Claire Eden, IBCLC
President, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition
Claire has been supporting breastfeeding families for over 20 years as a La Leche League Leader and has been an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 2009. She was among the first lactation consultants to be licensed in Georgia.
Claire has been serving the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition since early 2012, first as the coordinator, then as a member of the Board of Directors, and was recently elected President of the board. She is also on the board of directors of the Southeast Lactation Consultant Association (SELCA) and on the advisory board of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lactation Program.
Before becoming a lactation consultant, Claire worked in mental health administration. She has had a varied career in lactation, working at a pediatric practice, in private practice and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As of March 2019, she will serve as the Director of the EPIC (Educating Physicians and Practices in their Community) Breastfeeding Program at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter. She and her husband are the proud parents of three daughters and her family has enjoyed putting down roots in the Atlanta area for almost 20 years.
Audrey K. Thompson, RN, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, BBA
Vice President, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition
Audrey started her career in the healthcare field as a hospital consultant for clinical information technology, which inspired her interest in nursing. After being a Maternal-Child RN for 8 years, her passion for breastfeeding lead her to head the breastfeeding program at South Fulton Medical Center, providing education to nurses, classes to parents and lactation support for new moms. After becoming certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2012, she entered private practice, where she continues to help families meet their breastfeeding goals. Audrey is pleased to support breastfeeding moms in the classes she provides as Perinatal Educator at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Audrey is active in support of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Georgia, and is a member of ILCA, USLCA, and USBC as well as currently serving as Vice President of the SouthEastern Lactation Consultants Association (SELCA). She has been a member of GBC since 2012 and currently holds the position of Vice President on the GBC’s Board of Directors.
Audrey loves home-schooling her formerly breastfed 2 sons and daughter, and is active at Mt. Paran Church of God. Audrey often advocates for children with special needs, and mothers, babies and families everywhere. In her rare free time, Audrey enjoys singing, reading and traveling and adores all things Disney.
Carol Hendrix, BS, IBCLC, RLC
Race Chair, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition
Carol is working in Public Health as the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator at the North Georgia Health District. Her program received the USDA Gold Loving Support Award of Excellence for Exemplary Breastfeeding Support and Practices. She serves on the Board of Directors with both Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition and the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition. She spends considerable time counseling Spanish and English speaking mothers. One responsibility is supervising 10 Peer Counselors who refer cases out of their scope to her. With a passion for helping WIC moms return to work and continue breastfeeding, Carol has been actively involved in the Business Case for Breastfeeding since its inception in 2008 reaching out to the carpet mill industry in the North Georgia area. Based on her experiences in Public Health, she has presented at several conferences including ILCA, CDC, SELCA, and Emory. She was an integral part in the production of the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition’s DVD, “Breastfeeding: A Guide to Success” released in 2009. Carol has two children, ages 17 and 14.
Kathleen S. Chiu, IBCLC, RLC
Past President, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition
Kat has been involved in the breastfeeding world since 1977. In 1980, she was accredited as a La Leche League Leader and a Certified Childbirth Educator, and in 1987, she certified as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In the last 32 years, she has held positions as an IBCLC in a pediatrics practice, a private practice, a group LC practice, and both postpartum and the NICU. She has also spent years teaching both breastfeeding and childbirth classes.
Kat has also worked in the breast pump industry as a lactation consultant, sales manager, product manager and a marketing resource for over 10 years.
Kat has been a member of ILCA since 1987 and has served as President, Past-President, Outreach Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator of the SouthEastern Lactation Consultants Association (SELCA). She has also served ILCA, in the past, as its International Conference Speaker Chair, and has served for over 20 years on the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition (GBC), currently holding the position of Past President on the GBC’s Board of Directors. Kat also administers the ZipMilk Georgia program, a Georgia Department of Public Health sponsored directory of skilled lactation care here in Georgia.
Kat is the proud mother of 3 amazing daughters and 3 great sons-in-law. She enjoys reading, traveling, plus anything having to do with breastfeeding, mothers and babies. But most of all, she enjoys her 7 gorgeous grandchildren.
Willicia Dickinson, BA, CLC
Willicia is a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor aspiring to be a Lactation Consultant. I’ve been a peer counselor for 4 years. I have my bachelor’s degree in communication from Augusta State University. I currently attend Georgia Northwestern Technical college where I am enrolled in the Lactation program. I am a wife and mother. My son is my little heart; we breastfed for two years and I enjoyed every moment of it, but breastfeeding was not easy for me in the beginning. If it wasn’t for my husband; who is my number one supporter and WIC, my journey would not have been successful. I was very impressed by the support I received from WIC, and that inspired me to want to help moms breastfeed. The same Lactation Consultant who came to my home and helped me with breastfeeding, employed me two years later. WIC and the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition have allowed me the opportunity to promote, celebrate and help mothers in a way I would never have imagine. I love want I do.