Our School Board of Directors

Kym Dalton, CCCE, CLD, ICCE

Kym has been teaching and supporting women since 1994.  She is the owner of Traditions of Love Childbirth Services, LLC where she provides private childbirth education, sex education, labor doula services and is a professional speaker on the subjects.  She is a national and international certified childbirth educator and labor doula trainer for CAPPA, conducting workshops all over the world.  She has been a member of CAPPA since 2000 and is currently the Executive Director of Marketing, as she has a successful background in Marketing and Event Planning.  Kym lives in Gainesville and has been a FSTM Board member since 2011.

Rae Davies

Our Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Rae Davies whose professional career has spanned over forty years and is dedicated to providing training programs for doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. Rae has provided doula training for our students over the past several years. She is the administrative director for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization board of directors, and is co-chair of the World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Health Care Practices Task Force; she is the past executive director of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) where she represented CIMS on the US Breastfeeding Committee, In addition to the United States, Rae has presented to audiences internationally. We are thrilled to have her expertise as part of our development, outreach and overall sustainability.

Su Mendez

Su is the proud parent of two beautiful sons born with the help of the phenomenal midwives from the Birth Center of Gainesville. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory from the University of Florida’s English Department. She is also a certified Guardian ad Litem volunteer who advocates for children in the State of Florida’s Dependency Court. When she isn’t parenting or bookkeeping for the restaurant she joint owns with her husband and partners, she can be found picking mandolin in her all-women country band, naturalizing her gardens, or attempting to clean her house.

Susan Nelson, ENP, CPM

Susan is a Regional Account Manager for Cassidian Communications, a global firm specializing in public safety IT systems.  Prior to that she held the position of Alachua County, Florida, Communications Bureau Chief and E-911 Coordinator for over ten years, and served as the manager of marketing and programs for an international environmental nonprofit before that. Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Colorado and is a Florida State University Certified Public Manager.  Susan has three daughters, all born into the hands of midwives, and as a result, has been an advocate of and activist for midwifery, the midwives model of care, and breastfeeding promotion in the North Florida area for almost three decades.  She is married and lives in Gainesville.

Sylvia Paluzzi

Sylvia is the founder and Director of Morning Meadow Preschool and Kindergarten, a Waldorf based early childhood program.  Ms. Paluzzi has been working with children for 25 years and has been educated at the University of Florida as well as receiving her degree as a Waldorf educator in Early Childhood from SunBridge College in New York.  Ms. Paluzzi was the founding member of the Friends of Midwives Gainesville chapter and served as president for ten years. FOM is a grass roots organization dedicated to informing families on all birth options available.  She has 3 sons, all brought into the world by the loving care of a licensed midwife.

Heart PhoenixHeart and Stacey

Heart served as Executive Director of FSTM for the past five years.  She recently retired and co-founded the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, and serves as the Board President of RPCP.  Inspired by the life of her son River, RPCP is dedicated to raising awareness and teaching skills that empower individuals and groups in the transformation of behavior from violent to peaceful.  Heart considers one of her greatest contributions to be that of birthing her five beautiful children naturally.  She believes that educating, empowering and caring for women before, during and after the birthing process bring an essential ingredient to the health of families.  This is the care that is given by midwives!