BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020-2022

Committed to the CCCN Mission, Vision and Values.

Dedicated to the birth and wellness professionals, and community of the Central Coast.

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Zabrina Cox

Hello, my name is Zabrina Cox, I am a Labor & Delivery RN, Certified Labor Doula, and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. I am currently working on my certification as a StillBirthday Doula for families experiencing loss. I have lived on the Central Coast for 17 years.  Since 2007, I have been serving in the birth community. I have had the honor to care for birthing families in both SLO County and Santa Maria. I truly LOVE what I do.

 

I am excited to bridge the gap between childbirth professionals and families on the Central Coast to grow a bigger and stronger birth community TOGETHER. In my free time, as often as we can, I love to have family days of our own with my husband and preschooler enjoying anything outdoors.

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Susannah Brown

Treasurer/CFO, Secretary

susannah@centralcoastcn.org

Susannah Brown is an experienced analytics and data science professional who found a passion for birth and wellness advocacy while researching maternal health and birth rates in California. She has a MS in Analytics, a BS in Business Administration and Human Resource Management and a certificate for Financial Success for Nonprofits. She has worked for large and small businesses, offering expertise in financial-based decision making, statistical analysis as well as the human element of customer and patient satisfaction.

 

Susannah was born and raised on the Central Coast and can often be found hiking, biking, gardening, and soaking up the beautiful weather with her two children. She is excited to support the mission of the CCCN and to collaborate on community interests.

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Cheryl Wakefield

Cheryl Wakefield is a heart-forward community builder, always looking to better the world around her. With two teenagers of her own, Cheryl focused her last 18 years on raising them singlehandedly while creating a hospitality career in San Luis Obispo. With a natural love for people-pleasing, creating and hosting events for the non-profits and corporations, large and small, came easily, yet she always felt it lacking. Getting a chance to reevaluate, Cheryl took to her true passion, opening Waking Fields – Spirit, Yoga and Wellness.

 

Cheryl dedicates herself to empowering others to find balance in their lives. She's focused on Gentle, Restorative, Prenatal and Baby & Me Yoga. In 2021, she will become a birthing Doula as well. Cheryl was lucky to have her own Doula for her second child 15 years ago. She made becoming a doula her next steps when realizing San Luis Obispo only has one hospital willing to support a women's choice in a VBAC birth. She wants to encourage the voice of the parent and find ways to support healthy birthing rights for all. Living by the motto, Service Above Self, Cheryl is inspired to find ways to better the community at large. She is a 7-year board member and future President of Rotary De Tolosa, a founding member of SLO U40, a non-profit political education group, and has sat on many chamber committees throughout the San Luis Obispo County.

 

Preparing for an upcoming board meeting, Cheryl expresses gratitude for the upcoming position, "I am proud and honored to serve on the Board of CCCN.

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Alexandra Klein

My name is Alexandra Klein, over the last 9 years my role in the Santa Maria Valley has evolved from CrossFit fitness coach to BIRTHFIT Coach, and now on my way to becoming a Doula. Over the last 5 years, I have become a mother to three delightful and spunky daughters. It was through becoming a mother that I decided I needed to be involved in other people’s journeys into parenthood too.

 

I want to provide the care, support, and understanding for others as they make decisions for themselves and their children. I want to help our SMV community grow so that more families are birthed through love.

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Natalia Mendez

My current role is Family Services Coordinator at Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County and Serving the Board as a Board of Director. My ultimate goal is to be in the service of others. My biggest achievement is to be the mother to my five biological and adoptive child.

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Ashley Daoust

Hi, I’m Ashley Daoust. I am a certified doula and babywearing educator and have been passionate about family planning, birth and postpartum for all of my life. Witnessing the birth of my brother, and having been drawn to caring for my mother when she was pregnant with him - at just five and a half years old - really laid the path for my desire to serve families later on. It has been an honor to walk that path off and on for 20 years; solidly serving the Central Coast as a doula and babywearing educator for the past 3 years. Now my path has shifted to serving the community in another way: as a surrogate for a local family, which happens to be a past doula family of mine. This family is expecting the arrival of their baby early October and I am honored to be the vessel that can complete their family. 

Additionally, I have been a mother for over 20 years and am Noni to my sweet grandbaby girl, and soon to be sweet grandbaby boy. I have been a PTA/PTO member for 16 years and have served on the executive board as secretary collectively for just under a decade for those organizations. I am excited to parallel that role with Central Coast Childbirth Network and work alongside amazing people who share the same passion and vision in serving families in our area and beyond.

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Cynthia MacDuff

Cynthia MacDuff brings with her extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector. Over the past 14 years Cynthia has worked at several nonprofits in both direct client work and administrative positions and currently works at Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County as a Grants Senior Manager. Her nonprofit experience includes grant writing, implementation, and management; budget development and monitoring; program evaluation; staff supervision; and family advocacy. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters of Public Administration and is bilingual in English and Spanish. In addition to her work at FSA, Cynthia works as a birth doula with the firm belief that all people deserve an empowered, supported birth where they feel they are their strongest selves. CCCN’s mission is the perfect blend of Cynthia’s passions and she is looking forward to using her skills to further the missions for families preconception through the first year.   

 

Cynthia was born and raised on the central coast, and after spending 10 years in Wyoming, returned to the central coast to raise her family. When not working in the nonprofit sector or as a doula, Cynthia enjoys reading, knitting, running, and spending time with her family. 

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