The current board of directors for the AME is:
Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, Chair
Justine is a Florida homebirth Licensed Midwife, Mental Health Counselor, and Certified Lactation Counselor with 35 years experience in maternal-child health and education. Currently AME Board president, and Academic Director for Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, Justine started the Midwifery degree program at Miami Dade Community College, served as Midwifery Chair and Professor 1993-2008, and received an Endowed Chair in 2003. She was Council of Licensed Midwifery Chair, Florida midwifery regulatory agency, 1993-2001, Chair of Miami’ s Fetal and Infant Mortality Review team, 2004-2008, former Board member of MEAC and NACPM, and helped create NARM’ s certification program.
Breyette Lorntz, PhD, Vice Chair
Breyette Lorntz’ areas of expertise include education, women’ s health, global health and multidisciplinary research methods. She holds advanced degrees in mathematics and education and has lived and worked in ten countries. After six years working in the UVa School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, she is transitioning to becoming a midwife.
April Kline, MSM, CPM, CST, Secretary
April Kline is a Certified Massage Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist, a Certified Professional Midwife, and an instructor at the Midwives College of Utah. She holds her MSM from the Midwives College of Utah and her BS in English and Psychology from Oberlin College. She is also a Founder of Dar a Luz Network, Inc. April is currently loving life in Dayton, Ohio with her husband, two young daughters, three cats, a dog, and a goldfish.
Mary Yglesia, Treasurer
Mary Yglesia is a graduate of the Seattle Midwifery School, practiced midwifery briefly in Eastern Washington before returning to the school to serve as a school administrator. She was a past Executive Director of SMS and is now the Preceptor Coordinator and Program Supervisor of Bastyr University's Department of Midwifery. She is on the board of directors of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and the Seattle Girls' Choir. She is the proud mother of three incredible young women who were all born at home into the hands of a midwife.
Sharon DeJoy, MPH, PhD, CPH, CPM, LM
Sharon DeJoy is a Certified Professional Midwife who retains midwifery licensure in Florida despite being happily exiled to the Northeast for several years now. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she also directs the undergraduate program in public health-health promotion. She has three teenage children, two of whom were born into the hands of midwives.
Wendy Gordon, CPM, LDM, LM
Wendy is a Certified Professional Midwife and is licensed in Oregon & Washington, with a busy group practice serving women in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. She served as a Board member of Seattle Midwifery School prior to its merger with Bastyr University, where she is currently an adjunct faculty member and preceptor for midwifery students. Wendy also serves on the Coordinating Council for the Midwives Alliance Division of Research.
Stephanie Salfholm, M.Ed.
Stephanie Safholm is the Admissions Advisor for the midwifery program at Bastyr University as well as a practicing doula and childbirth educator. She was also a faculty and staff member for the former Seattle Midwifery School before the merger with Bastyr. She brings her background in education and passion for helping to educate midwives to AME. Stephanie is a midwifery consumer and lives in Seattle with her husband and son.
Susi Delaney, MA, CPM, Administrative Director
Susi is a Certified Professional Midwife practicing in southern Maine. She is a member of the faculty at Birthwise Midwifery School, served as the Clinical Director at Birthwise 2008-2012, served as Treasurer of AME 2009-2012, and regularly serves as a preceptor to midwifery students. Susi homeschools and strives to live sustainably in rural Maine with her husband, two children, and a variety of critters.
The strength of this organization depends on diversity of opinion and expertise and broad regional representation. We are currently recruiting additional members to join this dedicated group of leaders. There is so much good work to be done and you may be a great fit for the AME board of directors.