Who are the friendly faces you’ll meet at the BRC?
|Colette M. Acker, IBCLC
Colette is the Executive Director and a founder of the Breastfeeding Resource Center. She certified as an IBCLC in 1998. Colette is the recipient of the 2017 USLCA Award of Excellence. She is the third person in history to win this coveted honor. Colette works tirelessly to keep this small non-profit organization afloat. During the rare times that Colette is not working, she can be found doing Zumba workouts or playing with her granddaughter.
|Janice E. McPhelin, IBCLC
Janice is the Director of Development and lactation consultant at the BRC. She has a degree in Business Communications, and spent a decade working in the commercial mortgage industry before developing a passion for helping breastfeeding mothers. Janice certified as IBCLC in 2008 and recently recertified in 2018. She has been working for the BRC since 2006. Janice loves helping new mothers and their babies; and she also enjoys working with donors and grantors in her development role. Janice is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, and they have two teenaged boys, MJ and Liam.
|Louisa Brandenburger, IBCLC
Louisa certified as an IBCLC in 2009. She’s worked in both the hospital and out-patient settings. Due to the popularity of our Abington office, Louisa now works full-time there. She’s also certified in Tummy Time and runs the BRC’s Tummy Time workshops. Louisa has been married for over 20 years and has four amazing kids who were all breastfed. In her spare time, she can be found driving to softball & soccer games. She is never without her kindle as reading is her second passion. (obviously, breastfeeding being her first!) She enjoys blogging about books and spending time with her family.
|Jennifer McClure, IBCLC
Jen always knew she wanted to work with babies. She says, “I had many issues breastfeeding my second child. I was introduced to a breastfeeding counselor who helped me tremendously. After receiving that support, I wanted to repay the favor.” Jen became a peer breastfeeding counselor, and sat for her IBCLC exam in 2009. Jen has been with the BRC since 2007, starting in administration and then as an IBCLC. Jen loves her work at the BRC. She has been married to her husband for 17 years and has 3 amazing teenage children, all of whom were breastfed.
Nancy, the BRC’s current Office Manager, started working at the Breastfeeding Resource Center a year after we opened. Nancy is the queen of detail that no office can be without! She and her husband, Bob, have lived in the Abington area since 2001 but she still calls the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia “home”. She has worked for many non-profits over the years, including eight years living overseas. She breastfed her two children and is ready for the grandchildren to start pouring in!
Laura is the Office Administrator for the King of Prussia office. Laura has over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry and has held various roles in employee and client relations. She attended Rosemont College where she earned her degree in Human Resource Management. Laura and her significant other, John, love to travel and go to concerts. They reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Hillary is our Program Director, and long-time volunteer at the BRC. Hillary found her passion for breastfeeding after the birth of her first child, and took the NMAC Counselor Training Class in order to help other moms succeed with their breastfeeding goals. Hillary graduated with a BS in Accounting from Cabrini University and has worked in Accounting and Social Media prior to joining the BRC staff. Hillary enjoys spending time with her family, preferably on a warm, sunny beach.
Coming soon: Amber’s picture.
Amber has a passion for helping others and enjoys making sure our clients receive the best care through her administrative role at the BRC. She loves music, nature, cooking, gardening, traveling and snapping photos of all of the above. Amber is also a certified Usui Reiki Level 2 practitioner. She seeks to continuously improve herself so that she can be of the greatest service to others.
One of her favorite quotes: “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest places if you look at it right.”