ABOUT US

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

President

Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing

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

Vice President

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jessica DeVido, PhD, Secretary
Jessica DeVido, PhD

Secretary

Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing

Ariel Clatty, PhD
Ariel Clatty, PhD

Medical Ethicist at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital

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

Wook Kim, PhD
Wook Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor, Duquesne University, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Meet our Staff

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

Co-Director

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

Co-Director

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

Business Manager