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Executive Officers

Chair - Christine Roca, IBCLC, Keystone Lactation, La Leche League

It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the position of Chair of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition. Although I have experience as officer for other established organizations, it's most exciting to be involved in this formative stage of the LVBC. We are on the cusp of revolutionizing the breastfeeding culture of our region, and I look forward to collaborating with my fellow officers and coalition members to create this impact.

Christine has been an active La Leche League Leader since 2008, volunteering her time to provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, speak at area conferences, and train new LLL leaders. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and the co-owner of Keystone Lactation, a private practice lactation consultation company serving the Lehigh Valley. With a degree in biology from King's College, Christine is fascinated by the latest breastfeeding research and loves to correlate the science with the art of breastfeeding.

Vice Chair - 
Leila Nassar, IBCLC, MA, LVPG Pediatrics (formerly ABC Pediatrics)
My name is Leila Nassar and I am proud to say that I have been an Internationally Board Lactation
Consultant for about eight years and prior to this I was a lactation counselor for about 20 years. I was
also a proud breastfeeding mother of two beautiful children, both who support breastfeeding rights. I
work for LVPG pediatrics where I serve as a lactation consultant, a medical assistant, and a trained
Arabic medical interpreter. I have always had a passion for advocating for breastfeeding rights, I have
been a member of the coalition from the time it was founded and continue to play an active role. As a
first-generation American, I especially see the importance of promoting breastfeeding in the Lehigh
Valley which contains a wide diversity of cultures.

I believe that being the vice-chair will allow me to continue to foster my love for breastfeeding and
spread awareness and support throughout our community. I understand the roles of the Vice Chair and
with my credentials I feel that if I were to be elected I would be fit to perform all the duties that would
be bestowed upon me in the Chair’s absence.

Treasurer - Natasha Schock
I am a mother of four children that I exclusively breastfed for at least a year. I was fortunate that my youngest two actually breastfed longer then the first two because I was not a single mom anymore. I knew how beneficial breastfeeding was for my children and not to sound too cliché but the proof is in the pudding because my children are all very intelligent and none of them are overweight for their age plus so much more.

I am very passionate about the benefits to both mom and baby by breastfeeding. I learned more about this because of my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2007. While I was pregnant with my youngest daughter and breastfeeding her then becoming pregnant with my youngest son and breastfeeding him for 19 months I was completely in remission of my disease. This is why I truly enjoyed my last position of employment; because I enjoyed being able to help, so many women succeed in their breastfeeding goals and becoming an active member of the LVBC. Therefore, I am very happy to be a part of the LVBC board as well as getting the word out to so many more with the opportunities to promote something I truly believe in every chance I can.

Secretary - Alyssa Mierta, CLC, La Leche League
I was encouraged to begin attending LVBC meetings when my older son was barely a year old and I’m so glad I did. Through my involvement in the Coalition and La Leche League, and the medical complications of my second child, I realized the importance of having good support. I became passionate about helping others find the support they need to meet (or exceed) their breastfeeding goals. 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

As the elected Secretary and appointed Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator for this small, but growing group of thoughtful, committed citizens, I am excited to continue working with the Coalition to promote, protect, and expand support of breastfeeding and families in the Lehigh Valley.

Alyssa earned her degree in Engineering and multiple teacher certifications through several Lehigh Valley colleges, and was a teacher in Allentown School District. She has been involved locally with Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa, and other local organizations focused on women and children. She believes in empowerment through education and community support.

Steering Committee

Jacqueline Garnett-Hill, CLC, CHW

Jennifer Abdul-Rahman, RN, LVHN, La Leche League

Kim Stengele, CLC, Allentown Health Bureau

Sue Madeja, RN, MSN, CLC, Bethlehem Heatlh Bureau

Jillian Meyer, CLC, WIC, MFHS

Friends of the Coalition

Patty Gatter, 
The Breastfeeding Shop