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Speakers and Contributors
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Since surviving Postpartum Anxiety/OCD after the birth of her triplets in 1998 and the birth of her fourth child in 2000, Lisa has become a tireless advocate for PPD, using her voice to decrease the stigma surrounding Postpartum Depression/Anxiety . She is committed to helping ensure pregnant and new moms have reliable, effective and evidence based treatment so they know recovery is possible, that there is hope and that you will get better.
New Jersey Family Health Consortium PPD conference – “Benefits of Peer Support Groups” 2015
Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference – “Support Groups – how to start, maintain and grow a support group” 2016
Keynote Speaker – The National Perinatal Association – selected as “Innovative Model of Care” from entries within the USA. Presented how to start a PMAD Program. 2017
Lobbyist (2016, 2017) for HR3235 – “Bring Postpartum out of the Darkness” brought to the Hill by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Ma). Bill has passed – and awaiting appropriations.
Honorable Mention in Poster Presentations for the Health Quality Forum of Barnabas Health on “ New Business Development” 2016
Honorable Mention Nurse of the Year – 201
Articles and Interviews:
Fit Pregnancy -2017
Huffington Post Canada – 2017
Monmouth Life – 2017
PregnantPauseRadio – expert in PPD/A broadcast
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Sam, is the mom of three kids, Cameron, Cooper, and Reese. After the birth of her fist son and again during the pregnancy with her second, she was riddled with anxiety, fear, obsessive and intrusive thoughts. Samantha came to be a facilitator after being a group member and wanting to help moms and families in the PMAD world. She is passionate about helping others not feel alone in navigating this journey and providing the best resources possible.
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As a survivor of battles with postpartum depression and anxiety following the births of her two daughters, Lesley now works to bring awareness to, and reduce the shame and stigma associated with, maternal mental health complications. As a peer advocate for suffering new mothers, she has created peer support groups, lobbied senators and congresspeople in Washington DC with the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, led annual community-based fundraisers and written / spoken about her struggles in front of countless audiences.
Lesley previously served as the Public Relations Chair on the Board of Directors, and Northern NJ Warrior Mom Ambassador, for Postpartum Progress Inc., was a speaker at the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s “Contemporary Discussions in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders” Conference, and has completed multiple professional trainings including Mental Health First Aid, the Seleni Institute PMAD Screening & Referral Training and Postpartum Support International’s Social Support Webinar.
Professionally, Lesley worked at a NYC-based public relations firm for more than 12 years conducting local, national and global media and grassroots PR campaigns. She is also an accomplished freelance writer, with her work being published in various outlets including Yahoo! Parenting, WhatToExpect.com, and the websites of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”551″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][vc_column_text 0=””]
Shannon grew up in the developing world with a deep understanding of the real work required to make change. She spent the last 15 years creating successful communications programs for small and medium sized businesses before bringing non-traditional thinking to social impact organizations.
As a Social Media Marketing Strategist, Shannon has helped a number of organizations reframe their approaches to strategic decision-making and communications, including the Federation of International Lacrosse Olympic Vision Committee and Bloom Foundation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row 0=””][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row]