About Us

Executive Team

Sahira A. Long, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM- President

Dr. Sahira Long is a board certified pediatrician and lactation consultant, and a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She is Medical Director for Children's Health Center - Anacostia, a community-based pediatric medical home owned and operated by Children's National Health System in medically underserved Southeast Washington, DC. She also directs the Children's National East of the River Lactation Support Center.

Dr. Long has served as president of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition since its inception in 2004. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has been involved in breastfeeding advocacy on the national, state and local level. Dr. Long participated as a panelist during the US Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and is featured as an expert in the OWH It's Only Natural campaign (www.womenshealth.gov/itsonlynatural) to improve breastfeeding rates among African Americans.

Mudiwah Kadeshe, RNC, CCE, IBCLC- Vice President

Mudiwah is one of the original founders of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition. She now serves as Vice President and Director of Programs/Grant Management. As a native Washingtonian, Mudiwah holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of the District of Columbia and a master's degree in nursing administration from George Mason University.

Mudiwah currently works as a community based lactation consultant in one of the most poverty-stricken wards in Washington, DC. In a grant funded collaborative project between the District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition (DCBFC) and the Children's National Health System she oversees the lactation peer educator services through the Children's National East of the River Lactation Support Center. After 30 years as an organization, Mudiwah is the first African-American board member of the International Lactation Consultants Association, (ILCA) elected July 2015.

Mrs. Kadeshe has co-authored several articles and poster presentations. In 2014, the United States Breastfeeding Coalition Conference awarded, first and second place to poster presentations Mudiwah coauthored, namely, "Creating a Baby-Friendly District of Columbia Hospital Initiative" and "Developing a Sustainable Clinical Skills Model" respectively.

Jessica Nash, MD FAAP- Co-Secretary

Jessica Nash is a board certified pediatrician and a nursing mother of one. She is a general pediatrician at Children's National Health System working at Anacostia Clinic. Dr. Nash hopes to continue to serve her community of underserved and disadvantaged youth by being a positive role model and ensuring pediatric issues are on the top of the agenda for all involved parties. Dr. Nash hopes to use breastfeeding as an avenue to help decrease health disparities.

Tamika Harris, IBCLC, RLC- Co-Secretary

Tamika Harris is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and WIC Breastfeeding Counselor. She is skilled in early childhood development, maternal-infant health and the science of human lactation. Tamika volunteers her time to teach breastfeeding classes to pregnant women and their families and leads a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. She is a member of the Breastfeeding USA Board of Directors, the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee and Task Force and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Tamika is passionate about every woman and child's right to breastfeed and is a staunch advocate for public policies that eliminate barriers to successful breastfeeding in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan community.

Candice Dawes, MD -Treasurer

Dr. Dawes has been a member of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition since 2014 and currently serves as our Treasurer. Dr. Dawes is a board certified Pediatrician who practices at a community site with Children's National Health System in Anacostia D.C. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr Dawes is committed to health disparities within the city, passionate about breastfeeding and its numerous health benefits, and assisting families who wish to breastfeed.

Board of Directors

Melissa Rojas (2017-2019)

Stephanie Sieswerda (2017-2019)

Stephanie Sieswerda has been an active community breastfeeding coalition member for over 8 years, and finds a particular interest in breastfeeding promotion and education. As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, she spearheaded a project that taught high schoolers and undergraduates about the many benefits of breastfeeding for health and community. Stephanie currently serves as Outreach Director at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington, where she seeks partnerships with other organizations in DC who protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Stephanie is also the chair of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition's Membership Committee and a member of their Board of Directors.

Gwendolyn West (2017-2019)

Michal A. Young, M.D., F.A.A.P. (2018-2020)

Dr. Young is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University College of Medicine. She also serves as the Medical Director of the B.L.E.S.S. (Breastfeeding Lactation Education Support Services) Initiative as well as Director of the NICU and Newborn Services, at Howard University Hospital. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, Class of 1979. Dr. Young completed a rotating internship in Medicine and Pediatrics at Grady Memorial and Emory Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a Pediatric residency in the Howard University Hospital/D.C. General Hospital Combined Program, and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. Her initial clinical and academic practice was at D. C General Hospital where she was the Director of the N.I.C.U. for the last five years prior to the closure of that Hospital in July 2001. Dr. Young has several publications and presentations over a range of topics governing infant care. Her research interests are in developmental outcomes of the ELBW, HIV perinatal transmission, and in breastfeeding education for professionals and parents.

She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Pediatrics (sections on Perinatal Medicine and Breastfeeding), National Medical Association (Pediatric Section), one of the Breastfeeding Coordinators for the D.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Board of Directors for the following organizations: D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition, Advisory Board of Health Connect 1, ROSE: Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Kathleen Logan, RN, CPNP, IBCLC (2018-2020)

Kathleen Logan has practiced as a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) since 1988. Kathleen's area of expertise is in newborn care and lactation consulting. She has been certified as a Lactation Consultant since 2003. She is currently working at Children's National Health Systems Community Health Center in Anacostia DC where she provides pediatric primary care and lactation services to patients and families.

Kathleen is on the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition (DCBFC) and was secretary of the coalition from 2009-2014. Kathleen was also a Regional Representative for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) 2012- present, serving as a liaison between the Mid-Atlantic Regional State Coalitions and the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

Kathleen is past Co-Chair (2010-2013) of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)'s special interest group on breastfeeding education. She is an active participant in the special interest group, coauthoring the clinical guidelines on breastfeeding for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has developed breastfeeding and obesity information guides for providers and parents. She is a co-author of "The Tri-Core Breastfeeding Conceptual Model: Strategies for Primary Care" published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, April 2014.

Kathleen is a student in the doctorate of nursing practice program at Regis University in Denver Colorado. The focus of her project work will be on increasing breastfeeding duration among African American women.

Dr. Jennifer Tender (2018-2020)

Dr. Tender is a board certified pediatrician, lactation consultant and mother of three. She is a general pediatrician at Children's National Medical Center and chair of the education committee of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition. Jennifer Tender's research interests include identifying barriers to breastfeeding among women receiving WIC.

Rachel Lloyd (2018-2020)

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Last Updated: June 2018