Board of Directors
The current board of directors for Babywearing International, Inc.
Susan Chanse, President
Susan earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies, along with a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Tampa. During graduate school at Arizona State University, she studied Sociology, Statistics, and Education before pursuing her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. After her first son was born, her family bought a business specializing in breastfeeding products and services, baby carriers, and other products related to natural family living. After closing her business, she continued to work in the baby retail industry, transferring her skills to a cloth diapering and natural parenting store which also sold baby carriers.
Steffany Kerr, Vice President of Administration
Steffany holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts, a Master of Elementary Education and Literacy Studies, Educational Specialist in Literacy and Language Studies, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Education with emphasis in community outreach and parenting education. She worked as a public school teacher and instructional coach for several years before having children, and then focused her career on the non profit sector after the birth of her first child. Steffany currently runs a homeschooling cooperative and enrichment education program, as well as homeschooling her own children.
Steffany began her babywearing journey in 2007 with the birth of her first child. She got a crash course in babywearing options while trying to tend to her special needs child, and expanded her babywearing passion and experience after adding subsequent children. In 2010 Steffany founded Kansas City Area Babywearers and in 2011 formed the Kansas City chapter of Babywearing International. After moving to Honolulu, HI in 2013, Steffany helped establish the chapter Babywearing International of Oahu. Steffany attended the Babywearing Institute in 2012 and earned both beginner and advanced certifications. She continues to serve as President of Babywearing International of Oahu and Master Babywearing Educator, with special interests in outreach endeavors in supporting urban and high risk populations and non profits.
Faith Rayland, Vice President of Education
Rayland graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science
in Economics, and is now a stay-at-home-mom to three sons. She has
enjoyed wearing her children from birth and while she loves all carrier
styles, she specializes in wraps and ring slings. Faith has a series of
instructional videos on YouTube under the username BabywearingFaith.
Heather Felker, Vice President of Outreach
Heather Felker earned her formal education in Human Services and Computer Information Systems, and holds a certificate in Advanced Family Studies. In 2009 she attended the Babywearing Institute to become a Certified Babywearing Educator. In 2010 she returned to the school and is now licensed to teach their curriculum.
She currently runs a small babywearing business, providing sales and personal consultations, and teaches classes to members of the medical and social services communities. She is also a La Leche League Leader and is studying to become a post partum doula. Also in 2009, she took over leadership of her local babywearing group from its founder, and in 2011 began the process of converting it to a chapter of BWI.
Heather is the mother of 8 children, spanning twenty five years from oldest to youngest. Each child was breastfed and parented in arms, cementing her passion for babywearing as an essential parenting tool. She and her husband live in Delaware, where they homeschool their children and are active in their local community.
Sarah Rockwell, Secretary
Sarah Rockwell has doctoral and masterï¿½s degrees in Special Education, and a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Sarah's doctoral research was focused on teaching academic skills to children with moderate to severe disabilities.
Sarah is also a wife, mother, and Trained Babywearing Educator. Sarah has been babywearing for 3 years, and led a babywearing group in Gainesville, FL for a year before moving to San Francisco where she is currently a MBE for BWI-BA. She received training through the US Babywearing Institute and is planning to offer individual consultations when she finishes her certification exams. Sarah is particularly interested in helping parents whose children have special needs enjoy the benefits of babywearing and would one day like to do research on the benefits of babywearing to children with special needs.
Kate Hulme, Treasurer
Kate Hulme graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Upon graduating, she immediately went to work in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. She later returned to her childhood home in Maryland, and currently works at a CPA firm.
She is a Volunteer Babywearing Educator and Treasurer for the Delmarva chapter of BWI.
Kate resides with her husband and daughter in Maryland.
Christie Chapman, Affiliation Liaison
Christie Everett Chapman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College, and a Master of Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of New York and works as a mental health counselor with young children. She specializes in family therapy,with an emphasis on maternal-infant attachment and its impact on the socioemotional wellbeing of infants and children.
As a full-time nursing, working mother, Christie has found babywearing to be an indispensable tool for the promotion of healthy attachment. She is passionate about helping other families feel confident babywearing so they too can utilize this invaluable tool.
Karen Hoppis, Chapter Liaison
Karen earned a B.A. in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Educational Technology, and was a classroom teacher for six years before having her first child in 2005. She created and ran Ventura Babywearers for a year before she resigned as a teacher and moved with her family out of state so she could stay at home full time.
Camille Organ, VBE Newsletter/Blogger
Camille lives in Arizona with her family and has degrees in accounting and psychology. She runs a contracting company in the Phoenix area that she created with her husband. Her professional experience includes creating and expanding small businesses and a non-profit. She has spent time volunteering for different non-profits including serving on the board for a local charity.
She enjoys working from home and being with her two young daughters, ages 3 and under, and blogs about gardening. She began her babywearing journey after the birth of her first daughter and the birth of her second led her to Babywearing International. She loves helping others understand how babywearing can benefit their families and enjoys participating in her local babywearing community. She looks forward to working with Babywearing International as a board of director.
Tabitha Goins, Education Coordinator
Tabitha Goins lives in Illinois and is a stay at home mom to her three children. She has years of supervisory skills, customer service and administrative assistant experiences with True Value Manufacturing and Medela. Tabitha began wearing her son in 2008. Her experiences ignited a strong passion for babywearing and she started teaching a year later.
Tabitha is a Master Babywearing Educator and President of BWI of North Central Illinois. As a MBE she has put in many hours evaluating VBEs, and helping Babywearing International through its rapid growth. She is now serving BWI as the Education Coordinator and hopes to help VBEs on their journey of obtaining higher credentials within the organization.
Tabitha shares her love of babywearing and it's benefits with an easy, approachable style. She continuously makes herself available to caregivers and educators alike. Tabitha feels that "there's nothing quite like helping a caregiver with a carrier and seeing them have that "ah-ha" moment." She says that "you can see the pure joy in their eyes when they realize how special babywearing can be for them and the child."
Heather Pencil graduated from Miami University with a Bachelorï¿½s degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. She was a veterinary technician for 5 years before giving birth to her son and is now a stay-at-home-mom to one child, a dog, cat, and chinchilla. She has enjoyed wearing her son from birth and while she loves all carrier styles, her favorites are wraps and pouches.
Heather is a Volunteer Babywearing Educator and Vice President of Outreach and Librarian for The Greater Austin Chapter of Babywearing International. She started out by attending meetings while she was still pregnant. Her appreciation for the group was so great that she felt the need to help others as well. In a little more than a year, she has helped enact changes in her local group that help accommodate for the inevitable growth of the chapter. She is happy to be a part of BWI's Board of Directors and is eager to see it grow and develop.