Board of Directors 2018-2019
Liane C. Varnes, IBCLC, RLC
Liane first became involved with breastfeeding advocacy as a young mother in 1982. She was involved with La Leche League for several years, realized she had a passion for all things related to lactation , and subsequently volunteered at her local health department in Thomasville, GA. During that time, she taught breastfeeding classes and privately counseled pregnant and nursing women on a mother-to-mother basis.
In 1997 she moved to the Northeast Georgia Mountains and began volunteering as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BPC) for the local WIC office, and was later employed as a full-time BPC. She gained her clinical experience in various county WIC clinics, and helped train additional BPCs, eventually becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010.
She currently has a growing private practice in the northeast Georgia region, performing home visits for breastfeeding families. She has two beautiful adult daughters, and is married to Randy Varnes.
Audrey K. Thompson, RN, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, BBA
Audrey started her career in the healthcare field as a hospital consultant for clinical information technology, which inspired her interest in nursing. After being a Maternal-Child RN for 8 years, her passion for breastfeeding lead her to head the breastfeeding program at South Fulton Medical Center, providing education to nurses, classes to parents and lactation support for new moms. After becoming certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2012, she entered private practice, where she continues to help families meet their breastfeeding goals.
Audrey loves home-schooling her formerly breastfed 2 sons and daughter, and is active at Mt. Paran Church of God. Audrey often advocates for children with special needs, and mothers, babies and families everywhere. In her rare free time, Audrey enjoys singing, reading and traveling, and she adores all things Disney.
Christie Coursey, IBCLC, RLC
Christie is the Senior Lactation Consultant and Clinical Manager of Breastfeed, Atlanta, LLC. A busy mother of 2 formerly breastfed children, Christie’s love of lactation began with them. Christie’s expertise is varied, with past positions being both hospital based and peer support. As chair of the Private Practice SIG, Christie passionately advocates not only for moms and babies, but also for the lactation profession as a whole, and is currently mentoring two talented, aspiring IBCLCs.
Teresa McCullen, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Kiana Ayers, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Special Interest Group Committee Chairs, Aleah Walker, IBCLC and Claire Eden, IBCLC, and Kathleen Chiu, IBCLC are non-voting members of the board.
New Year, new Board! Biographies are pending on our newest members of the SELCA Board, and we are excited that they have joined us! We extend our sincere thanks to the outgoing members of the board for their service. Please consider serving in the future, whether on the board or on a committee.