The international Professional Advisory Board provides voluntary assistance to LLLI by advising the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. The LLLI Professional Advisory Board (PAB) is comprised of three councils that include members of the health professions (Health Advisory Council or HAC), the legal profession (Legal Advisory Council or LAC), and the business community (Management Advisory Council or MAC).

Members of these councils are selected for their:

  • professional knowledge and experience
  • understanding of the importance of breast milk and of all aspects of the breastfeeding relationship
  • appreciation of LLLI as an organization in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding worldwide.

Protecting the reputation of La Leche League

PAB members serve LLLI by sharing information in their areas of expertise, contributing financially to the organization, speaking at LLL conferences and seminars, and promoting and protecting the image and reputation of La Leche League. They are willing to respond to LLLI Board inquiries and to use their own professional resources in accessing and researching the answers to questions that are brought to them. These professionals help to substantiate the credibility of the organization, including its publications, programs, policies, and procedures.

Nominations welcome

Recommendations for potential PAB membership are always welcomed. Names are presented for consideration to the LLLI PAB Committee Chairman by LLLI Board members, LLL Leaders or administrators, current and former PAB members, or by self-nomination. The LLLI Board strives for professional representation from around the world. PAB members serve five-year terms, which are renewable. When a PAB member retires, the LLLI Board may grant a special Emeritus status in perpetuity in order to recognize and honor their faithful, dedicated, long-term service and assistance to La Leche League International.

The PAB Committee

The PAB Committee of the LLLI Board oversees the actions related to the three councils. Volunteer PAB Communications Facilitators are appointed by the Board to assist the PAB Committee and council members in their work. LLL Leader Betty Crase currently serves in the PABCF position.

The PAB Committee is currently looking for additional LLL Leader volunteers interested in becoming PAB Communications Facilitators to join Betty in this important and rewarding responsibility. Communication exchanges take place electronically. Extensive experience in the LLL Professional Liaison Department is a prerequisite, and an appreciation for working with busy health, legal, and/or management professionals is essential.

Health Advisory Council members

At the March 2015 Annual Session, the LLLI Board took action on the membership of the PAB Health Advisory Council (HAC). Two new HAC members were appointed, one former member was reappointed, and twenty-one members who had just completed 5-year terms were renewed. These members are as follows:

Newly appointed:
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA (USA)
Frank J. Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP (USA)

Armond S. Goldman, MD, FAAP (USA)

Naomi Baumslag, MD, MPH (USA)
Arthur I. Eidelman, MD, FABM, FAAP (Israel)
Rolando Figueroa, MD, FACOG (El Salvador)
Carlos Gonzalez Rodriguez, MD (Spain)
Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP (USA)
Thomas Hale, RPh, PhD (USA)
Ruth Lawrence, MD, FAAP, FABM, FAACT (USA)
James J. McKenna, PhD (USA)
Paula P. Meier, DNSc, RN, FAAN (USA)
Audrey J. Naylor, MD, DrPH, FAAP, FABM (USA)
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC (Canada)
Victoria Nichols Johnson, MD, FACOG, FABM (USA)
Michel Odent, MD (United Kingdom)
Horacio Reyes Vazquez, MD (Mexico)
Richard Schanler, MD, FAAP, FABM (USA)
William Sears, MD, FAAP (USA)
Christina M. Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM (USA)
Penelope A. Stanway, MB, BS (Ireland)
Mark Thoman, MD, FAAP, FACMT (USA)
William G. White, MD (USA)

The following HAC members were acknowledged for their many years of dedicated service and granted Emeritus status:

Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., MD, FAAP (USA)
Marianne Neifert, MD, FAAP (USA)
Edward R. Newton, MD, FACOG (USA)
Jairo Osorno, MD (Columbia)
Jan Riordan, EdD, ARNP, FAAN, IBCLC (USA)
Arnold L. Tanis, MD, FAAP, FABM (USA)

Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPH, FAAP (USA)
Brian Palmer, DDS (USA)
Harry Torney, BDS (Ireland)

Additional members of the HAC currently in midterm service include the following:
Carol Bartle, RN, RM, IBCLC, MHSc, PGDiplomat Child Advocacy, IBCLC (New Zealand)

Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH, FABM (USA)
Claire Dalidowitz, MS, MA, RD, CD-N (USA)
Alicia Dermer, MD, FABM, IBCLC (USA)
Anne Eglash, MD, FABM (USA)
Hammam Kandil, MD, IBCLC (Saudi Arabia)
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, IBCLC , FAAP, FABM (USA)
Denise Punger, MD, FAAFP, IBCLC (USA)
Kath Ryan, BPharm, PhD, MPS (Australia)
Robert Sears, MD, FAAP (USA)

This brings the current membership of the LLLI PAB, Health Advisory Council to 34 internationally distinguished health professionals and researchers. Information will be shared about the Legal and Management Advisory Councils in a future issue of Leader Today.

Written by the PAB Committee and Betty Crase, PABCF. For further information contact the PAB Commmittee co-Chairs, and

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