Nancy Albrecht, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Nancy has been a breastfeeding advocate and educator for more than 30 years. While she spends most of her time at WBWC as the clinic nurse, she is a Certified Lactation Consultant and retired La Leche League leader. Mothering her four daughters and two grandchildren, all breastfed, is her favorite pastime. Nancy brings her wealth of knowledge about birth and breastfeeding to assisting the families of WBWC and the community.
Deborah Booth Adler, WHNP, IBCLC
Deborah grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and moved to Chapel Hill in 1989 to attend UNC. After working in psychology research, she decided to pursue nursing. After obtaining her Master’s in Nursing at Vanderbilt University, Deborah worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a private OB-GYN practice in Durham. She then moved to Sacramento, CA and Bristol, TN and held various positions including labor and delivery nurse, provider at a Nurse Practitioner-run clinic serving vulnerable populations, and nursing instructor. Deborah and her family, that now included a daughter, returned to Chapel Hill in 2006 and her son was born in 2007 at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. She joined WBWC in 2010 to provide care for women of all ages. In 2012, Deborah became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and joined our lactation staff. You may see her in either, or both, of her two roles here.
Ellen Chetwynd, RN, BSN, MPH, PhD, IBCLC
Ellen was born in New Zealand and came to the United States at age 4, living her early childhood in both Indonesia and Korea before her family settled just outside of Washington, D.C. She currently lives in Chatham County in an old farmhouse that is constantly being reconstructed. She has two children (one delivered with Maureen Darcey back in 1988) who are grown and married. With all the spare time that comes when children leave home, she returned to school in Public Health for a doctorate in Maternal and Child Health at UNC. She has been a Lactation Consultant since 2000 and working with breastfeeding moms and babies for about 10 years before that. Her work as a clinical lactation consultant is complemented by her research on breastfeeding and advocacy for breastfeeding women and lactation consultants in NC.
Rebecca Costello, IBCLC, MPH
A proud native of Ithaca, NY, Rebecca studied public health and anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She wrote her senior thesis on the role of breastfeeding in public health, which sparked an interest in maternal and child health. After graduating, she lived and worked in various places including Colorado, Hawaii and New York City before moving to North Carolina in 2008 to earn her Master’s in Public Health within the department of Maternal and Child Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She simultaneously completed a program to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). After finishing her program in 2010, she worked at UNC Hospitals as a lactation consultant for more than three years before joining the team at WBWC. She loves working with the team at WBWC and particularly enjoys helping run the Breastfeeding Café.
Ashley Natad, RN, MSN, IBCLC
Ashley attended nursing school at UNC-CH then moved to Southern California to begin her nursing career. Her early work was with vulnerable populations in inpatient and public health settings. She obtained her Masters in Nursing Education while in California and began growing her passion for breastfeeding. After moving back to NC, Ashley worked with at-risk first time mothers through an intensive home visiting program. She saw her patients needed skilled lactation help as many had never been around mothers/sisters/friends who breastfed and pursued training to become an IBCLC through an intensive program at UNC’s School of Public Health. After the birth of her daughter, she began working as a lactation consultant at UNC part time so she could focus on her own motherhood journey. Her daughter is now an energetic toddler and Ashley is excited to join the lactation staff at WBWC to continue supporting new families on their breastfeeding/motherhood paths.
Elley Schopler, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Elley has been a maternity nurse and lactation consultant for more than 20 years. Currently, she works at both WBWC and UNC as a lactation consultant. Elley has a BA in African Studies and a BS in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill. She and her husband live outside of Chapel Hill on a farm where they have many animals and have raised three boys. Elley helped create our MILC: Mothers & Infants Lactation Care team in 2010. Connecting people, making “fun” happen and enjoying the outdoors are some of her greatest joys!