Board of Directors

PATTCh is fortunate to have a board comprised of some of the most  prominent leaders in childbirth and maternal health. 
Annie Kennedy, MA

Annie Kennedy, MA

Founding Member & Board Member

Annie Kennedy is a maternity care advocate based I  Seattle, Washington.  Annie has worked in education and the birth professions since 1989.  She is founding President of PALS Doulas, a Founder of DONA International and former Director of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University.  She holds a Masters in Maternal-Child Health Systems. Annie serves on several other non-profit boards and coalitions including Global Perinatal Services and Doulas for All Washington State. She is passionate about humane childbirth, respectful maternity care and health and race equity.

Selena Shelley, MA, LMHC, CD(DONA), LCCE

Selena Shelley, MA, LMHC, CD(DONA), LCCE

Board Member

Selena Shelley has been working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors for over twenty years – first as a social worker with teen parents, then as a birth doula and childbirth educator, and now as a psychotherapist and When Survivors Give Birth Certified Trainer.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.  Selena previously served as a board member for Open Arms Perinatal Services, and as the Program Committee Chair helped develop and grow their Birth Doula Services program serving low-income families throughout King County, WA.  She currently devotes her volunteer efforts to her children’s school, a reproductive health organization in Guatemala, and of course PATTCh.  Selena strongly believes that a person’s pregnancy, birth, and early parenting experiences can have a significant and long-term impact on the entire family, and she is thrilled to be a part of the PATTCh board, devoting more of her time to the prevention and treatment of trauma in childbirth.

Katie Rohs, CD(DONA), LCCE

Katie Rohs, CD(DONA), LCCE

Treasurer of the Board

Katie Rohs is a Birth Doula and childbirth educator from Seattle, WA specializing in birth after a loss, multiples and children with disabilities. Katie has been trained in disability advocacy and has founded several parent support groups for parents of children with disabilities. Having suffered a late-pregnancy loss of twins and being the mother of a child with multiple disabilities, Katie uses these experiences to help empower others to advocate for themselves and their children during their birth and in years beyond. An unexpected entrepreneur, Katie runs the popular YourDoulaBag.com website, and also works as Penny Simkin’s assistant. Katie is the proud mother of her teenager twins Hank & Lily, and wife of forty-something singleton Todd. Katie studied Sociology at the University of Washington, bleeds purple and gold and despite being a rabid UW Husky fan, she does not discriminate against Cougars.

Penny Simkin, PT

Penny Simkin, PT

Founding Member & Board Member

Penny Simkin is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 15,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula. She producer of several birth related films and is the author of many books and articles on birth for both parents and professionals. Books include The Labor Progress Handbook (2011), with Ruth Ancheta, The Birth Partner (2008), and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse of Childbearing Women (2004), with Phyllis Klaus. Drawing on her understanding of the emotional and physical rewards and demands of the childbearing year, Penny also offers support and advice to women who have anxiety about their upcoming birth or who have had a difficult or traumatic birth. Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants, the Editorial Board of the journal, Birth, and serves on the senior faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of courses, conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a pug, Lola.

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Founding Member & Board Member

Dr. Leslie Butterfield is a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal and reproductive health concerns. For twenty five years she has maintained a clinical and consulting practice (Transition to Parenthood) providing psychotherapy and designing workshops and trainings for organizations that provide perinatal services. She has worked with organizations such as University of Washington Maternal and Infant Care Unit, La Leche League, Catholic Family Services, Attachment Parenting International, and Pacific Association for Labor Support. Since 2010 she has been the Chairwoman of Postpartum Support International for Washington State and has recently assumed the Vice President position for PATTCh (an organization devoted to the Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). She has additionally been an instructor for the Seattle Midwifery School and the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr Naturopathic University for over a decade, developing and teaching a yearlong class in counseling skills for midwives.

Muna Bashir, BS, MA-MCHS, CD(DONA), CCE(CAPPA)

Muna Bashir, BS, MA-MCHS, CD(DONA), CCE(CAPPA)

Board Member

Muna Bashir has over 18 years of experience providing professional support and coaching to childbearing families and birth professionals in diverse maternal-child health settings across Canada, the United States, and overseas. Her niche is serving immigrant populations from South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as those interested in developing knowledge translation and quality improvement tools to identify best maternity care practice guidelines, especially across marginalized communities. For her master’s project in Maternal-Child Health Systems at Bastyr University, Muna developed an intrapartum checklist for clinicians who provide care for families facing an unexpected (repeat) cesarean birth. Muna’s broader interests encompass improving patient-provider interactions, promoting shared decision-making, and optimizing patient care experience (e.g., respectful, person-centered care, birth satisfaction, and mental health and well-being). Muna lives with her husband and three children in Santa Clara, California.

Mora Oommen

Mora Oommen

President of the Board

Mora Oommen is a maternal health advocate and a nonprofit consultant. She served as the Executive Director of Blossom Birth Services in Palo Alto, CA from 2008-2017.  Blossom is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 with a mission to provide women and their families with a healthy, informed and confident pregnancy and parenting journey. At Blossom, Mora was responsible for leading a team of part-time staff, instructors and volunteers, overseeing the organization’s financial growth, led the expansion of programs and services and created an atmosphere of warmth and compassion for women during pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

In recent years Mora has participated in a number of trainings including: a birth doula workshop through DONA, advanced doula workshop in Loss and Trauma with Kyndal May, a childbirth education workshop through CAPPA, and a breastfeeding counselor training through Nursing Mother’s Counsel. She has since provided doula support, taught child birth classes and offered breastfeeding support to new moms.

Mora was raised in India and the United States. The birth of her daughter in August 2007 was a transforming experience, giving new meaning to the term miracle of life- every single day.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Founding Member & Board Member

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the APA’s Publications and Communications Board and Journal Advisory Committee. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2019 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 460 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 38 books. Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), and The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical (2018, Praeclarus).

Phyllis Klaus, LMFT, LMSW

Phyllis Klaus, LMFT, LMSW

Founding Member & Board Member

Phyllis Klaus is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Clinical social worker. Formerly on the faculty of the Department of Family Practice, Michigan State University, and the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Santa Rosa, California, she currently practices in Palo Alto, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. She has been working with the concerns of families in the perinatal period for over 40 years, and has been involved in research and training of perinatal care providers since 1980, working especially with the symptoms of pregnancy, traumatic birth, effects of childhood sexual abuse on child-bearing and postpartum mood disorders.

 She has extensive experience in treating trauma-related disorders such as PTSD dissociative disorders, and survivors of abuse. She also incorporates hypnosis, EMDR, EFT, Ego-State Therapy along with other psychotherapies in the treatment of somatic and medical disorders, family of origin and attachment disorders and complicated grief. She consults and presents workshops nationally and internationally, and is a certified therapist, consultant and trainer of EMDR.  She is a Founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth).  She is co‑author of several articles as well as The Doula Book; Bonding; Your Amazing Newborn; a video, The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women.

Former Board Members

With Deep Gratitude

Kathy McGrath, MSW, LCCE, FACCE, CD, BDT(DONA)
Onion Carillo
Sharon Storton, MA, MS
Suzanne Swanson
Walker Karraa, PhD
Teri Schilling
Daniela Grunfeld
Kelly Dungan

Advisory Board

With Deep Gratitude

Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Julia Seng, PhD, CNM, FAAN
Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM