Ohio Affiliate and Chapter Leaders

Leaders in the Ohio Affiliate of the ACNM

Eva Fried

Jackie Gruer 



  • Graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1982
  • Worked as full scope CNM attending home, birth center
    and hospital births for 23 years
  • Founded Midwives Care Inc.
  • Founded The Birth Center in 1996
  • Taught at the Philadelphia University Midwifery program
  • Preceptor for 22 years
  • Inducted as a Fellow in the ACNM in 2005 and received the Region IV Award for Excellence
  • Retired from midwifery in 2019
  • Contact information: jgruer@gmail.com

Michelle Zamudio 



  • CNM for 29 years… Feeling all of it!
  • Married to Roger, with 3 kids and 2 grandbabies
  • Assoc Professor: University of Cincinatti, College of Medicine
  • OH BON – Advisory Committee
  • Buckeye Birth Coalition
  • ALSO – Instructor, devoted to maternal safety
  • Lecturer, varied hospital committees
  • OAAPM – Board of Directors, Professional Relations
  • Reimbursement Comm, & Gov’t Relations Comm. 

Lisa M. Hachey



  • Mom to Ryan, Dustin, Christopher and Ryley
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Practice
  • Director of Nurse Midwifery Program University of Cincinnati
  • Chair-elect for Directors of Midwifery Education (DOME)
  • Exam Managing Editor – Midwest Alliance of Midwifery
  • Midwifery Program Criteria Revision Committee: (ACME)
  • APRN-CNM with 25 years of clinical experience and 9 years
    in midwifery education.
  • Director Ohio Board of Nursing Approver Continuing Education Unit (OBN-011-93
  • Editorial Board Member: Nursing for Women’s Health (NWH), Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), and Journal of Human Trafficking 
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Lucinda (Cindy) Farina 



  • Contributortopublichealthandeducation.
  • Ph.D. in Human Services specializing in Public Health from Walden University, expert in shaping healthcare practices through an interdisciplinary lens.
  • 44-year career advancing maternal child health
  • Her journey includes significant roles in academia,
  • Worked as program manager for the Cleveland Department of Public Health and currently as a Clinical and Education Consultant
  • Founder/Owner of Cindy Farina LLC.
  • Certification in Transgender Care from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and her work as a primary care provider to the LGBTQ community.
  • Editor in Chief at Stat Pearls.

Affiliate Board (Voting members)

Lucia Jenkusky


• Ohio State University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice & Director of WH and Midwifery Programs
• Chair- Directors of Midwifery Education (DOME) !!!
• APRN-CNM with 25 years of clinical experience and 12 years in midwifery education.
• Co-Founder and owner Birth and Beyond Midwifery practice in Oneonta, NY 2001-2007.
• Peer Reviewer: Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health
• Married with 2 sons, loves to travel and service for others

Jessie Bertsch


  • CNM in full scope practice for 14 years
  • Married to Craig with 8 children
  • Asst. Profession, Univ of Cin College of Medicine
  • Dept of Family & Community Medicine
  • Adjunct Faculty: Univ of Cin College of Nursing
  • Instructor: Advances Life Support in Obstetrics

Shatoya T. McQueen


BIPOC Midwife

2013- Graduated from Hondros College with Practical Nursing diploma

2013- Became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

2016- Graduated from Hondros College with Associate of Science in Nursing degree

2016- Became a Registered Nurse (RN)

2019- Graduated from Ohio University with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree

2022- Graduated from Frontier Nursing University with Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a focus in midwifery

2023- Became a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) 2023- Full scope CNM at Cleveland Clinic

Currently enrolled at Frontier Nursing University pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree

Lives in Shaker Heights, OH with her husband Shawn and four children

Dedicated to serving the underprivileged and underserved minority populations and combating Black maternal and infant mortality rates

Cierra Lamar


Student Member

Cierra Lamar is a football and basketball mom to 2 boys, ages 8 and 9; A Registered Nurse, Army Veteran and Student Nurse Midwife. Cierra was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has worked in healthcare for nearly 2 decades. She began her cereer as a State Tested Nursing Assistant, transitioned to a Licensed Practical Nurse and then a Registered Nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Ohio University in 2018.
Cierra is pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing – Midwifery degree at Frontier Nursing University, with an anticipated date of completion as April 2025. She has worked in a multitude of settings: Long term acute care, skilled nursing facilities, medical surgical telemetry and labor and delivery units. Cierra currently works as a school nurse at an elementary school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Upon graduation, Cierra is hoping to secure a CNM position with an established practice in the inner city of Cleveland, in efforts to serve the underserved community. Cierra enjoys family time, traveling and trying new ethnic foods.


National governmental
affairs committee

Jalana Lazar 

Student Representatives


state governmental
affairs committee

Kate Murphy