Advisory Board


Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, Researcher and Author

Jean Watson Driscoll, PhD, PMHCNS-BC,  Clinical Nurse Specialist and Author

Emily Feinberg, ScD, MSc, MSN, BSN, Pediatric Nurse and Professor 

Janice Goodman, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse and Associate Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing

Margaret Howard, PhD, Director of the Postpartum Depression Day Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of RI

Peggy H. Kaufman, MEd, LICSW, Founder and Director of The Center for Early Relationship Support, Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, Health Psychologist and Researcher

Sharon Lerner, Author & Journalist

Lori Levin, Executive Producer

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA

Julia Mintz, Director/Producer



Advisory Board Profiles



Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Researcher and Author

“With the startling number of new mothers struggling with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, MotherWoman groups can provide a vital lifeline for these women who are out in the community many times suffering in silence and alone.”

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Jean Watson Driscoll, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist and Author

“MotherWomen's philosophy and mission is to empower women, facilitate connection and voice. Becoming a mother is a roller coaster ride of emotions and experiences, MotherWomen groups provide a place for women to center and become comfortable with their new roles and empowered in their motherhood journey. This mental health support of MotherWoman provides the foundation of mentally healthy child-rearing and family development.”

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Emily Feinberg, ScD, MSc, MSN, BSN, Pediatric Nurse and Professor

Dr. Feinberg uses her training in public health and pediatric nursing to focus on health policy issues that impact low income children and adolescents. In addition to her position in the Maternal and Child Health Department, she is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and provides primary care to children and adolescents at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, a neighborhood health center that serves a diverse community, including Dorchester’s large Vietnamese population. She has worked closely with the Bureau of Family and Community Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health for over fifteen years.

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Janice Goodman,PhD, PMHCNS-BC,
Clinical Nurse and Associate Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing


Dr. Goodman is an Associate Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing and a current Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar. She is a board-certified psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology where she specializes in treating pregnant and postpartum women and mothers of young children.


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Margaret Howard, PhD
Director of the Postpartum Depression Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital of RI

"MotherWoman is a highly successful organization that has grown from a grassroots coalition of devoted women to a thriving widely recognized resource for countless women with postpartum depression in Massachusetts and beyond.  Motherwoman's enthusiasm, advocacy and effectiveness in bringing the very real issue of Postpartum Depression to center stage is an inspiration for all of us."

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Peggy H. Kaufman, MEd, LICSW
Founder and Director of The Center for Early Relationship Support of Jewish Family & Children’s Service

“MotherWoman groups provide a safe environment for growth: growth of the mother, the group and the community.  The MotherWoman vision is dedicated to breaking through the myths that separate women and building the bonds of connection.”

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC
Health Psychologist and Researcher

“Navigating the waters of new motherhood can be difficult and challenging. MotherWoman provides resources and a safe place for new mothers to share their concerns and get the support they need. Their support programs help depressed mothers get the assistance they need--or even prevent depression in the first place.”

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Sharon Lerner
Author & Journalist

“I’ve spent the past five years doing research on the issues of motherhood, scouring the nation for people and organizations that share my concerns. I’ve spent the last six months since my book came out talking about mothers’ struggles, and I have never before or since that interview found an organization anywhere else in the United States that is addressing these issues with this kind of impact.

“I can’t imagine a better strategy for improving mothers’ lives than MotherWoman’s: offering immediate relief while at the same time working on law and policies. After all, this structural level is not only where we’ll find the causes of our troubles. It’s where we’ll find their solutions, too.”

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Lori Levin
Executive Producer

Lori’s unique career has blended entertainment, marketing, and public relations. She brings a showman’s sensibility to her business endeavors and a business perspective to her entertainment projects.  In television, Lori Levin was the Creator and Executive Producer of The Rebel Billionaire, a Fox prime time reality series starring Sir Richard Branson, which averaged 7 million viewers a week in the US alone.  It went on to air in all major global markets successfully positioning Virgin as one of the leading brands in the world.

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Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s in Counseling. She is the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Clarian Health in Indianapolis, IN. In that role she serves as facilitator for a weekly mom-to-mom support group, teaches an outreach class twice a month, and sees clients for education and referral. She is certified as a CPR instructor, Lactation Counselor, Spirit of Care giving facilitator, RTS Bereavement Facilitator, Critical Incident response, and Parish Nurse. She is also a Childbirth Educator.

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Julia Mintz

Julia post produced and associate produced the theatrical documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution, about the civil rights movement, which premiered at Cannes and the Tribecca Film Festival. The film was nominated for Writers Guild, Producers Guild, and International Documentary Association Awards, and was short-listed for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature 2009.

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