Kristen has been working as a certified nurse-midwife in the New Haven area since 2002. Prior to receiving her MSN from Yale University School of Nursing, Kristen worked as a labor and delivery nurse and with Planned Parenthood in Boston. With a background in Spanish and Anthropology, Kristen enjoys working with a racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse population. Kristen currently works in the office setting at an all-midwifery group and a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Co-president - Kristin Nowak
A native of western Pennsylvania, Kristin holds a bachelorís degree in environmental and evolutionary biology and anthropology from Dartmouth College. After working in a developmental biology lab, she began her masterís degree in public health at Dartmouth Medical School, where she led projects focused on improving the quality of care for women attempting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), comparisons of breast cancer treatment regimens, and assessing nutrition resources for children. She graduated with her MPH in 2004, then joined the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where she conducted research focused on healt hcare utilization, spending, and outcomes. During this period, she gave birth to two amazing daughters, with the help of her inspiring midwives. After relocating to Connecticut, she earned her MSN at Yale University School of Nursing. During this time, she helped author a reproductive health curriculum targeting low-income women in New Haven.
Kristin has been practicing midwifery in the New Haven area since 2011, and joined Womenís Health Associates in 2017. She is also a staff affiliate at both Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing, as well as a Frontier Nursing University preceptor. Kristin loves caring for women through the reproductive years and beyond, with a special focus on teen health and integrative medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling near and far, growing and preparing delicious food, practicing yoga, and exploring the outdoors with her daughters, baby boy, and superstar husband.
Vice President - Stephanie Welsh
A 1995 graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications, and a 2002 graduate of Yale University with a Master of Science in Nursing, Stephanie Welsh has been a certified nurse-midwife at Mansfield Ob/Gyn in northeastern Connecticut since 2003. She worked as a photojournalist until 1999, when she left journalism to pursue a career in midwifery.
Her journalism honors include the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for a photographic essay on female circumcision in Kenya. Her other awards include honors from Pictures of the Year, College Photographer of the Year, and the World Press Photo Awards. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St Lawrence University and The Newseum in Washington, DC.
Ms. Welsh has lectured widely on issues of bodily integrity and women, and about the cultural context and the social, political, and psychological issues of female genital cutting. She is a clinical instructor for Yale University, Georgetown University & UCONN Schools of Nursing. She served as secretary for the Connecticut ACNM affiliate from 2014-2015 and is currently serving as vice president.
Treasurer - Melissa Gregorio
Melissa, CNM, MSN, 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 - Jenna LoGiudice
Jenna, PhD, CNM, RN 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).