Meet the ILCA Board of Directors

The ILCA Board of Directors has decision-making powers regarding matters of policy, direction, strategy, and governance of the organization. They steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, and ensuring adequate resources.

IONA MACNAB, BA(Hons), LLB, IBCLC

President: 2022-2024

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

ionamacnab@ilca.org

Iona Macnab began her professional working life as a lawyer in Australia. She subsequently moved to Tokyo Japan, where she lived for 25 years, raising her three (formerly) breastfed children and unexpectedly changing careers. She became a volunteer La Leche League (LLL) Leader in Tokyo in 1997 and later served as the LLL Regional Administrator of Leaders for Asia, Africa and Middle East for 7 years. In 2002 she became an IBCLC in Japan, supporting the international community both in person and remotely. After returning to Australia, she helped establish an online lactation education platform in 2011. She continues to volunteer with LLL, served as the volunteer Conference Coordinator for Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) for 5 years, and was Chair of ILCA’s Professional Development Committee prior to her election to the ILCA Board.  Her vision for ILCA is to strengthen our international partnerships and global advocacy efforts so that all IBCLCs and lactation care providers can be recognised and supported in their work.

MAXINE SCRINGER-WILKES MN, RN, BN, IBCLC

President Elect: 2024-2026

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

maxine@ilca.org

Maxine Scringer-Wilkes honed her maternal child nursing skills while working in outpost nursing. She moved into public health nursing and through working with amazing mentors and resilient families she developed an understanding of the many challenges and complexities of breastfeeding and achieved her IBCLC. Maxine currently supports inpatient and outpatient dyads, through collaborating within a multidisciplinary team, and primarily supports dyads in a surgical NICU. Maxine is also an active contributor to feeding policies, procedures, and resource documents, in addition to staff teaching and orientation. In the past Maxine has volunteered on her local, provincial, and national breastfeeding committees, and is a BFI assessor.

TOVA OVITS, IBCLC

Secretary
Second Term: 2022-2025

Brooklyn, New York, United States

tovaovits@ilca.org

Tova Ovits graduated from Pace University with a BA in English. While breastfeeding her youngest child, she read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and discovered how much she didn’t know while nursing her older kids. Tova has been dedicated to helping mothers and babies breastfeed ever since. She volunteered with an international breastfeeding peer support organization and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to help even more families enjoy a healthy, happy beginning.

Janet Jones, IBCLC, RLC

Treasurer
Second Term: 2023-2026

Austin, Texas, United States

janetjones@ilca.org

Janet Jones is from a small town in the Texas panhandle and was the first in her family to attend college. The route to her vocation however, was found through motherhood and mentorship. She became a breastfeeding peer counselor and learned about the lactation profession. From that moment forward, supporting new families and increasing access to care became her passion.  Janet has worked as an IBCLC in private practice, a Breastfeeding Training Specialist for the State Health Department, a hospital based IBCLC, and is currently the founder and director of a lactation practice in Texas that employs over 40 IBCLCs, RDs and parent educators. Her team has an established paid internship “Lactation Tech” program for aspiring IBCLCs with the objective of removing barriers and increasing diversity and equity in the field of lactation and skilled lactation care. Janet has volunteered for and worked on the legislative committee for her statewide breastfeeding coalition as well as held leadership roles including treasurer, vice president, and president for her regional breastfeeding coalition. She looks forward to contributing to the success of ILCA’s vision.

IRENA ZAKARIJA-GRKOVIC, MD, PhD, FRACGP, IBCLC

First Term: 2021-2024

Split, Croatia, Europe

irena@ilca.org

Irena Zakarija-Grkovic is the founding president of the Croatian Association of Lactation Consultants and a founding member of the National Breastfeeding Committee.  She worked as a GP and IBCLC in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to Split, Croatia. Irena now teaches at the University of Split School of Medicine, where she has been conducting an annual 90-h breastfeeding course since 2007. Irena is the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative coordinator for Croatia and Europe, and is an educator and assessor for the BFHI. Irena has served ILCA in the past as a member of the Conference, Multilingual and Global Outreach Committees, and sees ILCA as the go-to-place for breastfeeding education.

ZOE FAULKNER, BA (Hons), IBCLC

First Term: 2022-2025

Brighton, United Kingdom

zoefaulkner@ilca.org

Zoe Faulkner is an IBCLC lactation consultant and works in the community public health service within the specialist infant feeding team. She is as an educator, mentor and delivers the specialist service for families experiencing complex and persistent feeding challenges alongside implementing Baby Friendly standards. Prior to this she ran the breastfeeding peer support programme for 15 years, recruiting training and supervising a team of 30 volunteers working in both community and hospital settings. Zoe is a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton. Zoe also has extensive governance and operational experience running an organisation and is immediate past Chair of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain.

SUE JAMESON, MA, IBCLC, FILCA

First Term: 2023-2026

Ireland

suejameson@ilca.org

Sue Jameson is an IBCLC and a Fellow of ILCA, who has been assisting breastfeeding dyads and families for over three decades, both as a community-based volunteer and for the past 20 years as an LC in Private Practice. Sue has served on numerous Boards and governing bodies during her varied career and has been involved in breastfeeding education and support through many avenues, inclusive of: serving as a tutor for volunteer counsellors, serving as a member and past President of the National Association ALCI, working with multi-agency groups to devise literature and materials for other Health Care Professionals under the auspices of The Irish College of Physicians, representing community-based breastfeeding supporters on expert working groups within the department of health. She is currently involved with WBTi.

ANGELA LOVE-ZARANKA, BA, IBCLC, RLC

First Term: 2023-2026

Alexandria, Virginia, USA

angelalovezaranka@ilca.org

Angela Love-Zaranka is an IBCLC with more than 26 years of experience, having also served on international, national, and regional boards of directors. She has also served as a board member and committee chair in several capacities, and as the chair for a multi-disciplinary committee implementing the BFHI guidelines and criteria. Angela currently serves as the program director for an international lactation education organization. Angela’s professional lactation career is built on a peer support background, where she learned all facets of the field (lactation support, administrative roles, and leadership skills) through volunteerism.

SUSHMA MALIK, MD, FIAP, IBCLC

First Term: 2023-2026

Mumbai, India

sushmamalik@ilca.org

Sushma Malikis a pediatrician, neonatologist, and lactation consultant. She has over 35 years of experience in addressing the challenges of reducing neonatal and infant mortality in a diverse country like India. She has served as Professor Emeritus and Head of Pediatrics and Neonatology Department in one of India’s largest public multi-specialty hospitals and medical college in Mumbai, where she closely interacted with people of all socio-economic, cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. Sushma is a national assessor for Baby Friendly Hospitals and a senior faculty and trainer for IYCN, KMC, Breastfeeding & IBCLC program. She has to her credit over 100 research papers in leading professional journals. Sushma currently serves as the President of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, Maharashtra, and is the Expert Advisor for the National Neonatology Forum, India for breastfeeding promotion.