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About Postpartum Support Virginia

Mission & Vision

Postpartum Support Virginia’s MISSION is to educate families, healthcare providers and communities about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and to provide resources to help new and expectant mothers and their families overcome anxiety, depression, and other PMADs.

Postpartum Support Virginia’s VISION is that all birthing people and parents in Virginia will receive information about PMADs, be screened for them during pregnancy and throughout the first year after birth and have access to resources for recovery.

Postpartum Support Virginia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington VA.

Postpartum Support Virginia Provides:

Support for new and expectant families

  • One-on-one support via telephone, email, and social media
  • 24/7, peer-led warm line support through phone and text
  • Virtual and in-person social support groups
  • Peer mentors who have lived experience with PMADs and can offer one-on-one help

Resources and information for families, providers & community groups

  • Fact Sheets and Information Cards
  • Postpartum Planning Guide
  • PMAD Mental Health Provider Directory
  • Books, Websites, and helpful apps

Outreach and education

  • In-person trainings and webinars
  • Social media
  • Information sessions
  • Community Coalition Building
  • Volunteer training
  • Mental Health and Healthcare Provider Training

Our Team

Leadership

Executive Director

Mandolin Restivo, MA

Mandolin is an experienced non-profit manager, as well as a birth and postpartum doula. Her professional experience includes working in alternatives to incarceration in the Bronx,  where she co-founded the Bronx Reentry Working Group; directing a campus Gender Center and working with underserved youth in NYC. As a birth and postpartum doula, she served over 400 families during pregnancy, birth and the first year postpartum. This combination of experience gives her the tools necessary to support both volunteers and families affected by maternal mental health issues. 

She lives in Fredericksburg with her son.

mrestivo@postpartumva.org

Deputy Director

Sultana Karim, MA, LCPC, LPC, CCTP

Sultana  is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland,

Licensed Professional Counselor in Commonwealth of Virginia, and a Certified

 Clinical Trauma Professional. She specializes in treating sexual and domestic

 violence, perinatal mental health, and loss.

When Sultana was pregnant, and looking for support, she found Postpartum

Support Virginia. She attended the Woodbridge support group throughout her

 pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter. After healing, she volunteered

 as a support group leader and then was hired on as the Professional Resource

 Manager. Now, she serves at the Deputy Director, where she oversees the

direct services that PSVa offers to perinatal people and their families. 

skarim@postpartumva.org

communications manager

Holly Dobrynski, CD, CLC, CBE

Holly is a passionate birth and postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor who has been working with pregnant and postpartum families for over ten years. She lives in Loudoun County with her husband, four children, and three extremely large dogs. When she’s not busy supporting new parents or dealing with everyday chaos, she enjoys playing volleyball and traveling with her family.

hdobrynski@postpartumva.org

Social support manager

Kristen Miller, PMH-C, IBCLC

Kristen is a childbirth educator, teaching prenatal classes at a local non-profit hospital. She received a degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University, and experienced postpartum depression after her second son was born. She is also passionate about helping birthing people with their mental health journeys and their personal infant feeding goals. 

She lives in Carrollton with her husband and 4 (homeschooled) boys.

kmiller@postpartumva.org

Staff

Admin assistant, Williamsburg Coordinator

Stephanie Adler

Stephanie saw how postpartum depression affected her friends and wanted to help mothers in the Williamsburg area find support and resources in their community. She lives in Williamsburg, VA with a background in nonprofit marketing, fundraising, and events. She and her husband have one daughter. When she is not busy working in the community and navigating new parenthood, she loves to explore Virginia and enjoy crafting!

sadler@postpartumva.org

professional resource and care coordinator

Heather Dadurka

Heather  is a survivor of postpartum depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She first came to Postpartum Support Virginia as a client attending in-person and virtual support groups. Since recovering, Heather has dedicated herself to serving other birthing people and their families. She feels passionately about helping to bridge the gap in knowledge among medical providers around understanding, screening, and treating PMADs. When not chasing her toddler around, Heather enjoys painting, gardening, and hiking.

hdadurka@postpartumva.org

Volunteer Coordinator

Kamisha Battle-Jackson

Kamisha is a first-time mother who found herself four months pregnant when the pandemic started.  She experience perinatal anxiety and depression.  She credits her help and support to the ladies she met through PSVa’s Health Moms, Health Babies-A Support Group for Women of Color. 

Kamisha’s passion has always been to serve others, and since becoming a mother, she enjoys dedicating her time to helping other birthing people. She currently lives in Prince George’s County with her husband, son, and step daughter.

kbattle-jackson@postpartumva.org

Warm Line Coordinator

Jennifer Rettew

Jennifer is a survivor of perinatal and postpartum depression.  She is so grateful for the opportunity to pass on the support and encouragement that was so crucial during her recovery.  In addition to the warm line, Jennifer facilitates two support groups and is a Peer Recovery Specialist.  Jennifer enjoys movies at the theater, eating out, but mostly spending time with her two kids.
 

Our Board of Directors

board chair

Jennifer Mattucci Santoro, MD

Jennifer is a psychiatrist in private practice specializing in reproductive mental health and psychosomatic medicine. Jennifer graduated from Cornell University and University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed internship and residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospitals in New York City, and launched NYU’s first reproductive mental health elective for psychiatry residents. Dr. Santoro is a clinical instructor at George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, supervising and mentoring psychiatry residents and fellows. She lives with her husband and two children in Oakton.

Terms: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Board vice Chair

Elizabeth Wilkins McKee, MSW, LCSW

Elizbeth is a therapist specializing in maternal mental health as well as reproductive mental health. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan’s MSW program and then attended the Smith College School for Social Work for a certificate in the treatment of children and adolescents (1999).

Terms: 2021

Board Secretary

Chandrika Balgobin, DO, PMH-C

Chandrika is a dual-board certified Consult-Liaison Psychiatrist with and extensive clinical background in Women’s Mental Health and Perinatal Psychiatry.  She completed Psychiatry residency at the University of Buffalo where she served as Chief Resident in her final two years.  Dr. Balgobin is a graduate of the Consult-Liaison Psychaitry Fellowship at George Washington University/Inova Fairfax Hospital.  She has received numerous academic and teaching awards and is an inductee of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  Dr. Balgobin often partners with PSVa to see mothers who need psychiatric support and/or ongoing care. Dr. Balgobin practices within Inova Behavioral Health in Fairfax, VA. 

Terms: 2020, 2021

Board treasurer

Anita Okonak, MS

Anita is District Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. She has over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in sales as well as training and development. Anita struggled with perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety which greatly impacted her marriage and spurred her to become a passionate advocate for increasing awareness, diagnosis, and education about maternal mental health. Anita lives in Fairfax with her son and husband.

Terms: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Honorary Chairperson

Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Sriraman speaks around the country on various topics: breastfeeding, postpartum depression screening in pediatrics, narrative medicine/physician burnout, cultural competency/cultural differences in infant feeding and social determinants of health. She has specialized training in pediatric psychopharmacology. In addition to seeing patients, she is an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and teaches medical students and residents daily. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and has designed curriculum for public health training in pediatrics and breastfeeding training. 

 She has served on the board of National AAP-Section of Breastfeeding, and VA-AAP Chapter, and Postpartum Support Virginia. She is currently on the BOD as Education Chair for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the Virginia-WIC Association and For Kids Homeless Shelter in Norfolk, VA.

Board Member

Tanya Singleton, RN-BC, IBCLC, LCCE

Tanya is Registered Nurse with over 35 years of experience in Maternal-Child nursing. Tanya received her BSN from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, MPH with Maternal-Child Health Concentration from George Washington University, and MA in Counseling from Liberty University.   She is an advocate for Perinatal Grief Support and early detection of postpartum depression. She is owner and proprietor of The Baby Whisperer, providing in-home support in childbirth education, breastfeeding and parenting.  She is the mother of a blended family of five adult children and Nana to three.

Terms: 2020, 2021