Brandi Jordan, MS, RD, LDN, IBCLC, RLC
Clinical Pediatric Dietitian
Department of Nutrition Therapy
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Research Center, 1st Floor
50 North Dunlap
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Office:  901.287.5282
Pager:  901.418.5009
Fax:     901.287.5123
Email: Brandi.Jordan@lebonheur.org


Brandi graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Mississippi in May 2010. In 2012, she completed the University of Mississippi’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics with a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition Services. 

Brandi previously worked Baptist Desoto Memorial Hospital and she currently works at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital where she has been employed since May 2013. Brandi is an IBCLC with a passion for supporting and helping moms and babies with breastfeeding. 


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Joni Rose, MS, RD, IBCLC, RLC

Registered Lactation Consultant
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Research Tower, 1st Floor
50 North Dunlap
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Office:  901.287.5311
Fax:  901.287.5123
Email: Joni.Rose@lebonheur.org

Joni Rose graduated from Memphis State University in 1992 with a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship through the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

The majority of her work experience has been in the NICU. She became an IBCLC in 2010 and currently works part-time at LeBonheur as a Lactation Consultant.

​​Corresponding Secretary

Madison Tyler, RDN, LDN, CLC

Clinical Dietitian

Clinical Nutrition Services

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Phone: 901.595.4961

Fax: 901.595.3202

Pager: 901.595.3578 Ext. 1430

Email: Madison.Tyler@stjude.org

Madison Tyler graduated from Mississippi State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion and completed the Memphis VAMC Dietetic Internship in 2012. 

She became a CLC in 2015 in order to best assist NICU mothers at her previous job as a clinical dietitian at Baptist Women's Hospital. She is proud to currently be working as a clinical dietitian at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Here she helps manage nutrition for the inpatient Solid Tumor and Neuro-Oncology patients where she is able to assist the mothers of her breastfed patients.

Recording Secretary

Lindsey Walsh

Breastfeeding Update Chair

Ruth Munday, BSN, RN-BC, IBCLC, RLC
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Research Tower, 1st Floor
50 North Dunlap
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Office:  901.287.5311
Fax:  901.287.5123
Email: Ruth.Munday@lebonheur.org

Ruth has been a Pediatric Nurse for over 16 years and a Lactation Consultant for over 11 years. She enjoys providing encouragement and lactation support for mothers and babies of all ages.

Ruth is the current Breastfeeding Update Chair for Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association and has spoken at several conferences on the topics of Human milk and the Premature Infant and the Use of Donor Human Milk in a Hospitalized Setting.

Nominating Chair

​Jenny Russell, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, IBCLC,  RLC, CHEP
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Instructor
920 Madison, #1009
Memphis, TN 38163
Office: 901.448.2900
Email: jrusse66@uthsc.edu


Jenny has 17 years of experience of supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies at the bedside and through teaching and service.  She is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is an Instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing. 

She previously worked at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in the Critical Care units for over 13 years where she supported breastfeeding, infants receiving mother’s milk, and the donor milk program. Following her tenure at Le Bonheur, Jenny worked at the Shelby County Health Department in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program where she supported breastfeeding and procurement of supplies for breastfeeding mothers and babies in shelters, as well as education on breastfeeding in emergencies.

She is active in the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition (a founding member and current board member) and MALCA (current member of MALCA and past board member). She has a passion for supporting breastfeeding moms and babies and family centered care. She believes that the breastfeeding dyad can be in place even with the most critical infants.

Member At Large

Candace Walker
Email: can.walk89@gmail.com

Candace Walker graduated in May of 2012 from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Education for Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Dietetics. Since recently completing her dietetic internship through the University of Tennessee at Martin, she is well on her way to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Having studied nutrition for several years, Candace knows the importance of good nutrition from the start of life.

In February 2014, she became a Certified Lactation Counselor through the course offered in Memphis, and has since become a member of the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition and Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association. Candace is currently seeking employment as a Dietitian in a position that allows her to put her CLC skills to use as well.

Webmaster & Social Media- Chair

Genae Strong, PhD, CNM, RNC-OB, IBCLC, RLC, CNE
Associate Professor

Advisory Board, Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline
Loewenberg College of Nursing
University of Memphis
4055 North Park Loop
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Office Phone: 901.678.5942

Cell Phone: 901.550.1490
Email: gdstrong@memphis.edu

Dr. Strong is an associate professor at the University of Memphis, Loewenberg College of Nursing with 24+ years of experience supporting breastfeeding women through practice, teaching, research, and service. Dr. Strong has published in the field of lactation and maintains a program of research focusing on overcoming breastfeeding barriers. Currently, Dr. Strong has two funded research studies (ILCA 2012 Research Grant, UofM 2012 Faculty Research Grant) focused on breastfeeding education for pre-licensure nursing students better equipping students to assist new breastfeeding moms.

Serving Memphis and Shelby County, Dr. Strong sits on the boards of the Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (MALCA), the Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline Advisory Committee the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA), Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) Research Advisory Panel, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) Research Committee, and the International Board Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Research Committee. ​Most importantly, Dr. Strong shares a "strong" passion for improving maternal and infant health outcomes.


Advisory Board, Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline
Director of Member Services, U.S. Lactation Consultant Association
Director, Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place – MS 732
Memphis, TN 38105
Office: 901.595.3315
Email: Ginger.Carney@stjude.org

Ginger currently is the Director of Clinical Nutrition at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and an original member of the Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (formerly LEAP-Lactation Education and Promotion-for Memphis). She is a registered dietitian and international board certified lactation consultant. 

She was appointed to be a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association in 2008. She has worked many years in pediatric clinical nutrition and her areas of expertise include infant nutrition and breastfeeding support.

Interests include improving breastfeeding education for health professionals, improving collaboration in breastfeeding promotion with the local WIC program, and raising the breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the Memphis-Shelby County area. She has served as MALCA’s representative to USLCA for the past few years.

A long tradition for MALCA is passing the “Presidential Coat” to the new president. The tradition started about 10 years ago by Florence Smith–Haney when she passed this coat at the end of her presidency to the new president. The coat is decorated by various breastfeeding buttons which she collected during her career as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  

In addition to passing "The Presidential Coat" to the new President, a scholarship was established on August 5, 2009 in honor of Florence Smith-Haney's devoted life-long career of service to breastfeeding mothers and their babies. As a positive role model and inspiration to the ones that would eventually follow in her footsteps to become certified, Florence contributed many years of service to the profession as well as to the field of lactation. 

She was among the first to seek certification in 1986 and noteworthy to mention is that it was only the 2nd time IBCLE had administered the exam. The recipient of the scholarship receives a certificate and funding for one year of MALCA membership. 

"The Presidential Coat"

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