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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:
- 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
- Fact Sheets and Information Cards
- Postpartum Planning Guide
- PMAD Mental Health Provider Directory
- Books, Websites, and helpful apps
- In-person trainings and webinars
- Social media
- Information sessions
- Community Coalition Building
- Volunteer training
- Mental Health and Healthcare Provider Training
Theresa is the Executive Director of Postpartum Support Virginia. Prior to this role, she served as a strategic planning advisor to PSVa as a member of the Board of Directors. She is a survivor of postpartum depression, which she experienced during a time when few resources were available, and no screening from providers. Now, perinatal mental health is a passion and purpose for Theresa, so much so, that she is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work focusing on the needs of perinatal women and families.
She lives in Arlington with her three almost grown children and facing the prospect of an empty nest next year!
Deputy Executive Director
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 Gabriel.
Director of volunteers & Woodbridge Coordinator
Lydia is a mom of 3 who experienced postpartum depression after her third pregnancy. She was able to find help at the Arlington PSVa support group; after she recovered, Lydia wanted to help new mothers in Prince William County find help and resources in their community.
An Arlington native, Lydia is a small business owner who lives in Woodbridge with her family.
director of professional development & Williamsburg Coordinator
Danielle Cauley, LPC
Danielle is both a PMAD survivor and a licensed professional counselor specializing in women’s reproductive mental health. Danielle also has several years of experience as a substance use counselor.
She lives in Williamsburg with her husband, daughter and son.
Holly is a passionate birth and postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor who has been working with pregnant and postpartum women for over ten years. She lives in Loudoun County with her husband and four children. When she’s not busy supporting new parents, she enjoys playing volleyball and traveling with her family.
Director of Community Resources
Sultana Karim, MA, LCPC, LPC, CCTP
Sultana is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland, and a certified clinical trauma professional. She has years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and families for a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, with specialization in treating survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She experienced PMADs during pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter, but was able to find help at the Woodbridge support group. After she recovered, she decided to give back as support group leader.
Sultana currently lives in Woodbridge, VA with her family.
Spanish Outreach Manager, NOVA
Jenny Delgado, RN, BSN
Jenny is a bilingual Registered Nurse with an interest in helping the Spanish speaking community. As a postpartum nurse, she has seen how new mothers are sent home without enough information about their own mental health. She hopes to be able to provide some of this needed information and support, especially in these times of isolation.
Director of Communications
Karin’s public relations resume includes over 15 years of industry experience including strategy, content development, Website redesign, intra-and inter-communication outreach and social media creation/management. She experienced postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her second son.
Karin lives in Burke, Va with her husband and two super energetic Marvel and LEGO loving sons.
regional program director & Peninsula Coordinator
Kristen Miller, BA, CCCE, 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.
Diane has 20 years of experience as a childbirth educator at UVA Medical Center, and is a Certified Lactation Consultant. Her classes help families learn more about birth options and preparing for parenting, especially in the first few months of baby’s life.
She has redesigned her prenatal classes in the past few years to incorporate more guidance and resources for mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum.
She lives in Charlottesville with her two sons, and two lazy hound dogs.
Director of Outreach and Education
Mara Watts. LPC, MA
Mara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, currently practicing in Fairfax, and holds advanced degrees from the University of Colorado and George Mason University. After her own struggle with postpartum anxiety and depression she felt that helping other women through postpartum challenges was her calling. Mara is leading PSVa’s effort to educate maternal-child healthcare providers in Northern Virginia and throughout the state. She is PSVa’s liaison to the INOVA Health System.
Mara and her family live in Fairfax.
Our Board of Directors
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).
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
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
Kasie Cassell, WHNP-C, PMHNP-C
Over the past 15 years, Kasie has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or Nurse Practitioner (NP) in multiple areas of nursing as well as pioneering and developing the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Program for the treatment of depression in our outpatient practice. Kasie is currently running the new division of Columbia Associates called The Perinatal Project.
Kasie was recognized by The International Nurses Association as a Worldwide Leader in Healthcare and Top Nurse Practitioner in Virginia in 2017.
Terms: 2020, 2021
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.
Jessica Jones, PsyD
Jessica is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of Therahealing Psychological Services PLLC. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Hofstra University in Long Island NY, and a Master’s and Doctoral degree from the American School of Professional Psychology, ASPP, Washington DC. Dr. Jones has 9+ years in a multitude of clinical settings such as day treatment facilities, outpatient community health, residential psychiatric centers, forensic settings and private practice. Her thorough background serves as a foundation in working with a wide range of distressing symptoms such as: anxiety, depression, postpartum mood disorders, trauma, internal conflict, and relationship distress; which she now applies in private practice with adults and couples.
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
Amanda Lenoci Zang, MBA, CDFM
Amanda is a Senior Manager in Deloitte and Touche LLP’s Federal Advisory Practice and has over 14 years’ experience providing financial improvement and audit readiness, internal control assessment and evaluation, financial reporting and analysis, and business process improvement. Amanda’s struggle with postpartum depression propelled her to share her story with other mothers who may be ashamed or afraid. Mandy graduated from Clemson University, holds an MBA from Marymount University, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. Mandy lives in Arlington with her husband and two sons.
Terms: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021