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  • Affordable Educational Credits
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  • Worldwide Speakers
  • Captivating Topics
  • Peer Interactions

The GOLD Conference Team

Meet the team of enthusiastic individuals who work all year round to bring you an exciting online conference!

Logistics:

  • Fleur Bickford
    FLEUR BICKFORD, BSc, RN, IBCLC
    Program Director & Master of Ceremonies

    Fleur Bickford is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a Bachelor of Science from Queen's University. As an RN, she worked in Maternal and Child Health, gaining experience in labour and delivery, postpartum care and pediatrics. After the birth of her two children, Fleur became involved with La Leche League, eventually becoming a leader and serving as a member of both the Professional Liaison Department and the Social Media Advisory Committee, while working towards her IBCLC certification. Fleur then made the move to private practice as an RN and IBCLC and spent years working with challenging breastfeeding cases before focusing on health education with GOLD. Fleur has been very active in her local lactation community as past president of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants and one of the leaders of the group that established the regional breastfeeding website ottawabreastfeeds.ca. She is also a professional speaker whose presentations and articles have been shared internationally. Fleur's clinical experience in perinatal care combined with her professional and volunteer experiences with educating both families and health care professionals, lend themselves well to her role as Program Director for GOLD.

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    FIONA LANG-SHARPE, IBCLC, NAMCW
    Public Relations Manager & Master of Ceremonies

    Fiona Lang-Sharpe is a Birth Doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Fiona has over 20 years of experience attending births, supporting mothers post partum, and offering lactation case management services. Having studied in England under the National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare, Fiona moved to Canada in 1989 and after having her first born son was accredited through La Leche League Canada as a Leader and went onto obtain her certification as an IBCLC. Fiona's experience in perinatal health along with her interest in technology and social media and passion for quality education makes her an excellent fit for GOLD Conferences International. Fiona is one of the first voices you'll hear as one of GOLD's online Master of Ceremonies, and is also often one of the first faces you'll see, online and in person, as she represents GOLD at industry events and via social media. Fiona is highly anticipating an expanding role with GOLD, as GOLD increases it online offerings.

  • Kristin Schwarz
    KRISTIN SCHWARZ, LM
    Master of Ceremonies

    Kristin Schwarz is a licensed midwife, maternal fitness educator, childbirth educator and bereavement doula. Kristin moved to the United States from Europe in 1997 where she worked in marketing and online education. After a peaceful home-water birth of her 2nd daughter, Kristin decided to help other women feel empowered in their birth choices. She trained to become a childbirth educator, received a degree in midwifery and holds a Florida midwifery license. Kristin's experience in perinatal and postpartum health and her background in online education make her a good fit for Gold Conferences International, and she is excited to contribute to GOLD and assist in its online growth. Kristin lives with her family in South Florida where she enjoys snorkeling and yoga on the beach. .

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    ANDREW DERGOUSOFF - Conference Manager

    With a background in technology start-ups, Andrew has been working within the educational meetings industry for more than nine years now. He was involved in bringing the GOLD brand from her original owners in Australia to Canada and building a new team of professionals to further nurture the company into the online education leader it is today. Andrew is focused on seeing new education and continual technological improvements added to GOLD in order to bring our unique style of accessible and affordable education to an ever-widening health care audience. His favourite part of the job is hearing from Delegates who were able to utilize education they learned through GOLD into their daily practices.
    If he is not busy working on his latest pie chart or drumming up a great deal for your group to come to a conference, he’s likely travelling far-flung lands to extol the virtues of online learning or training to be a ninja.

  • Nina Adrianna
    NINA ADRIANNA - Speaker Manager

    Nina is excited to be part of a team that develops online conferences, because they are an efficient, green and accessible means for people to connect globally. She enjoys connecting with GOLD Speakers and GOLD participants -- they are inspiring because they put their hearts into helping mamas and babies thrive! Nina lives on Salt Spring Island, and when not working she's probably exploring in the forest, or dancing.

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    DAVID VENUS - Virtual Events Manager / Technical Officer

    Originally from Vancouver Island, David Venus moved to Vancouver in 1998 to attended The University of British Columbia, Majoring in Biology. For the past 7 Years, he has successfully operated an Online Marketing & Web Development Company catering to over 100 Clients. Originally a Contractor with ICS, his relationship started with the company in 2012 as the Technology Officer within the GOLD Lactation Online Conference. Skip 2 years ahead, and an opportunity presented itself to join the exciting team at ICS/GOLD and assist in the development of their Online Division. He strives to deliver effective & captivating design with a strong focus on usability & marketing.

    During his off time, you will catch him back on the beautiful & rugged Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island where he squeezes into a 5mm Wetsuit and catch waves on a surfboard all year round. Yes, it's COLD!

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    MELISSA EGGER - Partnership Manager

    Born and raised in Austria, Melissa Egger attended school with her main focus on health and sport. After completing with a certificate she focused on an additional core theme, graphic and design. After graduating from school she started her Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Sales in Vienna, with her main focus on Electronic and Mobile Marketing. Moreover, she did her study abroad in Business Administration at Capilano University in 2012. She instantly felt in love with the city, culture and life-style. As a fresh graduate from FH Vienna she came back to Vancouver. She is always looking for new challenges and one of her most exciting one is being a part of the GOLD-Team, working as a Conference Coordinator. To give health interested people a convenient access to education and professional development all over the world is definitely something which lets you feel good. She is enthusiastic about sport, cooking and there is barely a week without exploring a new spot in or around the city. She is very thrilled to be part of the GOLD-Team.

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    GABRIELLE NG - Web & Graphic Designer

    Gabrielle Ng is a Vancouver-based designer specializing in graphic design, front-end web development, and 2D animation. Her artistic journey began during her early childhood, when her love of storytelling led her to illustrate and bind her own comic books. Her naturally inquisitive personality, passion for design, and need to express herself is what drives her to pursue her career in new media.

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    KIM JOHNSTONE, IBCLC, LLL Leader, HHP
    Social Media

    Kim Johnstone has been working in the health field since 2000 and has a passion for supporting educated and empowered wellness. She first graduated from the British Columbia College of Equine Therapy then went on to continue her education at Grant MacEwan University with the Holistic Health Practitioner program. She focused her career on families, and furthered her attention to breastfeeding support through her work as a La Leche League Leader and then through certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Kim currently works in private practice in the area of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she assists families through their breastfeeding relationships. She has participated in the GOLD conferences for several years and is happy to have joined the team as Social Media Personnel.

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

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    LYNDA ROBINSON- Committee Member

    Lynda is a Registered Nurse with 35+ years experience in Women's Health with a focus on maternal/ infant care. She has 16 years as a Labour & Delivery nurse as well as 13 years as a Public Health Nurse doing postpartum home visits. During her career she has been very passionate about breastfeeding and providing holistic care to moms and families to empower them with tools to be successful with their breastfeeding experience. She has also been an IBCLC since 1998. Presently Lynda is a Nurse Educator at MacEwan University in Edmonton Alberta Canada in the Nursing faculty. She takes 3rd year BScN students into the maternity setting at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton where she mentors them to apply their theory knowledge in a family centered care approach. She shares breastfeeding knowledge with students as she works with moms to empower them about the 'art of breastfeeding.' Also during Lynda's Public Health years she worked extensively with moms, families and physician to screen for Post Partum Depression and connect with resources in the community to aid with their healing. Lynda is also a mom of a daughter and son who are grown and successfully launched in their chosen careers as educators. Lynda has participated in the GOLD conferences for several years and is honored to have joined the team as Nurse Planner. She very much looks forward to journeying with the team as GOLD continues to grow.

    Jessica McNeil
    Jessica McNeil - Committee Member

    I attended Texas Christian University and completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. I started my nursing career in a 107 bed level III NICU at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where I had the opportunity to care for some of the sickest babies. After my time there, I transferred to another hospital where I worked in labor & delivery, Antepartum, OR, and continued to care for babies. In 2013, I had the opportunity to complete my masters in nursing education at Walden University and began working as a perinatal nurse educator. I am currently the Nurse Residency and Clinical Simulation program coordinator at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the chair of the DFW section of AWHONN, and the host chair for the 2016 National AWHONN Conference. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing with my dog, Winnie, and serving at my church.

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    Kirsten Small - Committee Member

    Kirsten Small is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, with experience in both public and private hospital practice. She is currently teaching Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology in the Bachelor of Midwifery program at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia and works part time in a private midwifery group practice providing care to women with complicated pregnancy. Her professional interests include models of care that support woman centred continuity of midwifery care and sustainable health care practices in both Australia and Cambodia, where she regularly spends time as a volunteer.

  • Pamela Murphy
    Pamela Murphy - Committee Member

    Dr. Murphy is a PhD prepared certified nurse-midwife and IBCLC who is currently employed by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as the Director of Operations for Women's Health. Her previous roles include Director of Clinical Affairs for Ameda breast pumps and breastfeeding products, Advanced Practice Lactation Consultant at MUSC, Certified Nurse-midwife delivering babies (including water births) and caring for the full scope of women's health care needs as a nurse-midwife and for many years as a registered nurse (RN) in many states throughout the United States. She received a PhD in nursing/women's health from MUSC in Charleston, SC; a MS in nurse-midwifery from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a BSN in nursing from the University of Massachusetts.

    Dr. Murphy's clinical expertise includes well-woman care, prenatal care, labor & delivery and lactation. Special areas of interest include; transitioning preterm infants to the breast using non-nutritive sucking, nipple shields and test weights; using creamatocrits to initiate hindmilk interventions for preterm infants; skimming milk for infants post-cardiac surgery who develop chylothorax, and treating nipple and breast issues such as nipple candida and low milk supply. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and her research topics include the accuracy of test weighing techniques, the use of domperidone as a galactogogue, and the effect of vitamin D on women's health.