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


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


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.


Audrey Stillerman, MD, ABFM, ABIHM is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She is the Associate Director of Medical Affairs for the University of Illinois Office of Community Engagement and the Medical Director for the School Health Center Program at UI Health. Dr. Stillman received additional training in Mind/Body Medicine, Mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation and Trauma-Informed Care.