Lead Instructor

Mary Sommers, CPM, MPS. Mary is the Academic Affairs Director of the Midwest Maternal Child Institute. She is a Certified Professional Midwife licensed in Wisconsin, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service from DePaul University. She is currently Director of Birth Center Operations and Maternal Child Health Programs at PCC Community Wellness Center in Berwyn, Illinois. Mary has many years of experience and the wisdom that comes from participating in more than 1,700 deliveries over the past three decades. Mary was a World Health Organization Fellow, studying maternal health and breastfeeding programs in the Netherlands and Great Britain. She has worked in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, and has international experience working with midwives in Mexico and Malawi. Mary is the author of More Than a Midwife: Stories of Grace, Glory, and Motherhood and The Doula Handbook. She is featured in the book, Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose by Betsy Storm.


Adjunct Faculty

Barbara Belcore, CPM and President of NACPM-Illinois Chapter. Experienced midwifery instructor and CPM preceptor.


Kip Conwell, MS. Microbiology instructor at Northeastern Illinois University.


Lisa Espinosa, CNM. Practicing Certified Nurse Midwife.


Susan Greene, RN, MSN. Experienced labor and delivery nurse, IV infusion nurse, and NRP instructor.


Andrea Lee, MD. Practice in Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Chicago area.


Gertrude Lyons, MA, EdD. Wright Graduate Institute for Realization of Human Potential


Gina Marcin, CNM, L.Ac., RH AHG.  Advanced practice nurse, certified nurse-midwife, registered nurse, licensed acupuncturist and professional herbalist specializing in women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth, and pain management.


AnnMarie Rian Wanzeck, CPM. Practice at BirthWise Health and Birth Center in Appleton, Wisconsin, affiliated with Beginnings and the SHINE project.


Bonnie Sommers-Olsen, FNP.  Nurse Practitioner in Madison, Wisconsin, Hospitalist with the Veteran’s Administration, and an Associate Professor and Preceptor of Graduate Students. Experience in neonatal intensive care and pediatrics, high risk antepartum care, labor and delivery, post-partum care, breastfeeding, women’s health.


Marijke van Roojen, LM, CPM. Certified Professional Midwifery, President of the Wisconsin Guild of Midwives. Experience in perinatal health care, health access advocacy and midwifery education world-wide.