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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

OFFICE MANAGER AND ASSISTANT
Jennifer Bertagnole
Email:  officemanger@midwifery.edu
CPM, BS (Midwives College of Utah), MED (Strayer University)

ACADEMIC 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)

ASSISTANT TO ACADEMIC DEAN
Emily Rainey
Email: emily.rainey@midwifery.edu
MSPH (University of Utah), BS Anthropology

DIRECTOR of STUDENT LIFE, EQUITY & ACCESS
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)

DIRECTOR of STUDENT SERVICES
Cheryl Furer
CHom (Homeopathy School International), BSM (MCU), CPM, RM (Colorado)

CLINICAL ADMINISTRATOR
Kaylee Ridd
Email:  clinicaladministrator@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
Allyson Juneau-Butler
Email: admissions@midwifery.edu
M.Ed. Master of Higher Education Leadership (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), BA Elementary Education/ESOL (University of West Florida), ASM (National College of Midwifery), CPM, LM 

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)

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

FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATOR
Christina Hrenko
Email:  financialaid@midwifery.edu
BA Economics (Youngstown State University)

FINANCIAL AID OFFICER and MILITARY AID
Emily Rainey
Email: sapfinancialaid@midwifery.edu (Title IV Funding)
Email: va@midwifery.edu (Military Aid)
BS Anthropology, MSPH (University of Utah)

GRANT WRITER AND HUMAN RESOURCES
Kim Blue
Email:  grantwriter@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)

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

PRECEPTOR LIAISON
Jenny Schultz
Email: preceptors@midwifery.edu
CPM, LM State of Arizona, MPA (Arizona State University), BA History (Baker University)

RECEPTIONIST
Sonia Olmstead
Email:  office@midwifery.edu

REGISTRAR
Laura Park
Email: registrar@midwifery.edu

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Alan Bellows
A+, MCP Certification

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
Emily Rainey
Email: researchassistance@midwifery.edu
BS Anthropology, MSPH (University of Utah)

ERB CHAIR
Maria Cranford
Email:  erb@midwifery.edu
MSM (Midwives College of Utah), BS (Brigham Young University), CPM

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

House Mentors

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

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

Jodie Palmer
MAE (George Wythe University)

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

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), MSM (MCU), CPM (NARM)

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

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

Kristin Effland, Adjunct Faculty
MA (Bastyr University), CPM, LM (Washington State)

Lynette Elizalde-Robinson, Adjunct Faculty
BS, LM, CPM, CCEd

Dr. Courtney L. Everson, Graduate Advisor
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

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)

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

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

Crystal Ogle, 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)

Aubrey Ridd, Adjunct Faculty
BA (University of Utah), BSN/RN (Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions), CLE

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)

Board of Directors

President
Jennifer Rabins

MBA (University of Phoenix), BS Psychology (University of Phoenix)

Vice-President
Jodie Palmer
MAE (George Wythe University)

Board Members

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

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

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

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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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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