September 8, 2015 - Lansing, MI - Michigan Beastfeeding Network (MIBFN) Board of Directors has appointed Erin Lamb as Executive Director.
Lamb was selected because of her commitment to improving the health of Michigan families and her experience in nonprofit work.
"The Michigan Breastfeeding Network is comitted to normalizing breastfeeding in Michigan and we're seeing a lot of great opportunities to expand our work. Erin's experience and leadership are going to be tremendous additions for our organization," said Barbara Jammer, MIBFN Interim Executive Director.
Beginning with a passion for theatre and dance, Lamb received her Bachelor's degree in dietetics from Michigan State University and transitioned into a nutrition-related career. She then received her Master's degree in education-instruction from Central Michigan University.
Most recently, Lamb obtained her graduate certificate in Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport from the University of Connecticut. Her work focused on providing organizational development for diverse groups of individuals in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors as well as to build leadership and communication skills.
She is the Board Chair for Global Youth Education and Change (GYEC), a nonprofit that provides leadership and entrepreneurial education to children through internships and volunteer opportunities. Lamb has been trained in Sports-Bard Youth Development (SBYD), nonprofit leadership and facilitation, and is an ACE-certified health coach.
The Sterling Heights native, now residing in the Flint area, is President of the Rotary Club of Great Flint Sunrise and sits on the Priority Children Children's Champion Awards Breakfast planning committee.
Lamb has been a presenter for the Michigan Association for Health, Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the National Association for Health and Fitness, as well as the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She was also featured in Today's Dietitian magazine and is a newswire contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly.
"I have always been interested in health. Breastfeeding - including its support in the community - is one of the first opportunities we have to ensure the best possible start for Michigan's mothers, babies, and their families," said Lamb.
Lamb succeeds Interim Executive Director Barbara Jammer. Jammer, who has been involved with the Michigan Breastfeeding Network for over 10 years, has served as secretary and wored on several projects including Business Case for Breastfeeding, MIBFN AWards and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Conference planning committee.
"Barb has done so much for the Network and breastfeeding in Michigan beyond her work as our Interim Executive Director," said Lisa King, MIBFN Board Member.
"She's been a lactation consultant for Michigan WIC and worked as a WIC nutritionist in Saginaw and Bay Counties. She's been active in community breastfeeding coalitions in Mid-Michigan. We are so grateful for Barb's work and wish her a happy and relaxing retirement with her five grandkids," added King.
MIBFN Board of Directors represent health care, lactation services, nonprofit organizations, government, business and philanthropy. Current members and their afflication can be found here.
About Michigan Breastfeeding Network
The mission of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) is to optimize state and community support of breastfeeding by leading collaborative actions for advocacy, education, and coalition building. To learn more, visit www.mibreastfeeding.org.