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Meet Midwives College of Utah Staff and Faculty

MCU Banquet 48

President Kristi Ridd-Young

Administrative Staff

PRESIDENT
Kristi Ridd-Young
Email:  president@midwifery.edu
BS Public Health Administration (Madison University), DONA International Doula Trainer, CD(DONA) Doula

ACADEMIC DEAN
Tamara Taitt
Email: academicdean@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)

GRADUATE DEAN
Courtney Everson
Email:  graduatedean@midwifery.edu
Ph.D. (Oregon State University), MA (Oregon State University), BA (Western Washington University), AA (South Puget Sound Community College)

FACULTY DIRECTOR
Jana Studelska
Email:  facultydirector@midwifery.edu
BS (Bemidji State University) CPM, LM, CBE (Lamaze)

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Maria Cranford
Email:  clinicaldirector@midwifery.edu
CPM, MSM (Midwives College of Utah), BS (Brigham Young University)

CLINICAL DEAN ASSISTANT
Kaylee Ridd
Email:  assistantclinicaldean@midwifery.edu
BS Sociology (University of Utah)

ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST
Sarah Carter
Email:  well-midwife@midwifery.edu
CPM, ASM (Midwives College of Utah), BA English (Brigham Young University)

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
Mary Nattress
Email: hr@midwifery.edu
BS (Brigham Young University

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Sonia Olmstead
Email: office@midwifery.edu

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR
Melissa Smith-Tourville
Email: admissions@midwifery.edu
MSW Master of Social Work (University of Wisconsin-Madison), BA Sociology (Fort Hays State University), CPM, LM (WI)

CANADIAN COORDINATOR
Terri Demers
R.M. (Canada), BSM (MCU), Natural Health Consultant

CANVAS LIAISON
Megan Koontz
CPM, Master of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic Institute), Bachelor of Midwifery (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Information and Technology), BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University)

CONTINUING EDUCATION COORDINATOR & CONFERENCE EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Sarah Carter
Email:  well-midwife@midwifery.edu
CPM, ASM (Midwives College of Utah), BA English (Brigham Young University)

ETHICAL REVIEW BOARD
Co-Chair: Courtney Everson
Co-Chair: Nicole Croft
Email: erb@midwifery.edu

EVENT COORDINATOR
Masha Mesyef
Email:  conference@midwifery.edu
JD (Washington University School of Law), BA Psychology and Political Science (University of Illinois)

FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Julie DeLong
BA Economics (Brigham Young University)

FINANCIAL AID & COMPLIANCE
Whitney Mesyef
Email: financialaid@midwifery.edu
JD (Washington University Law School), BA Anthropology (Brown University)

FINANCIAL AID OFFICER
Christina Hrenko
BA Economics (Youngstown State University)

FINANCIAL AID OFFICER/MILITARY AID
Emily Rainey
Email: MCUResearchCoordinator@gmail.com
BS Anthropology, MSPH (University of Utah)

LIBRARIAN
Kaylee Ridd
BS Sociology (University of Utah)

MARKETING ASSISTANT
Masha Mesyef
Email:  marketing@midwifery.edu
JD (Washington University School of Law), BA Psychology and Political Science (University of Illinois)

MARKETING ASSISTANT
Jennifer Rabins
MBA (University of Phoenix)

RECEPTIONIST
Sonia Olmstead
Email:  office@midwifery.edu

REGISTRAR
Laura Park

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Alan Bellows
A+, MCP Certification

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
Emily Rainey
Email: MCUResearchCoordinator@gmail.com
BS Anthropology, MSPH (University of Utah)

STUDENT FINANCES
Kimberly Muller
Email:  studentfincances@midwifery.edu
BA (University of New Mexico)

House Mothers

Cheryl Furer
CHom (Homeopathy School International), BSM (MCU), CPM, RM (Colorado)

Crystal Ogle
ASM (MCU), BSM (MCU), LM (Washington), CPM

Heather Fangman
BA Psychology (Miami University), MS Ed. (Youngstown State University), LPCA (North Carolina)

Jodie Palmer
MAE (George Wythe University)

Lindsay Kinman
BSM (MCU) LDEM (Oregon)

Lynnette Chambers
RM (Colorado) LM (Wyoming) RN BSN

Megan Koontz
CPM, Master of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic Institute), Bachelor of Midwifery (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Information and Technology), BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University)

Sandra Blankenship
BA (Business Scranton College), RM, CPM (NARM)

Faculty

Sonia Suturing Teacher

Dr. Sonia Ochoa teaching a suturing class at MCU Student Conference.

Aisha Al Hajjar, Adjunct Faculty
BSM (MCU), CPM (NARM)

Dianne Bjarnson, Adjunct Faculty
B.S.Ed (University of Idaho), MSM (MCU), MH (SofNH), CPM (NARM), LDEM (Utah)

Ruth Ann Colby Martin, Adjunct Faculty
BA (Hampshire College), CPM, LM, EMT

Nicole Croft, Adjunct Faculty
MA Community Leadership (Westminster College), Community Midwife (Utah Association of Community Midwives)

Terri Demers, Adjunct Faculty
R.M. (Canada), BSM (MCU), Natural Health Consultant

 

 

David Goldman, Adjunct Faculty
MAEd (Antioch University Seattle), B.A. and B.S. (University of Washington), CD [DONA and PALS] (Simkin Center Seattle)

Susi Delaney, Core Faculty
MA (University of Pennsylvania), CPM

Courtney Everson, Core Faculty
Ph.D. (Oregon State University), MA (Oregon State University), BA (Western Washington University), AA (South Puget Sound Community College)

Cheryl Furer, Adjunct Faculty
CHom (Homeopathy School International), BSM (MCU), CPM

Gina Gerboth, Adjunct Faculty
MPH/Maternal and Child Health Concentration (Colorado School of Public Health), BS (University of Colorado), CPM, RM-Colorado, IBCLC

Kendra Ippel, Adjunct Faculty
MSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM

Erin Kaspar-Frett, Core Faculty
MSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM

Franny Kinslow, Adjunct Faculty
MAT (Charminade University)

April Kline, Adjunct Faculty
CPM, MSM (Midwives College of Utah), BS (Oberlin College), Licensed Massage Therapist, Founder Dar a Luz Network, Inc.

Katherine Kissler, Adjunct Faculty
RN, CNM, MS Nurse Midwifery (Columbia University)

Megan Koontz, CPM, Master of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic Institute), Bachelor of Midwifery (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Information and Technology), BA Psychology and Education (Auckland University)

Jes La Bleu, Adjunct Faculty
CPM, ASM, BA Education

Felicia Marki-Zay, Adjunct Faculty
BS (Midwives College of Utah), MSM (Midwives College of Utah, Midwife in Hungary

Kristy McFetridge, Adjunct Faculty
MA Counseling Psychology (Prescott College, AZ), BA Land Reclamation (Montana State University)

Crystal Oglee, Adjunct Faculty
ASM (Midwives College of Utah), BSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM, LM

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)

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MCU students perfecting  their suturing skills

Audra Post, Adjunct Faculty
BSM (Midwives College of Utah), CPM (NARM)

Delphine Silvermoon, Core Faculty
MSN (Frontier Nursing University), DEM

Melissa Smith-Tourville, Core Faculty
MSW Master of Social Work (University of Wisconsin-Madison), BA Sociology (Fort Hays State University), CPM, LM (WI)

Marijke van Roojen, Adjunct Faculty
LM (Wisconsin), CPM (NARM), MPH in Maternal Child Health (Univeristy of Minnesota)

Gayelynn Watson, Adjunct Faculty
BA in English (Brigham Young University)

Board of Directors

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

Vice-President
Jodie Palmer
MAE (George Wythe University)

Treasurer
Jennifer Rabins
MBA (University of Phoenix)

Financial Consultant
Joe Lowry
Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®)

Secretary
Rebecca Porter
CPM, ASM (Midwives College of Utah)

Members

Martina Craner
CPM, BS (Colorado State), ASM (Midwives College of Utah)

Terri Demers
R.M. (Canada), BS in Midwifery (Midwives College of Utah), Natural Health Consultant

Amy Jones
AB (UVU), CBE, doula, SHP (SimplyHealed Practitioner), Author (The Way of the Peaceful Birther & A World of Wisdom), Founder/Director Holistic Living Events

Melanie Lennon
CPM (NARM), LM (Wyoming), ASM (Midwives College of Utah, AAS Northwest College), CD(DONA)

Kristi Ridd-Young
BS Public Health Administration (Madison University)
president@midwifery.edu

Board Advisors

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

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