Our certified RETAIN Parental Leave coaches act at various times as executive coaches, consultants, therapists, lactation support, doulas, and more for expecting and new working parents (and their companies and managers).

Amy Beacom, EdD, Founder, Center for Parental Leave Leadership

RETAIN Parental Leave Certified Coaches

RETAIN Parental Leave Certified coaches use evidence-based methodologies and practical tools to help support working parents and managers to navigate the 3 phases of the parental leave transition smoothly and sustainably. Coaches can be hired directly by the new parent or their employer. The direct and personalized support that RETAIN Parental Leave Coaches offer has been shown to decrease stress at work and home, increase communication with key stakeholders, support more equitable divisions of labor, improve sleep strategies, increase uptake of existing workplace resources, increase employees sense of mattering, improve health and wellness (including perinatal mental health), and ultimately help create a better experience for all.

Kimberly Andre, LCSW, QSW, PMH-C, CLC, R-PLC

Kimberly Andre is a RETAIN Parental Leave trained, certified Coach. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Florida. She obtained her Master’s degree from Florida International University in 2013. She has over 10 years of clinical experience in the field empowering and uplifting clients from diverse backgrounds to be the best version of themselves with evidence-based care. Mrs. Andre is a certified perinatal mental health professional and a certified lactation consultant. She has over 7 years of experience working with mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Mrs. Andre provides virtual sessions only. Her work focuses on helping women to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing her patients with a neutral safe space, listening to their concerns, and customizing an individualized treatment plan or action steps plan based on client’s needs.

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Hillary Aponte-Chimelis, LPC, PMH-C, R-PLC

Hello, my name is Hillary Aponte-Chimelis and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and established a private practice, H. Aponte-Chimelis Counseling LLC, located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. I am trained in family and trauma informed therapy. I am also certified in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International (PSI). I developed a passion for the perinatal population due to my own experience with recurrent pregnancy loss and my transition to motherhood during the global crisis (COVID-19). I am devoted to creating awareness on the importance of perinatal mental health and the transitions to parenthood.

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Ayo Ayeni, R-PLC

Ayo is a business and family life strategist and consultant with a practice that supports women through by far, one of the biggest life transitions – Matrescence.

She does this through Haven Advocacy Company, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, that renders the much-needed multi-layered dynamic support across Perinatal Mental Health; Family Life; Child Protection; Parenting; and RETAIN Parental Leave Coaching

She seeks to build a Haven for women irrespective of their personal and career stages and choices. She brings the concept of Human-Centered Design to life in the polices and cultures in ways that serves both the organizations and the humans there-in.

Her work is based off of her over 13 years work experience cutting across the Medical, Public, Aviation and Media sectors as well as her deep knowledge and understanding of the holistic and dynamic nature of support that women need at home and at work.

She is Postpartum Support International and Center for Parental Leave Leadership trained.


Sonya Belletti, LCSW-QS, PMH-C, R-PLC

Sonya is a seasoned clinician and coach with over 20 years experience serving families from diverse background. Sonya received her BA in Psychology with a specialization in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University and her Master’s in Social Work from San Jose State University. Sonya is Gottman trained and a Bringing Baby Home Educator. Sonya prides herself is working collaboratively with clients to build healthy relationships that fully supports their personal goals where they can thrive.

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Mollie Busino, MSW LCSW, R-PLC

Mollie is the Founder/Director of a Private Psychotherapy Practice , Mindful Power LLC, for the past 13 years. She has extensive training in CBT, REBT, Perinatal Mental Health, and Fertility Counseling. During her work as a therapist working with new parents- she has witnessed the value in having adequate support during the transition to becoming a working parent. Mollie utilizes an empathetic, solution oriented, flexible, and realistic approach when working with her clients. She is grateful to be able to help her clients tap into their inner strengths and their organizational assets to create a smoother and successful transition!

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Richelle Clayton, R-PLC

In addition to being a RETAIN Parental Leave Coach, I am also a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Pediatric Sleep Consultant, and Childbirth and Breastfeeding Educator.

Over the years, my career has evolved from a collegiate athlete turned volleyball coach to a high-tech management consultant. I was on a leave of absence for graduate school when I found out I was pregnant with my firstborn.

As my first maternity leave came to an end, I made the decision to walk away from a very different career path to explore my newfound passion of supporting new families and a desire to build a modern-day parenting village. I made that decision in 2019 and haven’t looked back!

When I’m not supporting new families, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two kiddos around our home in the SF Bay Area and wine tasting at our favorite Sonoma wineries.

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Whitney Coble, LCMHC, PMH-C, R-PLC

Whitney specializes in helping everyday women who seek to improve their ability to cope with their daily challenges. As a woman herself, she understands society’s pressures on women as they attempt to navigate their careers, family dynamics, relationships, and everyday life.

In addition to helping women, Whitney is also certified in perinatal mental health serving women who are trying to conceive, have fertility issues, have experienced infant loss, transitioning into motherhood as well as postpartum depression. Black maternal health and reproductive education is a strong passion of hers. Whitney has a strong passion geared towards women have fair and equitable parental leaves and the ability to have a safe well planned parental leave.

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Jennifer Cunningham, R-PLC

Jennifer Cunningham has been a Human Capital Management professional for nearly 20 years. The last 10 years she has created programs in the workplace to support parents and caregivers. Her passion is coaching women and men on their transition out on parental leave and back to work. Jennifer’s goal is to guide her clients in attaining a successful and fulfilling professional and personal life. She has her Masters in Social Work, is a Certified Transitional and Leadership Coach and a RETAIN Parental Leave Coach.

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Jane Daly Danese, R-PLC

I know it’s possible for new parents to feel fulfilled and valued at home and at work, but that it requires careful planning and strategic support. My life’s work has combined corporate communications, workplace wellness and personal development, expertise I use to create career strategies that allow parents of young children to thrive.

Through ebb + flow co., I help people navigate the complex life transition of going from working individual to working parent. My purpose is to support parents in building work-life strategies that align with their unique goals.

After having my first child, I successfully strategized and persuaded my company to establish a parental leave policy for all employees. Then I transitioned away from my corporate career in public relations to focus on the important work of supporting new and expectant parents.

I also teach prenatal yoga (RPYT, RYT 500) with a focus on education and community so people can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood, and supported.

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Amanda Dishner, LMFT-S, R-PLC

I am passionate about working with people who are growing their families. I love supporting them through all stages of this incredible transition. As a licensed marriage & family therapist and a RETAIN Certified Parental Leave Coach, I can assist you in confidently stepping into your role as a working parent and having the fulfilling life of your dreams!

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Sarah Hess MAS-MFT, LMFT, PMH-C, CAGCS, R-PLC

Sarah Hess is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified perinatal mental health provider, certified advanced grief counselor, certified RETAIN parental leave coach, and Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator. She specializes in working with women’s issues, peri and post natal issues, anxiety and depression, grief, phase of life and adjustment issues, and family and couple issues.

Sarah speaks in a professional capacity and hosts psychoeducational opportunities. She is the owner and founder of Nurture Wellness, PLLC and can be found on social media as @insessionwithsarah. Sarah has recently authored emotional affirmation coloring pages.

She is a Clinical Fellow and a Professional Member with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (NCAMFT) Sarah has been featured in several publications, and has been the recipient of awards and scholarships on a local, state and national level.

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Claire Holmes, R-PLC

Claire is the Founder of Mama Collaborative and a Maternity Leave Coach who helps women embrace working motherhood with confidence, grace and a plan. Through one-on-one coaching programs, impactful workshops, comprehensive online courses, proprietary resources and a supportive online community, Claire shares the critical mindset shifts, strategies and encouragement working moms need to succeed – especially in the early days of motherhood.

A multi-passionate entrepreneur who likes helping others achieve their goals, Claire has worked in marketing, strategy consulting and creative roles across the financial, legal, retail, non-profit and consulting industries. Within her coaching practice, she finds that she is able to wear both her consulting and coaching hats in equal measure, helping expecting working moms develop and implement actionable strategies to help them find more balance, peace and confidence in their busy lives.

Claire’s practice is based in Houston, Texas where she lives with her husband, three young sons, and their rescue dog, Murphy.

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Qef Johnson, LPN, Doula, CBE, R-PLC

Qef Johnson is a nurse, childbirth educator and highly experienced doula. She is passionate about supporting families and building communities. Her love for perinatal health developed during her studies at Howard University, in which she majored in Biology; while her devotion to supporting birthing families began through her own experiences during pregnancy and postpartum. Qef has been in private practice as a full spectrum doula since 2015 and has provided childbirth education to parents for the last 6 years. She has supported families in a variety of birth places, birth choices and birth circumstances. Previously, Qef worked as a nurse in acute patient care and in corporate quality improvement for over 12 years. Recently, Qef Johnson became a Certified RETAIN Parental Leave Coach to support parents through the transitions of balancing parenthood and careers. Qef lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a mother of 4 children. In her spare time, she loves to dance, eat Ethiopian food, and most of all travel.

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Crystal Jones (CJ), R-PLC

Crystal Jones has served in the US Army for over 24 years, and is married to another Soldier. Both consider their biggest leadership role – being parents to their three daughters. Her experiences as a mother and desires as a leader have been the catalysts for her passion in this field. Crystal has served in various military, professional, and community roles that have resulted in policy and cultural changes related to work-life interaction, balance, and integration. In addition to this, she has also contributed to, coauthored, and facilitated courses and training related to emotional intelligence. As a Doctoral Candidate at North Central University, Crystal is currently conducting a study related to this field and these topics, specifically examining the role of emotional intelligence in the transition to a working mother. This course has expanded her ability to better understand and integrate the changes of fathers into her future work.


Ben Killoy, R-PLC

Ben grew up on a farm in Southern Wisconsin and joined the United States Marine Corps immediately after high school.

He transitioned out of the military in 2007 and began the hardest battle of his life, trying to find my place as a Veteran, business owner, leader, and family man.

He faced many struggles along his path, including dropping out of college, losing a job, and starting a family. After struggling with his own mental health, he had to learn how to build a different kind of life.

Through his journey to becoming a better dad and finding his purpose, he found a passion for coaching others through life transitions and creating an intentional life that is worth living for my family.

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Ed Kim, MA, R-PLC

Ed is a coach, consultant, and trainer in job title but identifies his work as wanting to make the work place more generative and healing. He works with individuals and teams to align their intentions to the impact they want to have. He finds joy in helping leaders and teams clarify their north star and utilize emotions as critical data points as they make decisions and lead themselves and others.

Ed works with people across various industries and aims to meet his clients where they are, provide value, and set them up for success. There is nothing more satisfying to him than to see the people he works with succeed on their terms.

Ed received his M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in New Jersey with his partner Sarah and son Ernie and when he has free time he consumes as much NY sports as humanly possible.

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Joanna King, R-PLC

Joanna has spent the last decade in public education teaching music and fitness and is skilled in creating safe, equitable, and inclusive environments for the spaces she is in. It wasn’t until becoming a parent that she became painfully aware of the lack of support for new working parents. Joanna’s grounded, empathetic, and instructional approach is informed by her many experiences and certifications centered around child development, leadership, and social emotional learning. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and their daughter and son.

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Christina Klein, LMFT, R-PLC

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California practicing as a therapist and paternal leave coach. I specialize in maternal mental health and I’m passionate about supporting individuals through their perinatal and parenting journey.

​​I bring a warm, compassionate style to working with my clients. My counseling and coaching philosophy is rooted in client-centered and strengths-based practices. I see it as a true honor to walk with individuals and families as they navigate this exciting phase of life from preconception to parenthood. I believe that parental leave is a critical pivot point not just in our personal lives, but in our professional journeys as well. As your coach, I am here to ease the transition and provide valuable support throughout the process.

The old adage rings true, it takes a village to raise a child. Let me be part of your village.

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Elke Kurtz, MBA, ACC, R-PLC

Elke is an executive coach, experienced HR leader, and mom of two amazing teens. Throughout her career, Elke has worked to realize her vision of a world where leading with humanity and compassion is table stakes for organizations. She understands just how critical the parental leave transition period is to new parents and the employee/employer relationship. In addition to supporting dozens of expectant and new parents in the workplace, Elke has led organizational culture shifts to be more inclusive and family friendly.

As a coach, Elke brings a special combination of solid business acumen, deep experience, and a lot of heart. She guides her clients to deeper self-knowing, clarity, and leading their lives with intention.

In addition to being a certified Parental Leave Coach, Elke is an accredited Enneagram coach with the Deep Coaching Institute, a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation, and holds degrees in psychology and organizational effectiveness.

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Leila D. Lewis, R-PLC

Leila D. Lewis started her birth-worker journey more than 10 years ago; having trained with an array of organizations and diverse peoples from health professionals to reproductive health advocates to reproductive justice warriors. Leila’s journey has led her to the present where she serves growing families as a Family Wholeness Advocate in her community. As an advocate, Leila’s work and partnerships serve the sole purpose of ensuring all families are empowered by their natural right to make educated decisions for themselves and their families.

Leila is a nonprofit administrator with nearly 20 years of program development experience concentrated in the areas of volunteer management, community engagement and community education. She received a BFA in dance from Temple University and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Kielyr Luthi, MSW, LICSW, PMH-C, R-PLC

Kielyr comes from a large background of supporting and educating individuals, families, and groups in the realms of trauma, neurodivergence, pregnancy, and postpartum. She is a clinical social worker and supervisor. She owns Soteria Coaching and Consulting and Soteria Mental Health. Her drive for supporting the perinatal period comes from her own experiences in pregnancy and parental leave and her drive to make that process better for other parents.

Kielyr lives in Minnesota with her spouse and two children and truly knows what it means to be a working parent.

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Nicole Martinez, NBC-HWC, PMH-C, R-PLC

Nicole is the owner of New Motion Wellness and a board-certified health and wellness professional with an extensive background in organizational wellbeing and behavior change. She is responsible for driving positive culture shifts in organizations and providing award-winning wellbeing programs. Working in many industries across the country, Nicole has a wide range of experience in whole person wellbeing. Previously, she was pre-natal and post-partum master teainer. Most recently, Nicole was certified in Perinatal Mental Health which has advanced her opportunity to work closely with pregnant women and new moms, expanding her coaching practices to work with women from all walks of life starting the adventure of motherhood. Nicole was a master trainer and educator in Los Angeles and New York City fitness markets. She was also a performer on both the national and international stage. Exercise science, corporate wellness, dance, and fitness programming are still among Nicole’s strengths providing insight to her coaching practices.

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Anna McKay, R-PLC

Anna McKay is a sought-after Return to Work and Leadership Development coach and the founder of Parents Pivot. She’s on a mission to help parents successfully navigate career transitions and lead with confidence in careers they love.

An International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach since 2008, Anna has coached more than one thousand clients from over 20 countries in Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, universities, and as individuals. Anna brings a multi-cultural and multi-industry perspective to her coaching process. She is certified in the Myers Briggs and EQi (Emotional Intelligence) assessments.
After 11 years coaching, 3 international moves, and 2 kids, Anna founded Parents Pivot in 2019 to help women, parents, and caregivers navigate the pivotal points in their careers. Whether you are returning to paid work after a career pause, returning from parental leave, or navigating life as an employee or entrepreneur, she supports her clients through 1:1 & group coaching and workshops to be the leaders they want to be at home and at work, build confidence and leadership skills, and have a career and life blend that is less stressful and more meaningful.

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John Wayne Mullins, R-PLC

John Wayne Mullins began studying leadership early in his Coast Guard career, which launched him on a path where he now coaches, speaks and trains leaders on how to better engage and equip their teams. With over 23 years, John still serves as a Coast Guard Reserve officer. John has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Coaching & Mentoring from Regent University.

John currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife and their son. John previously worked as a government employee where he developed a Leadership Coaching culture to improve the growth of the agency’s senior and emerging leader development programs.

Since becoming a Dad, John realized the challenges of being a Dad, husband, business owner, and a drilling Reservist and the lack of resources for Dads today. In 2022, John launched Mr. New Dad, a leadership coaching program designed to help men as they transition to the role of Dad.

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Rosa Park Neves (박종숙), R-PLC

Bi-cultural working mom who values community and education. I am a passionate advocate for creating a better future centered on Justice, Equity, and Belonging. My pronouns are she/her and they/them.

I guide companies in making their workplace more inclusive to parents, and I support employees transitioning to becoming working parents. I carry out this exciting and fulfilling work using my degree in Human Resources, certification as a New Parent Educator through CAPPA, and 30+ years of education, volunteer, work and lived experiences.

Soon-to-be certified Childbirth Educator through CAPPA and RETAIN certified Parental Leave Coach through CPLL.

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Jen O'Rourke, MA, MFT, R-PLC

Jen O’Rourke has more that 16 years of experience working as a Clinical Psychotherapist, Parent Educator, and Parent Coach. She holds a Bachelors in Child Development from Purdue University, as well as a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Jen is a licensed psychotherapist currently workings in private practice and specializing in perinatal mental health, as well as infant and toddler mental health. Beyond private practice, Jen also owns a consulting and coaching business that is dedicated to helping parents find concrete solutions to their parenting dilemmas and move them closer to a peaceful parenting practice. Although her clinical experience with children and families is vast, nothing taught Jen more than the school of life. As a working mother of 2 young children, Jen knows first-hand the unique struggles that working parents face, as they try to balance work and family life. As a coach, Jen brings a unique warmth and humor to her sessions, while simultaneously helping parents take action and stay goal directed.

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Emily Phelps, R-PLC

Emily has over 10 years of experience in the Learning and Development field, including work within major hospital systems, medical device manufacturers, and academia. Her dual career as both a Corporate Trainer and a Birth and Postpartum Doula informs her practical and wholehearted approach to Parental Coaching. She is a certified Clifton Strengths Coach and Prosci Change Management Practitioner. Using these skills, she guides new parents in cultivating their confidence, tuning in to their inner wisdom, and allowing space for vulnerability during a beautifully messy time in life. Emily particularly enjoys working with first-time parents and those with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). She has given a TEDx talk on her experience with PMADs after the birth of her first baby. Emily lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband Tom and their two young children.

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Charity Quinn, BSW, R-PLC

Charity Quinn has over two decades experience helping expectant and new parents. Charity has a formal background in social work and has focused her career on giving support, advocacy, education, and resources to families in crisis. For 8 years, Charity shifted her energy to being a full-time parent to her two young children. She rejoined the workforce in 2019 accepting a job at First Chance for Children, a nonprofit providing basic needs and education at no cost to families with young children. Charity coordinates the Lend and Learn, a hub for play, learning, and social interaction for hundreds of children and families in Central Missouri. She leads an inclusive, compassionate community of families to experience less stress and more joy in daily life.

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Marny Requa, MA, JD, R-PLC

Marny Requa is an Associate Professor at Georgian Court University and the owner of Shift Work Life Consulting LLC, a coaching and consulting firm specializing in parental leave, executive leadership, and organizational culture and policy. Marny has held leadership and mentoring roles in higher education and has a passion for gender equity in the workplace and DEI work, including support for POC and LGBTQ+ community members. As an academic researcher she focuses on gender and the law and comparative law. At the core of her coaching practice is trust in a client’s vision and competencies, and she loves supporting clients to orient their work lives toward strengths and values and navigate significant life changes. She has personal experience with NICU stays and T1 diabetes care. Marny is an elected school board member and lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband and two children.


Megan Taylor, R-PLC

Megan built her career in corporate finance and was deeply impacted by her life transition of becoming a working mother. Always passionate about a robust career, she was unprepared for the equivalent passion that she felt when she became a mother. This intense drive for career and motherhood led Megan to experiment with different models for herself and also pioneer several resources for working mothers and parents at large, including a New Moms group, a Mentor Mom program and a Working Parents Employee Resource Group (“ERG”) at her Fortune 500 employer’s world headquarters. She is experienced in leading teams, interfacing with executive leadership and influencing outcomes.

Megan is the founder of momiculture, an organization focused on helping working mothers flourish and enhancing their employer’s value proposition. A finance professional by trade and a doting mother of two very energetic boys, she leverages her holistic experience to deliver meaningful solutions.

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Anne Welsh, PhD, CEC, PMH-C, R-PLC

Anne Welsh, PhD is clinical psychologist, certified executive coach and parent of 4 kids. Her therapy practice focuses on women’s mental health, including a specialization in perinatal mental health and anxiety. Her coaching practice focuses on working parents and leadership roles, women in STEM and law, and improving team dynamics and emotional intelligence. Prior to starting her private practice, Dr. Welsh worked at Harvard University.

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Jessica Wilen, Ph.D., R-PLC

Jessica Wilen, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center and serves as the inaugural Director of Professional Standards, providing in-house organizational development and leadership consulting across Yale School of Medicine.

She is the owner of Jessica Wilen Coaching LLC, a boutique coaching and consulting firm focused on the unique needs of professional working parents and the creator of A Cup of Ambition, a newsletter about working motherhood on Substack.

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Elizabeth Wood, R-PLC

Elizabeth Wood began her career as a US Nuclear Navy officer, after graduating from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Physics and an advanced degree in Engineering Management. Her early career consists of nearly 15 years in the Nuclear Energy Field as a nuclear Naval officer and civilian with Arizona Public Service at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating station. After the arrival of her two children, she shifted gears in an attempt to create a healthy balance of family-time, meaningful employment and volunteer work. She currently juggles work as an Organizational Development consultant, founder of Matrescence: 4th Trimester Planning and Support as well as her various volunteer positions: Postpartum Support International (PSI) – AZ Chapter Board Chair, AZ Department of Health Services Maternal Mortality Review Committee Member, and a Certified Maternal Mental Health Peer Support Coaching. Elizabeth has also represented the USA in two field hockey Masters World Cups.

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