Executive Advisory Board

Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, RN, CLC, CCE is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has more than 20 years of experience in inpatient obstetrics as a staff nurse, nurse manager and director with a focus on delivering high quality care to women and newborns through supporting the important work of nurses at the bedside.

She received a BSN from Curry College, MSN from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Certified Childbirth Educator. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and participates in a variety of quality improvement initiatives. Her areas of special interest include lactation and physiologic birth.

Mary Ellen is an active member of AWHONN. She is a fetal heart monitoring instructor and reviewer for Nursing for Women’s Health, and is currently serving on the membership committee. Mary Ellen is co-chair of the Massachusetts Baby Friendly Collaborative and is a member of the executive advisory board for the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement. 



Brian T. Bateman, MD, MSc holds appointments as the Chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a researcher in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

His research interests focus on pharmacoepidemiology in pregnancy and the epidemiology of pregnancy related complications. He has published extensively on the use of opioids during pregnancy and its consequences, the safety of cardiovascular medications in pregnancy, predictors of severe maternal morbidity and mortality, and medication safety in the perioperative period.

He is currently funded by the NIH and various industry sponsors. He is an associate editor of Anesthesiology and of the upcoming edition of Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practices. He is a voting member of the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. He has worked as a technical consultant to the Joint Commission and expert reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has served on study sections at the NIH and PCORI and grant review boards for funding agencies from several other countries. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale College where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and was awarded the Janeway Prize for the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating class. He received a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed an Internship in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Residency and Chief Residency in Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.



Dr. Peter Bernstein, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, is the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Director and the Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. He did his training in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his clinical fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has also completed a Masters of Public Health degree at Columbia University.

Dr. Bernstein’s clinical and research interests concern improving systems of care for women, particularly those who are underserved and medically complicated. His main area of focus has been the development of a comprehensive patient safety program that includes team training, medical simulation, and systems redesign. Another focus of his has been the implementation and promotion of a revolutionary model of group prenatal care (Centering Pregnancy). He is nationally recognized in the area of preconception care, serving on a CDC panel that has been working on improving the delivery of preconception care. 

As a result of his work locally and nationally, Dr. Bernstein served on the Board of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, chaired the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee, and currently is a member of the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare that has representation of all national professional organizations that focus on women’s health.




Robyn D’Oria MA, RNC, APN has over 30 years of experience in maternal child health nursing in a variety of roles including Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, with faculty of pediatric and maternal child health nursing. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC). Ms. D’Oria is the New Jersey Section Chair for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, a member of the Expert Panel on Maternal Mortality, and the state lead for the implementation of the AWHONN Postpartum Hemorrhage Project. She currently serves as co-chair of the Statewide Perinatal Safety Collaborative. In addition, Ms. D’Oria is a member of the steering committee through the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists for the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) and is the lead facilitator of the remaining AIM Workgroup bundles – Reducing Peripartum Racial Disparities, Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety and Obstetric Management of Women with Opioid Dependence.




Zola D. Golub, M.Ed., RN, IBCLC has more than 35 years of experience as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff nurse, perinatal clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator. In these roles she has guided successful efforts to improve perinatal nursing care.She has a BA in philosophy from Barnard College, a BSN from Cornell University, and a M.Ed. in nursing education from Teacher's College, Columbia University.  

Combining a life-long interest in caring with an academic background in philosophy, Zola's nursing practice has always included attention to nursing ethics.  She has been a member of the ethics committee in each hospital where she worked, Chairperson Council on Ethical Practice, New York State Nurses Association (1987-1990), Chair, Committee on Ethics, AWHONN (1994-1996), and Co-Chair of AWHONN's Expert Panel on Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality Measures. Now retired, she volunteers as a nursing education consultant with special expertise in nursing ethics and lactation consultation.




Miranda Klassen is the Executive Director of the Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Foundation, a non-profit advocacy and research organization she founded in 2008 after nearly losing her life to an amniotic fluid embolism. She is responsible for defining and implementing the organization’s overall business and marketing strategic plans and is the primary driver in overseeing day-to-day operations. Most notably, Miranda assisted in the development and implementation of the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Registry ™ in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The registry, now the world’s largest database of AFE cases, will allow for future investigations pertaining to the genes and mechanisms associated with AFE.

Previously, Miranda spent 20 years in banking, finance, and business development. Her last position was as San Diego County Credit Union’s Business Development Manager. With a passion for serving the non-profit community, she has served on many boards. Currently, she serves as the patient advocate for board of the national ACOG Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care based in Washington D.C., as well as an Executive Board Member for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC).

Miranda is a frequent speaker, panelist, and lecturer on amniotic fluid embolism and patient advocacy. She is also a contributing author on research articles and most recently the nationally approved safety bundle Patient, Family, and Staff Support after a Severe Maternal Event.  Ms. Klassen has been recognized with several honors and awards for her professional and personal achievements including a feature in the 2016 People Magazine’s Special Edition entitled American Heroes recognizing her dedication and commitment to helping address and combat a leading cause of maternal death and suffering. She earned her BS in Biology from California State University-Sacramento and resides in San Diego, CA with her husband and son.