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.


Equity Statement

To view the NYSBC Equity Statement, click link.



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 Department of Health

Corresponding Secretary

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

Recording Secretary

Ann Marie Paraszczuk, EdD, 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

Adrian Allen, RDN, CLC; NYS Department of Health, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

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 J. Gregg, MPH, RDN, CDN, 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, CPH, CLC; Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone 

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

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

Perinatal Council

Laura Staff, MD; NYS Academy of Family Physicians

Holly Widanka, MS, CLC; Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Coalition

Brittany Wright, MPH, CHES, CLC; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


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

Immediate Past-Chairperson

Stephanie Sosnowski       BS, ICCE, IBCLC

Corresponding Secretary

Theresa Landau        MS

Public Policy Committee Chair

Camille Clare,    MD, MPH

Board Member

Mary Applegate, MD, MPH

Board Member

Lorelei Michels, DO, FABM


Debbie Gregg

Board Member

Melissa Lawlor, CNM

Board Member

Mary K. Comtois

Board Member

Johanna Hagelthorn

Board Member

Holly Widanka 

Board Member 

Patty Lane, IBCLC

Board Member

Brooke Pate

Board Member

Karen Hylton-McGuire, PhD, RNC-NIC, IBCLC


Ann Marie Paraszczuk

Recording Secretary

Brittany Wright, MPH,CHES, CLC

Board Member

Barbara Dennison, MD

Vice Chair

Camille Clare, MD, MPH, CPE, ACOG

Board Member

Adrian Allen, RDN, CLC

Board Member

Contact Us

NYS Breastfeeding Coalition

PO Box 61

Delmar, NY 12054

Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com


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