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, DNP/FNP-BC/MPH/IBCLC/CLC, is Chief Empowerment (CEO) and Change Leader of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc (ROSE), a nonprofit corporation developed in 2011, to address breastfeeding inequities and disparities in the African American community.
Kimarie previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of the faculty for CHAMPS (communities and hospital’s advancing maternal practices) a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and chair of the nominating committee for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She also provides training for WIC Breastfeeding administrative staff and Peer Counselors nationally.
She recently completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects.
Kimarie is married to Dr. George Bugg Jr., a neonatologist and they are the parents of five adult children.
Mary Nicholson Jackson,
CLC, is Vice President of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE), a non-profit developed to decrease breastfeeding disparities in the African American community. Mary is presently working with Grady Health System’s WIC Program as their Breastfeeding Consultant in Atlanta. Mary does daily bedside counseling, support the NICU families who are breastfeeding, teaches perinatal breastfeeding education and coordinates breastfeeding education to Emory and Morehouse medical student for 15 years and other Ancillary Health Divisions of the hospital. Mary is the Co-Chair of the Hospital’s Baby Friendly Initiative/Best-Fed Beginning team. Mary has just step down from a two year volunteer position as the President of the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition (GBC) and prior to that as volunteer co-chair of the Georgia Task Force for Breastfeeding. Under Mary’s leadership and partnering with the Georgia Maternal Child Health Division and GA AAP, GBC was able to secure a paid PT staff person to help with the day-to-day business of the GBC. Mary has worked as an advisor for the Southeastern Region and National WIC Peer Counselor.
, RN., M.N., W.H.N.P.C., CLC, is a founding member
of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE). Betty has worked in
women’s health for over 30 years. She completed certification as a Women’s
Health Nurse Practitioner from Emory University. She recently retired
from the State of Georgia Department of Human Resources, DeKalb
County Board of Health as a public health nurse and program
administration where she managed, developed and implemented numerous
statewide and local public health programs. Her past experiences include
instruction in a baccalaureate nursing program and mother-baby nursing in
a large urban hospital. She has an passion for mothers and babies and
believes we must support and nurture our mothers who will nurture our
, CLC, IBCLC, work in breastfeeding advocacy stems from her passion for addressing maternal and infant health issues, especially among communities of color. Breastfeeding is a preventative strategy for combating infant mortality and the health disparities that disproportionately affect African American families. Ms. Serano is originally from North Hollywood CA. She attended Mount St. Mary’s College with a major in Healthcare Policy and minor in Business Administration. During her course of studies, she participated in the Transforming Communities and Public Policy-Washington Semester Program at American University and interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services in the Office on Women’s Health.
In 2012, Andrea assisted in the coordination of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) first breastfeeding summit titled, “Reclaiming an African American Tradition”. Following the summit, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and currently serves as ROSE Program Director. In her role, Andrea serves on the coordinating team for ROSE events, trainings, and program related activities.
In addition, Ms. Serano is a Co-Founder and Treasurer for National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), board member for the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, Stakeholder Advisory Board Member of the Emory Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome and Metabolomics, member of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, and a member representative for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Andrea also serves as a member of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) National 2016 First Food Racial Equity cohort, where she co-facilitates trainings for communities and organizations.
Paula Bugg, MS
is the Communications and Media Coordinator for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), Inc. Paula has been working with ROSE since its inception in 2011. She is currently a third-year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and president of her medical school class. Upon graduation, Paula hopes to address some of the issues related to maternal and infant mortality by promoting the benefits of breastfeeding to her patients and their families.
is a first-year graduate student in Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a 2017 graduate of Morehouse College, where he studied and tutored mathematics (and was recognized as the most outstanding mathematics student in the graduating class), served as President of the Morehouse College Lacrosse Club Team (MCLCT), and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc., the Alpha Rho chapter. Caleb seeks to discover and implement quantitative methods in the areas of operations and human resource management to improve efficiency and marketing strength. It is his desire to serve community-based nonprofits as a career, utilizing his future Ph.D. in Operations Research, a highly specified area of the management sciences.
, BS, CLC, is the Community Transformer Coordinator for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc. (ROSE). She is a modern mom of 6 beautiful children. Tenesha is currently collaborating with Emory Decatur Medical’s NICU department in their milk room laboratory while working in lactation there. She has trained and mentored approximately 300 Community Transformers through her position as Community Transformer Coordinator at ROSE. She has also worked as a proud Peer Counselor, where she taught breastfeeding classes and followed moms on their breastfeeding journey through the Loving Support Curriculum. With 11.5 years of experience Tenesha Sellers has stayed committed to lactation while serving as a WIC peer Counselor and Rockdale County school liaison. She has received several certificates and acknowledgements for her work and participation in advocating breastfeeding in and out of her local communities.
Graduate of Emory University. Class of 2000. Graduate of The University of West Georgia. Class of 2003. School Counselor for 13 years in the public school system.
Mia Burrell, Financial Manager
Wesley Bugg, ROBE Director
is a 2016 graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Law (JD, LLM), and 2013 graduate of Emory University (BA). He is currently the deputy director of Court Vision International Inc., a nonprofit that promotes youth advocacy and conflict resolution. His current interests include legal compliance and business development, especially for startups and small nonprofits where these tasks are often expensive and difficult. In this spirit, he serves ROSE as the Legal Compliance Officer and financial assistant, aggregated into his role as Financial and Legal Operation Coordinator.
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