FOUNDING DIRECTOR AND CLINICAL ADVISER
WENDY N. DAVIS, PhD is a counselor and consultant in private practice and a national perinatal mood disorders trainer. She was the Founding Director of Baby Blues Connection and now serves as Clinical Advisor and a volunteer trainer. She lives in Portland with her husband Tad and their 12 and 15 year old children.
Wendy recovered from postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of their first child in 1994 and helped create BBC that same year. She is dedicated to Baby Blues Connection and its mission of providing informed and reliable support for pregnant and postpartum families and the professionals who serve them.
Being part of BBC and Postpartum Support International, supporting other families, and training new volunteers has given meaning to her postpartum experience. Now she finds herself grateful for that difficult postpartum time: for the depth, purpose, and community it brought to her life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
SUZANNE HANSEN, board president: is an RN and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Linfield College. She founded Ruby Sky Baby Sleep Coaching in 2007. She is a former Labor and Delivery Nurse and Childbirth Educator. She has also been a postpartum doula with ABC doula. She began her calling, of nurturing babies, over 30 years ago when she graduated from Northwest Nannies Institute. She later wrote a memoir sharing her unique experiences. Her volunteer service began as a teenager, she assisted in a prenatal clinic and was a care provider at a relief nursery. She has a passion for supporting young families and specifically new mothers adjusting to the role of motherhood. She is currently “adjusting” herself to being the mother of two teenagers.
SUZANNE ADLESICH, board secretary: is a RN and the Clinical Services Supervisor at Northwest Perinatal Center. She also founded Northwest Perinatal Center in 1992 with Dr. Peter Watson. Northwest Perinatal Center is a leader in the field of maternal-fetal medicine, also known as perinatology. In the pursuit of optimal health for mothers and newborns, sometimes there are complicating factors. Our team of maternal-fetal specialists, genetic counselors and sonographers specialize in complete medical services for the highest risk pregnancies.
KRISTI HACE, board treasurer:
REBECCA BINFORD, board member: Becca accessed services through Baby Blues connection in 2009 after the birth of her Son and attended group for five months. A year later, Becca joined Baby Blues as a direct support volunteer and has been with us ever since. She’s volunteered on phones, as a group facilitator and on outreach and education committee as well as donor relations and believes the direct support volunteers are our biggest asset. Becca brings with her more than 15 years in real estate and finance as well as sales, is a working mother and wife as well as a student working on her degree in business administration.
MARIKO CLARK, board member: worked in journalism and public relations until 2007 when she decided to make a life change and pursue a career in family therapy. In 2010 she completed her Masters of Counseling Psychology in Couples and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College. She currently supports families with the Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services, where she runs a support program for non-paid family caregivers.She has been a volunteer with Baby Blues Connection since 2010, and has served as group facilitator, Saturday phone support and community outreach. Mariko and her family live in SW Portland.
GRACE CANTOR, board member: is a mental health counselor with a private practice located in NE Portland. Grace started as a volunteer with Baby Blues connection in 2012, co-facilitating groups and later offering phone support. She lives with her partner and two small children in SE Portland. Grace is an advocate for women and families and believes strongly in the mission of Baby Blues Connection.
BREANNA KENNEDY, board member: works as a medical social worker at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for the Neonatal Care Center and for the Fetal Therapy Program. Through her work she’s had the opportunity to support many individuals and families in their transition to parenthood. BreAnna joined the BBC board in 2014, wanting to give back to an organization that has helped many of her patients. BreAnna is the proud mother of one young child.
BRANDON SCHWANZ, BS, CADC II, board member: is an Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist at Outside In providing individual counseling and AOD-specific group counseling to homeless youth experiencing co-occurring disorders. Brandon received his degree from Portland State University and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Brandon has ten years experience in the Homeless Youth Continuum (HYC), including work with Janus Youth, DePaul Treatment Centers, and working collaboratively with HYC agencies in his position as Recovery Coordinator with Project Metamorphosis. Brandon organizes and conducts trainings in Pharmacology, Adolescent Brain Development, Positive Youth Development, and Motivational Interviewing. Brandon also provides clinical supervision for individuals working toward their CADC certification and continues to develop connections in the recovery and mental health community.