Meet our dedicated team members.

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Leseliey Welch, MPH, MBA

Co-Founder & CEO


Leseliey Welch is a public health strategist, social entrepreneur, and professional dreamer whose guiding value is Love. As a founder of Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity, her work is grounded in making communities stronger, healthier and more free – starting with ensuring all people have access to all safe birth options. Birth Detroit will open its first freestanding community birth center in spring 2024, and Birth Center Equity is a national effort to invest in Black, Indigenous, people of color-led birth centers at scale to make birth centers a real option in all communities. She has two decades of leadership experience in city, state and national health organizations, including having served as Deputy Director of Public Health for the City of Detroit. Leseliey earned her degree in Women’s Studies, Masters in Public Health and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and is an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow.

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Denicia Cadena

Operations & Impact Director

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Diana Derige

Chief Strategy Officer

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Gianna Fay

Municipal Birth Center Project Midwifery Director

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Hoai An Pham

Social Media Coordinator

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Jess Gutfreund

Chief Implementation Officer

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Joe Snow

Business and Real Estate Development Manager

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Julie Quiroz

Narrative Strategy Director

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Kimberly Durdin

Midwifery Network Engagement Director

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Syd Dewitt

Administrative Manager

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Yve Francois

Chief of Staff