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Simkin Center Staff

Annie Kennedy

Director

Annie has worked in education and the birth professions since 1989.  She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota. She is a former birth doula, trained by Penny Simkin at Seattle Midwifery School. Annie served at the Founding President of PALS Doulas and of DONA International, and is also a co-founder of DONA International.    She is on the Board of Directors of Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh).  She identifies as white European American and grew up in a middle class family in the hills of southern Michigan.  Annie is passionate about humane childbirth and health and race equity.

akennedy[at]bastyr[dot]edu

(425) 602-3378

Annie Kennedy

Kay Hwang

Program Coordinator

Kay has worked in education for over 10 years and has experience in the banking industry. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and is alumni of Alpha Phi Sorority. She has a passion for serving the needs of the learning community, and for promoting birth advocacy for women and families. Kay identifies as Korean American and was born in Kansas. She enjoys yoga, being in nature, and spending time with family and friends.

khwang[at]bastyr[dot]edu

(425) 602-3361

Kay Hwang

Jo Kilburn

Program Coordinator

Jo has 30 years of experience in the field of childbirth, attending over 300 births in home and hospital. These experiences confirm her belief in the importance of undisturbed birth and that the care received in the beginning of life directly effects the rest of one’s life.  Jo is an active DONA International Certified Birth Doula and a certified HypnoBirthing childbirth educator. She is the President of San Diego Birth Network, a group of professional and independent practitioners in San Diego who support the normalcy of birth. She identifies as white European American, an only child who grew up in a multi-generational and multicultural home in California and New York City.

(Bastyr University California)

jkilburn[at]bastyr[dot]edu

(858) 246-9704

Jo Kilborn

Tina Praseuth

Website Assistant & Graphic Designer

tpraseuth[at]bastyr[dot]edu

(425) 602-3441

Tina Praseuth Staff

Yuliani Chandranata

Office Assistant

 

Yuliani serves as Simkin Center Office Assistant since 2012. She has a BS in Biotechnology/Microbiology from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. She is completing her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine as well as Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr. She worked alongside naturopathic midwives and has a passion for women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and pediatrics, using naturopathic, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines modalities. Yuli grew up in Indonesia.  In Indonesia community is very important and people are connected to each other and care for each other, especially in the event of childbirth.

yuliani.chandranata[at]bastyr[dot]edu

Yuliani Chandranata

DeVoni Lent

Program Assistant

DeVoni goes by DeVo, and has worked in customer service since 2001. She graduated from South Seattle Community College with a degree in Pastry and Specialty Baking with a focus in chocolates. DeVo served military personnel and their families in Europe during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and feels more deeply connected to families and communities because of that experience. She became involved with birth communities and professionals when her own child was born in 2012.  DeVo grew up in Seattle and identifies as Native American as a member of the Cherokee tribe, as well as with her Irish and Jewish heritage.

dlent[at]bastyr[dot]edu

(425) 896-6826

Tina Praseuth Staff

 

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simkincenter[at]bastyr[dot]edu
(425) 602-3361
Room #422
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028

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Staff
Annie Kennedy
, Director
Kay Hwang
, Program Coordinator
DeVoni Lent, Program Assistant
Jo Kilburn, Program Coordinator (Bastyr University California)

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