Board of Directors

Valerie Stow (Chair)

Valerie is a birth 'junkie' and breastfeeding advocate. Mother of 3, she is an extensive gardener and a huge advocate for safe, nutritional and organic foods.  She teaches baby food making classes and enjoys helping other moms expand their babies pallets to become life-long veggie lovers!

Miranda Richardson (Vice Chair)

Miranda Richardson is a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypno-Doula since 2012. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2010 with and Associate's Degree in Social Sciences. The birth community is where her passion is and her heart is in her family. Miranda is the mother of three wild and crazy boys and happily married since 2008.

Melissa Kleinman (Secretary/Treasurer)

Melissa is a Postpartum Doula. She has a passion for community and wellness!

Joel Dyer (Board Member at Large)

Joel is the Executive Director of Community Resources for Action, Volunteerism, and Education. He holds a M.Sc. in Community Development and brings a decade of community organizing, organizational development, and non-profit management experience to the BirthSmart Board.

Sara Boblett (Board Member at Large)

Sarah was born and raised in Grand Junction, CO. She left the valley for 10 years but came back in 2009 to raise her two sweet kids here- close to her family. Sarah graduated from nursing school in 2004 and has been a labor and delivery nurse since that time. She loves working with birthing families, advocating for what they want and witnessing the miracle that is birth on a daily basis. Sarah is in her second semester of midwifery school, pursuing her dream of becoming a certified nurse midwife.