About Us

World Breastfeeding Week.

The NYSBC is an organization made up of lactation consultants, health care providers, regional breastfeeding coaltions and the major statewide maternal and child health organizations.


Mission Statement

The mission of the NYSBC is to improve the health of New Yorkers by working collaboratively to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as the norm in New York State.


Vision Statement

In New York State, breastfeeding is supported in all environments to promote optimal health and development.


Board of Directors



Karen Hylton-McGuire PhD, RNC-NIC, IBCLC; Lactation Educator NYU Winthrop Hospital

Immediate Past-Chair

Susan Vierczhalek MD, FAAP, IBCLC; NYS American Academy of Pediatrics

Vice Chair

Barbara Dennison, MD; NYS Health Department

Corresponding Secretary

Stephanie Sosnowski, BS, ICCE, IBCLC; Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Lactation Consortium

Recording Secretary

Ann Marie Paraszczuk, Ed.D., RNC, IBCLC; Molloy College


Lorelei Michels, DO, FABM

Public Policy Committee Chair

Theresa Landau, MS, RDN, CDN; Chair, New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council

Other Board Members

Mary Applegate, MD, MPH; Clinical Professor, University of Albany School of Public Health

Julia Block, MD, FAAP

Lorraine Boyd, MD, MPH

Camille Clare, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOG; American College of Obstetricians and   


Mary K. Comtois, Director of Health Initiatives, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Christie Finch, Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network; South Central Breastfeeding Coalitions

Deborah Gregg, RD, CLC

      Johanna Hagelthorn, BS, RNC, IBCLC, CCE; Breastfeeding Initiative of Ulster County

Patty Lane, IBCLC; La Leche League

Melissa Lawlor, MSN, CNM, IBCLC; Dutchess County Breastfeeding Coalition

Ruth Lawrence, MD, FAAP, FAACT

Sharon Marshall Taylor

Roseanne Motti, BA, MFA, CLC; Director of Operations, New York Milk Bank

C. Melissa Morelli-Walsh, PhD(c), LM, RN, IBCLC; NYS Association of Licensed Midwives

Rachel Murray, NYC WIC

Brooke Pate, MSEd, CLC; Director of Maternal & Infant Heatlh, North Country

         Prenatal/Perinatal Council

Jenny Staebell, MSEd, BHSc, CCEd, CLC

Laura Staff, MD, NYS Academy of Family Physicians

Holly Widanko, MS, CLC; Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Coalition


Meet our Board Members

Left Photo- a few of the Board Members at our 2018 Conference: Seated, left to right: Dr. Julia Block, Stephanie Sosnowski, Melissa Lawlor, Mary K. Comtois. Standing, left to right: Norma Garcia, Ann Maria Paraszczuk, PhD, Theresa Landau, Trish MacEnroe, Hillary Anderson, Dr. Susan Vierzchalek, Dr. Lorelei Michels, Roseanne Motti.

Right Photos: Board members prior to and during the 2018 Conference

Our Team

Susan Vierczhalek MD


Stephanie Sosnowski IBCLC

Corresponding Secretary

Theresa Landau        MS

Public Policy Committee Chair

Camille Clare, MD

Board Member

Mary Applegate

Board Member

Norma Garcia, MPH

Board Member

Melissa Lawlor, CNM

Board Member

Mary K. Comtois

Board Member

Johanna Hagelthorn

Board Member

Jenny Staebell

Board Member

Brooke Pate

Board Member

Coming Soon

Contact Us

NYS Breastfeeding Coalition

PO Box 61

Delmar, NY 12054

Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com


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