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.

Regina Wood – Chief Executive Officer & President

Nizhoni-Institute-of-Midwifery---Board-Member-Regina-WoodFor 25 years, Regina has worked with C-levels of top K-12 school districts, institutes of higher education, and international Fortune 100 organizations to promote and provide solutions for best business practices and continuing education/knowledge transfer. As a mother of two children, Regina’s goals are to provide awareness and knowledge in the community to ensure that women, including career professionals, clearly understand what their birthing choices are. She also has the passion to promote and expand the education opportunities for more Certified Professional Midwives, so that every woman has the opportunity to have the CPM “gold standard” for their homebirths and birth center births, regardless of the setting.

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Marianne Fischer – Secretary

Marianne-FischerMarianne’s professional background includes Medical Staff Administration, Coordinator/Credentialing & Meeting Management in which she conducted purposeful meetings, optimized the use of valuable resources, and helped to motivate and encourage a team atmosphere. Her accomplishments include developing and implementing policies and processs as well as overseeing the creation, preparation and delivery of an accurate credentialing report to a Hospital Board.
Marianne certifications include Certified Professional Healthcare Quality(CPHQ), Certified Professional Medical Staff Management (CPMSM), Certified Professional Credentialing Specialist (CPCS), and Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT). She holds a BS in Business Administration/Management, a AS in Health Information Technology and AS in Management. As past representative of the medical staff services, Marianne understands the values of compassion and commitment to the mission and patient satisfaction.

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Treasurer – Vacant

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Johnny Tran – Chair of Business Development and Advisement

Nizhoni-Institute-of-Midwifery---Board-Member-Johnny-TranJohnny is a practicing attorney who has also managed a non-profit legal organization. As a consumer who is not a medical professional, he brings an outside perspective, provides assistance with business decisions, fundraising, and legal concerns. Midwives assisted in the home births of his children and opened up an unknown world to him concerning the quality of care and choices for birthing mothers. As a result, Johnny has become an advocate of the practice of midwifery and the options and care the practice provides to consumers.

Each of Johnny’s children were born at home, with the caring help of professional midwives. He volunteers with Nizhoni to help ensure that other families have the same opportunity he did.

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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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Cindy S. Manning – Chair of Online Marketing & IT Services

Nizhoni-Institute-of-Midwifery---Board-Member-Cindy-ManningCindy telecommutes to manage a Women’s Health and Wellness Care Practice. Her Professional background consists of Marketing and Public Relations, Event, Trade Show & Presentation Planning, Patient Care and Referral Source Coordination with a focus on the Senior Community, Dental, Healthcare Accounting and Administration as well as Information Systems Implementation, Training & Technical Support, Website Design, and Social Networking. She has a special interest in working with midwifery-related organizations. Cindy is a mother of one daughter.

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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.

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!