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Our Team

Kathleen Moren, RN BSN IBCLC, Founder, CEO and Administrator

Kathleen Moren is a graduate of Marquette University’s Nursing School and became an IBCLC in 1995. She has enjoyed a 30-year career that has included work in the Neonatal ICU, home healthcare, and the corporate setting.  She founded Healthy Babies, Happy Moms Inc. in 1999 to help mothers achieve success in their breastfeeding goals by providing them with the information and support they need to confidently breastfeed and care for their children.

Kathy is passionate about making sure access to breastfeeding support is available to all who need it. She has worked as a member of the Physicians Committee for Breastfeeding in Rhode Island (PCBRI) and the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) to help ensure that access for all mothers in Rhode Island.  She served a two year term as Chair of RIBC and continues to serve as the Workplace Initiative Leader. In this role she manages the distribution of the Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit in RI and the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Awards. She also was the RI coordinator for the project:  National Worksite Breastfeeding Support for Employers of Overtime Eligible Employees: Innovative Strategies for Success. (no link for this amazingly) Kathleen is a contributor to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Statement: Breastfeeding Support for Working Mothers, which was published in the ABM Journal 2013. She also published “State-Wide Support for Physician-Mothers Who Are Breastfeeding,” in the Journal of the Rhode Island Medical Society, which was a collaboration with some wonderfuls MDs from the group MomDocFamily.

Most importantly, Kathy has been happily married to Mike Moren for almost 30 years and is the mother of four terrific sons.  She enjoys the beach, running, reading and just hanging with her guys.

Doris Howie, RN, IBCLC

Doris Howie has worked as an Registered Nurse for almost 20 years, most of which has been in the mother/baby field.  She got her IBCLC lactation certification in 2008 and has been working with breastfeeding mothers both in inpatient and outpatient environments ever since.  She started working with us when she moved to Westerly, RI in 2014 has been a tremendous asset to our staff! We consider her our resident expert on lip and tongue ties. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandson, husband and four grown children. She also volunteers with Officer's Christian Fellowship at the Coast Guard Academy, dabbles in painting, stained glass, pottery and explores southern New England.
 

Jessica K. Adams, RN CLC, Director of Performance Improvement

Jessica K. Adams, RN CLC brings rich pediatric nursing experience to HBHM Inc., with skills acquired across a variety of clinical settings including the intensive environment of the academic medical center at Stanford Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to the private practice setting of the family pediatrician. As Director of Performance Improvement and staff nurse at HBHM Inc., she feels privleged to be a steward in assisting families to live well and seek healthy lives for their babies and children; as well as helping families navigate the inherently emotional experience of bringing new life into our world. 

Jessica was born, raised and educated in the Midwest; in all of her travels she is now delighted to call Rhode Island home. As a mother of twin girls, she takes great pride in approaching each family with the the empathy and understanding of a parent who loves kids and wants them to be healthy and thriving. In her free time, Jessica loves to explore the nooks and crannies of New England with her family, as well as support her husband in his work building a healthcare technology company in RI.

Carilyn Cannon, Marketing Director

Carilyn earned a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. She has spent the last 10+ years working in marketing and product development for leading companies in the juvenile product industry. Her focus has been on creating and promoting infant feeding products that help mothers enjoy feeding time and reach their breastfeeding goals. Carilyn enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, and just welcomed twin girls to her family this Spring. She spends as much time as she can at the beach and enjoys baking, reading, and photography.

Shelley Renzi

Shelley Renzi, the newest member of our team, graduated from Northeastern University (summa cum laude) in 2015. Prior to that she worked from home while raising her family, and was employed in a variety of capacities for Wear Me Out Jewelry, a vendor for QVC. Shelley is also a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and a Creative Writer who makes time to coach others in wellness. She is the mother of four intelligent and creative daughters who constantly introduce her to new ways of exploring life. Shelley has volunteered for the Girl Scouts of RI, Relay For Life, PTO, Religious Education, and the Family Supper Table in Charlestown, RI. She is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and currently resides in North Kingstown.

Melanie Lombardi, RN IBCLC

Melanie Lombardi, is a registered nurse and a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She was inspired to become a Lactation Consult after she experienced some of her own breastfeeding challenges. She has worked in the pediatric field for 15 years and is committed to helping parents achieve their personal feeding goals. She believes success looks different to every family and enjoys working with clients to help them develop an individual and realistic plan to feed (and enjoy) their babies. Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children an in her spare time she plays golf, works out and relaxes.