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Welcome to CVDs Renewed Board of Directors of 2024!

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CVDs Renewed Board

Over the past eleven months, Chicago Volunteer Doulas has undergone a shift that is taking the organization further into the commitment we've made to our mission, vision, and guiding principles. We're thrilled to introduce our new board members, each bringing unique strengths to our mission of supporting families during childbirth and postpartum. 

Shannon Carter (Board Chair), is a Chicagoland area fundraiser with over ten years of nonprofit and volunteer management experience. She is a senior associate director at Northwestern University in their annual giving department, soliciting donations from alums in the $1k-$99k range. Her past employment experience includes positions at the Chicago Urban League, University of Chicago, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, and the American Library Association. 

 

Given her strong educational, racial, and reproductive justice beliefs, Shannon has volunteered with Black Women for Reproductive Justice, the Chicago Abortion Fund, and the Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators. In her free time, Shannon enjoys exploring her neighborhood of Edgewater and watching historical documentaries. s.carter@thecvd.org

 

Cantrel Connel, CVD Doula, Community Healer, Reiki Master Teacher and Educator. Full Bio Coming Soon! lotus.c@thecvd.org

 

Dominique Ward: I am a Westside of Chicago native with an educational background in social services and project management. I attended and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in African-American Studies. Later, I attended and graduated from Lewis University with a M.S. in Project Management. Professionally, I have worked as an event manager in corporate America for C-suite executives and as a social servant, mainly working with children and families. 

 

After experiencing firsthand some of the inequalities surrounding black and brown women in maternal health, I became passionate about doing what I could to make an impact in this sector. I am a single mother of identical twins and owner of Trappin’ Mommy, a mommy blog, home bakery, and event consultation brand! I am a mother of identical twin girls, so every day is a wild ride! d.ward@thecvd.org  

 

Amanda Haith was born in North Carolina. Moving to the Greater Chicago area to pursue Naturopathic Medicine in 2014, she later discontinued her education in search of more prosperous opportunities. Transitioning from volunteerism into the Public Health profession full-time, Amanda found her niche working with local, state, and national Public Health organizations. a.haith@thecvd.org  

 

Rachel Williams: A little bit about myself. I am 32 years old, and I was born with a disability that was caused by medical malpractice with that understanding. It shapes how I view reproductive health and birth work. 

 

I am coming into a space where we have some of the highest rates of infinitely high maternal mortality rates, which lays the groundwork for my work as a community organizer and community member overall. 

 

I have spent the better part of the last decade in different forms of birth work. Reproductive health and advocacy on the scale from folks within the foster care system or formally of the foster care system and the medically complex folks. r.williams@thecvd.org

 

Christina Corrigan: My name is Cristina Corrigan. I am a native of the suburbs and am now living in Chicago. While our nation faced great upheaval in 2016, my personal life was also falling to pieces, and the struggle in and around me forced me to reevaluate my life purpose. While my education and career up until that point had been in business, I realized what I was most passionate about was reproductive justice and having an impact on the women and families in my community. 

 

I volunteered for a period with Planned Parenthood and ultimately found a job in clinical research administration at the University of Chicago. My goal was to work my way into a position like the one I have now, where I get to fight for reproductive justice every day. The research center I manage and support is focused on improving and innovating healthcare for premature infants. The families we care for in our NICU are the most vulnerable in our community and deserve the best we can do for them.

 

Preterm birth is just one more statistic that disproportionately affects communities of color. In terms of reproductive justice, I want to do the very best I can to make sure more mothers and families are able to live their happiest and healthiest lives. c.corrrigan@thecvd.org

 


Keisha Farmer-Moore: (Will be onboarding 2024)

Each member embodies our compassion, diversity, and empowerment values, promising a hopeful and impactful year ahead. Let's celebrate their remarkable blend of expertise and passion, united in our vision for healthier, happier families in 2024!

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