Autumn Wake, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Autumn Wake has been helping breastfeeding families since 2015. Previously a nurse for over 12 years, she decided to pursue the specialty of Lactation after the birth of her daughter in 2014. Breastfeeding did not come easy for her, to say the least. After getting help from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to overcome what was possibly the hardest obstacle in her life- breastfeeding, she found her calling in life. Immediately she pursued her Certification as a Lactation Education Counselor from the University of California San Diego- she knew that would not be the end of her journey to help women breastfeed their babies. In 2016 she passed her boards to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She opened her first business in 2017 A dvanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas- in order to help families with breastfeeding challenges in their homes. Autumn joined the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition in 2015 and has been active and passionate about helping the community increase breastfeeding rates ever since. She has been an active board member since 2016 and with her team, she has taken the Coalition to achieve some pretty amazing goals. Dedicated to increasing breastfeeding rates in low socioeconomic individuals in our community, Autumn plans to work diligently with the coalition and the Las Vegas Community to overcome barriers in the coming year as 2018 President for the second year.
Laura Cooper, BA, CLEC, Lactation Consultant Student UCSD
Laura graduated from UNLV with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology in December of 2013. During her junior year, senior year, and post graduation at UNLV she was part of PSI CHI (an international honor society in psychology) as well as a lead research assistant and research assistant for the neuropsychology lab and the children’s PTSD lab, respectively. In December of 2015 she became a Certificated Lactation Educator and Counselor. This change in her educational journey was prompted by breastfeeding struggles of her own and her fierce desire to advocate for women, babies, and breastfeeding. Laura is the mother of 3 amazing kids, ages 13, 5, and 3 (in March, 18). She is currently a student lactation consultant in the UCSD pathway 2 program with an anticipated finish date from the program of June 2018. Her passion and vocation are to help individual families with breastfeeding as well as to help Southern Nevada and the communities within by making Las Vegas become a place where breastfeeding is supported, strived for and normalized. Laura has been a member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition for nearly two years. This has been not only a place that has helped her professional growth, but also allowed her to help colleagues, community members, as well as businesses here in the Valley. She is beyond excited to be on the board of a coalition that aligns with her passion and vocation so perfectly.
Rosemarie Arroyo Casillas, IBCLC
Rosemarie has been supporting mothers and babies to reach their breastfeeding goals for 12 years. Pursuing her passion to educate and encourage a better understanding of breastfeeding, she became a La Leche League Leader in 2010. Rosemarie has held the credential of Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC since 2011. Her commitment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding is found in her volunteer work at the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition. She has been an active member since 2008 and has served as a board member since 2012. Taking steps to a healthier Nevada, Rosemarie is using a Training Synopsis written to help make institutional changes in maternity care practices. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health is working with Rosemarie to obtain the Healthy Nevadans 2020 goals.
Lori West, BA, IBCLC
Lori West has been a breastfeeding advocate since her first child was born. She breastfed 6 children total (almost 12 years in total!), with each breastfeeding experience having its challenges that she would overcome. She then felt the desire to help other moms and started out her career as a peer counselor in 1997. Understanding the need for more education both personally and to benefit the moms that she was helping, she became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2001 and in 2011 she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Lori also holds a Bachelors of Science in Maternal and Child Health/Breastfeeding Consultant. A member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition for over 10 years she has held a position on the board for the last 3.
Colette Moore, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Colette has been a member of SNBC since 2006. She assumed her SNBC board position in January 2017. She wholly supports the mission of the coalition, the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in our community. A Registered Nurse and Program Coordinator at the Healthy Living Institute at UMC and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Colette has been working with newborns and their families in the Las Vegas community for over 30 years. With a background in newborn intensive care, her passion has always been helping families to get off to a healthy start. She first became certified in Lactation in 2005. Whether teaching prenatal breastfeeding class, working in community outreach, counseling families in the hospital or visiting them at home, Colette believes that providing education and support helps families build confidence in their journey toward meeting their breastfeeding goals.
Alura Hirsch, ALC
Member at Large
Alura Hirsch is a Las Vegas native. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters, both of whom she breastfed for over a year. Her love for breastfeeding started when her niece was born 18 years ago. Her sister was her role model and breastfed both of her children. Alura went on to attend many years of college studying biology, and it was there that she attained her passion for science. After having two children she wanted to join her two passions, breastfeeding and biology. That path led her down to become a Lactation Consultant. She started her training through Breastfeeding USA where she became a counselor in March 2017, following that she became a Certified Lactation Counselor through healthy Children in April 2017. She did not want to stop there and she continued her education and took the Healthy Children’s course to become an Advanced lactation Consultant in June 2017. Passing the exams was just the first step into her Lactation Journey. Finishing out 2017 she is now TOTS (tethered oral tissues) Certified, and she has taken the Cranial Nerve Dysfunction in the Pre-crawling infant course which is certifying her as a TummyTime Method Therapist. In 2018 she has more courses to help round out her knowledge including a CST course and a Birth Story Listening course. She recently has partnered with a local dentist, Dr. Tara, and together they help babies who have lip and tongue ties. Through all of her training she realized that there was a lack of support in the Las Vegas Valley. She started searching for how she could make a difference in her community. This search landed her in the Breastfeeding Coalition meetings. She was impressed with the way the coalition was making a difference in her community and decided she wanted to do more and was elected onto the board as the Member at Large. This role is very important to her and helps her attain her number one goal of helping mothers succeed in meeting their goals in the their breastfeeding journey as well as staying up to date on the newest research for breastfeeding support.