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Hall of Excellence

Congratulations to the 2013 Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence Inductees! 

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Sherry Payne, RN, MSN, CNE, IBCLC

Kansas City, Missouri

Sherry Payne is the 2013 IBCLC inductee and executive director of Uzazi Village, a nonprofit organization devoted to decreasing pregnancy related health disparities in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. Payne is a certified nurse educator and midwifery student, as well as the founder of The Chocolate Milk Café, a monthly gathering and support group for African American women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Payne has been asked to present her work from Uzazi Village at several national conferences. She dedicates her time and talents to improving the lives of all... more>

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Professional Breastfeeding Advocate

David Duresky

Lighthouse, Florida

Mr. Duresky is one of the founding members of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Broward County, Florida and he currently works for the Broward Healthy Start Coalition. He is the author of an evidence-based curriculum utilizing motivational interviewing to address breastfeeding rates, which was subsequently funded by the Florida Department of Health. Duresky trained more than 100 breastfeeding educators in 2012 on how to implement the curriculum and in 2013, he is responsible for training all breastfeeding educators across the state of Florida. He has made an indelible mark on the breastfeed... more>

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Community Breastfeeding Advocate

V. Kuroji Patrick

Silver Spring, Maryland

Illustrator and co-publisher of the children’s book, "This Milk Tastes Good!" about breastfeeding, which also features an African American family, V. Kuroji Patrick is a father and community activist who educates others, from expectant teenage parents to healthcare providers about the benefits of breastfeeding. Mr. Patrick has been asked to work with organizations like the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in developing short videos that address ways to involve fathers more in the breastfeeding process. He has traveled across the country presenting workshops that speak towa... more>

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