Meet Our Staff

Programs Director

Shamika "Quibilah" Alexander is the Programs Director at Mama Sana Vibrant Woman. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Psychology.  She has experience in non-profit program development and working with children and families within the foster care and school systems since 2003.  She also sold her handmade jewelry at various Austin markets with her business, Goddess Vibez.  She is a certified Reiki healer and certified Natural Health and Wellness Consultant. Shamika is currently pregnant with her first child and started as a client of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman.

Operations and HR Director

Tiek Johnson is the Operations and HR Director at Mama Sana Vibrant Woman. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A in Public Relations. She is originally from New Orleans, La but has been in the Austin area for the past 5 years. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit working in various capacities and areas of concentration.

Birth Support Program Director

Trachell Trice slipped into this industry unexpectedly after having children of her own. Her dissatisfying birth experience prompted her to do more research on the topic. Studies revealed  that there was racism and discrimination within our medical establishment. That alone inspired her to enter into the birth realm. She became a birth companion to protect women of color when they were in one of the most transitional and vulnerable times in their lives. She became a yoga instructor to teach women of color how to balance the daily stresses that came with being a minority mother in our society. Currently, she is MSVW Birth Support Director because she wants to inspire more black and brown women to become Birth Companions so that more women in our community are supported, educated, and protected throughout their childbirth experience.

Program Coordinator & Health Educator

Jeanette Monsalve is the Program Coordinator/Health Educator and co -founder of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman. She is also a full spectrum doula/birth companion and has worked in women's reproductive health in public and private clinics and birthing centers in Austin over the past 12 years. She is a single parent and hustler and will start a business with you if you can tap her entrepreneurial funny bone.  She has a B.S. in Information Science with a concentration in Health Informatics and she is currently studying to be a certified nutritionist. She is also a co-owner of Eat. Groan. Birth. which is a labor and postpartum catering/doula service here in Austin.

Program Coordinator & Health Educator

Taylor Huntley is a partner to her high school sweetheart and mom of two. She has personally experienced both hospital and home birthing with her two boys. She is a passionate, caring postpartum doula with an emphasis on empowering birth and postpartum experiences. She wants all birthing individuals to be educated and aware of their choices. She wants women to know they have the power to make decisions during birth and plans for their postpartum. Taylor loves to assist families in building their village of support for birth and their new life after. She seeks to assist parents of newborns by providing knowledge and hands-on support, so parents feel confident caring for their new addition and to give parents time to rest and take care of themselves.She is trained in birth and postpartum care, Peripartum Mood and Anxiety disorders, and is studying to be a Certified Lactation Educator.

Program Coordinator & Health Educator

Lourdes Kaman is a Program Coordinator/Health Educator for Mama Sana Vibrant Woman. She has worked in the community for 21 years in various capacities. She has served on the Arte Sana Board as President for 5 years & was Chair for the Head Start Program as well  as a council member for the Indigenous Women's Network/Alma de Mujer. Lourdes has developed and managed summer camps for 18 years for low income children, promoting cultural awareness, art, music and healthy eating and has facilitated cultural appropriate parenting groups for many years in different settings in the Austin/Travis County community.

Midwifery Consultant

Paula X. Rojas is a co-founder of Mama Sana Vibrant Woman. She is a community organizer, licensed midwife and social justice trainer. For over 20 years, she has worked on issues of gender violence, women’s reproductive health, childcare access, healthcare access and police brutality. As a trainer, she helped INCITE! (Women of Color Against Violence) train local chapters and affiliates across the country. As an organizer, she has co-founded a number of community-based organizations including Sista II Sista, Pachamama and the New York Organizing Support Center. In Austin over the last decade she has worked with others to launch Mamas of Color Rising and Refugio: Center for Community Organizing. Paula developed the Maternal Justice Model of Care to put a more equitable maternal health model into practice. She has two amazing kids and loves to dance.

Midwifery Consultant

Jenni Huntly CPM, LM (she/her) is a licensed Texas midwife who provides fertility and conception assistance as well as pregnancy and birth care with her wife, Christy Tashjian CPM, LM, WHNP. A graduate of Ryerson University in Ontario, Canada, Jenni has worked as midwife in Ontario, Quebec, and Texas, as well as Haiti. She designed and co-facilitated the course Becoming Parents for Austin LGBTQIA2S families and has presented at local and national conference on culturally safe care. As a founding staff person of the Queer and Transgender Midwives Association, she organizes national events and continuing education for members and other birthworkers. She has the support of her awesome blended family for her midwifery and advocacy work.

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