mothers' milk bank board members

Ronald Cohen, MD

Director, Dev. & Beh. Unit & Interm. Care Nursery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics—Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. Ronald Cohen, MD, is the medical director of the intermediate intensive care nursery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and a clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. A long-term proponent of the benefits of a breast milk diet for prematurely born babies, Dr. Cohen has authored more than 50 papers, including “Cultured of Holder-Pasteruized Donor Human Milk After Use in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” (on which Mothers’ Milk Bank Executive Director Pauline Sakamoto served as co-author) and, “Feeding Premature Infants: Why, When, and What to Add to Human Milk.” Dr. Cohen continues to conduct research on the benefits of breast milk and advises the Mothers’ Milk Bank and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) on safety and appropriate uses of banked milk.

Kerin Torpey Bashaw, MPH, RN Chairperson of the Board

Vice President, Quality, Verity Health System Kerin brings over 25 years of both healthcare operations and quality and performance improvement expertise to help guide the milk bank’s operational improvement and growth plans. In her current responsibilities, she oversees quality and performance improvement, patient safety, patient experience, accreditation, licensing, regulatory, clinical analytics, infection control, and clinical transformation.

Susan Crowe MD, Member

MD, OB/GYN Director, Outpatient Breastfeeding Medicine Services at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford OB Clinic Susan Crowe, MD, is an obstetrician at Stanford who is a long-term champion of breastfeeding. She is enthusiastic about increasing every newborn's access to breast milk through quality maternity care practices and outpatient support of lactation. As a former donor to the milk bank, she brings both medical and donor perspectives to the Mothers' Milk Bank Board.

Karen Miyamoto, Board Secretary

Retired Public Health Nurse Manager, RN PHN Karen spent a career developing programs in maternal and child health. She devotes her board volunteerism to networking the Milk Bank with local doctors and funders. She also advocates for the mothers’s milk bank among health professionals locally.

Donna Mracek, Member

Chief Operating Brain, eBrains, Inc. Donna Mracek brings her online marketing savvy to the Milk Bank’s donor outreach efforts. She has helped local, national and international brands find their customers for 23 years. In her role of Chief Operating Brain at eBrains, inc, Donna oversees the operations of client services, online/permission marketing as well as finance and human resources.

Cameron Prescott, CPA, Treasurer

Senior Audit Associate, Frank Rimerman + Co. Cameron Prescott brings a level of watchfulness and enthusiasm honed during his four plus years practice as a CPA at Frank Rimerman + Co. auditing non-profit financials. He looks to apply this know-how to support the growth goals of the Mothers’ Milk Bank with the hope that the milk bank will become increasingly valued in our society, providing breast milk to those in need, at a cost that is significantly lower than that of the for profit entities in the industry.

Jeanie Suzuki, Chair

Retired VP Business Operations, Integrated Materials; VP Worldwide Customer Operations, Ultratech Stepper The moment Jeanette Suzuki closed the door on her years as the VP of Business Operations at Integrated Materials and VP of Worldwide Customer Operations at Ultratech Stepper she upped her volunteerism with the Mothers’ Milk Bank, bringing her years in manufacturing and quality to guide growth and expansion. For years, she worked with her company to set aside shipping materials such as boxes and bubble wrap to help the Mothers’ Milk Bank keep its fees as low as possible. Jeannie supports the research and implementation of new ideas to improve the product quality and production efficiencies so that mothers’ milk is more easily available and affordable for all babies who need it.

Crystal Ciancutti

Crystal's first interaction with the Mothers' Milk Bank was when she donated milk while breastfeeding her first son. She has spent her career in tech as an senior executive working at Airbnb, iTunes, Netflix, Shutterfly and a smattering of small startups and appreciates the opportunity to lend her product sensibility and business experience to MMB. Crystal received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and her MBA from M.I.T.

Sarah Mitchell, B. Kin., D.C

Sarah is a board certified Chiropractor with a combination of health and executive management experience in the Health sector. She is a member of the MMB Board, and brings her extensive experience in sales and marketing, infant sleep expertise and business development in that space, and passion for growing non-profit organizations with integrity and compassion.

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