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SARAH L HUTTO, MD, MPH, FACOG is an assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Minnesota where she is involved in clinical care, research and teaching. Her clinical interests include high-risk obstetrics, minimally invasive gynecological surgery, women's reproductive rights, and contraception counseling. She completed her residency in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Minnesota, received her Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and earned her Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan in the department of Epidemiology with a concentration in Reproductive and Women's Health. She currently serves as the OB/GYN clerkship director for the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is actively involved on the Birthplace, Interdisciplinary and Zero Birth Injury Committees at Fairview. 

CINDY K OSBORN, BSN, RN, PHN graduated from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI and obtained nursing experience in endocrine and orthopedics. She has 10 years of high-risk labor and delivery, 14 years of labor and delivery, high-risk antepartum, and two years of post-partum management experience. In 2016, Cindy joined the MHealth team as the postpartum manager. OB has always been her passion, so making a difference in mother and newborn outcomes is near and dear to her heart. 

KATHERINE M JACOBS, DO is an Assistant Professor in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is the director of the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. Dr Jacobs has a special interest in obesity, maternal autoimmune conditions, and fetal growth restriction. 

HEIDI J KAMRATH, DO is a neonatologist at Associates in Newborn Medicine. In addition to recently completing a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in August of 2016, during her fellowship, she completed a graduate education program and has received a certificate in Pediatric Bioethics. As well as her training and scholarly interests, she has developed leadership and administrative experience during her year as a pediatric chief resident and through the Academy of Pediatrics Young Physicians' Leadership Alliance.

KRISTI J JARVIS, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P is the Forensic Program Coordinator for the Hennepin Assault Response Team (formerly SARS). The Hennepin Assault Response Team (HART) is responsible for providing medical-forensic exam services to victims and suspects of violence across the lifespan at ten hospitals in three counties, including Hennepin, Dakota, and Rice. She started working as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in 2011 and became the Program Coordinator for SARS in 2015. Kristi is a member on a number of teams throughout the community, including Hennepin and Rice County SMART Teams, the Dakota County Coordinated Community Response Team, the statewide Medical-Forensic Exam Access Advisory Team, the Safe Harbor Medical Protocol Team, and the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force. She also consults as an expert witness in cases of domestic assault strangulation, child sexual abuse, and sexual assault. From 2014-2015, Kristi worked as a consultant on a joint project with the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Kristi has her A.S. in Nursing and a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She took the adult and adolescent SANE course in July 2009 and went on to complete her pediatric SANE training in 2014. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing at University of California-Riverside. Kristi is certified as both an adult & adolescent as well as a pediatric SANE. 

Kristi routinely presents at both the local and national level, and has published two manuscripts related to sexual assault, one of which was awarded the Research Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Forensic Nursing, titled "Debunking Three Rape Myths". 

JANE E BRUMBAUGH, MD completed medical school, pediatric residency, and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She then joined the faculty at the University of Iowa where she oversaw the High-Risk Infant Follow-up Program as well as served as the Follow-up Principal Investigator for the Neonatal Research Network. In 2017, she joined the Division of Neonatal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Special Care Nursery. Her research interests focus on the neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants born prematurely. 

SAMANTHA A SOMMERNESS, DNP, APRN, CNM is a passionate educator and health care consultant who spent seven years developing obstetrical care models for health systems and more recently as faculty and facilitator for a national project for AHRQ's Safety Program for Perinatal Care where over 50 hospitals enrolled to improve patient safety, team communication, and quality of care for mothers and their newborns within labor and delivery units. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She received nominations for the March of Dimes Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award three consecutive years and was the recipient in 2013. Samantha also received the Sandra R. Edwardson Award for Excellence in Doctor of Nursing Practice Leadership Projects at the University of Minnesota for her project to standardize second-stage labor care. She is the past president for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Minnesota Section. Her professional nursing practice is diverse as she holds a certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), spent six years in the United States Army as a labor and delivery nurse and was deployed to Bosnia for one year during Operation Joint Endeavor. She speaks nationally on perinatal safety, her doctoral work, and is a published author.

Samantha's education includes a BSN from the University of Portland in 1993, a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota in 2011. 

SARA E RAMEL, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a Faculty Member in the Division of Neonatology for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital / University of Minnesota Medical School. She received her neonatology degree and completed her pediatric and neonatology residencies at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She received the Amplatz Scholar Award in 2012, the Irvine McQuarrie Clinical Scholar Award in 2012, was named one of Minnesota Monthly's "Top Doctors" in 2016, and one of Minneapolis - St Paul's "Top Doctors, Rising Star Edition" in 2015-2017. Her clinical interests include research, neurodevelpmental outcomes, and nutrition, growth, and body composition.

SANDRA L HOFFMAN, MS, RNC-EFM has been a Perinatal Clinical expert for over 36 years in the area of normal and high-risk obstetrics and neonatal care. She has a passion for excellence in nursing practice and patient safety. She is a contributing author for Mosby Nursing Skills and Clinical Updates. 

AARON W SWENSON, MD is a neonatologist with Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis and a physician partner with Minnesota Neonatal Physicians. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina and his neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan. He serves as the neonatal ECMO director at Children's. 

KELLEY FRENCH, MJ, BA, BS is the author, with her husband, of Juniper: The Girl Who was Born too Soon, published by Little, Brown. She is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the story of her daughter, born at 23 weeks gestation. She teaches journalism at Indiana University. 

KWELI RASHIED-HENRY, MPH is the Director of Health Equity for March of Dimes. In this role, she works to strengthen the organization's equity agenda, in addition to supporting the work of the March of Dimes National Prematurity Collaborative Health Equity Workgroup. The Collaborative is a network of over 500 organizations dedicated to achieving demonstrated improvements in equity and preterm birth. Kweli has also served as the East Regional Director for Maternal and Child Health for March of Dimes to address health disparities in minority and immigrant communities, one in Brooklyn and the other in New Jersey. Kweli has 20 years of experience in community-based public health, with a focus on policy and management. Kweli graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Bennett College, and a Master of Public Health from Emory University. She is a proud mom of four beautiful sons. 

CRESTA W JONES, MD obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and her fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She currently serves as a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her clinical interests include substance abuse disorders in pregnancy and hypertension in pregnancy.

COREY MARTIN, MD is a Yale-trained family physician driven to change the delivery of healthcare and improve the mental and physical health of our communities. He is a founder of the Bounce Back Project ( and lead physician in Allina Health's response to clinician burnout. Driven to do this work by the loss of two colleagues and friends, Corey strives to create an environment of opportunity in which all of us can do the deep, heartfelt work of changing the way we show up and interact in each other's lives. One of the ways he does this is by facilitating resilience retreats across the United States and throughout the world. He is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and facilitates workshops based on the work of Brene Brown. In his free time, he enjoys working on his farm that he recently turned into an event center. He lives in Buffalo, MN with his wife and three daughters. He is a recovering perfectionist and an aspiring "good enoughist".

2016 Minnesota Perinatal Organization

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