Board of Directors

Babywearing International is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors.  Board members are elected by Chapter Volunteers during the BWI Annual Meeting in November and serve overlapping two-year terms.  The Board of Directors is responsible for strategic planning, policy, budgeting, organizational administration, and provides oversight for contractors and committees.

Kat Chaffin

President, Non-Fiscal Compliance Coordinator

Kat Chaffin : President, Non-Fiscal Compliance Coordinator
Kat.Chaffin@BabywearingInternational.org

Kat Chaffin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communications, and greatly enjoys her part-time work doing graphic design, prepress and production art in the printing industry. Kat lives with her husband and two children in the Los Angeles suburb of Valencia, CA, where she started the Los Angeles County chapter of Babywearing International.

Kat discovered babywearing in early 2012, with her 2nd child. She quickly became obsessed with woven wraps and wrapping, and soaked up all the knowledge she could. She is passionate about spreading her love of babywearing, and will happily talk for hours about it with anyone who’s interested. Kat is pleased and honored to be able to use her skills to benefit Babywearing International by serving on the Board of Directors, as she believes greatly in its organizational mission.

When she’s not doing her job as a mom, reading a book, or on her computer talking wraps and designing things, you can often find Kat at her piano. Whether classical or jazz, there’s never enough music time for her.


Catherine Dean

Vice President of Programs and Development

Catherine Dean : Vice President of Programs and Development
Catherine.Dean@BabywearingInternational.org

A former Museum curator and third-generation educator, Cathy has been babywearing since the birth of her daughter in 2011. She quickly became active in her local BWI chapter and sought accreditation as a VBE in 2013. Cathy now serves as Treasurer and Librarian for BWI of Central Virginia and finds the most joy in helping find and train leaders for the group.

Cathy currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and daughter. She has a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Grinnell College. She is a proponent of “anthropological parenting” and is thrilled to see a resurgence of this traditional practice in contemporary society. Cathy is a historic costume enthusiast and history buff and when not babywearing you can find her cooking allergy-friendly foods, sewing, or enjoying contemporary and historical social dance. She is self employed and owns Historically Inspired Designs. She has more than a decade of hands-on non-profit experience both as a staff member and volunteer and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Traditional American Dance and Music Society and the Costume Society of America, Southeastern Region.


Kayo Higashimura

Treasurer

Kayo Higashimura : Treasurer
Kayo.Higashimura@babywearinginternational.org

Kayo Higashimura graduated from Cornell University and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a mobile small animal veterinarian and a consultant in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Kayo began babywearing in 2014 when she had her daughter. She is a mom to her daughter, a puppy and 2 cats. She is the Treasurer and CSV of the BWI South Jersey Chapter

Having had a few small businesses, Kayo is happy to become a new board member to help many aspects to support BWI's mission. While juggling many things in her life, Kayo enjoys traveling with her family and loves to go to DisneyWorld every year!


Meredith Sinclair

CSC Committee Chair, Director

Meredith Sinclair : CSC Committee Chair, Director
Meredith.Sinclair@BabywearingInternational.org

Meredith Sinclair is mama to Callum (Dec. 2008), Eleanor (April 2011), and Declan (June 2014) – all worn since birth. She became involved with her local babywearing group in early 2009 and led its transition to a BWI group in 2011. After serving BWI of the Triangle as a VBE and co-leader for two years, she relocated to New Haven, CT. Meredith is now an MBE and co-founder of BWI New Haven.

In her non-babywearing hours, Meredith is an assistant professor of Secondary English Education at Southern Connecticut State University and active in issues of literacy, teacher education, and education reform. She is also involved in breastfeeding advocacy and education as a peer counselor for Breastfeeding USA’s Connecticut Chapter, runs a natural parenting blog, and travels as much as possible.


Kat Sniffen

Director, Secretary

Kat Sniffen : Director, Secretary
Kat.Sniffen@BabywearingInternational.org

Katherine (Kat) Sniffen grew up in Colorado, but left the mountains for the ocean and the promise of spacefaring robots.  She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology in 2005.  She worked for several years as a mechanical engineer, designing systems to protect computers from sand, heat, shock and other disasters.

After the birth of her daughter in 2010, she took a hiatus from engineering to focus on nurturing adaptive neural networks (i.e. raising small children), and found that baby wearing was an essential part of her parenting toolkit.  With the birth of her second child, she discovered that it is also a force multiplier, and is now on a mission to bring this amazing superpower to every parent.

She started volunteering with Boston Babywearers in 2011 and serves on the Board of Directors for BWI of Greater Boston. She is thrilled to spread the baby wearing love beyond Boston as a member of the Board of Directors.


Kathy Low

Social Media, Education Committee Liaison

Kathy Low : Social Media, Education Committee Liaison
Kathy.Low@BabywearingInternational.org

Kathy Low graduated from Western Michigan University in 2005 with a BS in Elementary Education. She has three young children which makes babywearing essential to her parenting experience. Kathy has also been involved in the Real Estate Industry, sales, and marketing communities while working from home for the last 6 years. Kathy found babywearing prior to the birth of her first child in 2010 and fell quickly in love. She loves all types of carriers but can most often be found wearing a woven wrap.

Kathy is a co-founder of Babywearing International of Grand Rapids, MI and is currently the Director of Education and a Master Babywearing Educator for the group. Kathy teaches Babywearing 101 classes and works with the new educators of her local group. She loves working with caregivers and sharing the babywearing spirit with everyone. Kathy is thrilled to work with BWI to further foster their goals.


Beth Rosa

Technology Committee Chair

Beth Rosa : Technology Committee Chair
Beth.Rosa@BabywearingInternational.org

Beth Rosa graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Computer Data Processing, and worked for several years in IT Project Management. After the birth of her son in 2011, Beth gave up her office job and focused on a small artisan sewing business she had created the year before. Today, Beth lives in the greater Boston area running her growing sewing business, doing some IT Consultant work, and coaching youth volleyball. Beth has been babywearing since her son was approximately 6 weeks old, originally with the assistance of Boston Babywearers. Within a few months, she was helping the group plan for International Babywearing Week, and soon after, she became a leader, teaching others at meetings. In 2012, Boston Babywearers became Babywearing International of Greater Boston. During her tenure there, Beth has been the Secretary and Librarian, and is currently an ABE and President. She is thrilled to work with babywearers both local and across the country through her local chapter and the Board of Directors.


Vilija Simaitis

International Babywearing Week Chair

Vilija Simaitis : International Babywearing Week Chair

Kassondra Coxson

Director

Kassondra Coxson : Director
Kassondra.Coxson@babywearinginternational.org

Kassondra Coxson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior at Rollins College after a ten-year hiatus from college during which she worked as a retail Operations Manager, an international Tour Manager for a ska band, and a website developer at an advertising agency serving several Fortune 500 companies. She lives with her husband and two children in Mount Dora, Florida. A work-at-home-mom, Kassondra loves all things geeky and is the co-owner of Designed by Geeks where she creates and sells geeky patterns for use with appliqué and embroidery machines, electronic cutters, and standard computer printers, as well as geeky fabric, tee-shirts, posters, and cell phone cases. In her spare time, Kassondra blogs about parenting and serves on the Executive Committee of Central Florida Mensa.

Kassondra was introduced to the art of babywearing in the summer of 2013 when her first child was three months old. Babywearing has been a passion of hers ever since. She is especially interested in increasing awareness of babywearing accessibility and helping all interested parents and caregivers find options that work for them.


Erin Curtiss

Director

Erin Curtiss : Director
Erin.Curtiss@babywearinginternational.org

Erin Curtiss holds a J.D./LLM in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Gettysburg College. Erin works in the capital markets group of an in-house legal group of an investment bank in New York City. She lives with her husband and two little boys and one beagle in Hoboken New Jersey. Erin enjoys traveling, photography and adventures with her family.

She is a member of BWI of NYC and is a trained babywearing consultant through the Center for Babywearing Studies. She is also a Certified Lactation Consultant. Erin has enjoyed wearing both of her boys from birth and loves teaching other caregivers about safe babywearing.


Jacquelyn Jennings

Board of Directors

Jacquelyn Jennings : Board of Directors
Jacquelyn.Jennings@BabywearingInternational.org

Jacquelyn Jennings graduated from University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She worked with children of all ages in various non-profit and social work settings, and she also worked for a time as a medical document editor. She currently stays home full time with her two children. She strives to make time for knitting, photography, and a cup of coffee at the perfect temperature.

Jacquelyn began her babywearing journey when her oldest child was born. She is now an ABE and Treasurer of BWI of North Central Illinois. She also serves on the board of directors for 3.21 Carry, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing baby carriers to the families of children with special needs.

She is eager to serve on the Board while helping the booming number of BWI chapters maintain Babywearing International’s standard of excellence.