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Donna Barrows, RN, BSN, IBCLC-RLC
Lactation Coordinator for Maternal-Fetal Care and UR Medicine's Golisano Children’s Hospital

Donna started her nursing career as a bedside care nurse in the NICU over 37 years ago. She began the transition to her current role as a board-certified lactation consultant 15 years ago, and now coordinates the lactation service initiatives to support, educate, and empower mothers and families to provide the single best gift they can give to their infants. Donna also works with pediatricians in the community to help mothers in their homes, providing evidence-based breastfeeding support in the post-hospital discharge, breastfeeding continuum. Decades of working with complicated neonates and healthy newborns does not take away from her focus to meet the needs and goals of individual families and to grow their infants on mother's milk and breastfeeding. She looks forward to the expanding programs offered at UR Medicine and the expansion of the breastfeeding clinic, breastfeeding support groups, and area Baby Cafés.

Sara Braren

Beverly Brewer, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Beverly began her nursing career in medicine and surgery, but quickly moved into pediatrics, working in the emergency room and pediatric intensive care unit. She has always had a passion for the art of breastfeeding and began her journey as a lactation professional in 2010, when she became a certified lactation counselor and worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor for the National Institutes of Health under the umbrella of the WIC program. Beverly's experience reaching mothers from all walks of life led her to become a La Leche League leader. She has helped many mothers overcome difficulties in their own homes, led monthly  support group meetings, and provided education and support in the early days of breastfeeding at the bedside. Now as an IBCLC, Beverly has the opportunity to help so many mothers get off to great start and reach their breastfeeding goals. It's important to her to help mothers feel empowered to make their own decisions in their breastfeeding journey.

Alycia D'Costanzo

Carol Dengler, RNC, CLC
Carol has been a registered nurse in the NICU for the past 30 years. In this role, she has always enjoyed supporting families with their desire to provide breast milk for their babies. Beginning in 2015, Carol became a member of the Pediatric Lactation Team as a certified lactation counselor. Her continued passion for working alongside breastfeeding mothers led her to obtain accreditation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2017. Carol's ultimate goal is to assure the best possible infant nutrition while working to meet families' individual breastfeeding goals. 

Tracy Fusco, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Tracy has worked with breastfeeding moms since beginning her journey as a NICU nurse in 2006. After receiving her certification as a lactation counselor in 2009, she has transitioned her RN role to primarily focus on breastfeeding assistance. In doing so, Tracy went on to achieve accreditation as an International board-certified lactation consultant in 2013. She strives to provide empowerment, teaching, and support so that any mother who chooses to breastfeed can do so with confidence. 

Lynsey Garver, BSN, IBCLC
Lynsey is a registered nurse in the NICU at UR Medicine's Golisano Children’s Hospital. She has been working with families and babies here for 15 years as a bedside nurse. Lynsey began to focus on lactation after beginning her own family. She obtained her CLC and went on to achieve accreditation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2013. Lynsey strives to empower and educate mothers so that they can provide optimal nutrition for their babies. She also works as a lactation consultant, providing lactation education and support in the home post-discharge.

Eileen Moran, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Eileen is a recent transfer from Highland Hospital where she worked for 32 years. Eileen worked at the Family Maternity Center the entire time, the majority of it on the mother/baby unit. She assumed many roles on FMC including Nurse leader, Labor and delivery, and charge nurse. The last 14 years, Eileen worked also as a LC, and of that the last 4 years straight lactation. She finds fulfillment in helping new parents learn how to feed their baby, and is happy to join the LC team at Strong.  

Marnie (Marnell) Socci, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Marnie has worked as a Registered Nurse in the NICU for 30 years. She enjoys caring for these special babies and their moms as they begin their breastfeeding journey. Marnie has participated for the past 3 years in the dedicated role as a Certified Lactation Counselor for the Pediatric Service, supporting mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals. She obtained her accreditation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2017.

Alison Spath

Kerri L. Starks
Kerri has worked with lactation for the past 10 years. Her passion with breastfeeding started after breastfeeding her first child 15 years ago. Kerri loves what she does, making a difference in the lives of mothers and babies.

Annette R. VanAllen
Annette has worked at URMC for almost 30 years as an RN, starting out on Rehab, Neurosurgery, and then the Birth Center with the last 12 years dedicated to lactation. She obtained her IBCLC in 2009.