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OUR PROVIDERS AND SKILLED PROFESSIONALS
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KATELYN COSTLEY,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & LICENSED MIDWIFE

Katelyn (she/her) LM, CPM, MSM is a WA state Licensed Midwife and nationally accredited Certified Professional Midwife with a Master of Science in Midwifery degree from Bastyr University. Katelyn is an original founder of this organization and currently acts as our Chief Executive Officer, in addition to her role as our island Midwife.

 

Katelyn’s personal experience of feeling empowered in pregnancy and childbirth is what propelled her into this work. She feels passionate about safeguarding other birthing folks the opportunity to experience a highly personalized, intuitive, and empowered reproductive, perinatal, and parenting experience. She has a deep interest and respect for the physiology of birth, and an appreciation of modern medicine when it is required.

 

Katelyn feels passionate about holistic and comprehensive sexual health and education. She is a trained herbalist, specializing in botanical medicine for the childbearing year. 

With more than half of her family being natives of this island community, Katelyn is committed to ensuring midwifery care is a reliable and accessible form of healthcare here on Vashon Island.

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RACHEL SURSELY,
MIDWIFERY ASSISTANT, POSTPARTUM DOULA, & BODYWORKER 

Rachel (she/her) provides warm and grounding care for our Postpartum Doula program. Trained professionally as both a birth and postpartum doula, Rachel feels a deep call and responsibility to tend to mothers and families. She is passionate about community connection and believes that a healthy community begins with the health and well-being of the mother.  She brings her compassion, care, and love to create an environment of acceptance and judgmental-free support for postpartum families.

 

Rachel’s personal postpartum experience has informed her journey as a lifelong learner and self-healer and has fueled her self-led educational journey into women's health and wellness. She weaves together her knowledge as a folk herbalist and medicine maker, as well as her lived experience of being deeply rooted and informed by the cycles and seasons of both body and land, into her work and educational offerings.

 

She is a long-time Vashon community member and mother of two, with years of experience in supporting children and youth as an early childhood teacher and nature connection mentor. She has touched the lives of many as a mentor and teacher for Vashon Wilderness Program, Vashon Green School, Heart Stone Waldorf-inspired preschool, El Gato, Sisterhood, and Family Link.

 

Rachel also serves as one of our competent midwifery and birth assistant team members.

Get Involved
JESSICA KENNAN
CHILDBIRTH DOULA
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COMING SOON...

Our Incredible Leadership Teams
Board of Directors
  • Rosi Miller

  • Bethan Maher

  • Nicky Wilks

  • Katelyn Costley

Advisory Committee
  • Gail Murphy

  • Andra DeVoght

  • Colleen Carette

  • Jessica Wesch

  • Paula Pelletier-Butler

  • Leslie Butterfield

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LEAD WITH US

We rely on the generous contributions of others who believe in what we do.

We are an organization whose leadership is composed of diverse individuals with varying skills that could support our passion for equitable access to quality health and education services for Vashon’s birthing families. Read below to learn about our current opportunities, or fill out our interest form to let us know how you would like to be involved.

why join our leadership teams?
  • Make your voice heard on issues important to the Vashon community around perinatal, reproductive, newborn and child health and education

  • Influence the efforts and build relationships that support safe childbirth on our island

  • Represent the interests of BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented populations on Vashon

  • Contribute your wisdom and skills that help us fulfill our mission

  • Apply your nonprofit and/or grant writing experience

  • Offer your passion for midwifery care, home birth, empowered & informed choice, evidence-based practices, reproductive justice, perinatal mental health, whole-body pregnancy/postpartum care, sexual education… and so much more! 

     

Read more below about our current leadership opportunities.

board of directors:
  • All members serve a two year term with the option to run for re-election at the conclusion of the term

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active preparation/participation at the Annual General Meeting 

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active preparation/participation during all regular quarterly meetings 

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active preparation/participation at any called upon “special meetings” 

  • Participation in electronic communications (email)

  • A financial contribution is encouraged but is not required

  • Board members receive an official vote on organizational matters

advisory committee:
  • All members serve a two year term with the option for re-election at the conclusion of the term

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active participation at the regular monthly Advisory Council meetings 

  • Attendance (video or in person) at any invited upon Board of Directors meetings

  • Advisory Council members, unlike Board of Directors, do not receive an official vote for the organization, but do play an important role in speaking on behalf of the community.

Get involved with us today by completing a short (3 minute) interest form, or schedule a meeting with our Executive Director, Katelyn Costley. 

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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