Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery

Rebekah Lavery, President and Chief Executive Officer, has attended over a thousand births as a primary midwife.  She has a great love for teaching and has served as a faculty member for a community midwifery program.  Currently she uses her expertise in complementary medicine and women’s health care to manage and consult for a natural foods store corporation.

Care Messer, Secretary and Chair of Conference Planning and Coordination, is a certified doula with Doulas of North America and teaches HypnoBirthing childbirth preparation classes. She also teaches HypnoBirthing to doulas and instructs nursing students from San Diego State University who are interested in learning about physiologic childbirth. She has experience in planning and organizing childbirth-related conferences.

Regina Wood, Treasurer. For 25 years, Regina has worked with C-levels of top K-12 school districts, institutes of higher education, and international Fortune 100 organizations to promote and provide solutions for best business practices and continuing education/knowledge transfer. As a mother of two children, Regina’s goals are to provide awareness and knowledge in the community to ensure that women, including career professionals, clearly understand what their birthing choices are. She also has the passion to promote and expand the education opportunities for more Certified Professional Midwives, so that every woman has the opportunity to have the CPM “gold standard” for their homebirths and birth center births, regardless of the setting.

Johnny H. Tran, Esq. Chair of Gifts and Donations. Johnny is a practicing attorney who has also managed a non-profit legal organization. As a consumer who is not a medical professional, he brings an outside perspective, provides assistance with business decisions, fundraising, and legal concerns. Midwives assisted in the home births of his children and opened up an unknown world to him concerning the quality of care and choices for birthing mothers. As a result, Johnny has become an advocate of the practice of midwifery and the options and care the practice provides to consumers.

Cindy S. Manning, Chair of Marketing and Development, has a strong background in business, project management, and information technology within the health care field.  She has a special interest in working with midwifery-related organizations. Cindy is a mother of one daughter.

Debra Bochinski,LM,CPM,RCST,HHP, Chair of Faculty and Student Services. Debra is a registered craniosacral therapist and teacher with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America.She is also a midwife who has been involved with the homebirth community for decades. She is licensed through the state of California and nationally certified through NARM as a certified professional midwife (CPM). Debra graduated from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.