edu
AS Midwifery, LM, CPM
Registrar
Laura Park
Email: registrar@midwifery.edu
Research Assistance Coordinator
Emily Rainey
email: researchassistance@midwifery.edu
MSPH, BS Anthropology
Student Finances
Darliegh Webb
Email:  studentfincances@midwifery.edu
AA
Technical Support
Megan Koontz
email: academicdean@midwifery.edu
Master of Midwifery, Bachelor of Midwifery, BA Psychology and Education, Postgraduate Certificate Instructional Design, CPM
Writing Lab
Jana Studelska
email:  writinglab@midwifery.edu
BS, CPM, LM, CBE (Lamaze)

MCU Faculty

Aisha Al Hajjar
Adjunct Faculty
BS Midwifery, CPM
Arden Kindred
Adjunct Faculty
AS Midwifery, CPM, LM, Certified Herbalist
Aubrey Ridd
Adjunct Faculty
BA Journalism, BSN/RN, CLE
Audra Post
Adjunct Faculty
BS Midwifery, CPM
Carmen Mojica
Adjunct Faculty
BA Black Studies/Television and Radio Productions, Birth Doula (DONA), CPM, LM
Cheryl Furer
Adjunct Faculty
CHom (Homeopathy School International), BS Midwifery, CPM
Delphine Silvermoon
Core Faculty
MS Nursing, DEM
Demetra Seriki
Adjunct Faculty
BS Midwifery, CPM, RM
Erin Kaspar Frett
Core Faculty
MS Midwifery, CPM
Gina Gerboth
Core Faculty
MPH/Maternal and Child Health Concentration, BS, CPM, RM-Colorado, IBCLC
Gretchen Davison
Adjunct Faculty
LICSW, MSW Smith College
Jana Studelska
Adjunct Faculty
BS, CPM, LM, CBE (Lamaze)
Jodie Palmer
Adjunct Faculty
MA Education
Lynette Elizalde-Robinson
Clinical Faculty
BS, LM, CPM, CCEd
Masha Mesyef
Adjunct Faculty
JD, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science
Maureen Farrell

Teaching Assistant
CLC Certified Family Herbalist

Megan Koontz
Core Faculty
Master of Midwifery, Bachelor of Midwifery, BA Psychology and Education, Postgraduate Certificate Instructional Design, CPM
Dr. Nikia Grayson
Adjunct Faculty
DNP, CNM, Doctorate of Nurse Practice, MS Nursing, Post Masters Certificate in Midwifery, MA Medical Anthropology, MPH, BA Communications
Robin Illian
Adjunct Faculty
BA, CPM, LM
Ruth Ann Colby Martin
Core Faculty
BA, CPM, LM, EMT
Sandra Blankenship

BA Business, RM, CPM

Sara Edwards

Teaching Assistant
BSM, CPM

Sarah Butterfly
Adjunct Faculty
MS Midwifery, MPA, BA Women and Gender Studies, BA Sociocultural Anthropology, CPM, MPA
Dr. Sharon DeJoy
Adjunct Faculty
MPH, PhD, CPH, CPM
Dr. Stefanie Podlog
Adjunct Faculty
PhD, MSc
Dr. Sonia Ochoa
Adjunct Faculty
Médico Cirujano y Partero, Terapéutica Homeopática, BST., A.A.S., CMA, Instructor Trainer, Instructor (American Red Cross)
Susi Delaney
Core Faculty
MA, CPM
Tamara Taitt
Adjunct Faculty
MS Master of Science, Marriage & Family, AS Midwifery, BA Psychology, LMFT (FL)

Board of Directors

President

Jennifer Rabins
MBA, AS Midwifery, CPM

Members

Cassandra Aho
AS Midwifery, Victim Advocate and Intimate Partner Violence Consultant, CPM

Varden Hadfield
MA Philanthropic Studies, Certified Fund-Raising Executive

Valerie Hall
AS Midwifery, CPM, LM (Idaho, Wyoming), CCE (AAHCC)

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

Board Advisors

David E. Palmer Legal Advisor
BS, JD

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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