Advisory Board

Kathi Mulder, CPM has been the owner and director of Dance of Life Midwifery Services, LLC in Traverse City, Michigan for the past 26 years. She first met Ninotte when she traveled to Jacmel, Haiti to work for Mother Health International, an organization providing maternity care relief services following the 2010 earthquake. Kathi was one of the midwives who trained Ninotte to meet her CMP requirements and now helps to fundraise for Grace Community Birth Center.

Marty Arkin, MD, PhD is an ophthalmologist and he has performed eye surgery on mission trips in Haiti several times. He is also the president of the Bay Eye Charitable Foundation (GCBC’s parent organization) that provides assistance in developing countries for medical care.

Rubinste St. Louis is a member of SAGE (Society for Support and Management of the Environment), a local organization in the northern region of Haiti that is partnering with GCBC.

Melinda Parenteau, CPM is a registered midwife with Southern Health- Sante Sud in Winkler Manitoba Canada. Melinda and Ninotte first met in Haiti in 2010 and have worked together ever since. Melinda was one of Ninotte’s formal preceptors during her 6 year midwifery apprenticeship.

Tara Mulder, PhD is a professor at Vassar College. She has known Ninotte since 2011, when she and her mom, Kathi, went to Jacmel, Haiti to work with Mother Heath International.

Craig Mulder has worked at Northwestern Michigan College since 1997 in a variety of capacities. With degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan, Craig has taught at secondary and vocational schools in northern Michigan and in the Solomon Islands (as a Peace Corp Volunteer) and has served as a librarian at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Michigan State University. His community service has included President of the Board for the Oryana Natural Foods Market, working with the United Way, and leadership in the Quaker community. He is married to Kathi and father to Tara and provides logistical and technical support to the Grace Community Birth Center board.