2017 ILCA Elections: Board of Directors

The ILCA Board of Directors has presented a ballot for ILCA voting members to select their next Directors.

All ILCA members who are certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) and are in good standing should have received an email from ILCA on 20 April 2017 containing a link to the ballot. If you did not receive an email and you should have, please contact the ILCA Office at info@ilca.org (or) 1+ 919-861-5577 (or) 888-452-2478. Our ILCA staff is eager to make sure you get a ballot, so your vote can be counted. To ensure a timely and secure election, all voting will take place through an online survey.

Prior to casting a vote, all voting ILCA members are encouraged to thoughtfully consider all information provided below. This will enable you to make an informed decision. Vote carefully: Once your vote is cast, it cannot be changed, repeated, or cancelled.

The balloting commences 20 April 2017 and concludes 12 May 2017, at which time all electronic votes will be tallied by the ILCA staff.

Board of Director Elections

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to present the 2017 ballot for election of Directors.  The Nominations Task force used an objective scoring system to conduct a fair and impartial assessment of each application. After thorough review and analysis, the following candidates were approved by the ILCA Board of Directors.  This year, we will be electing three new directors.


A Director must be elected by a majority of ILCA voting members. (Note: ILCA Bylaw 3.4 confers voting privileges to those dues-paying ILCA members who are also IBCLC certificants.)

The ILCA Board of Directors, in its November 2014 Lactation Matters blog, described three goals as part of its vision of, “World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care:”

  1. Establish collaborative partnerships with other regional, national, and international organizations;
  2. Mentor newly developing organizations, worldwide, that promote IBCLC professional development and care;
  3. Build an ILCA infrastructure of equity and diversity, by reducing barriers of entry into the profession and into ILCA leadership positions. 

Accordingly, candidates to run for the position of ILCA Director, ideally, would:

  1. Embrace this strategic vision,
  2. Bring geographic diversity, especially from outside the USA
  3. Be alert to regional and cross-cultural differences as they occur within the global breastfeeding community
  4. Be sensitized to the challenges of ensuring equitable access to positions of leadership within ILCA for currently underrepresented social groups

Please take time to review the profiles of each nominee, by clicking on their names, prior to casting your vote. You will vote for three.



The ILCA Board extends a special thanks to the Nominations Task Force for their efforts on behalf of the entire membership.

Board of Director Ratifications

In addtion to our slate of nominees, the ILCA Board of Directors ask that you ratify the following Board members for a second term:


Kathleen Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM, South Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States
Lisa Akers, MS, RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND, Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States


Please note that the Board of Directors announced openings for positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and one Director position. No qualified applications were received for the Treasurer position; current board member Lisa Akers has offered to serve this role for her second term.  The Board has recommended she continue a second term in the Treasurer position. The one application received for the Secretary position did not meet all of the qualifications desired by the Board, therefore current board member Geraldine Cahill has offered to serve in the Secretary role temporarily, and the Board recommended to accept her service. Thus, this election will select three Directors.

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