Sharing Our Gratitude: Board of Directors Lisa Mandell Farewell Interview

Here at ILCA, we are grateful for the time and energy of those who serve on our Board of Directors. This week, the terms of three of our board members come to an end. Join us in sharing our congratulations and gratitude with these amazing ILCA volunteers. Today, we share our gratitude for Lisa Mandell who has served on ILCA’s Board of Directors as our secretary for 6 years. 

Lisa Mandell has been working with breastfeeding mothers and babies for over fifteen years, first as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor through La Leche League, and then as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Lisa has a private practice seeing mothers and babies, works as a corporate lactation consultant, and has also worked as a lactation consultant in hospitals and a pediatrician’s office. She has been involved in her United States Lactation Consultant Association chapter as President, as CERP Coordinator, and providing information for those wishing to become IBCLCs. She is pleased to use her education and experience in business and marketing, as well as her passion for breastfeeding, to help in her work on the ILCA Board of Directors.

How did you first get involved with ILCA in a volunteer capacity?
​I applied to participate in ILCA’s Marketing Strategy Planning Meeting in 2007, and was thrilled to be selected. After spending an intensive weekend working on marketing strategies with some of the ILCA Board, I then joined the ILCA Marketing Committee as a volunteer, working with Director of Marketing, Decalie Brown. In 2011, when secretary Liz Brooks was finishing her term, she asked if I might be interested in applying for the position. I was, and have enjoyed serving six years as ILCA’s secretary.

What has been your most fulfilling accomplishment as a board member? Your most challenging?
There have been a number of exciting things that have happened with the ILCA board in my tenure. Certainly one early accomplishment, that was both challenging and fulfilling, was making the difficult decision in December 2011 to strengthen ILCA’s Advertising Policy with regard to the International Code. We worked to more clearly identify that ILCA will not accept funding from any entity that was not compliant with the International Code or has ​financial relationships with a non-compliant entity. This has continued to evolve over the years, and continues to be difficult to evaluate and apply these ideals, but I am pleased that ILCA continues to choose to make compliance with the International Code an important element in the work we do. One of the more challenging tasks as a board member has been to manage the financial stability of ILCA. When I joined the board, due to the global financial crisis, revenues had decreased and reserves were low. The board made difficult decisions to cut programs and costs where possible, and has been able to increase operating reserves to a desired level. Moving forward, ILCA is again facing declining revenues, but has the operating reserves to manage through any difficulties as the board evaluates best steps for moving forward.

What is next for you?
I will continue my work as a private practice lactation consultant, working to “transform world health through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care” one family at a time.​ I love the work I do, and am honored to do it. I will miss the opportunity to work with my board colleagues (and especially the new directors joining the board), but will look forward to hearing about the work ILCA is doing and reconnecting at future ILCA conferences.

We are so grateful for Lisa and her service to ILCA.

We wish her well in the future!

8 Responses to Sharing Our Gratitude: Board of Directors Lisa Mandell Farewell Interview

  1. Decalie Brown 17 July 2017 at 23:32 #

    Lisa Mandell, sending a huge personal THANK YOU ! You have been a wonderful advocate for our lactation profession, with us on the marketing committee initially and now as our amazing Secretary on the ILCA Board of Directors for many years now . I have appreciated your friendship and continued commitment to volunteer to make a difference. Wishing you all the very best in the future . Xx

    • Lisa R Mandell 18 July 2017 at 22:28 #

      Thanks, Decalie. It’s been great getting to know you through ILCA, and to benefit from your leadership, and even more from your friendship. Hoping for more fun together!

  2. Joy Heads 17 July 2017 at 23:34 #

    Congratulations Lisa on all you have contributed to ILCA. Enjoy you new life of no more Board meetings/calls.
    Best wishes, Joy Heads

    • Lisa R Mandell 18 July 2017 at 22:25 #

      Hi Joy! I was just sharing tonight about our orientation day. I didn’t understand why you complained about American coffee until I came for the Melbourne conference.

  3. Pamela Morrison IBCLC 18 July 2017 at 02:33 #

    I would like to specially thank Lisa for her work and encouragement when and HIV and breastfeeding Position Paper was on the table. Unfortunately, in the event it was not published, but Lisa’s advocacy was helpful, and appreciated.

    • Lisa R Mandell 18 July 2017 at 22:26 #

      Thanks, Pamela, for all you do, especially for your work on HIV and breastfeeding.

  4. ECBrooks 18 July 2017 at 08:54 #

    Secretaries RULE!! Congrats on a fabulous two terms serving ILCA as a fabulous Secretary.

  5. Lisa R Mandell 18 July 2017 at 22:27 #

    Woo hoo! Thanks for your encouragement, and leadership.

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