Ever wonder what your breastfeeding professional's credentials mean? Find out with the United States Lactation Consultant Association's (USLCA) IBCLC’s Make the Difference Brochure or the Center for Breastfeeding’s What is a Certified Lactation Counselor Brochure?


Our Team

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Kathleen Moren, RN BSN IBCLC
Founder, President 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.

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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.
 

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Melanie Lombardi, RN IBCLC
Community Relations Manager

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.

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Beth Collins, RN IBCLC
Performance Improvement Manager

Beth Collins has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She has been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years and a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for almost 25 years. Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, having worked in labor and delivery at Women and Infants Hospital and as a lactation consultant at both Women and Infants and South County hospitals. She has a kind, caring nature which helps moms feel at ease, while her support, knowledge, and teaching helps to empower them. She has a personal approach with each mom and family and customizes her care to meet their goals and needs. Family time means the world to Beth, her husband and children. She also enjoys the beach, hiking and traveling.   

Shelley Renzi, Operations Manager

Shelley Renzi 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.

 

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Mimi Desjarlais, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Mimi Desjarlais delights in all things birth and babies.  A La League Leader, a childbirth teacher of The Bradley Method, and a birth doula for 10 years, her 4 wonderful kids and husband have learned more than they ever wanted to about babies!  She's a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) and the Chairman of the RI Breastfeeding Coalition.  As our Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, she is a Happy Mom to work somewhere that cares so deeply about families.and where she can provide great customer service with warmth and humor.  A Girl Scout leader for several years and active in her sons' Boy Scout troop, Mimi enjoys cooking over a fire, camping, and canoeing.  She volunteers at church, loves Nature, reads a lot, and sees the funny side of almost everything.

Carilyn Cannon, Vice President of Marketing

Carilyn graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College earning a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2007. After a few years in sports marketing, working for the New England Patriots, Carilyn transitioned into marketing and product development in the juvenile product industry. Although she worked on numerous product lines, her favorite was always infant feeding. She became extremely passionate about breastfeeding and helping moms feed their babies, a feeling that only intensified when she became a mom herself. Carilyn loves the saying “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” which is why she has happily been part of the Healthy Babies, Happy Moms team since 2012. Carilyn and her husband Seth now have 4 kids, including a set of twins. In addition to spending time with her family, Carilyn loves the beach, reading, and is known for taking 100s of photos everywhere she goes. 

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Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Finance Manager

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill holds an MBA from Tulane University with a concentration in Finance and Human Resources, and a BA from Colgate University with a concentration in Russian Studies and International Relations.  She moved to Rhode Island from New York in 2008 to raise her family. Prior to relocating to Rhode Island, she was a Vice President in Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs where she worked for nine years. Previous work experience includes Ford Motor Company, Downey Savings & Loan and StockCross.  Rebecca is also a registered Teaching Artist with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and sits on the Board of Directors for the Warwick Center for the Arts.