Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition

Protecting, Promoting, and Supporting Breastfeeding in
Tarrant County.

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About

Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition (TCOBCO) was established in 2011 as a grassroots movement to increase breastfeeding practices in Tarrant County.
Today, we continue that work with a focus on serving all families on their lactation journey to support access to human milk for all infants. 

Our coalition is proud to host the annual Family Expo and Big Latch On in Tarrant County each August.

Coalition membership is comprised of current and former nursing parents and their partners, community supporters, lactation professionals, healthcare providers, and community organizations - each and every one of which make accomplishing our mission possible.

Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee
Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee
Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee

BOARD MEMBERS: 2019

 

Amy Vickers, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Chair, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition

 

Amy Vickers has worked as the executive director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas since it was founded in 2004.  Under the direction of Amy, the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas has grown to serve over 130 NICUs and dispensed over 560,000 ounces of donor human milk in 2017. She has participated in and published research related to the use of donor human milk. Amy is an RN with a Master’s degree in nursing and healthcare leadership and has a certificate of non-profit leadership from SMU and the Center for Non-profit Management. Prior to her position at the milk bank, Amy was an NICU nurse, child-birth educator and lactation consultant. Amy has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1998 and has written exam questions for the IBLCE exam.

 

Amy is also involved with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) as a member of the executive board and has served on multiple committees and oversees the headquarters of the association which is located within the Fort Worth milk bank. She is the current president-elect of HMBANA. She is proud to be a charter member of both the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition and the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition.  She has served on the executive committee of the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition as organization’s treasurer is the in-coming president.

 

Amy lives in Fort Worth with her husband of 27 years. She has two grown children.

Makeba Waller, RDMS, RVT, LVN
Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator

Incoming Chair, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition
Makeba is a sonographer, nurse, breastfeeding educator and veteran of the U.S. Navy with a passion to inspire families to have a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy spirit.  She focuses on the whole YOU.

 

She owns/operates Ultrasound Imaging Concepts, LLC (Ultraview Imaging) in Arlington, Texas.  She is trusted by doctors and midwives in the DFW area because of her compassion and understanding of each individual and her 25 plus years of sonography experience.  Makeba is also known for her volunteer work in the community, and she supports her husband with his nonprofit that helps to restore and rebuild families.  She is a bridge builder and loves connecting and sharing resources with everyone in the community.

 

Makeba lives in Mansfield with her husband of 29 years.  She has 3 amazing sons and her 1st grandchild will be making his debut May 2019.

Shanequa Williams
Treasurer, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition

Shanequa Williams serves as the Treasurer for the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition, in addition to coordinating community activities and outreach events for the African American Breastfeeding Task Force.
She is also the former Chair of the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition.

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Aliena Davis, DC
Secretary, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition

Aliena Davis currently serves as the Secretary for the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition.
She has been involved with TCOBCO since 2017, taking on the role of secretary in 2018.
She owns and operates Precision Chiropractic where she focuses on prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric chiropractic care. Volunteering with TCOBCO is a natural extension of her clinical work.
She is passionate about helping all families experience safe, healthy, empowered pregnancies, births, and postpartum life - supporting families on their journeys to providing their babies with human milk.

 

Amanda Alvarez, MS, IBCLC
Past Chair, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition
 

Amanda is an IBCLC dedicated to helping all families reach their breastfeeding goals. She has been an active member of TCOBCO since moving to Texas in 2015; and served as chair for the 2017/2018 term. Currently, Amanda is in a new role at the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas where she provides clinical lactation care and manages educational and support programming for the organization. Her professional experience includes outpatient lactation care, support group facilitation, healthcare provider education, and volunteer training.  Amanda is a graduate of the University of South Alabama  (MS, Health Education) and Spring Hill College (BA, Communication). She lives with her husband, their three children, and a menagerie of pets. Amanda enjoys running, cooking, travel, and volunteer work in social justice.

Mary Ashley Ray
Event Chair, Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition 

Mary Ashley Ray is Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition’s Event Chair. She organizes the Coalition’s annual Family Expo and Big Latch On, a celebration of families and breastfeeding that draws hundreds of attendees each year. Mary Ashley works full-time as the Community Relations Coordinator at Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, organizing and managing the nonprofit’s events, volunteer program, social and traditional media content, and more.

 

Mary Ashley also serves as a ministry chair at her church and as a collegiate advisor of her fraternity. She holds a BS in Strategic Communication from Texas Christian University.

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