Executive Advisory Board
Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, is Perinatal Educator at Clements University Medical Center at UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX. Jessica McNeil’s professional experience has focused on maternal and infant health.  She started her nursing career in a 107 bed level III NICU at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where she had the opportunity to care for some of the sickest babies.  After her time there, she transferred to another Dallas area hospital where she worked in labor & delivery, antepartum, and continued to care for babies.  In 2015 Jessica had the honor of being selected as an AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) Emerging Leader and in 2016 was the National AWHONN Conference Host Committee Chair. Having previously served in positions ranging from charge nurse to women’s services manager, Jessica currently works as the perinatal educator at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as an adjunct clinical faculty member at Baylor University.

In addition to her work, she is the current chair of the DFW chapter of AWHONN and the secretary-treasurer of the Texas AWHONN section, as well as an ACOG maternal levels of care surveyor.  She also served as a contributing author to the 7th edition of Foundations of Maternal-Newborn AND Women’s Health Nursing.  Jessica has a passion for improving maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and she seeks to improve outcomes through social change.  Through inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, standardization of care and through the confrontation of our implicit biases, she truly believes we can end maternal mortality.

Jessica attended Texas Christian University and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and her masters in nursing education at Walden University in 2013.  She currently holds national certifications in both inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring, and is in the process of obtaining her DNP from Texas Tech University.



Carla Rider, DNP, MBA, RNC-LRN, is the perinatal program director for Texas Perinatal Services, a division of Texas EMS Trauma and Acute Care Foundation (TETAF). She is responsible for developing verification survey processes to ensure adherence to the Texas Administrative Code for neonatal and maternal levels of care for Texas hospitals. She has 26 years of experience in nursing and nurse leadership positions in women’s and children’s nursing.

She has developed and implemented a number of protocols and initiatives during her career that have resulted in improved patient outcomes and enhanced staff development for which she received various awards. Some of these honors include the Patriotic Employer Award from the Department of Defense, National Association of Neonatal Nursing Leadership Award, Nurse Week Nurse Excellence Award in Management, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Early Elective Delivery Improvement and Exclusive Breastfeeding Improvement Award.

With an overwhelming desire to improve maternal and infant mortality, Carla has participated on many committees and boards focused on improving access and quality in maternal and neonatal healthcare.  She has served as AWHONN’s Pensacola Florida Chapter Coordinator, Northwest Arkansas Infant and Death Review Program Team Director and on the Executive Leadership Team for March of Dimes. Carla has participated in Sigma, Honor Society of Nursing’s Maternal Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy since 2012, and from 2016 as Lead Faculty Advisor. Additionally, she is an active member of the Texas Nurses Association Maternal Mortality Task Force.

Carla earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University in Denton/Dallas. She also holds a master’s in nursing degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in Dallas, Texas. In July 2017, Carla obtained a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of South Alabama.




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.


Peter Bernstein,MD, 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.

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