Jennie Bever (Babendure), PhD, IBCLC
Jennie's interest in caring for moms and babies began when her first child was born while Jennie was still in graduate school. Despite a lot of knowledge and dedication, she struggled to nurse her baby . An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) was able to help Jennie successfully breastfeed her son. Due to this experience, Jennie grew an intense desire to help other moms and babies reach their breastfeeding goals. After she finished her PhD, Jennie completed a rigorous course of didactic and clinical training through the University of California, San Diego Lactation Consultant Training Program, and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2009.
Jennie is also a breastfeeding researcher. She is active in her professional organizations as Treasurer of the Central Arizona Lactation Consultant Association, and a member of the Marketing Committee of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Jennie and her husband have 3 children who have taught her more about breastfeeding than any other source! In her free time she enjoys gardening, music, and spending way too much time on social media.
Desiree Allison, BA, IBCLC
Desiree has been providing information and support to breastfeeding mothers and babies, since 2004. She received her IBCLC credentials in 2010, and joined the Arizona Breastfeeding Center in 2013. She is passionate about empowering mothers to feed their babies at the breast, without guilt or pressure, through education and support. Her background is in Medical Anthropology and she is able to communicate respectfully and clearly with clients from many cultures and backgrounds. While she adores working with mothers and babies, her most precious job is as a mother to three spirited, determined, incredibly independent children, who ignited her passion to support other mothers on their journey through motherhood. In her sparse spare time, Desiree loves to spend time with her husband, quilt/ sew, garden, travel, volunteer in her church and in the community, experiment in the kitchen, read, learn, shoot her camera, and last, but certainly not least, SLEEP!
Michelle Hottya, BA, IBCLC
Michelle's path to professional lactation support has been exciting and diverse. The birth of her first child in 2000 transformed her from an I.T. systems analyst to a grassroots advocate for birthing and breastfeeding moms. Leaving the corporate world and moving to Arizona with her growing family allowed Michelle to pursue certification as a birth doula through DONA International and to start attending as many lactation conferences and courses as she could. After seven years as a doula, three years as a birth assistant at Blossom Birth Center and many hours of study and lactation support, Michelle passed the IBLCE exam in 2013 and joined the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.
In addition to helping moms and babies with birthing and breastfeeding, Michelle has also worked on various public policy projects to promote breastfeeding legislation in California and Arizona, as well as volunteering with the Arizona Birth Network and Breastfeeding USA as a support group leader. She continues to pursue personal hobbies such as cooking, crochet and other crafts, while she and her husband keep up with three growing, active children!