Staff and Volunteers
Perinatal Support Coordinator
Kate is a Mother of two with a background in Early Childhood Development and is passionate about supporting families and creating a village of support for parents during the perinatal period. After having her first child and experiencing PPD and PPA, Kate tried to find ways to connect with others and heal herself. While running in to challenges and a lack of resources she studied to become a Certified Postpartum Doula with a focus on holistic traditional practices. Kate now runs her own business that provides a holistic approach to balancing health, wellness, and motherhood. When she isn’t busy running her own business and volunteering her time you can find her spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and gardening with her husband, two young children, and two dogs. Kate loves volunteering with WellMama because “After the birth of my first born, I felt the deep frustration and depletion longing for a village of support. Feeling the raw, new reality with little to no support during the most vulnerable time in my life, becoming a mother, I felt my calling to help rebuild that “village” and bring the healing benefits of community.
Bilingual Support Coordinator
Gina received her degree at Oregon State University. She has an extensive background in social work, primarily focusing on advocacy for women and children. She, originally from San Diego California, where her extended family resides, has made a home in Oregon since 2008 with her two daughters. She hopes to provide the support that is needed within the Latinx community while fulfilling her role with WellMama. Along with being a full time single parent, she is a long-distance runner, loves cooking with friends and family and is often seeking new places to visit. She believes in empowering people to reach their goals.
Molly mae Culligan
Perinatal Loss Manager
Molly mae has been serving parents in Lane County since 2002. Since the death of her young daughter in the late fall of 2000, she has dedicated herself to parents and families. Starting out as a pediatric hospice volunteer, she quickly became a support group facilitator for bereaved parents, a role she has held for 19 years. Molly mae mentors support group facilitators, leads her own groups, hosts events, and works to educate systems around her in the unique needs of parents after the loss of their child(ren). Her dedication to serving others is her way of making meaning of her daughters life, her life as her daughters mother, and their continuing connection.
Perinatal Loss Coordinator
Kelsey has worked closely with the birth and postpartum community since 2013, both in the hospital and as a birth doula here in Lane County. She is passionate about equitable access to mental health resources, and aims to support those who need it with compassion and without judgment. Her heart is dedicated to this important work of providing support to bereaved parents, and she brings the lived experience of loss with her into her role at WellMama. Kelsey finds her greatest joy in raising her sons, spending time in her garden, and connecting with friends over tea.
Mariah has a background in pre-school education, has a passion for music and signing and is a parent of 2 year old twins. When she isn’t busy running around keeping up after her kiddos, Mariah is supporting WellMama as our Twins and Multiples Support Group and on the warmline as she has first hand knowledge about the joys and challenges that come with raising twins. When asked why she loves volunteering at WellMama: “I am so happy to volunteer with WellMama because the work we do is crucial in supporting healthy families in our community. I love all the different forms of support we offer and wish I had known about this support when my twins were first born. I am thrilled to be able to offer support to fellow parents.” Her love, compassion, kindness, and her smile are contagious to everyone she meets.
Kylene is one of our warmline volunteers who works directly with parents who have faced a pregnancy or infant loss. She is supportive and empathetic to families facing this journey as she herself has experienced loss. Kylene is an Industrial Engineer and worked in manufacturing before coming to healthcare in 2009. She’s worked in hospital level quality and improvement until moving to a system level role in Quality and Improvement as a Program Director for Clinical Excellence at Peacehealth. When Kylene has free time she enjoys being in nature, hiking, camping and spending time with her family and friends. Kylene loves volunteering for WellMama because “I want parents who have experienced loss to know that they are not alone, and even though they now belong to a club they never wanted to be a part of, there can be some comfort in knowing there are people who have gone through this before and can support them through their journey. As I’ve gotten further in my own loss journey, I have realized that helping others helps me too and it is a hard, but beautiful experience together.”