Connecting via Alumnae Representatives

Hello Former La Leche League Leaders and Members

If you're out of touch and want to re-connect or just say "Hello," please contact an Alumnae Representative below or Contact us.

There are many thousands of former Leaders and that number is growing. Alumnae Representatives are helping to re-connect and re-establish relationships throughout the United States! In addition to connecting with former and current LLL Leaders and Members, Alumnae Representatives may also coordinate Alum/former Leader gatherings, participate in LLL conferences or on Area Councils/teams, plan informal social activities, and assist with other LLL Alumnae Association projects. And they promote the LLL Alumnae Association wherever they go.

Get involved as an Alumnae Representative (AR) or an Alumnae contact person. If you are interested, please read the AR job description and contact Pam Oselka, Alumnae Representative Coordinator.

Alumnae Representatives


This list is under construction. Contact Pam Oselka, Alumnae Representative Coordinator for current info.


ALASKA: ~ AR needed ~

ARIZONA: Joan Meyer, Tucson, AZ,



CALIFORNIA SOUTH/NEVADA: co-ARs Sharon Fairborn, Balboa, CA, and Sandy Patton,

COLORADO/WYOMING: co-ARs Cathy Janoka, Colorado Springs, CO, and Kathleen Robson, Woodland Park, CO,

CONNECTICUT: Harriet Smiley,


GEORGIA: ~ AR needed ~

IDAHO: ~ AR needed ~

ILLINOIS: co-ARs Rebecca Magalhaes, Neponset, IL, and Marian Tompson, Evanston, IL

INDIANA: ~ AR needed ~

IOWA: ~ AR needed

KANSAS/OKLAHOMA: Marilyn Lindsey, Shawnee, OK,





MICHIGAN: Sherron Collins,


MISSOURI: Kathy Lange, St.Louis, MO,

MONTANA: ~ AR needed ~

NEBRASKA: ~ AR needed ~

NEW JERSEY: Judith Gilbert(GSAN),

NEW MEXICO: ~ AR needed ~

NEW YORK: Barbara Haase,

NORTH CAROLINA: Charlene Papas,

OHIO: ~ AR needed ~

OREGON: Cecily Harkins, Portland, OR,

PENNSYLVANIA EAST: Judy Polley, Exton, PA,

PENNSYLVANIA WEST: Janet Burtt, Pittsburgh, PA,


TEXAS: co-ARs Nancy Franklin, San Antonio, TX, and Peggy Halford,

UTAH: ~ AR needed ~


WASHINGTON: Marianne Ames, Snohomish, WA

WISCONSIN: ~ AR needed ~

Global Alums

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Activities of Alumnae Representives

LLL of Arizona

Story written by Pam Bridgmon.

Leader Day

Last September Joan Meyer (Alum Representative for Arizona) and I attended a Leader Day in Phoenix, Arizona, where we spent the day at workshops presented by Kittie Frantz, RN, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care. Topics included: “Why Would a Breastfed Baby Lose Weight?” “Growth and Development of Baby in the First Year,” “Perceived Insufficient Milk Supply,” “Breastfeeding Gadgets: What Is Helpful and What Is Not,” as well as a fascinating “History of Attachment.” It was amazing to watch Kittie’s live demonstration of baby-led latch, especially as we watched her show how it was done by baby Liliana, a new baby, who had not done it before and did it perfectly. After the event, Kittie remarked, “It was a magical day. All the Leaders were of the new younger generation and reminded me of my early days as a mother in LLL. I became a Leader in 1964 in Southern California. I so often see LLL functions where all the Leaders are my age or slightly younger so it was fantastic to see LLL nurturing the new generation to maintain the flame. Good for them! They inspired me.”

We also dressed up and wore hats! (See Photo of Joan and Pam with poster display.) The young leaders seemed to like having us there, and loved our outfits. Joan and I took a platter of dried apricots half-dipped in chocolate and rolled in sliced almonds for the Alum table to entice Leaders to linger and read the posters we made. The treats were a hit! We passed out Alum Trip Save the Date cards and membership brochures to join. Both Joan and I spoke during lunch and made a personal invitation to everyone present to join the Alums, and shared a flyer about the Albuquerque trip. I suggested how much fun it would be to caravan with a whole Arizona contingency.

I thought the Leader Day was amazing!

I learned so much new information at all of Kittie’s sessions. I have no doubt that everyone’s questions were answered and that they enjoyed being with other Leaders. All the information I learned helps me to assist my daughter who is a new breastfeeding mother. It was a most excellent day! Joan and I originally thought we would leave early to return to Tucson (115 miles) before dark. The sessions were too good to leave. We were on the road at 5:15 p.m. and still made it back to Tucson during the long twilight.

Meet Alumnae Representatives

Introducing Cathy Janoka

I became an LLL Leader in 1983 in Chicago, Illinois. My three children are: Ray (31), Steve (29), and Bradley (22). The older two are on their own. My youngest is finishing his last year of college. I have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1985 and have been an active Leader here. Until 1995, I led with the evening LLL Group. I have held various Area Council positions including District Advisor, and Area Treasurer. Currently, I am an Associate Area Coordinator of Leaders/Chapter Leader, mainly for the Leaders and Applicants in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area, about a 40 mile radius. Things are spread out in Colorado! I continue to lead meetings on an as needed basis. I graduated from nursing school in the mid-90s and began working with mothers and babies in a local hospital. Since 1998, I have been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and continued with my LLL work over the years. The empowerment I received from nursing my own children and being an LLL Leader gave me the confidence to go to nursing school and graduate. I enjoy working in the hospital. Our current project is the journey to become a Baby Friendly Hospital. It’s exciting to develop ways for the hospital to partner with our community in this under-taking. Of course, LLL is a huge part of this, too. It has been advantageous for the hospital that I have maintained my LLL connection.

In my spare time, I read, garden, listen to authors, play board games with my family, visit museums, and frequent our local symphony. Working with new and experienced Leaders, Leader Applicants, and mothers in the community is what keeps me grounded. I admire the Leaders in my Area. As I think about my future, I see myself continuing to do this work and be around others who have this passion, too. As the Alumnae Representative for Colorado, I hope to join with Leaders, both active and retired, to provide a forum for those who are interested in keeping or beginning relationships.

Introducing Charlene Papas, AR for North Carolina

I have four children (ages 32, 27, 23, and 18) and two granddaughters (ages 5 and 2-1/2). My daughter became a Leader two years ago and is the Web Mistress for North Carolina. I have been an active Leader for 28 years, and have been a District Advisor in several Areas: Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina where I have lived for the past 16 years. I was married for over 25 years and now I am single. I have been a registered nurse for five years and returned to school to further my degree—lots of studying with many deadlines for classes. For the North Carolina Area Conference last October, I made a poster to promote the Alums. Recently I composed a letter to send to retired Leaders to promote membership.

Alumnae Representative Displays 2012

Pam Oselka (right), Alumnae Rep Coordinator, 2013 Alum trip

Cathy Janoka, Colorado