Speaker’s Bureau

100px speakersThe following professionals and parents are available to speak to groups on topics relating to the Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents.  Read each person’s bio to find a match between a topic you would like presented and a speaker for that topic.  Please contact speakers directly to make requests.


JeneneJenene Woods Craig PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Dr. Jenene Craig lives in metro Atlanta, GA and is on faculty in the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University.  She has been in practice for 34 years, and serves as a national speaker supporting multidisciplinary work in the NICU with a focus on parent-infant outcomes.  She can speak to professionals and families about psychosocial support of parents (parent-infant attachment), neuroscience (neuroprotection of the developing brain), and family-centered integrated developmentally supportive caregiving within the NICU (from delivery through discharge). She is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Perinatal Association and is Co-Chair of the Neonatal Therapists National Certification Board.  Email:  JCraig@brenau.edu


J. Degl

Jennifer Degl

Jennifer Degl is the mother of four, including a 23 week micro preemie, the author of From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds, and a writer for Huffington Post Parents and The Mighty. As a seasoned public speaker based out of New York, Jennifer is eager to share her experiences as a preemie parent with those in need of support. For more information on Jennifer’s book, or to learn about her journey with prematurity, please see www.micropreemie.net. Email:  jenniferdegl@gmail.com


Erika Goyer

Erika Goyer lives in Austin, TX, and is the National Perinatal Association’s Board Member at Large as well as the Chair of NPA’s Family Advocacy Network. She can speak to parents and professionals on the psychosocial needs of NICU parents, peer-to-peer support, family-centered discharge planning, developmental care, and the unique needs of bereaved families. Some of her talks include “Nurturing the NICU Family,” “The Professionals’ Guide to NICU Parents,” and “Building a Bridge Between NICU and Home.” She also leads NICU staff training with the Resolve Through Sharing module on bereavement. Email: Erikagoyer@gmail.com.



Lisa Grubbs

Lisa Grubbs is Founder and President of NICU Helping Hands, a national nonprofit organization based in Fort Worth, Texas that provides parent support and education to families experiencing an antepartum or NICU hospitalization or loss of an infant. She can speak to professionals and parents about developing parent support and education programs within their hospitals, benefits of offering a peer-to-peer mentoring program utilizing graduate NICU parents, and best practices to consider when offering bereavement care to parents and siblings experiencing an infant death. For more information visit www.nicuhelpinghands.org or email lgrubbs@nicuhelpinghands.org.


sueSue Hall, MD, MSW, FAAP

Dr. Sue Hall is a neonatologist, former social worker, and author of the book For the Love of Babies; she lives in Ventura, CA. She was also co-chair of the Workgroup on Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents.  She can speak to professionals or to parents providing an overview of the psychosocial support project, peer-to-peer support, staff education and support, and on the need for psychosocial support for NICU parents.  She has also done parent mentor training.  For more information, visit her website at www.suehallmd.com. Email: suehallmd@gmail.com.




Kelli Kelley

Kelli Kelley is the mother of two children born preterm and the Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold, a national parent support organization based in Austin, TX.  Kelli can speak to professionals or parents about raising awareness of the high incidence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among  NICU parents, and the need for support and navigation resources to reduce the emotional impact of a NICU stay and ensure better outcomes for babies. Website: www.handtohold.org. Email: kelli@handtohold.org.




Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Carole Kenner is the Carol Kuser Loser Dean/Professor of the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ. Dr. Kenner received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her master’s and doctorate in nursing from Indiana University. Her career is dedicated to nursing education and to the health of neonates and their families, as well as educational and professional development of healthcare practices in neonatology. She speaks both nationally and internationally on family-centered integrated developmental care, neonatal palliative care, and transition from hospital to home for mothers and babies. Email: kennerc@tcjn.edu.

MaryLouise Martin, MSN, RNC-NIC

Marylouise Martin, MSN, RNC-NIC is a NICU nurse educator who resides in Florence, SC. She can speak to all types of professionals on importance of Psychosocial Support of NICU families, Staff training/support on psychosocial support for NICU families as well as the transcultural perspective of psychosocial support. Email: MMartin@mcleodhealth.org.





Cheryl Milford, Ed.S.

Cheryl A. Milford, Ed.S., lives in Manhattan Beach, CA and speaks to professionals and families on the issues surrounding NICU hospitalization from a neuroscience and infant mental health perspective.  She has worked in NICUs for 31 years, supporting staff and families dealing with the trauma, stress and challenges of the NICU. Email: Cheryl.milford@gmail.com.



Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Dr. Raylene Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, CA.  Dr. Phillips speaks on the topics of breastfeding, skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo Care), family-centered developmental care, neuroprotection of the developing brain, and mother infant attachment.  Email:  rphillips@llu.edu.



Lisa Segre, PhD

Dr. Lisa Segre obtained a doctoral degree in Clinical Community Psychology, and is now Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Her program of research focuses on implementation and evaluation of maternal depression screening and nurse-delivered counseling in the form of Listening Visits. She can speak on maternal depression, implementation of depression screening (how to), and Listening Visits. Email: lisa-segre@uiowa.edu.



Nancy SelixNancy Selix, DNP, FNP, CNM

Nancy Selix is a certified nurse midwife and a family nurse practitioner who teaches at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions in the nurse practitioner program. She is a published author on perinatal mental health policy, perinatal mental health in working women, simulation training, and the value of interprofessional collaboration in providing maternal mental health services within primary care. She is available to speak to professionals and faculty on any of these topics.  Email:  nwselix@usfca.edu.



Rebecca Siewert, DNP, NNP-BC, FAANP

Rebecca Siewert  is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner who lives in Iowa City, Iowa.  She is a NNP at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and holds two faculty appointments at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and at the University of Missouri Kansas City.  She can speak to professionals and or parents on topics related to maternal depression and psychosocial support for NICU parents.  Email:  rebecca-siewert@uiowa.edu.