CABC Commissioners

On March 22, 2015, CABC adopted new bylaws to create two boards: Governors and Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for all accreditation decisions and serve on a separate decision panel for each birth center seeking accreditation.

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Ashton Osborne, RN, BSN, CABC CommissionerChair: Ashton Osborne, RN, MSN

  • Nurse Manager, Charleston Birth Place, Charleston, SC
  • AABC Strong Start Peer Counselor
  • MSN in Nursing Education from Walden University

Denise Roy, MSN, CNMClinical Vice Chair: Denise Roy, MSN, CNM

  • Adjunct professor in Midwifery at Philadelphia University
  • Previous consultant to Georgetown University’s clinical placement team for distance Midwifery students
  • Former clinical director, director of quality assurance and staff development, and staff nurse-midwife at The Birth Center (now known as Lifecycle WomanCare), Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Former CABC President
  • MSN/CNM from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • BSN from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Administrative Vice Chair: Olga Ryan, MS-NL, RNOlga Ryan, MS-NL, RN

  • Clinic Manager at El Rio Birth and Women’s Health Center – Tucson, since 2008; staff nurse since 2006.
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor since 2008.
  • Presenter at Annual Shock/Trauma Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and AABC Birth Institute in Tuscon, AZ
  • MSN Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
  • BSN from Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont.

Abbie SynanCommissioners Secretary: Abbie Synan, BA

  • Administrator, Valley Birthplace Birth Center and Woman Care, Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • BA in Journalism and French, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Kenneth P Blau, MDKenneth P. Blau, MD

  • Founder of the Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center
  • Attending Physician, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
  • Graduate of New York Medical College
  • Residency: Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY & Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Member: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American UroGynecology Society, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • Previous board member of the AABC

Dominic J. Cammarano, III, DO, FACOGDominic J. Cammarano, III, DO, FACOG

  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Reading, PA
  • Collaborative physician for Reading Birth & Women’s Center since 1988
  • Former Owner, Reading Birth & Women’s Center
  • DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Judy ClarkJudy Clark, CNM

  • American Association of Birth Centers (formerly National Association of Childbearing Centers), Secretary: 1992 – 1996.
  • Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers,  Commissioner: 1997 – 2009.
  • CNM from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • MSN from University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
  • BSN from Central State University, Edmond, OK
  • BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Mills College, Oakland, CA

Rachel Dingfelder, CABC CommissionerRachel Dingfelder, BA

  • Development Coordinator, The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Former Client Services Associate, The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BA in Anthropology and English Writing from University of Pittsburgh

Melanie Dossey, CNMMelanie Dossey, CNM

  • Founder/Former Owner/Clinical Director, Nativiti Women’s Health and Birth Center, Houston, TX
  • CNM from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Catherine Gordon, CNM, MSN, CABC CommissionerCatherine Gordon, MS, CNM, FNP-BC

  • Co-founder/owner of New Birth Company
  • Founder Mercy & Truth Medical Missions
  • MS University of Kansas
  • Professor Mid-America Nazarene University
  • Chair Legislative committee KS-ACNM

Lynn Kane, PhD, CABC CommissionerLynn Kane, PhD

  • Parent Representative on CABC Board of Commissioners
  • Chair, Lane County Friends of the Birth Center Consumer Advisory Group
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music History, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance: Accompanying, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Danielle LugrandDanielle Lugrand, CLC, CD/PCD, CBE

  • Parent Representative on CABC Board of Commissioners
  • Founder, Agape Doula Service and Agape Doula Postpartum Services in Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State Co-coordinator, Postpartum Support International
  • Program Director, facilitator at COBA Baby Café

Amanda (Manga) Penwell, CPMAmanda (Manga) Penwell, CDM, CPM, MS

  • Staff Midwife, Alaska Family Health & Birth Center, Fairbanks, AK
  • Former Administrative and Clinical Faculty at Mercy In Action College of Midwifery, Boise, ID
  • Licensed New Mexico Midwife since 1998
  • Former Co-Director of Mercy In Action Maternity Clinic, Cebu, Philippines
  • BS and MS from National College of Midwifery Taos, NM

Jessica Sawyer, CPM, CDM, CABC CommissionerJessica Sawyer, CDM, CPM

  • Part-owner/director and staff midwife at Mat-su Midwifery, Wasilla, AK
  • Treasurer and former Secretary/Treasurer of Midwives Association of Alaska
  • Member Accountability Action Committee (Peer Review) of Midwives Association of Alaska
  • Midwifery Apprenticeship - Wasilla, Alaska, USA. NARM and Alaska State approved apprenticeship program under Judi Davidson CPM, CDM and Sharon Evans CPM,
  • BS in Biology with emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology from University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

Ann Sober, RNAnn Sober, RN, BSN

  • Co-founder, owner and director, Special Beginnings Birth Center, Arnold, MD
  • Co-founder and former owner, The Baltimore Birth Center
  • BSN from The College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD
  • RN from Albert Einstein Medical Center, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA