2019-20 LLL USA Council
The LLL USA 2019-20 Council consists of the following members representing the five Area Networks that comprise LLL USA.
Linda Anderson –
Garden State Area Network
Linda was co-Chair of the LLLI Board of Directors 2014-16 and served as a Board member 2010-2016. A Group Leader with LLL Lawrenceville, New Jersey, for 20 years, she was a Central New Jersey Area Representative, helping create the Garden State Area Network. Linda was Conference Supervisor from 1999-2002 and has served as a Professional Liaison Leader since 2004. Linda holds a BA from Vanderbilt University in Molecular Biology, with secondary education certification. Before motherhood, she had a career in microbiological research, working at the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Johnson & Johnson. She holds administrative or board positions with several non-profits, including Girl Scouts USA, Kappa Delta Sorority, local community theatre, and Boy Scouts of America. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Linda and her husband, Claude, have two young adult children, Anderson (1994) and Delia (1997).
AJ Cecil-Starlin –
US West Area Network
AJ lives in Sioux City, IA, with her husband and three children. She started attending La Leche League when she was expecting her third child. She became a Leader in 2015. AJ is an Equity Advocate, a member of the La Leche League USA Social Media Team, and works on various La Leche League projects and committees. When AJ is not helping new families, she keeps busy with her three daughters and enjoys sewing, reading, and trying out new recipes!
Vicki Daymude Cluley –
Texas Area Network
Vicki has been a La Leche League Leader for 28 years and has lead meetings in Wichita Falls, Texas, since her accreditation. Vicki has served Texas Area Network (TXAN) as District Advisor and helped with many TXAN conferences. She currently is the TXAN Coordinator of Leader Accreditation. Vicki works part time for WIC as a breastfeeding Peer Counselor, teaches breastfeeding classes at a local Birth and Wellness Center, and is an active member of her local Breastfeeding Coalition. Vicki has been married to Jerry for 37 years, and they have 7 children, ages 36 – 17, and 9 grandchildren, all breastfed! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing games and watching movies, as well as gardening, reading, and swimming. Vicki is excited to serve with other Leaders on the LLL USA Council and to continue to grow LLL.
Yocheved “Hedi” Herrmann-Blanton – Southern California and Nevada Area Network
Hedi is connected to the Central LA & Beaches Area and leads with the Santa Monica PM and AM Groups. Hedi’s La Leche League (LLL) life began in 1980 with her newborn son, and she became a Leader when her second son was almost 2 years old. By the time her now 32-year-old daughter was born, Hedi took an active roll in her Group and Chapter, hosting meetings and chairing the annual fundraisers. Hedi also became an LLL Human Relations Enrichment Instructor, now called Communication Skills. After becoming an IBCLC in 2001, Hedi joined the LLL Professional Liaison (PL) Department. She now serves as a Southern California/Nevada Area Network Board member and Director of the PL Department. Hedi has been a conference speaker on the WHO Code and Communication Skills/Conflict Resolution. She has been a Lactation Consultant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 2002. Hedi graduated from Sonoma State University in 1977 with a degree to teach adults with special needs, and she continues to devote time with this population via volunteer work. Fun Hedi fact: She has worked as a writer, sound, and music editor for TV, motion pictures, and commercial industrial films. Clients included Disney, Universal Studios, and what later would be MTV. Her favorite “breastfeeding while working moment” was filming the TV Special “Motown 25” with her 16-day-old baby at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 25, 1983.
Mondana Madjdi –
Mosaic Area Network
Moni lives in Ellensburg, Washington, with her husband and two children. Originally from Olympia, Washington, she attended her first La Leche League meeting in 2013 after the birth of her daughter and became a Leader in 2017, serving all of Kittitas County. Moni also is a Certified Lactation Counselor and public health student at Central Washington University, as well as a member of her local breastfeeding coalition. She’s a voracious reader (raised by librarian parents) and an avid jack-of-all-trades style crafter, and she loves camping and hiking out in the fantastic Pacific Northwest wilds.
Rebecca McCormick –
Mosaic Area Network
Rebecca lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her spouse and child. She first heard about La Leche League from her mother who had attended herself as a young mom. She is a Leader with the Fairfax City Group and has served previously as a Coordinator of Leader Accreditation and as a content creator on the LLL USA social media team. She spends her days hiking, horseback riding, and hopes to finish a reading challenge of 42 books by the end of the year.
Stephanie Bodak Nicholson –
Texas Area Network
Since 1993, Stephanie has been supporting families in the Waco, Temple, and Killeen, Texas, community through her various La Leche League (LLL) positions and through her growing business that combines her skills as a Lactation Counselor, Birth Doula, and Bradley Instructor. Stephanie works with her local LLL Killeen co-Leaders to organize Breastfeeding Cafes and Virtual Meetings, as well as Live, Love, Latch!® events. She has served in various LLL jobs over the years, including District Advisor, Chapter Leader, phone line volunteer, conference speaker, and many other conference jobs. More recently, she was a Texas Central Area co-Contact on the Texas Area Network (TXAN) Council before accepting the TXAN USA Council Delegate position in December. A veteran homeschooling mom of 28 years, Stephanie has graduated five of her children and classically educates the sixth. She is expecting her first grandchild this spring! Stephanie and her family love holidays, outdoors, swimming, reading, organic gardening, baking and eating, country sunsets, baseball, yoga, and traditional crafts like basket weaving and crocheting.
Stacy Raite –
Garden State Area Network
Stacy lives in Woodbridge, New Jersey, with her husband, two sons (4 and 1.5), and their two dogs. She is a Leader with the Westfield, New Jersey Group, as well as an New Jersey Central East Area Representative on the La Leche League Garden State Council. After successfully breastfeeding her oldest son – thanks to the help of La Leche League – she became passionate about helping others to do the same. Stacy also is active in the babywearing community and loves to spend what free time she has crafting, reading, and being outdoors camping and hiking.
Sharon Savene –
Southern California and Nevada Area Network
Sharon grew up knowing about La Leche League (LLL) from her mother, who attended meetings when Sharon was an infant, and Sharon’s step-mother, who was a Leader for 42 years. Sharon attended her first LLL meeting as an adult just before her daughter was born in 2010. She became a Leader just before her son was born in 2012. Sharon breastfed both of her children, including tandem feeding. In 2015, she joined the LLL Professional Liaison Department for the Southern California and Nevada LLL Area Network. Sharon holds a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and an M.S. in Zoology. She also is an actress, apartment manager, Girl Scout leader, PTA president, School Site Council Chairperson, and since 2014 a member of Sweet Adelines International.