About Us

The Doula Foundation would be here today if it wasn’t for two women in our community that saw a need and decided to do something about it. Loa Freeman and Ginny Ross started The Doula Foundation in 2000 while they were teaching Childbirth classes and Prenatal Yoga at a local hospital. They noticed many women coming to class with no supportive family or friends and decided they wanted to do something to help. Their vision was to support women and families in need of emotional, physical, and spiritual support before, during, and after labor/delivery.  The Doula Foundation couldn’t continue to operate without our great staff, doulas, and board members! Check out their smiling faces and get to know them by scrolling down the page.

Our Vision

To nurture a community of families whose lives and loving bonds have been enriched by the emotional care, education, and encouragement the Doula Foundation provides.

Our Mission

To be a source of emotional care, advocacy, and comfort for all mothers and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood by providing services that ease the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth, encouraging the bond between parent and child, and providing a sense of empowerment to new and soon-to-be parents.

Virginia “Ginny” Ross

Ginny co-founded the Doula Foundation and served as a certified Doula for several hundred births. Ginny has been recognized locally and nationally for many contributions to Nursing, Public Health and the quality of life that exists because of her efforts. She will be missed.

Ashley Berry

Ashley Berry

Social Smash Up

Ashley Berry is the owner and founder of Social Smash Up, a digital media marketing company focused on growing small businesses through social media. She is the wife of Trenton and mom of Champ. Ashley has a professional background in marketing, non-profit and event planning. She attended Baker University for Business Administration & Marketing.

Her passions include mentoring others on the path of entrepreneurship, especially young women. She loves helping women find what talents bring them joy to create a business and life to support that passion. Ashley thinks it is crucial that women lift each other up through mentorship, leadership and friendship.

Brooke Bigham

Brooke Bigham

EOS LLC

Professional with 20+ years of experience in management, team development and leadership, wealth management, fundraising, strategic planning, sales and marketing. Diverse experience and expertise, along with an extensive network of connections, provide clients a competitive edge in this relationship driven environment.

Co-host of “The Senior Forum” radio show, Wednesday mornings at 10am on KWTO AM 560.  Topics include travel, health and wellness, relationships, veteran benefits, volunteer opportunities in our community and much more.

 

Scott Gold

Scott Gold

BKD

Scott brings 23 years of experience to his work with health care clients, and he serves as a member of the Center of Excellence for the firm’s approximately 300 community health center clients.  In addition to managing financial statement audits, he helps community health centers improve their financial positions by analyzing the Medicare, Medicaid and 340B pharmacy reimbursement implications of programs and developing a reimbursement strategy.  Scott routinely provides support during Medicare, Medicaid and 340B audits, reviews interim payment rates and develops strategy.  He also consults with clients concerning accounting and reporting problems.

Scott provides education and often presents for the National Association of Community Health Centers and many state and local primary care associations on a variety of topics related to compliance, financial analysis and strategy on important community health center issues.   He has worked with several state primary care associations assisting with Medicaid prospective payments and providing education to individual health center management teams and boards of directors.   Scott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree, and a 1997 graduate with an M.Acc. degree.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Mercy

While working at Jordan Valley Community Health Sarah was a part of the team who developed a multifaceted prenatal care program, including implementing centering pregnancy. Sarah is a Nurse practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife at Mercy. She has been a part of developing the Midwifery program at Mercy for the past 2 years.

Sarah has grown up in SW MO. Married for 15 years with 3 girls. Passionate about the betterment of our community, and a member of Junior League for over 10 years.

Candy Letterman

Candy Letterman

Arvest Bank

Candy has been a professional sales person for the last 27 years and currently, Business Development Officer with the Springfield Region of Arvest Bank.  The majority of Candy’s career has been in the Communications and Technology industry. Candy also owns and operates a residential and commercial property management company with her husband.

Candy serves many roles in the Springfield community to include: Leadership Springfield Board member/Alumni Engagement Committee; Suit Yourself Board Vice President; Southwest Missouri Women’s Initiative Founding Member; United Way Champion; Springfield Chamber of Commerce Champion; Harmony House (recent past board member) and iCare National Campaign Advisor; Harmony House Ambassador and Speakers Bureau.

Candy is married to Terry Letterman and they reside in Springfield, Missouri.  They have 2 children and 2 grand-children.  Her hobbies include anything water related; traveling; gardening; remodeling homes; but she most loves spending time with her family.

April Loehr

April Loehr

Garrison Plastic Surgery/Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture

April Loehr is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has been an Esthetician for Garrison Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa for 9 years. April and her husband Dr. Steven Loehr have been married for 14 years and together they own Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture.

She has been an active member of the Junior League of Springfield for 6 years and is proud to give back to her community. She enjoys attending church, volunteering at her children’s school, running the Greenway Trails and spending time with friends and family outside whenever the Ozarks weather allows!  She is passionate about building strong relationships with her clients, nurturing her friendships and above all raising her three beautiful daughters to be strong, kind and compassionate. She is excited to join our Doula team and looks forward to helping women receive education, support and resources to have the best possible birth experience.

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen

BKD

 

Mary Ellison

Mary Ellison

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

 

Winter Kinne

Winter Kinne

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

 

Mendie Schoeller

Mendie Schoeller

Preferred Family Healthcare

 

Heather Guy

Heather Guy

Certified Birth Doula, CHW

Heather is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula and happily married mother of two brilliant sons.  She believes that when a baby is a born, a new family is born.  Heather recognizes that the continuous support from a doula can help grow happier-healthier families.  She feels it’s an honor to serve our community through The Doula Foundation.

Heather is also a Certified Childbirth Educator and has been trained in Spinning Babies by Gail Tully.

 

Tammy Storer

Tammy Storer

Certified Birth Doula

Tammy is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula. She is married and has 3 grown children. Her background in teaching and mentoring, along with a lifelong interest in the birth process, led her to become a doula.

Because childbirth is an incredibly personal, emotional experience, a woman’s birth story stays with her forever. It is important to Tammy to listen and assist her clients in making informed decisions so they can have a birth story they helped write.

Tammy has also been trained in Spinning Babies by Gail Tully.

 

Kirstie Sanders

Kirstie Sanders

Certified Birth Doula, CHW

Kirstie is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula, wife, mother, animal-lover and bookworm.  She became a Doula after her daughter’s birth when she realized what a wonderful asset, for both her and her husband, a doula could have been at her daughter’s delivery.  Birth can be an emotional roller coaster.  Kirstie believes that mothers need to be encouraged and supported to have the most joyous birth experience possible.  She sees that when a mom feels educated, confident, respected and supported a birth can be positive, no matter what twists and turns it might take along the way.

She feels it is such an honor to be present for her mothers and to encourage and praise them during such a big life event.  Kirstie’s favorite moments are to see moms meet their babies for the very first time.  She knows she is witnessing the greatest, most pure form of love.  It is a beautiful gift to see and feel such joy.

 

Crystal Perkins

Crystal Perkins

Birth Doula, CHW

Crystal Perkins is a mother to four humans and two canines. Her background includes marketing, grant and non-profit work. Crystal spent many years as a volunteer babywearing educator and served on the board of Babywearing International. It was her history of assisting new families, along with the personal experience of having a birth doula for her daughter’s VBAC, that led Crystal to jump at the opportunity to attend doula training.

Crystal believes that pregnancy and birth are a uniquely special time for a woman. Being present as part of the birth team and helping a family to welcome new life is a exceptional honor for her. She considers it a privilege to provide families with informational and emotional support so that they can make informed decisions about their care.

 

Melanie Karr

Melanie Karr

Certified Birth Doula

Melanie is married with two beautiful children! Her struggles with infertility, along with her lifelong interest in the birth process is what led her to become a birth doula. She brings with her the experience of her own birth as well as the experience of adopting. Her background includes Parents as Teachers Educator, nanny, and more recently, a stay at home mom. She believes that every mother deserves to have the birth that SHE wants, but also recognizes many times birth has a plan of its own. She believes that having a continuous support person throughout a woman’s entire pregnancy and birth journey is extremely beneficial not only for her, but also for her partner.

 

Regina Vanderputten

Regina Vanderputten

Certified Birth Doula, CHW

Regina is a Birth Doula who loves working with moms and babies.  Regina considers herself a people person and loves helping others. She feels it is her calling to be a doula and help women in their journey to motherhood.  Regina feels the support women receive during pregnancy and birth is crucial in helping them become confident, capable mothers.  She enjoys giving clients support, resources, education, coaching in unfamiliar areas, and most importantly, a listening ear.

Regina is the eldest of 12 siblings and has been a nanny for the last 5 years.  Her experience has taught her the importance of having additional support a doula can provide.

 

Erica Nemunaitis

Erica Nemunaitis

Certified Birth Doula

While supporting a good friend of hers through pregnancy and birth, Erica realized that birth work is a special passion of hers. She is now a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula. She loves listening to, informing and encouraging women as they embark on their unique journeys towards birth and motherhood. Erica sees each birth as new and beautiful – an opportunity for growth, healing and empowerment for the birthing person and her partner. She feels honored to be welcomed into this sacred time in a woman’s life.

Erica finds joy in connecting deeply with people and seeing others flourish. She enjoys traveling, hiking outdoors, rock climbing and learning new things. She loves children and also currently works as a nanny.

Janene Moser

Janene Moser

Certified Postpartum Doula

Janene is a Certified Postpartum (DONA) Doula. She worked as an art teacher for twelve years in the Springfield Public Schools during which time she earned her Master’s Degree in Education. Prior to that she was a counselor for an outdoor program for juvenile offenders for ten years.

Janene knew the founder of the Doula Foundation and thought it was such a wonderful organization. When she retired, becoming a doula seemed like such a perfect way to combine some of the skills she gained while teaching and counseling. She learned during those years how to listen, instruct, guide, connect, and nurture a wide variety of personalities. She really loved the idea of working with women and their families one-on-one during such an important time in their lives. Janene loves to be there to listen to women’s desires and fears concerning motherhood, and to meet their needs as best as she can–including finding resources and supporting them through the first few months postpartum.

 

Jana McClure

Jana McClure

Certified Postpartum Doula

Jana is a Certified Postpartum  (DONA) Doula as well as a Certified Childbirth Educator.  She is the proud mother of 5 wonderful children. Before Jana became a doula, she spent time as a mentor for pregnant women in need. She has a love for this special time in a woman’s life and she brings that passion to each one of her clients. Jana finds joy in helping families gain confidence as new parents!

 

Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn

Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

Amy is a Certified Birth and Postpartum (DONA) Doula. She is married and a mother to 6 beautiful children. Amy loves the blessing of motherhood and understands the challenges that go along with it. She has the experience of her own 5 births as well as the experience of adopting. She spent many years dedicated to caring for her family as her only full time job.

15 years ago Amy had a friend that dealt with a difficult pregnancy. She supported her throughout and then came across a description for a doula. She knew it was something she would love to do. She got busy with life and family and  then finally had the opportunity to attend a DONA certified doula training at the Doula Foundation. Amy believes each woman no matter what their financial, educational, and religious or life choices deserve loving support, education, and resource knowledge throughout the childbirth experience.

 

Virginia “Ginny” Ross

Virginia “Ginny” Ross

Ginny co-founded the Doula Foundation and served as a certified Doula for several hundred births. Ginny has been recognized locally and nationally for many contributions to Nursing, Public Health and the quality of life that exists because of her efforts.  Ginny’s Doula spirit lives on through the doulas she trained and clients she served.

Loa Freeman

Loa Freeman

Loa co-founded The Doula Foundation and continues to serve as an adviser to the board and staff. Loa is a trained doula through DONA and a certified yoga professional holding the distinction presented by C-IAYT as certified international yoga therapist (completion of 20,000 hours.) Loa has completed requirements as instructor of specialty yoga sciences such as prenatal/postpartum yoga and has worked to develop a yoga curriculum specific to the needs of The Doula Foundation clients and community they serve.  Loa holds many more distinctions and honors not listed here.

Kimberly Costello

Kimberly Costello

CEO

Kimberly Costello joined The Doula Foundation as CEO in May 2017.  Kimberly has been advocating for women, children and families for over 20 years in Southwest Missouri.  Kimberly enjoys building relationships, and is looking forward to giving people in the community an opportunity to learn more about this growing organization, and getting partners involved and connected in a meaningful way.

Contact Kimberly: kimberly@doulafoundation.org

Patricia Howell

Patricia Howell

Director of Programs

Patricia Howell joined The Doula Foundation staff as Director of Programs in October 2016.  Patricia has been with The Doula Foundation since 2012 and is a certified birth and postpartum (DONA) doula, Lamaze childbirth educator and Certified Health Worker.  As the Director of Programs, Patricia provides oversight to our community-based doula program and classes and is responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of our doulas, interns and childbirth educators.  She is passionate about all things pregnancy, baby, and breastfeeding and she wants every woman to know that she is beautiful, strong and capable of giving birth and raising her children.

Contact Patricia:  patricia@doulafoundation.org