Christy Turlington Burns is a mother, advocate, social entrepreneur, and founder & CEO of the maternal health organization, Every Mother Counts. Having endured a childbirth complication herself, Christy was compelled to direct and produce the documentary, No Woman, No Cry about maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Every Mother Counts was launched in 2010 to heighten awareness about our global maternal health crisis. While advocacy remains a key focus, Every Mother Counts has evolved into a 501(c)(3) investing in programs around the world to ensure all women have access to quality maternal healthcare. Christy has been recognized as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People (2014) and one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year (2013). In March 2016, Every Mother Counts was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit (2016). Prior to her work as a global maternal health advocate, Christy enjoyed a successful career as a model while continuing her education and pursuing other interests. Christy has held positions on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors and on the advisory Board of New York University's Nursing School. She holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and has studied Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. A six-time marathon finisher, Christy resides in New York City where she lives with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.
“My grandmother died of complications from child birth in France back in 1952. My mom grew up without her real mother, which is what made her such a wonderful mom to my siblings and me. My brother and I always dedicate our marathons to the grandmother we never knew. I love what Every Mother Counts does and love the people working here.”
As Chief Financial Officer, Alex oversees financial management and strategy for Every Mother Counts. He previously served as Director of Business Development & Finance for the organization, where he led partnerships with Apple, TOMS, Minted, Marc Jacobs, Stella & Dot and countless others. Prior to joining Every Mother Counts, Alex held various positions within Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking and Equities Division, and worked in business development for healthcare industry start-ups. Alex first became involved with Every Mother Counts as a volunteer in 2011, serving as marathon captain for Team EMC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Roanoke College, and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College, City University of New York. He currently lives in New York City.
“I started moving my career from working in finance to maternal health after my first daughter was born. I became even more motivated when my second pregnancy became complicated and scary. I was lucky to have access to excellent healthcare that women in other parts of the world do not. The combination of my own experience and the Every Mother Counts mission make me appreciate my job each and every day.”
Kristen Kirkland first became involved with Every Mother Counts as a volunteer, a Team EMC marathoner and human resources consultant and then took a job as Every Mother Counts' Human Resources Director and Running Events Manager. Kristen is now the Chief Operations and Talent Officer. Her life long passion for running combined with her PhD in industrial organizational psychology and her gift for applied human resources makes for what Kristen calls her “dream job.” Kristen grew up in Alabama, went to college in Atlanta, and moved to New York to obtain her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
“Having endured a childbirth complication myself, I was compelled to join the inspiring team at Every Mother Counts.”
Wallis leads Communications and Marketing at Every Mother Counts. She previously worked at Crane Stationery where she developed and directed integrated communications strategies and marketing initiatives for a portfolio of leading luxury stationery brands and also managed events and the website. Before joining Crane, she spent nine years at DKC Public Relations creating strategic and comprehensive marketing and media relations programs for clients including Delta Air Lines, J.Crew, The Children’s Health Fund, Continuum Health Partners and Avenues: The World School. Wallis holds a Bachelor of Arts Hamilton College and is an officer on the Alumnae Board of the Chapin School.
Before joining Every Mother Counts Karen was a program officer at the Tinker Foundation, where she worked with organizations in Central and South America to expand access to high-quality public education for marginalized communities. Prior to that she worked at MADRE, raising resources for community-based projects led by grassroots women’s organizations in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. Karen’s career has also included technology capacity-building for non-profit organizations and a few stints as a wildlife biologist. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego.
"There is something about starting life on the best possible foot that draws me to Every Mother Counts. Both figuratively and literally, the womb is where it all begins. I first became interested in maternal health through my journey to becoming a mother, then through my work in the maternity and baby worlds. I did not have the births I wanted, but I was fortunate, because I had good healthcare - which every person deserves. It is a privilege to serve mothers, whose influence reaches far beyond their families."
Grace Lee Kellum, Director of Partnerships for Every Mother Counts is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships with corporate partners. Her background is in corporate social responsibility, integrated marketing communications and branding in the maternity, baby and women's sectors. Prior to Every Mother Counts, Grace was VP of Philanthropy and Communications at baby specialty retailer, giggle, where she was part of the founding team that launched and grew the multi-channel brand to 14 stores nationwide and its own layette label. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism with a minor in Foreign Studies. Grace lives with her husband and their two sons in Brooklyn.
"Working for Every Mother Counts means I get to work for something I'm passionate about and towards something outside myself…kind of like running for the team. I'm raising awareness on issues that are important to me and by sharing stories through film I'm connecting people with women and their incredible caregivers all over the world."
Clancy is the Producer for Every Mother Counts. She began her career in maternal health by co-producing founder, Christy Turlington Burns’ debut documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY about pregnancy and childbirth in Tanzania, Guatemala, Bangladesh and the US (OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network 2011). With additional experience building Every Mother Count’s supporter trips and events program since the launch of the organization in 2010, Clancy now works primarily on developing Every Mother Counts' film and storytelling portfolio. She is currently directing/producing Every Mother Counts’ documentary series, GIVING BIRTH IN AMERICA, most recently in Louisiana and originally in Montana, New York, Florida (CNN Digital Studios 2015). The film series examines why the US is falling so far behind in maternal health care. She also recently directed and produced the documentary CON MADRE, about the first class of professional midwives in Guatemala, and has also produced films about Every Mother Counts’ work in Haiti, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. She has run marathons in Big Sur, NYC, and Chicago, as well as races in Haiti, Tanzania, Hood to Coast and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, all on behalf of Every Mother Counts. She is a DONA trained doula and based in Los Angeles, CA.
“Digital marketing at a non-profit allows me to be part of an ever-changing space that’s becoming increasingly more impactful to furthering social, global good. Everyday I engage with, learn from, and spread awareness to people all over the globe who are working creatively towards similar goals. I know every minute I work at Every Mother Counts is valuable time spent making a difference for women, girls and communities at large.”
Danielle leads and evaluates Every Mother Counts’ multi-platform digital presence, including graphic design, social media, managing the website, maintaining and elevating the Every Mother Counts brand, and planning and executing digital campaigns. She previously worked as Production Assistant on several Every Mother Counts film projects. Her career with Every Mother Counts began with a yearlong internship where her knowledge, understanding and interest in improving maternal health emerged. Danielle completed her B.A. degree in Strategic Communication from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her experiences traveling and volunteering in the US, Nepal, India, Indonesia and Thailand heightened her drive to combine her education in communications with work in the humanitarian field. Prior to working at Every Mother Counts, Danielle lived and studied in Sydney, Australia, and volunteered as a peer counselor for the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy. She has worked as a music writer, and at a digital creative service agency in New York City, where she currently lives.
“For me, maternal health is fundamentally about the value and dignity we give to women. Simply put, investing in quality maternal health care is worth it because women’s lives are worth it. Plus, maternal health care has a remarkable ripple effect What I love about working at Every Mother Counts is that you are able to see this ripple effect in action: when you save the mother, you save the children…you save the community.”
As General Counsel, Kathie is responsible for all things legal at Every Mother Counts. She began working with Every Mother Counts by volunteering her time pro bono and formally joined the staff in 2012. Having worked in the non-profit and corporate worlds, and for the U.S. government, Kathie brings a wealth of experience to the organization. She holds an A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard University and received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School where she was an editor of the Law Review. A long-time advocate for women’s rights, Kathie believes maternal health is a basic human right and is proud to be a part of the Every Mother Counts staff. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, two children and a lovable hound dog.
“As an entrepreneur who works and manufactures globally in design in many of the countries where Every Mother Counts has initiatives, I see first hand the impact of lack of maternal health on families and communities. Since Every Mother Counts is nimble organization working in targeted grass roots way in these communities, it is really making a profound, sustainable difference and changing the lives of women and children. I am honored to be helping Christy and Every Mother Counts and through their ground breaking work they are also helping me give back to many of the communities and countries that I have worked and produced in over the last decade.”
Christiane Lemieux provides creative direction and vision across Wayfair's growing portfolio of home lifestyle brands. Christiane began her career in fashion working as a fabric assistant for Isaac Mizrahi and then as an assistant designer of women's woven clothing, fabric design and product development for the Gap. Wooed by the world of home furnishings, she took a position as Design Director with Portico, a New York-based home company, and fell in love with the permanence and craftsmanship of home design. In 2000, Christiane launched DwellStudio, a lifestyle retail brand known for groundbreaking design and impeccable quality in modern home furnishings. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Christiane is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada and Parsons School of Design in New York. She resides in New York's Soho neighborhood with her family.
“Having grown up in developing countries in the Middle East and Africa, and in particular seeing how vital mothers are to their communities and how they often have unequal access to healthcare and other basic rights, I feel that working with Every Mother Counts is a way for me to feel connected to and help a global community of mothers. I am moved and impressed with Christy’s immense dedication to improving access to healthcare for pregnant mothers everywhere, and the great impact that this organization has through its focus and discipline.”
Mariam is the Founder and CEO of Minted. She has pioneered new consumer Internet models since 1998, when she co-founded Eve.com, the first online retailer of cosmetics. Eve.com was sold successfully in 2000. Minted, the business Mariam founded in 2007, is a global design community and e-commerce site. Minted holds open competitions to source design and art from independent artists. Winning
designs are sold to consumers as printed paper goods: wall art, cards, and stationery addressing the $10 billion stationery market and the $48 billion art market.
Mariam received her BA in Political Economy from Williams College and her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She sits on the Board of Directors of Polyvore.com.
“It was the birth of our daughters more than 10 years ago that initially brought Christy into my life as a wonderful friend and inspirational force. I am so pleased and honored to be a part of this amazing group of people, as we work to spread the word about a global issue that I truly believe can be addressed and improved through the critical work that Every Mother Counts is doing every day.”
Allison Gollust serves as Senior Vice President of Communications for CNN Worldwide. She has oversight of all messaging strategy and execution on behalf of the portfolio of CNN networks and businesses, which includes CNN/U.S., HLN and CNN.com, as well as domestic operations of CNN International and CNN en Español. She serves as chief spokesperson for the news brand and leads publicity and
public relations teams in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Prior to joining CNN, Gollust served as communications director for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of corporate communications for NBC Universal, where she oversaw all aspects of the company’s global communications efforts. She started at NBC in the Corporate Communications group in 1996 and was named senior publicist for Today in 1997. With successive promotions, Gollust added responsibility for communications efforts supporting NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel, and signature programs including NBC Nightly News, Dateline and Meet the Press. She began her career as a news anchor, reporter and producer in Denver.
“Christy and I met as fellow mothers through twitter, and she invited me to the Salt Lake City screening of her film “No Woman, No Cry.” I was deeply moved by the stories of the women in the film especially given what I had read and learned about childbirth during my second pregnancy. Since then I have formed a lasting relationship with Every Mother Counts, one where I can contribute not only my voice as a story teller but also my platform to help broaden the conversation on these issues.”
Heather B. Armstrong is widely acknowledged to be the most popular “mommyblogger” in the world. Her website dooce.com was hailed as one of Time Magazine’s Most Essential Blogs of 2011 and Forbes Magazine’s top 100 websites for women. She has more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter and was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 most influential women in
media. In 2009 she authored the New York Times best selling book It Sucked and Then I Cried about the birth of her first daughter and was invited to the White House to consult in an official Forum on Workplace Flexibility. She is a highly sought after speaker on topics that span social media, philanthropy, activism, and the ever elusive work-life balance. In 2011 she joined Christy
Turlington and the Every Mother Counts team (dedicated to Maternal Health Issues) as their Technology and Media Advisor.
Armstrong lives in Salt Lake City with her daughters Leta and Marlo, and two insane dogs, all who appear as vivid characters in her writing.