Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition (ABC) was formed in 1993 when a group of lactation advocates felt there was a need to provide educational offerings to local professionals. ABC held their first meeting in March at the Dimond Mall Library. The board of director members came from a variety of fields in order to give the coalition the widest possible experience base. In March 1994, ABC had a completed set of bylaws written and approved which led to achieving our non-profit 501(c)3 status.

Our first conference was held in 1993. ABC is proud to acknowledge that we have been able to sponsor an annual conference every year since. The conferences have been attended by a wide variety of disciplines. Many national and internationally known guest speakers have been able to share their expertise. In addition to the annual breastfeeding conferences, ABC has sponsored a variety of educational opportunities focusing on breastfeeding.

Currently ABC has an active board of directors with members throughout the state. We meet monthly throughout the year. The meetings last from 6:30 – 9 PM.  See the events page for meeting locations. Our accomplishments for the past year have been establishing a website and reviewing our strategic plan. Our goal is to continue to promote breastfeeding, provide access to education, and to be an advocate for all breastfeeding families.

2019 – 2020 Board of Directors





Lisa Cruz


Vice President

Terriann Shell, BS, RN, IBCLC, CHES, FILCA

Membership Chair
Emily Ingram, CLC, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor


Current Board Members

Taryn Bliss, RD, LD, IBCLC

Dana Kent, RD, LD, IBCLC

Erica Lamar, BSN, RN, CPN, IBCLC

Joanne Spears

Carol Hobbs, CLC

Jasmine Esmay, RNC-OB, BSN, CLC

Karen Adams, MSPT, IBCLC

Cathy Tapey, IBCLC, RLC