Annual Conference Speakers


Pre-Conference Professional Training and Reception:

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

2017 Diaper Banks in America Conference:

Thursday, Oct 26 – Friday Oct 27, 2017



Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. Melissa is Editor-at-Large at She hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.

      Jessica Adams

      Jessica Adams is the Founder and Director of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Having experienced diaper need as a newly divorced, single mom in grad school, when Jess heard about the huge number of moms across the country who don’t have enough diapers she was moved to start a Diaper Bank in St. Louis. (more…)

          Kate Aravich

          After raising her daughter as an ‘almost’ stay-at-home mom, Kate worked for nine years as the part-time development director at her daughter’s Catholic school, and served on the boards of Catholic Charities of Idaho, Bishop Kelly High School and the Idaho Catholic Foundation. (more…)

              Cathy Battle

              Cathy is a Respiratory therapist at Forbes Regional Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, in Pttsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cathy worked in the Neonatal ICU for 12 years in Ohio before moving to Pittsburgh. (more…)

                  Chris Blake

                  Chris Blake, longtime NDBN board member and former CEO of Kids in Distressed Situations, has recently joined the staff of NDBN. He brings 30 years of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience with a focus on corporate donations of funds and products. He is married with two daughters, a marathoner and triathlete.

                      Nicole Bodde

                      Nicole is Senior Manager of Labor & Expense Business Solutions at The Kroger Co., primarily focusing on improving labor and cost efficiencies in retail operations. (more…)

                          Kate Bonestroo

                          Kate is the Executive Director of the Diaper Bank of Minnesota, a program that provides diapers to 20 partner organizations in 7 counties in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Kate has worked for over 30 years serving low-income families with young children. (more…)

                              Jill Bright

                              Jill is the Founder and Director of the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. Until her retirement in 2002 she worked as a geriatric/ psychiatric nurse, focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease. (more…)

                                  Corinne Cannon

                                  Corinne Cannon is the Founder and Executive Director of DC Diaper Bank, which she began in 2010 to provide diapers, food, and other hygiene essentials to low-income families in the Washington (more…)

                                      Vicki Floyd Clark

                                      Vicki Floyd Clark has devoted the past 30 years of her life to building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has (more…)

                                          Jillian Eid

                                          Jill Eid developed her passion for strengthening community through her year of service with AmeriCorps NCCC. Fresh out of Stonehill College, and wanting a year “off” before heading back to school for her master’s degree in Psychology, (more…)

                                              Megan Fischer

                                              Megan is the CEO and founder of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank in Cincinnati, OH. Sweet Cheeks has grown from distributing 3,500 diapers a month to 43,000 diapers a month in a little over a year. (more…)

                                                  Joanne Samuel Goldblum

                                                  Joanne Samuel Goldblum is the Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network. She is also the founder and f the Diaper Bank, formerly the New Haven Diaper Bank, where (more…)

                                                      Jay Hardenbrook

                                                      Jay Hardenbrook joined AARP Missouri team as the Associate State Director for Advocacy in December of 2014. Jay has worked in public policy for the last fifteen years and last worked for the Missouri Budget Project as their Policy Director. (more…)

                                                          Raziya Hill

                                                          Raziya Hill is the founder and Executive Director of Every Bottom Covered, located in Buffalo New York.  Raziya is a single mother who is able to speak from the experiences of being in a low-income household for many years and can, therefore, relate to the struggles faced in those situations.   (more…)

                                                              M.E. Kirwan

                                                              M.E. has worked as the Director of Marketing for Acorn Mini Storage since 2014. She is responsible for all aspects of our business marketing including search engine optimization, paid search, advertising, brand standards, management of collateral, earned media and external affairs/relationships. (more…)

                                                                  Jamie Lackey

                                                                  CEO and Founder of Helping Mamas, Jamie Lackey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and social services field. She has held leadership positions in healthcare, higher education and nonprofit organizations. (more…)

                                                                      Karen Landy

                                                                      Karen Landy received her Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) from Florida Gulf Coast University. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health Sciences in December 2002. (more…)

                                                                          Kori Andreoli Lusignan

                                                                          Ms. Lusignan is a freelance organizational development consultant, executive coach, and skilled facilitator with years of experience working with a variety of organizations and leaders, from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. (more…)

                                                                              Jean Ann Lynch

                                                                              Jean Ann Lynch, founder of BABY BASICS OF COLLIER COUNTY, INC. a program that provides free diapers to children of the working poor, has been a dedicated volunteer and leader (more…)

                                                                                  Sharon Lyles

                                                                                  Sharon Lyles is the Founder and CEO of Second Chance Baby Resource Center. She has over 20 years experience working in the non-profit and state government industry. Motivated by a passion to help others Ms. Lyles has dedicated her career to advocacy and public service. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her daughter.

                                                                                      Kelley E. C. Massengale

                                                                                      Kelley E. C. Massengale, PhD, MPH, is the Director of Research & Evaluation at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. Her research interests are in advocacy, access to basic needs, social justice, issues of community concern, and working with hard-to-reach populations. (more…)

                                                                                        Deanna Martin

                                                                                        Deanna is a member of the Board of Directors for The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet, a national cloth diaper bank, and runs the Philadelphia chapter. Previously from CT, her experience with cloth diapers began in 2014 after the birth of her son. She found it intimidating at first and learned all she could to make it work for her family. Shortly after, she began teaching classes to help other parents who wanted to save money with cloth diapers but were unsure of where to start. She began volunteering with TRF in 2015, expanding their reach into the New Haven area. After relocating to Philadelphia in late 2016, she continued her work with TRF and assists the foundation with advocacy projects in order to improve access to cloth diapers and reduce diaper need. Deanna has a Master of Public Health degree from Southern CT State University and has previously worked for Yale University and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Currently, she is a work-at-home mom with a rambunctious 3-year-old who loves to help sort through donated diapers and get them to families in need.

                                                                                            Troy Moore

                                                                                            Troy Moore serves as Chief of External Communications for the National Diaper Bank Network. In his role, Troy oversees the public relations and marketing initiatives as well as strategic (more…)

                                                                                                Jaron Newton

                                                                                                Jaron Newton began his operations career as a contractor for the Department of Defense where he supported various military branches with warehousing and logistics planning. He then took his logistics expertise to FIRST Robotics, where he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member helping to create and support STEM programs in poorly funded schools. (more…)

                                                                                                    Michelle Old

                                                                                                        Rachel Segaloff

                                                                                                        Rachel Segaloff is an avid volunteer for Diaper Depot in Waltham, MA. She has been passionate about diaper need since the moment her daughter was born and she learned (more…)

                                                                                                            Sue Speese

                                                                                                            President, Founder

                                                                                                            Sue is a native of Harrisburg, PA.  Sue volunteered at a local pregnancy center in the Harrisburg area, and worked full time for 27 years as the Vice President of Finance and Human Resources for  United Methodist Home for Children, (more…)

                                                                                                                Susan M. Van Ness

                                                                                                                Susan Van Ness is the Chief of Programs at the National Diaper Bank Network. As a single, working mother, Susan experienced diaper need firsthand. She sewed cloth diapers while earning her Associate’s degree (more…)

                                                                                                                    Alison Weir

                                                                                                                    Director of Policy, Research, and Analysis

                                                                                                                    Alison Weir is the Chief of Policy, Research, and Analysis at the National Diaper Bank Network. Before joining NDBN, she was a lawyer in private practice with a large firm in (more…)

                                                                                                                      Angela Rose Westwood

                                                                                                                      Angela is the Chief Financial Officer of New Reach Inc a Connecticut based human service non profit providing housing and support services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition to finance  (more…)

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