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LLL USA Council

The LLL USA 2021-22 Council consists of the following members representing the Area Networks that comprise LLL USA.

Stephanie is smiling at the camera.Stephanie Amekuedi –

Mosaic Area Network

Stephanie lives in Rolesville, North Carolina, with her husband and 5 children. She is a Leader for the Raleigh Pines & Palmettos Group since January of 2020 and has been hosting a virtual monthly meeting. Stephanie serves on the Pines & Palmettos Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee and is the LLL USA Fundraising Liaison. Stemming from Stephanie’s passion for helping others breastfeed, she  is currently working toward becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Stephanie also enjoys interior decorating, yoga, and sewing when she is not tending to her garden and plant babies.

Linda Anderson is resting her head on her left hand and smiling at the camera.Linda Anderson –

Garden State Area Network

Linda was co-Chair of the La Leche League International (LLLI) Board of Directors 2014-16 and served as a Board member 2010-2016. A Group Leader with La Leche League (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).

Hedi is smiling and looking at the camera.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.

Person with large glasses and smile, no teeth showing, is looking at the camera.Petrichor Kneeland-Campbell –

Mosaic Area Network

Petrichor lives in Bangor, Maine with their spouse and 5 children. Though Petrichor nursed all of their babies, it wasn’t until the 4th that they began attending La Leche League (LLL) meetings. They became a Leader in 2018. With equity, diversity, and inclusion being their passion, Petrichor helped to found the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee in LLL Maine/New Hampshire (ME/NH), and also currently serves on the LLL USA EDI Committee. When Petrichor isn’t doing LLL work, they can be found running their own business, as well as reading, doing art, and being outdoors with their kids.

Ashley Mazzanti is looking at the camera and smiling.

Ashley Mazzanti –

Texas Area Network

Ashley lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her spouse, children, rescue dogs and cat. Ashley has been a La Leche League (LLL) Leader since 2016 and has served as the LLL Texas Conference Bookstore Coordinator and LLL Texas Social Media Coordinator. She is currently the Area Network Equity Advocate Coordinator for LLL Texas and on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee for LLL USA. Ashley also volunteers with her local San Antonio nonprofit Birth & Breastfeeding Alliance, children’s school PTA and Homeowner’s Association (HOA). Ashley previously volunteered with the nonprofit San Antonio Dance Umbrella. Babywearing, babywearing dance and dancing are also passions for Ashley. She is a certified GroovaRoo Dance Instructor and continues to dance with San Antonio Dance Fringe.

Person is wearing glasses and smiling at the camera, teeth showing.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 Consultant, Birth Doula, and Bradley Childbirth Instructor. Stephanie works with her local LLL of Temple-Belton, Texas 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 Area Network and Area 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 2018.  A veteran homeschooling mom of 30 years, Stephanie has graduated five of her children and classically educates the sixth. She is expecting her third grandchild the summer of 2021! 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.

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