Board of Trustees

A board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee and govern the activities of a company or organization. What does that mean for the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery? The board of directors members are responsible and accountable for the best interests of the school—its faculty, preceptors, alumni, and students—and ultimately, the families served by the preceptors and students. Board members serve on committees, solicit resources and gifts from their circles of influence, seek partnership opportunities for the organization, keep an eye out for adding new assets to the faculty or board, assist with implementing strategic plans, perform reviews, oversee the budget, and much more. By leadership and example, they’re also advocates for Nizhoni. They’re the public face of the school and are current on—and excited about—its vision and message. The board promotes the school’s commitment to create and foster a strong commitment to excellence in midwifery care and practice.

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The Board will support the work of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery Chief Operations Officer (COO), the Board-COO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. The Chair Person of each department is responsible to promote and support the principles of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery by leadership and example. Each Board Member must observe the highest standard in order to retain the trust of the donating public and the confidence of those they seek to help. The Board provides the public face of the organization, and its behavior, and that of individual board members must be exemplary. Board members should make decisions in terms of the public interest and make choices based only on merit. Board members are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Brent Keime LAc, MSTOM – CEO & President

Brent-KeimeBrent is the Clinical Co-Ordinator & Accreditation Advisor as well as a member of the faculty. Brent is a San Diego acupuncturist and is certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Brent earned a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. While still in school, Brent interned at the UCSD downtown free clinic serving San Diego’s homeless population, and he spent two years assisting Alex Tiberi, one of the countries top pediatric acupuncturists. Brent also interned at Rady Children’s Hospital in their chronic pain clinic as well as with the hematology/oncology program. Much of Brent’s practice centers on the care of women during pregnancy. Brent currently sits on the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine massage advisory board. Brent works closely with many San Diego area midwives to provide safe, drug-free, natural healthcare for expecting mothers.

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Laura Elizabeth Murray – Secretary

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Treasurer – Vacant

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Chair of Business Development and Advisement – Vacant

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Care Messer – Chair of Community Liaison

Nizhoni-Institute-of-Midwifery---Board-Member-Care-MesserCare is a certified doula with Doulas of North America. Care is the founder of The Birth Education Center of San Diego. Care discovered HypnoBirthing® with the birth of her daughter in 2008. It changed her life’s path. “My own experience in discovering HypnoBirthing®, and having a Doula attend my child’s birth, inspired me to become a Doula myself and get certified to teach HypnoBirthing®. Sharing my own experience and love for this process has made me a better teacher and gentler human being.”

Care became a doula under the instruction of Gerri Ryan through DONA and went on to become certified in HypnoBirthing. Care created her company San Diego HypnoBirthing and has taught HypnoBirthing® since 2009. She has experience in planning and organizing childbirth-related conferences. Care is also a Certified Placenta Encapsulationist. She has trained with ICEA to become certified as an international educator and trained with Cappa to be a Postpartum Doula. Care serves as the Director of Cap Wellness Center in Encinitas and teaches at both locations. Care offers Natural Birth Training to student nurses at SDSU who are interested in learning about physiologic childbirth and local nurse trainings in hospitals. She recently served as Vice President of the San Diego Birth Network.

“My vision is to help women get back to the knowledge that their bodies know how to give birth to their babies. The use of HypnoBirthing® is a transforming experience for all involved. HypnoBirthing® left me feeling empowered, stronger and made me a better mother. I learned for myself and will be forever grateful that finally, there is a better way to give birth!”

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A’isha Ajayi – Chair of Online Marketing & IT Services

Nizhoni-Institute-of-Midwifery---Board-Member-AishaFor more than 30 years A’isha has worked as an educator, technologist, and author. An avid traveler, A’isha has worked, lived, and visited over 28 countries and 39 states. She brings several decades of expertise to this prestigious Board of Trustees in the areas of information technology, eCommerce, eLearning/Online learning, online marketing, and competency-based education. A’isha’s vision for the Nizhoni Institute is to support its ongoing evolution and the practice and education of midwifery through virtual technology and innovation.

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Dr. Jay Warren – Chair of Faculty & Student Services

Dr. Jay Warren - Bio Pic 8 19 2016Dr. Jay Warren is a Licensed Chiropractor, specializing in low-force chiropractic techniques serving pregnant women, infants and families

Dr. Warren’s interest in participating on the Nizhoni Board is to help promote home birth and the use of midwives in San Diego and throughout the country. His own son was born at home with the help of an amazing team of midwives and a doula. “It was a beautiful and powerful experience for me as a father and for my partner to bring our child into the world in this safe and natural way. I would like every family that wants to birth in the same way, with a midwife at home vs. with an OB in a hospital to have access to this important service. I believe my position in the natural birth community gives me an opportunity to educate the public about such things and my participation with Nizhoni would allow me to further their mission as well as give back to this wonderful community.”

Dr. Warren’s Vision for Nizhoni Institute is to support a new generation of midwives that makes home birth more the norm in the United States.
As awareness grows in this country, especially San Diego, of alternatives to hospital birth, Nizhoni has the opportunity to be a leader in not only educating the public about the benefits of midwifery care and home birth, but also in training those that will be required to fulfill this increase in demand.

Dr. Stephanie Libs – Chair of Quality Assurance

Dr. Stephanie Libs, DC (or Dr. Steph as her patients call her) owns and operates Cafe of Life Chiropractic in Pacific Beach, San Diego. She specializes in pediatrics, pregnancy and family care and is passionate about helping women through the transition to motherhood. With a strong emphasis in natural birth and natural health care she has created a community of families who are connected through workshops, support groups and play dates. In October 2016, with the help of a local midwife, her and her husband Dean welcomed their first baby girl into this world. She’s very excited to serve on the board to support midwifery students in the “beauty way” of Nizhoni.

Chair of Gifts & Donations – Vacant

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Member-At-Large – Vacant

Chair of Faculty & Student Services – Vacant

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Chair of Quality Assurance – Vacant

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Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery are always seeking Board Members that are excited about our Vision and Mission, are willing to promote the school’s commitment to create and foster a strong commitment to excellence in midwifery care. We would love to hear from you!

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