Debby’s experience with birth work spans nearly two decades. From training with the world-renowned Gail Tully to working with Hennepin County Medical Center’s Doula Program to serving as a Doula Liaison for Anoka County’s Healthy Start Program with Unity Hospital, Debby has attended more than 300 births.
In addition to launching Everyday Miracles in 2003, she is also one of the founding members of The Childbirth Collective, a primary contributor to our vibrant Twin Cities birth community. Debby was recently named one of the Childbirth Collective’s Shining Stars in recognition of her ongoing, tireless and compassionate work on behalf of families and doulas.
A proud mother and grandmother, Debby considers it a gift to be present at the birth of a new being, and she brings joy, love, gentleness and peace to every birth she is honored to attend.
Meg VanWagner, Board Member
Meg is a leader in driving strategy, program design, scalability, and capacity-building for social change organizations. As the Founder of her own social change consulting practice, Rauth VanWagner Consulting, she works with nonprofits, mission-driven startups, and social entrepreneurs across the country. Local clients include Hack the Gap, Beta.MN/Twin Cities Startup Week, and HandsOn Twin Cities. As the founder of Impact Day, she designs cross-sector convenings and workshops between nonprofits and professionals to accelerate the organization's impact and provide opportunities for skills-based volunteering. Previous to her current work, she spent several years at the Taproot Foundation in San Francisco, most recently as the National Director of Program Delivery and Design, a newly created role for the org, where she scaled and led the national program team across the Bay Area, Chicago, LA, NYC, and DC, and spearheaded the redesign of the flagship program to drive better outcomes for nonprofit clients, pro bono consultants, and national funders. Prior to Taproot, Meg has worked at several direct-service nonprofits as well as in healthcare, hospitality, and legal support services in Omaha, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Amsterdam, NL. When she's not changing the world, she's changing diapers at her most effortful yet most rewarding job as Mom.
Aaronica Jackson, Board Member
Aaronica is a student and Mother of a strong-willed girl named Reign. Shas her Associates in Liberal Arts and is completing her B.A in Individualized Studies with a Minor in Civic Engagement. Aaronica has spent the past 18 years serving young people and their families through service and service-learning.
Aaronica has also completed all of the Prenatal classes at Everyday Miracles and had doulas through the Karma Doula Collaborative. Aaronica joined the board, because Everyday Miracles is a special organization that helped her in the birth of her child and has been supportive in the year after.
Susan Lane, Board Member
Susan Lane has been a doula for 22 years and has held certifications from DONA, Lamaze, and the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, and maintains certifications from Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Spinning Babies, the Farm Midwifery School (Midwifery Assistant), and Commonsense Childbirth, Inc (doula and parent educator). She has a Master’s Degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University. Susan has been the citizen advocate for doula care, most recently doula care for Medicaid clients, and also for bills related to birth centers, midwifery, and incarcerated pregnant persons. She is mother and a grandmother, and enjoys gardening, sailing, reading, writing, biking, cross-country skiing, and camping.
Tsega Tamene, Board Member
Tsega Tamene is committed to health equity and communities most impacted by health disparities. As the Director of Community Health at Pillsbury United Communities, Ms. Tamene leads strategic program development, implementation, and evaluation in order to amplify the needs and priorities of communities toward systems change. In this role, she focuses on learning and creating with communities. Ms. Tamene is passionate about community leadership, intersectionality, and self-study. As a public health researcher and advocate, she has previously worked with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Suffolk County Jail. Ms. Tamene graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history, global health policy, and premedicine.
Dan Canfield, Board Member
Dan looks to acquire and partner with businesses that need operational and marketing support. He has advised startups in the past, consulted on marketing and digital strategy and has owned several businesses. Currently, Dan is growing a maternity resale company called Bellies to Babies through franchise opportunities and recently bought a Clothes Mentor in Edina to help turnaround. Dan is all about the grind and is looking for his next business to buy. While Dan is always thinking about a new business idea, his favorite activity by far is hanging out with his family!
Julie Farias, Board Member
Julie Farias is a family physician who is dedicated to serving women through their pregnancy and afterwards, and providing care for their entire family. She is passionate about empowering and educating women in order to help them achieve their desired birth experience. She has a special interest in serving the LGBTQ+ community and provides cross gender hormone therapy at the Park Nicollet Gender Services Clinic.
Julie is originally from Santa Rosa, CA. She attended college at Cornell University in upstate New York and medical school at the University of Iowa. She moved to MN in 2008 and immediately felt at home, finding that she loved the Minnesota culture. She enjoys spending time with her growing family and doing outdoor activities, including playing at various parks and walking the trails of the west metro area. She also loves checking out local libraries!
Anna Levine, Board Member
Anna is a Certied Nurse Midwife in the Twin Cities area. Check back for her full bio soon.
Kristen Womack, Board Member
Kristen is an award-winning product leader, team builder, and technology consultant in Minneapolis. She is co-founder of Hello Mom, co-founder of Hack the Gap, an advisor to the Everyday Miracles board of directors and the founder and principal of Night Sky Web Co. Previously, she was the head of the API Developer Program at Best Buy, the Director of Product at LeadPages, co-organizer of Product Tank Twin Cities, Co-ambassador of the Twin Cities Geekettes, and a founding board member of Mpls MadWomen. She is a sought-after writer and speaker on issues ranging from API development to team management, and is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech world.