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Navigating New Waters: How to Heal from Change
Lesley Butterfield, Registered Nurse, Community Health Educator, Huddle Leader, Open Doors Advocacy

10:30 - 11:00 AM | FBRI G101 B

Lesley Butterfield is a Board-Certified Registered Nurse with over 14 year ms of experience working with populations in the community setting. She is also a certified Master IEP coach and a Family Navigator for the Center for Family Involvement. Lesley has published several works on the impact of trauma, building resiliency, and navigating her own life as a single mom.

Strengthening the Public Health Landscape: Building a Sustainable Community Doula
Stephanie Spencer, Founder & Executive Director, RN, BSN,LCCE, CLC, Urban Baby Beginnings

11:15 - 11:45 AM | FBRI G101 A

Stephanie Spencer is known and respected by the maternal and newborn health community in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Baby Beginnings (UBB) and holds several roles in promoting safer motherhood and newborn health.


Through her work, Stephanie has been a vocal and consistent advocate for improving maternal health equality and reproductive justice. She seeks ways to provide access to high quality maternal and newborn community support for all mothers and their children while addressing systemic issues affecting families across the state. As a state and local team member, her voice has been at the forefront of initiatives implemented to address disparities such as employment, health, nutrition, and education. Through the Urban Baby Beginnings Community Doula workforce innovation program she spearheaded, Stephanie highlighted the importance of creating specialized jobs for families and she prioritized the initiative to put mothers trained as maternal health advocates to work with a sustainable living wage. Under her leadership, Urban Baby Beginnings has been recognized as an innovative and supportive maternal health model throughout the State of Virginia.


Stephanie received her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Regent University and her Bachelor’s in Leadership Studies with a concentration in Economics and Finance from Virginia State University. Currently, she leads the Maternal Quality Care Alliance and Birth Equity Network teams under the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative. Stephanie is the mother of three children and one grandchild and is currently pursuing her graduate degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Most importantly and at the center of her heart always, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends when time permits.

Which Version of Me Do You Get Today? The Intersectionality of Motherhood
Bonnie Chavez, CEO, Building Beloved Communities

1:30 - 2:00 PM | VTC School of Medicine Auditorium


Bonnie Chavez is the CEO and founder of Building Beloved Communities, a business consulting firm providing community centered business solutions. Born and raised in a small town in Southern New Mexico – she went onto the University of British Columbia to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in marketing. She worked for a large national nonprofit in the healthcare industry for 7 years where she then obtained a master’s degree in business with a minor in economics. She has served as a Board Member for several grassroots organizations. She has also held executive leadership positions at fortune 10 company in healthcare. After relocating to Roanoke Virginia, she was recently honored with Latina’s Network Volunteer of the year award in 2021. In 2022 her business, Building Beloved Communities, was honored by the Central Virginia Business Coalition’s inaugural - Community Engagement Award. Her driving force is to help all organizations overcome barriers with a lens focusing on smart solutions that benefit nonprofits and the underserved. Bonnie is a proud lesbian, Latina woman who values her family, roots, heritage, and culture.

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