Task Force President
Elizabeth is the Doula Outreach Worker at REACHUP, Inc., a Certified Lactation Counselor. She has been a Task Force member for 2 years, most recently serving as the secretary. She is a mom of three and has combined breastfeeding experience of 45 months. She is a labor doula and a Breastfeeding Group Facilitator.
Rachel Romero Cook, CLC, ALC
Rachel is the Task Force's VP and Events Chair. She is a mother of two boys, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the Florida Department of Health- Hillsborough County WIC, and soon to be IBCLC. After dealing with her own breastfeeding struggles Rachel realized that there needs to be more breastfeeding support in the community and began helping other women facing breastfeed issues. Rachel is very passionate about breastfeeding support, education, protection, promotion, and the rights of breastfeeding mothers.
Charlene Laping, IBCLC
Charlene Laping works for the Florida Department of Health. Working within WIC, The Women Infant and Children Program, Charlene has provided training and education to more than 500 team members in an effort to increase participant goals of breastfeeding initiation and duration of exclusively breastfeeding women within the WIC program. Charlene is a mother of 2, has her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Florida State University, is a Certified Childbirth Educator and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Within the Hillsborough County WIC program as the Breastfeeding Coordinator, Charlene has created partnerships within the community that focus on continuation of care and support to families of babies that are born prematurely and of working and schooling mothers, worked to create the Hillsborough County WIC Peer Counselor program in 2007 and has helped host advanced breastfeeding trainings, such as the Certified Lactation Counselor Training Course. Charlene has served as Treasurer of the Tampa Bay Area Lactation Network, is a member of theChildbirth and Postpartum Professional Association and the International Lactation Consultants Association.