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


Susan Vierczhalek MD

Vice Chairperson

Karen Hylton-McGuire RN, MSN, IBCLC

Corresponding Secretary

Stephanie Sosnowski, IBCLC

Recording Secretary

Ann Marie Paraszczuk, Ed.D., RNC, IBCLC


Lorelei Michels, DO, IBCLC

Public Policy Committee Chair

Theresa Landau

Other Board Members

Mary Applegate

Julia Block

Lorraine Boyd

Camille Clare

Mary K. Comtois

Barb Dennison

Christie Finch

Norma Garcia

Johanna Hagelthorn

Patty Lane

Melissa Lawlor

Rachel Murray

Brooke Pate

Jenny Staebell

Laura Staff

Ruth Lawrence

Sharon Marshall Taylor

Roseanne Motti

C. Melissa Morelli-Walsh

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

Contact Us

NYS Breastfeeding Coalition

PO Box 61

Delmar, NY 12054

Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com


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© NYS Breastfeeding Coalition, 2018 Update by Courtney Durfee