Kara Kaikiini


 Kara has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2009. She has worked as a home visitor, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, Childbirth Education and Lactation Services Program Manager, and Breastfeeding Specialist for Maine CDC's 6 for ME initiative. She currently teaches prenatal classes and facilitates the weekly breastfeeding group for Maine Medical Center and is the Lactation Specialist for Maine CDC's Maternal Child Health Program/Perinatal Health grant. Kara also sits on the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of Maine (PQC4ME) Steering Committee. She is passionate about providing education, support, and advocacy for women and new families, and greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with the amazing MSBC leadership team! Kara lives in Freeport with her husband and two young boys. 


Hannah James

Vice President

Hannah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education and is a former International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has been the Breastfeeding and Outreach Coordinator for the Maine CDC Women, Infants and Children program since 2007 where she serves as a resource to other Maine CDC maternal and child health programs and is active on several boards and work groups. Hannah and her family love their new home in Mount Vernon where they are enjoying the outdoors; hiking, gardening and camp fires with s’mores!

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Sarah Gabrielson


Sarah is a Registered Nurse and a public health professional whose current interests include: maternal/child health, environmental health, home healthcare, quality improvement, and program evaluation.  She has worked as a postpartum nurse in the hospital setting and as a pediatric and maternal/child home health nurse.  Sarah currently works as a substitute school nurse and graduate research assistant while pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.  Sarah is most proud of raising two beautiful boys and enjoys outdoor activities during all seasons including hiking, kayaking, gardening and cross-country skiing.

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Karen Bergeron


Karen Bergeron has been working with and supporting young children and families for over 25 years. Living in California, Massachusetts and Maine, she has worked in child care, early intervention and the most recently, as a Family Visitor for the Maine Families Program.  Supporting families who choose to breastfeed or give human milk is one of the highlights of her career and having the opportunity to support these choices in the larger community through MSBC is exciting.  Karen has a bachelor degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Child Development, is a Certified Lactation Counselor, and has a conditional Social Work License. Karen lives with the husband, their two teenage children and a 5 year old dog

Donna Ellis

At-Large Director

Donna began her nursing career as an Army Nurse Corps lieutenant. She has served US military families in Germany for the past 30 years as a Department of Defense civilian registered nurse, primarily working in Public Health, focused on maternal child health and family health education. Donna developed and implemented a lactation program for the Heidelberg Army Hospital and coordinated the facility’s successful journey to Baby-Friendly designation. When Heidelberg closed its inpatient obstetrical services, Donna was hired by Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where she expanded lactation support to the NICU and out into the community. She enjoys travel, gardening, home improvement and knitting. Donna lives in Maine with her husband of 39 years, a Department of Defense Middle School teacher.

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Kelley Bowden

At-Large Director

Kelley currently works as the Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator for the state of Maine. Kelley worked in the Maine Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 18 years, then left to become a chart abstractor for the Maine Birth Defects Program and assumed the outreach position in 2004.  Kelley completed her Master’s degree in nursing at USM in 2005.

In her current role, she serves as a resource and consultant for birthing hospitals, community based health care organizations, and health care providers on topics related to perinatal care.  Kelley presents locally and nationally and has publications in Pediatrics, Advances in Neonatal Nursing, and Work, as well as co-author of a chapter in Prenatal and Postpartum Care: a woman centered approach. 


Kim Beaulieu

At-Large Director

Kim earned her diploma from Mercy Hospital School of rursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine.  She has been a Maternal Child Health Nurse in Maine for 38 years.  She has an AWHONN certificate in Inpatient Obstetrics and is an active IBCLC.  “I love working with breastfeeding families.  Every mom is a hero to me!”  Kim thanks her husband Bert, 3 children and 2 grandchildren for their continued love and support..