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Leigh Baetz-Craft - Chair

  • In the 32 years of her nursing career, Leigh has worked in roles such as lactation consultant, prenatal educator, clinical teacher and clinical nurse. She has been involved with MCNIG for the past 20 years and is happy to be working with this dynamic group in the Chair position for the next 2 years.
  • Leigh s currently working as a the Advanced Practice Nurse in the Family Birthing Centre at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly known as Toronto East General),  and as a Lactation Consultant at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. 
  • Leigh has also worked with students in the past year from Ryerson University to teach about maternal and child health basics to help students prepare for NCLEX. She looks forward to continue working with students. 

Rona Khudayar - Public Relations Officer
  • Rona is from Ryerson University. She is an active education facilitator for parents with newborns for eight years and in this role, she teaches the mothers how to play an active role in their child's social, physical, intellectual, and language development. This has increased her passion to be a part of MCNIG. Her participations in the RNAO's Board of Directors student placement at the Queen's Park Day and at the Annual General Meetings demonstrates her strong commitment and interest for this area of nursing. She also participates actively at the Queens Park and Queens Park on the Road to advocate for the nursing profession and healthcare.
  • She understands that the perinatal period is an important phase of a child's life and is determined to use her skills to support and advocate for mothers and their children through her involvement in MCNIG. She is looking forward to continue to represent and advocate for MCNIG's issues with the intention of promoting and in creating an understanding of the importance of optimal health for children, mothers and their families.
Marisa Kucha - Communication Officer
  • Marisa graduated from the Mohawk-McMaster BScN program with a Minor in Psychology. She was active within the RNAO in her undergraduate years as a member of the Nursing Students of Ontario, including a term as president, as well being involved in the McMaster University Nursing Student Society.
  • She has always had a passion for maternity nursing and her final student placements were in NICU, Labor and Delivery and Postpartum. She continues pursuing this passion by working with the MCNIG and as a RN at a Toronto NICU. 
Brooke Vickery: Membership and Services Officer
  • Brooke is a new graduate RN from Ryerson University. She is thrilled to be involved with RNAO. She served as the Vice President for the Nursing Students of Ontario Interest Group (2015-2016) and is currently the Membership Officer for the Maternal Child Nurses' Interest Group. Brooke is thrilled to be working at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in the Birthing Suite.
Andrea Harvey: Student Associate 
  • Andrea is in her final semester in the BScN program at McMaster University. She is a practicing RPN and is expanding her knowledge and experience by completing her degree. She enjoys getting involved in various committees and networking with other nursing professionals. Andrea is interested in critical care and perinatal nursing and hopes to work in neonatal intensive care unit after graduation.
 Navleen Gill: Student Associate 
  • Navleen Gill is a public health nurse in the Reproductive and Infant Health (RIH) Program at Toronto Public Health (TPH). She became interested in maternal infant health during her nursing program from Nipissing University. In her role as a PHN, she works in the areas of preconception, prenatal and postpartum health by providing prenatal education classes. In addition, she also provides breastfeeding support at Scarborough General Hospital (Main & Birchmount campus).
  • She hopes to pursue her lactation consultant certification to further enhance her skills and knowledge of lactation and breastfeeding care.
  Libby Young: Student Associate 
  • Libby is a fourth year nursing student at Ryerson University. Libby is presently completing a placement in Labour and Delivery and enjoying every minute of it. She has a passion for maternal child health and looks forward to a career in this field.