LLL USA Council

The LLL USA 2022-23 Council consists of the following Area Network delegates. Each is appointed to represent one of the five Area Networks that comprise LLL USA.

Stephanie Amekuedi – Mosaic Area Network
Linda Anderson – Garden State Area Network
Stephanie Bodak Nicholson – Texas Area Network
Lauren H Brandt – US West Area Network
Sara Dodson – Texas Area Network
Tyler “Ty” Griffin Dodge – Southern California and Nevada Area Network
Petrichor Kneeland-Campbell – Mosaic Area Network


Person is smiling at the camera.Stephanie Amekuedi –

Mosaic Area Network

Stephanie lives in Rolesville, North Carolina, with her husband and 5 children. She has been a Leader with the La Leche League (LLL) Raleigh Group in the LLL Pines & Palmettos Area since January of 2020 and has been hosting a virtual monthly meeting. Stephanie serves on the LLL Pines & Palmettos Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 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. Stephanie also enjoys interior decorating, yoga, and sewing when she is not tending to her garden and plant babies.
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Person 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).
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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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Person with smile, no teeth showing, is looking at the camera.Lauren H Brandt –

US West Area Network

Lauren (she/her) lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, toddler, and pup. She leads virtual meetings with her co-Leader in Alameda, CA; has a primary connection with LLL of Northern California/Hawaii/Northern Nevada (NCA/HI/NNV), where she was first accredited; and a secondary connection with LLL of Oregon. After becoming a Leader in the summer of 2020, Lauren began serving as an Area Database Administrator for both Areas, Area Staff Administrator for NCA/HI/NNV, and Web Administrator for LLL USA. She also recently joined LLL US West Council to inform her work as an LLL USA delegate. To relax, Lauren enjoys walking, dancing, watching tv, listening to show tunes, eating ramen, and drinking decaf coffee; although not all at the same time.
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Person with smile, teeth showing, is looking at the camera.Sara Dodson –

Texas Area Network

Sara became an LLL Leader in 2013 and started the La Leche League of Kingwood Group in the Texas East LLL Area, where she still leads. Each year, she works with her co-Leaders and her local hospital to successfully run a World Breastfeeding Week celebration and Live, Love, Latch!® event. Sara joined the Texas Area Network Council in 2018, currently serves as the Area Network Coordinator of Leaders, and is excited to become more involved in La Leche League by joining the LLL USA Council. She grew up in Southeastern Ohio and earned her degree in education before moving to Texas in 2008. Sara recently achieved her dream of becoming an IBCLC and works in private practice. She has three awesome kids who she enjoys homeschooling. In her free time, Sara loves to exercise, bake, play board games, and hike with her family.
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Person smiling at camera with finger resting beside chin.Tyler “Ty” Griffin Dodge –

Southern California and Nevada Area Network

Ty (they/she) is a Black, Queer person from Los Angeles, California. She is a spouse to Christopher and a parent to an inquisitive, wild, and powerful toddler named Savion. Ty is connected to the LLL Orange County-Inland Empire Area, however, most of their Leader work is done via the LLL USA Helpline. Tyler found LLL after being introduced to the organization via a childbirth education class that she and their spouse took in the summer of 2018. Ty was amazed at the number of lactating people present at the meeting. Inspired by the Leader’s compassion and knowledge, Ty was happy for the opportunity to share lactation knowledge and show support to parents as they course through their baby’s feeding journey. She began the Leader application process in January of 2020 and became an accredited leader in February 2021. While working through her application, Tyler facilitated a parent-to-parent support group for Black and Brown mothers. Tyler is committed to the work of providing resources and knowledge to her local Black community as it relates to lactation and reproductive justice. Ty is also committed to the work that is needed to eradicate stigma around lactation as it centers around queer people of color. In addition to being a La Leche League Leader, Tyler is also currently certifying as a Full Spectrum Doula, Child Birth Educator, and Fertility Advocate. Ty is also looking forward to starting Certified Lactation Educator Training at California State University, Northridge in September 2021. For fun, Ty enjoys writing poetry, fashion, art, and dancing to their favorite boy band.
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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.
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