Meet the Board

2020-2021

President
Jasmin Tecson, RM, BHSc    

Jasmin became president of the AOM Board of Directors and the Ontario representative on the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) Board of Directors in May 2020. Previously, she served on the Board as the South East Regional Coordinator, Treasurer, President-Elect, and acted as Chair of the Audit and Hospital Integration Committees. Jasmin is a midwife with Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and holds privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, Scarborough Health Network, and the Toronto Birth Centre. Jasmin initiated and assisted with drafting the Equity Statement for the Midwifery Education Program. She is committed to social justice and equity principles alongside clinical excellence and to ensuring Ontario midwifery remains vital and empowered. Her local, provincial, and international activities reflect her interest in relationship-building through knowledge sharing. Tecson was a content expert and webinar presenter for Best Start Health Nexus' prenatal education project, and an instructor in Tanzania for CAM's Midwives Save Lives program. She embraces the ongoing challenge of personal decolonization and continually strives to better understand her responsibilities as a settler on Turtle Island. More simply, she aims to eat more vegetables, drink more water, and dance more often.

Vice President
Bounmy Inthavong​​​​, RM 

Bounmy is a 2015 graduate from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. She comes to the AOM Board as a new member in 2018. Much of what shapes Bounmy today has evolved from a young age as a first-generation Lao refugee discovering the inequalities of being a woman. As a midwife, Bounmy seeks to provide an individualized approach to care that ensures a safe and supportive environment that empowers clients and their families. She believes that all people have the right to dignified and respectful care regardless of cultural, social or economic circumstances. Bounmy is grateful for all the midwives she has worked alongside and the many families that she has cared for in Windsor-Essex County, Waterloo Region and Peterborough. Prior to midwifery, Bounmy completed her joint Bachelor of Science in Biology and Geography from the University of Waterloo. During her spare time, Bounmy enjoys testing her culinary pallet, back country camping and making desserts for family and friends. 

Secretary
Genia Stephen, RM, BHSc   

Genia joined the AOM board in 2012 as East Regional Coordinator, and was elected as Secretary in 2017. She is a midwife at Generations Midwifery Care in Brockville, with satellite clinics in Kemptville and Smiths Falls. She has privileges at Brockville General Hospital and at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. Genia is the chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Committee and has been a contributing author on two CPG work groups. Other AOM service has included sitting on the Negotiations Committee, the Work Life Balance Committee (dissolved) and the Genetic Screening Task Force (dissolved). She is the chair of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program Midwifery Community of Practice. Genia enjoys running the Generations Midwifery blog and social media platforms, focusing on local campaigns that promote midwifery services in the community. Genia lives in Brockville with her partner and two sons.

Treasurer
Mandy Levencrown, RM, BSc, BHSc

Mandy graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Program in 2010. She currently practices at Countryside Midwifery Services in rural Perth County and previously practiced in urban Toronto. Mandy has served on the Provincial Council of Maternal and Child Health; Maternal Child Screening Committee and currently serves on the Newborn Screen Ontario Advisory Council. Locally, she is a member of the Maternal/Child Committee at one of her local hospitals as well as a previous member of the Perth Breastfeeding Group. In 2017, she worked as a consultant for the Canadian Association of Midwives, Midwives Save Lives Program in Ethiopia. Mandy is also proud to be a midwifery preceptor to students at all levels of the Midwifery Education Program, International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program and high school co-op students. Before becoming a midwife, Mandy completed a BSc in Biology and Theatre and became a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula. Mandy is passionate about informed choice for pregnant people and promoting the midwifery profession through inter-professional collaboration. Mandy is proud to be the mother two beautiful children, both caught by midwives at home and hospital.

Member at Large
Liz Fraser, RM, HBA, BHSc

Liz Fraser graduated from the Midwifery Education Program in 2014 and joined the AOM board in 2017 as the East Regional Coordinator. She practices at the Midwifery Collective of Ottawa and has privileges at the Ottawa Hospital and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre. She is an active participant in community-based research, has sat on interprofessional hospital and community based committees, worked on interprofessional education initiatives, and engages regularly with her midwifery colleagues as part of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program Midwifery Community of Practice. Liz believes in honouring birth as a life-changing moment, however and wherever it happens, and in promoting the strength and power of pregnant people through respecting choice and autonomy in pregnancy and birth. Liz is a new parent, and loves spending time with her partner and baby in the outdoors, no matter the season.

Member at Large
Kim Cloutier Holtz​, RM

Kim is in her second term on the AOM board. She first joined the board as an appointed board member and was elected to the member at large position in 2019. She is also currently filling in as acting Secretary on the board. Kim graduated from the francophone MEP program at Laurentian University in 2005. She is passionate about Northern Ontario Rural midwifery and serving small Indigenous communities of the North. She opened Sages-femmes Temiskaming Midwives practice in New Liskeard, Ontario, in 2010 and currently practices there. Prior to that she was an associate midwife in Sudbury. She has also provided locum relief to Northern Ontario practices. Kim sits on several committees including the AOM QIRM committee, the North East LHIN Hospital Diversion and Community Capacity Pandemic Response Table, as well as several regional and community-based committees. She is a member of NACM as a Métis midwife. She is an ESW instructor and NOSM preceptor. Her specialty is providing taxi service to her three sons who were all born into the hands of midwives in water at home.

Member at Large
Disha Alam​, RM

Disha first joined the AOM board in 2016 as the South East Regional Coordinator. She practices at Midwives Alliance in Etobicoke. Disha is at the beginning of her midwifery career and looks forward to being actively engaged with the AOM. She served on a number of committees while studying midwifery at McMaster University, and currently on the BORN Midwifery Advisory Committee and SOGC - Immunization in Pregnancy. She provides care in English, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu. She is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys blending the benefits of yoga in midwifery practice. She avidly enjoys travelling and trying new things. During her spare time, she loves to explore and partake in excursions, preferably with her puppy, Arya.

Member at Large 
Janis Dalacker​, RM

Janis began her midwifery training in 2004 and graduated from Ryerson University with Honours in Health Sciences (Midwifery) in 2009. She began her midwifery career serving urban and rural communities in the London and Woodstock areas before joining Uxbridge Community Midwives. Janis recently became a full-time hospitalist midwife within Canada’s first Alongside Midwifery Unit at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) where she has held privileges since 2011. Areas of interest include improving exclusive breastfeeding rates, the benefits of a holistic and family-centred approach to prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care, as well as client safety and collaborative practice. She has been a preceptor for the Midwifery Education Program since 2011 and has performed as surgical assist in caesarean sections since 2013. She is a current member of the MoreOB Core Team and the Alongside Midwifery Unit Operations committees at MSH and has previously sat on the Breastfeeding Initiative (BFI) and the Childbirth Operations committees at MSH over the past 8 years. In her spare time Janis loves to explore Canada’s wilderness with her family. When not on call, you may find her relaxing at the family cottage in the Northern Ontario or embarking on an RV adventure across the country! She is also an avid reader and loves to knit.

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Member at Large 
Sarah Martineau, RM

Sarah Martineau graduated from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program in 2017, and has been providing midwifery care in Toronto. As a cis woman of Trinidadian and First Nations background, she is extremely interested in supporting and advocating for racialized and Urban Indigenous communities and families. Prior to becoming a midwife, Sarah worked for over a decade in Toronto as a paramedic, and uses the knowledge and skills acquired in that profession to aid her work as a midwife. When not working, she can usually be found knitting furiously in a corner, hoping to be unnoticed. Sarah joined the AOM Board in 2020.

 

Board-appointed Member at Large
VACANT