ILCA Fellows gather at conference and are honored for their service to breastfeeding families and the lactation community.


The Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) designation recognizes significant voluntary commitment to ILCA and also the professional excellence and achievements of leaders and mentors in the field of lactation consultancy.



  • Ten years financial membership with ILCA
  • Mandatory, multiple volunteer commitments to ILCA or ILCA Partner demonstrating support for these organizations
  • Ten or more years of IBCLC certification
  • Professional and personal development of self and others
  • Significant contribution to the field of lactation consultancy



This self-nominated, self-funded designation for ILCA members as a Fellow of ILCA (FILCA) recognizes financial membership and proven commitment to ILCA. After an initial application fee and the FILCA designation is achieved, membership as a Fellow is maintained by paying a small annual fee in addition to one’s ILCA membership fee.

All eligible ILCA members, who meet the criteria outlined below, are encouraged to submit their Fellow of ILCA application for consideration.

ILCA is currently restructuring the FILCA application.
Please check back in 2019 for the new and improved application!


2015 ILCA Fellow Recipients
Decalie Brown, RN, CM, CFHN, BHMtg, IBCLC, FILCA – Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
Sue Saunders, IBCLC, CIMI, FILCA - Alfred Cove, Western Australia, Australia

2014 ILCA Fellow Recipient
Gini Baker, RN, MPH, IBCLC, FILCA – Sun City West, Arizona, United States

2013 ILCA Fellow Recipient
Lisa Amir, GP, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA – Middle Park, Victoria, Australia

2012 ILCA Fellow Recipients
Maureen Fjeld, IBCLC, FILCA – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Roberta Graham de Escobedo, BA, IBCLC, FILCA – Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Robin Hollen, M.Ed., RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA – Reno, Nevada, United States
Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC, FABM, FILCA – Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Mary Grace Lanese, BSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA – Leawood, Kansas, United States
Chele Marmet, BS, MA, FILCA – Los Angeles, California, United States
Molly Pessl, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA – Bellevue, Washington, United States
Karen Wambach, RN, MS, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA – Kansas City, Missouri, United States

2011 ILCA Fellow Recipients
Doris Fok, IBCLC, FILCA – Novena Selatan, Singapore
Anne Garrett RN, IBCLC, MS, FILCA – Daly City, California, United States
Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA – Columbus, Ohio, United States
Pat Martens, PhD, IBCLC,FILCA – Kleefeld, Manitoba, Canada
Beverly Morgan, IBCLC, FILCA – Georgetown, Texas, United States
Sue Wirth, BA, IBCLC, FILCA – Albany, California, United States

2010 ILCA Fellow Recipients
Genevieve Becker, MSc, MEd, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA – Taylor's Hill, Galway, Ireland
Cecelia Deslauriers, RN,IBCLC,CLC, FILCA – Libertyville, Illinois, United States
Linda Kutner, RN, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA – Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
Sallie Page-Goertz, IBCLC, CPNP, MN, RN, FILCA – Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Kathy Parkes, RN, IBCLC, FILCA – San Antonio, Texas, United States

2009 ILCA Fellow Recipients
Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA – Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Joy Heads, OAM, RN, RM, IBCLC, FILCA, MHPEd – Bronte, New South Wales, Australia
Vergie Hughes, RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA – Churchton, Maryland, United States
Judith Lauwers, BA, IBCLC, FILCA – Chalfont, Pennsylvania, United States
Rebecca Mannel, BS, BA, IBCLC, FILCA – Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA – Santa Maria, California, United States
Terriann Shell, RLC, ICCE, IBCLC, FILCA – Big Lake, Alaska, United States
Linda Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA – Dayton, Ohio, United States

2008 ILCA Fellow Recipients
Jan Barger, RN, MA, IBCLC, FILCA – Wheaton, Illinois, United States
Elizabeth Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA – Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, United States
Virginia "Ginger" H. Carney, MPH, RDN, IBCLC-RLC, FILCA, FAND – Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Suzanne Cox, AM, RM, IBCLC, FILCA – Lindisfarne, Tasmania, Australia
Karen Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA – Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Kay Hoover, M.Ed, IBCLC, FILCA – Morton, Pennsylvania, United States
Angela Jacobi, APN/CNS, MN, IBCLC, FILCA – Skokie, Illinois, United States
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA – Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Jeanne L. Rago, BA, IBCLC, FILCA – Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Janice M. Riordan, RN, EdD, IBCLC, FILCA – Wichita, Kansas, United States
Carol Ryan, RN, MSN, IBCLC, FILCA – Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Angela Smith, RN, BA, CM, IBCLC, FILCA – Collaroy Plateau, New South Wales, Australia
Mary Kay Smith, RN, CLE, IBCLC, FILCA – Canton, Michigan, United States
Amy Spangler, MN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA – Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Barbara Wilson-Clay, BSEd, IBCLC, FILCA - Manchaca, Texas, United States