The Human Milk Science Institute and Biobank was founded from 2018 to 2019 to advance human milk science.

Meet our Board

Kelley Baumgartel, BSN, PhD, President
Kelley Baumgartel, BSN, PhD


Assistant Professor, University of South Florida College of Nursing

Jessica DeVido, PhD, Secretary
Jessica Devido, PhD


Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing

Ariel Clatty, PhD
Ariel Clatty, PhD

Medical Ethicist at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital

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Barb Klipa, MBA

Assistant Division Administrator at University of Pittsburgh

Jill DeMirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Jill Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing

Timothy Hand, PhD
Timothy Hand, PhD

Assistant Professor, R.K. Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM, Vice President
Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM

Vice President

Director, Allegheny County Health Department

Meet our Staff

Cyndy Verardi, BS, CLC, Co-Director
Cyndy Verardi, BS, CLC


Denise O’Connor, BS, IBCLC, Co-Director
Denise O’Connor, BS, IBCLC


Sara Vins Bobish, JD, Business Manager
Sara Vins Bobish, JD

Business Manager