Meet Our team


Our founder, and President Shamiesha Ebhotemen, RN, CLE; lives in Anaheim with her husband and 4 year-old daughter. She is the owner of NURSEMilk,LLC, where her mission is to educate, advocate, and empower families throughout their breastfeeding journey.

She is working to complete her mentorship hours at a large hospital in Orange County, to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam.

In her experience of completing those hours, Shamiesha saw there was a considerable lack of culturally competent care being provided to BIPOC families. Therefore, her response became…HERstory, Inc.

Hoda SHAWKY, (Vice President), MSN, CPNP, PMHS, IBCLC

Hoda Shawky is a pediatric nurse practitioner certified in pediatric primary care behavioral health and lactation consulting. Having worked with children and families for over 15 years and raising two wonderful sons, she has learned first-hand the importance of adult wellness as the foundation for kids to thrive.

Currently she works as a consultant on equitable systems level approaches to strengthening early relationships as a means to promote the healthy social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and children. During her free time, Hoda enjoys spending time with family out in nature to rejuvenate her mind and spirit.

Danielle BENSON,(Secretary), Doula, Peer Mentor Specialist

My name is Danielle Benson I’m a Fertility and Birth Doula here in Orange County, California and the CEO and creator of a non profit organization called H.e.r.doula, created for women of color to have a safe space to have reproductive health care.

I’m also a Peer Mentor Specialist for Maternal mental health, Suicide Crises and drug and alcohol addiction counseling. I also have a background in creating departments for major insurance companies here in Orange County.

Arissa PALMER , (Treasurer)

Arissa Palmer joined the staff of BreastfeedLA as the Executive Director in July 2015. Arissa has more than two decades of experience in public health, program planning, and development. In her current role, Arissa’s responsibilities include providing transformational leadership and strategic direction for the organization, leadership coaching and development, grant writing and fundraising for the organization.

Arissa has held numerous leadership positions both locally and nationally. From 2009 to 2015, Arissa taught numerous public health courses at University of Phoenix.

Prior to working for University of Phoenix, she served as Outreach Education Director for a federally qualified health center in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.

Arissa began her social justice career in Baltimore City where she worked as a health educator, program director, and program manager for various public health and reproductive justice organizations.

Arissa has served on numerous boards during her career and currently serves on the finance committee for the US Breastfeeding Committee and as a board member for HERStory. Arissa holds a Master's Degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health from Towson University.


Nakeisha Robinson, MA, LMFT is a clinical consultant and community health advocate leader focused on birth equity and perinatal mental health.

Her experience includes coalition building around improving the lives of mothers and babies through community-based doula services, breastfeeding initiatives, and access to perinatal mental health support.

In 2010, she recruited and trained trusted women from South Los Angeles and South Bay communities in LA County to become community-based doulas.

The partnership between SBCC Thrive LA and Health Connect One replicated the national community-based doula replication program. An experienced Cultural Humility practitioner and trainer with i.D.R.E.A.M for Racial Health Equity,

she presents regularly on maternal and child health and addresses maternity care providers including birth workers, perinatal mental health and breastfeeding support for Black birthing families. Deeply effective in multi-cultural settings, her didactic and experiential training and clinical supervision approach fosters and cultivates creativity and learning.

Mrs. Robinson has also garnered extensive experience supervising, managing, and training staff at all levels. As a mother of a blended family, with four adult children and two children in the home ages 9 and 6, she understands the challenges and benefits of the amazing motherhood experience.

She serves as the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative Clinical Consultant with the LA County Department of Public Health Doula Program to address the Black/African American infant and maternal mortality crisis through increased access to doulas. She is also the President-elect for the BreastfeedLA board of directors.


Liquita Hudson began her career in Social Services as a Group Home Counselor for Teen girls in Milwaukee, WI 24 years ago. Ms. Hudson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Social Work and began working as a Community Advocate for a community agency, Milwaukee Christian Center, in 1999.

She relocated to Orange County California in 2005 and began working for the County of Orange Social Service Agency as a Senior Social Worker. Ms. Hudson is currently employed as a Senior Social Worker with Orange County for families effected by child abuse/neglect.

She earned her Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Hope International University in 2008 and is also an active AMFT providing therapy and coaching throughout Orange County.


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Elaine Kopinga has a truly novel approach to care, melding practices that have worked for women for centuries with modern, evidenced-based research. Born in Ghana, West Africa her mission is to caring caring and loving African wisdom to woman everywhere. She is excited to bring a combination of this ancient wisdom and modern science to her clients and offer full spectrum concierge maternal and postpartum consulting services.

As a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, her background includes maternal health, postpartum care, and pelvic health. Elaine has extensive experience working with women in all stages of life. She has worked in large teaching hospitals and boutique practices serving both high and low-risk populations. During this time, she has completed hundreds of deliveries, giving her a deep understanding of the challenges facing women after childbirth. Caring for families during this special time has also made Elaine highly attuned to addressing the changing needs of women and families as they transition into parenthood. She is the founder of Obaatan Women’s Wellness Collective. Elaine is a mother of young twins and a toddler. When she can actually find a rare moment of peace and quiet, she enjoys discovering new adventures with her husband.

Jemilla RENEE , Doula

Jemilla Renee is a certified birth and postpartum doula at MariMama Doula Services. She is a Holistic Synergist who strives to help expectant mothers optimize their childbearing experiences. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she utilizes her background to integrate methods of Holistic Psychology. Jemilla's integrative approach helps expectant parents learn to adapt a Holistic mindset. Her most noteworthy slogan, “What the mind decides, the body is sure to follow,” captures the essence of embracing the human mind and body for the expectant mother. Jemilla has attended over 20 natural & unmedicated births and has helped over 25 mothers exclusively breastfeed for more than 1 year! Jemilla takes pride in helping mothers wake up their innate sensibilities and to overcome their most challenging fears relating to childbirth.

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