The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery Staff

Diane Garrison

Diane Garrison

Executive Director

Diane Garrison, B.A., is a graduate of the University of Florida and joined the staff as Executive Director in 2013. She comes to FSTM via Duke University, UF, and SDSU with a background in academic research and administration. She brings a passion for complementary and alternative medicine to the midwifery school. In her off work hours she volunteers with the STH burn unit offering SOAR counseling; plays ball with her bouncing golden doodle; travels extensively whenever she can; and spends time enjoying her grandchildren!  She has recently been appointed to the MEAC Finance committee and the MEAC ARC review group.

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Nellie Esheman

Nellie Eshleman

Business Director

Nellie Eshleman, B.S., has been working for midwives and student midwives in varying capacities for over 6 years. She is the Business Director and handles all of FSTM’s marketing and finances. She is a local cello instructor who enjoys playing in the Gainesville area with different musical groups.  Nellie has recently been appointed to the MEAC Board of Directors representing FSTM.

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Erin Dorman

Erin Dorman

Interim Academic Director

Erin Dorman, M.S., CHES, is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Florida. Erin spent her time at the University researching and teaching courses about women’s health and reproductive health. Now, in addition to being an administrator and teaching courses at FSTM, she is also pursuing a future as a Physician’s Assistant. Erin spends much of her time being a mama to two-year-old Oliver and two-month-old Emmeline. When she’s not being a natural birth advocate, you can usually find her frolicking in her garden with her children and her fantastic husband, Nick.

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Stacey Walden

Stacey Walden

Clinical Director

Stacey Walden, L.M., is a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She started her midwifery training at FSTM in 1995 and graduated from Sage Femme Midwifery School in California. She later moved back to complete her training at FSTM and obtain her Florida Midwifery License. She has worked as a licensed midwife in: California, Alaska, and Florida in birth centers and home birth practices. She has worked at FSTM for ten years, as an instructor, the Academic Director, and presently the Clinical Director since spring of 2008. Stacey is a loving mom to her six year old daughter, who was born at home, in the water with midwives. She teaches Clinical Lab, Traditional Healing Modalities, GYN Trainings including breast exam training, and facilitates the Clinical Skills Exam for seniors. Her enthusiasm and dedication to midwifery motivates Stacey to educate future midwives for the continuation of midwifery in Florida.  She has recently been appointed to the AME Board of Directors representing FSTM.

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Kate Ellison

Kate Ellison

Financial Aid & Regulatory Coordinator

Kate Ellison, B.S., is a graduate from the University of Tennessee in Sociology and has six years’ experience in federal Financial Aid administration at an acupuncture college in Gainesville.  She has a life-long interest in helping women take charge of their lives and sees her work with student midwives in that light.  Her background includes intentional community, natural healing, Nonviolent Communication, and Reiki.

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Glenn Cameron

Glenn Cameron

Administrative Coordinator

Glenn Cameron, A.A., brings thirty years of experience in midwifery and education to FSTM and has worked in various administrative capacities at the school since 1997. Glenn was a lay midwife in Florida in the late 70’s and 80’s and volunteered in the development of the midwifery practice act in Florida as well as midwifery related conferences and workshops. She enjoys assisting midwifery students during their “student midwifery journey” and graduation from the program. She has also completed an Associate’s of Arts Degree, trainings in Doula, Childbirth Educator, American Aqua Natal Instructor and Certified Lactation Counselor. Glenn is the mother of threechildren, all born at home, two granddaughters and two grandsons. She has been an instructor for many courses at FSTM and currently teaches the History of Midwifery course to new students.

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Abby

Abby Reichart

Academic Coordinator

Abby Reichardt, B.S., is a Gainesville native and graduate of the University of Florida in Family, Youth & Community Sciences. She first became involved with FSTM as a student midwife and completed one year, taking time off to work so that her husband, John, could pursue his degree at UF also. She has been working with FSTM’s Academic Department since spring 2012. In September 2013 she gave birth at home to her first child, John Earley. Abby is passionate about midwifery education and practice and intends to complete her midwifery schooling and become an LM/CPM. In her free time, she soaks up the good life with her husband, son, dog and kitties and frequents local springs, rivers and parks.

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Abby

Gaia Zori

Academic Director

Gaia Zori, M.S., is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a B.H.S. from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Public Health from SUNY Albany in upstate New York. Gaia has been a long-time advocate for women’s health, reproductive health and the elimination of health disparities with experiences ranging from teaching high school in inner-city Memphis to studying as an epidemiology fellow in maternal and child health in New Orleans and, most recently, promoting safe and responsible sexual decision making as a health educator for Planned Parenthood. When she’s not at FSTM, Gaia enjoys surfing with her husband and spending as much time on the water as she can, reading for her book club and trying to learn to speak Danish.

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