Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to inspire, educate and build community support to make breastfeeding the norm for infant feeding in Nevada. For more information, contact us at email@example.com
President: Brittni Lents, BS, IBCLC, ALC
Brittni lives in Las Vegas with her husband Stephen and their two boys, ages 6 & 8. Brittni has her bachelor’s degree in Maternal Child Health with an emphasis in Human Lactation and Social Justice. Her breastfeeding struggles and triumphs led her to pursue a career in the field of lactation. Brittni holds the designation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Advanced Lactation Consultant. She is the breastfeeding coordinator at Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada WIC and the volunteer director of the Nevada Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. Brittni also serves as a founding board member for the Kijiji Sisterhood, a nonprofit aimed at improving birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates in women of color.
In her free time, Brittni loves reading a good book with a warm cup of tea. She enjoys sewing, playing the guitar, and family trips to Disneyland. Brittni has a passion for serving her community which she hopes to bring to the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition and the families that she serves.
Vice President: Aisha Fanning, CLEC, Infant Feeding Specialist
Aisha Fanning has served as a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor since September 2015. Since becoming a CLEC, Aisha Fanning has taught breastfeeding and breast pumping classes across Las Vegas. Aisha Fanning has worked with numerous families one-on-one to help develop a successful feeding regimen, be it breast or bottle feeding. As a Certified Infant Feeding Specialist and a Certified Infant Feeding Specialist Trainer, Aisha Fanning has witnessed firsthand the importance of a feeding program that delves deep into the history, the reasoning, the implementation, and the support behind infant feeding. From breast to bottle, pumping to weaning, first foods and everything in between. Facilitating classes that educates her peers, Aisha Fanning understands the importance of balance between information and engagement. Knowing that a captive audience is a receptive audience.
Treasurer: Lori Lynne West, BS, IBCLC, ALC
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 years.
Board Advisor: Rikki Jenkins, Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor
Rikki Jenkins lives in Las Vegas with my husband, our daughter, and two dogs. She is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, First Aid/ CPR/AED certified with Red Cross, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, and a Bachelors of Science in Maternal Child Health with an emphasis in Human Lactation. She loves to host support groups, teach classes to expectant parents, and birth professionals. She provides all-inclusive services to expectant families and birth professionals in the greater Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas.
Rikki Jenkins lives in Las Vegas with my husband, our daughter, and two dogs.
Member at Large: Fortune Cotten
Fortune is a mother, attorney, and breastfeeding advocate. Her own experience birthing and exclusively breastfeeding her son has led her on this journey seeking to support other mothers of color. Fortune believes that self-advocacy and existing policies are often not enough to combat low breastfeeding rates and potential health consequences. She is committed to contributing to normalization and equity campaigns, and helping mothers explore new educational and professional opportunities. Fortune participated in the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon 2018, and is a member of the Black Breastfeeding Caucus and the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition. She is on the Leadership Committee of BreastPowered, an initiative seeking to share positive images and stories of breastfeeding families of color as a tool to increase normalization, and to assist in the recruitment and promotion of women of color to become licensed lactation consultants. Fortune holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and son.
Nurturing Naturally Coordinator: Rosemarie Casillas, IBCLC
Rosemarie Arroyo Casillas has been supporting mothers and babies to reach their breastfeeding goals for 13 years. Pursuing her passion for educating and encouraging a better understanding of breastfeeding, she became a La Leche League Leader in 2010, offering free monthly mother-to-mother support meetings. In 2013, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health asked her to be part of the program and offer IBCLC services. After serving for 6 years, she received a promotion to the State Peer Counselor Program Coordinator.
Rosemarie has held the credential of International 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 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.
Motherhood has been her greatest accomplishment. As a Girl Scout Leader, she upholds the Girl Scout Law, to serve God and her country, be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, to respect all people and authority, use resources wisely and make the world a better place. Raising 4 children has taught her agape love, laughter, and patience.
Community Outreach & Liaison Between Coalitions: Colette Moore, BSN, RN, 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.
Swag Coordinator: Suzette Cruz
Suzette is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and a Board Member of Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a graduate of Nevada State College, with Major in Nursing and an emphasis in Psychology. Suzette has been helping mothers, babies, and families to breastfeed since 2007. She has many years of experience counseling mothers in person and mother to mother in support groups, and mothers and infants in a hospital setting, including NICU preemies, late preterm infants, infants that are small for their gestational age, and many other unique needs. Suzette recently sat for the International Board of Lactation Examiners (IBCLE), on April 1, 2019 to become an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC). She will receive her results at the end of June 2019.
On a personal note, while residing on the island of Oahu, Suzette’s deeper interest in Lactation came with the birth of her son. It was with guidance and compassion of an amazing friend at the time who inspired her own journey to breastfeed her son. Her name is Terri Rae Cardona. Suzette will forever cherish the time she gave her and her son Kalani, while Terri and her husband were on their Honeymoon in Hawaii.
Website Coordinator: Semaj Bruce, IBCLC
Semaj Bruce, IBCLC is a wife and mother of two. She has been employed by the Las Vegas Urban League since 2008, as a part-time WIC breastfeeding peer counselor, and is now the Breastfeeding Program Coordinator where she encourages and supports breastfeeding mothers. She became a CLC in 2009, a CLE in 2015 and an IBCLC in 2019. In 2015, under her leadership, the program was awarded the WIC Loving Support Award of Excellence – Gold Level by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
Semaj keeps her mind spinning about developing ways to increase breastfeeding rates among African American/Black women. Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association pioneered Black Breastfeeding Week in 2014. Once she found out about a celebration to uplift her community, Semaj took notice and activated Nevada’s first Black Breastfeeding Week celebrations in 2015. She has continued to celebrate this week with the support of community partners such as Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition, Kijiji Sisterhood, Las Vegas Urban League WIC and many others.
Semaj has also volunteered as the Director for the Las Vegas Milk Depot for San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank since 2015, donating thousands of ounces to critical care infants and families in need.
Semaj Bruce is a wife and mother of 2 growing teenagers. Born in Culver City, California, raised in San Bernardino, California, she has now resided in Las Vegas since 2002. She enjoys doing makeup, family barbecues and fun in the sun with hikes or visiting her favorite place as often as she can, the beach. Life is so precious, and she thanks God everyday she is given the gift of life to be present.
Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition Positions
Board of Directors
Vice President: Access to coalition Gmail account, Mailchimp account, write minutes each month, update files on drive, logistics
Treasurer: Maintain US bank account, taxes, 501c3 requirements, QuickBooks, PayPal, Eventbrite, logistics
Board Advisor: Maintain coalition resource sheet, event materials, get donations for events, sign up genius, survey monkey
Member at Large: Distribute event materials, get donations for events
Liaison Between Coalitions and Other Community Outreach Programs: Enhancing relationships between the Coalition and other community pillars in Nevada, Report new relationships monthly
Education Meeting Planner: Identifying potential speakers for Breastfeeding Symposium followed by a vote from the Coalition, organizing 10-minute meeting presentations 12:50 – 1:00pm, meeting presentations
Marketing (year-round including Nurturing Naturally): Facebook, Social media, Additional marketing techniques, Report innovative ideas during monthly meetings
Nurturing Naturally Coordinator: Form a team to assist with tasks, Design/order t-shirts, Monthly updates
Community Outreach (works closely with Swag): Coordinating locations for the SNBC to be present with local event organizers, Organized volunteers to be present at the during events (1-2hr volunteer slots), Report new events monthly
Swag Coordinator (works closely with Community Outreach): Enhance relationships with vendors for in kind donations, gathering swag that can be used for gift bags, raffle prizes, etc., House the SNBC community Tent
Website coordinator: Maintains and creates content for SNBC website. Responsible for working with the developers.