Arielís career in healthcare started when she was a teenager, first becoming a CNA and working in a local rehab / long term care facility. She then obtained an EMT license and moved on to work as a nurse technician in the ER at New Britain General Hospital (now The Hospital of Central Connecticut). She became a registered nurse in 2005 and landed a job in labor and delivery where she worked for many years prior to meeting a practicing midwife and realizing this was the right next step for her. In 2017, Ariel graduated from Baystate Medical Centerís Midwifery Education Program and started working at Manchester OB-GYN Associates. She loves being a midwife here in CT, and plans to do her part to normalize midwifery care in America in order to improve health care access and outcomes for women.
Co-vice president - Jenna LoGiudice PhD, CNM, RN
Jenna is an Assistant Professor in the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University. She is the author of 6 peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. She has been published three times in the leading midwifery journal, the Journal of Midwifery and Womenís Health. She currently maintains clinical practice as a CNM at Planned Parenthood and with Greater New Haven OB-GYN. Prior to moving into academia, she practiced full scope midwifery in Waterbury, CT. She enjoys traveling and swimming. She is the mother of 2 little ladies and 1 little guy who keep her on her toes. She holds her BSN from Fairfield University (class of 2006), her MSN from Yale University (2008) and PhD from the University of Connecticut (2014).
Co-vice president - Nancy Burton CNM
Nancy Burton practiced full-scope midwifery for over 40 years, working with underserved populations for much of that time. She served on the faculty of the Yale School of Nursing in the Midwifery/Womenís Health specialty and is now retired from clinical practice. She was vice president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) from 1983-1985. She has previously held leadership positions including president of the Connecticut chapter of the ACNM. In recent years, Ms. Burton has concentrated her social and political efforts in working toward universal health care for all. She is chairperson of the board of directors of the Universal Health Care Foundation in Connecticut. She has lobbied and testified before the state legislature on bills supporting midwifery and expansion of affordable health care coverage options. She has been involved in justice actions concerning immigrant rights.
Treasurer - Melissa Gregorio, CNM, MSN
Melissa has been serving the New Haven area as a full-scope midwife since 2013. Previously, she worked as an RN at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. Melissa is passionate about teaching and regularly mentors midwifery students in the clinical setting. She also facilitates childbirth classes through The Parent Collective of Fairfield County, and helps prepare graduating RNs for their NCLEX exams as an instructor for Kaplan Test Prep, Inc. She has been published once in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. Melissa received her BSN from Fairfield University in 2007 and her MSN from Columbia University in 2011.
Secretary - Sara Church, CNM
Sara was born at Norwalk Hospital and has been joyfully practicing full-scope midwifery there since 2009. She obtained a BS in Diagnostic Genetics at UConn before following her calling as a midwife. She obtained her BSN and MSN in Midwifery at Columbia University. She enjoys precepting and has worked with midwifery students from Yale, Columbia, Frontier, and Fairfield Universities. Sara also serves as a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and on the Medical Executive Committee at Norwalk hospital. In her spare time she is the proud mom of two boys.