About CADS

Cincinnati Area Doula Society (aka CADS) is an organization of Doulas that serves to promote and support the work of independent birth professionals in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas.

Our purpose is to:

• promote awareness and education regarding options for pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum for families;
• to provide and encourage networking, cooperation and furthering education opportunities for the birth professional community;
• and to promote the use of and access to Doulas to the general public.

CADS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that brings together doulas who have their own businesses as well as groups, agencies, and teams to support each other, represent our profession at events, and educate the community.

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Board Members

Erica Konya, President


Lisa Suttschenko, Vice President


Gillian Foreman, Secretary

Gillian is originally from Dallas, Texas, however considers herself a native of New York as she lived there for seven years while she grew her family and her career. She transplanted to Cincinnati since 2014, and has been excited to watch the birth community grow and expand since then. In her role as Secretary she is in charge of the board meeting agenda and notes, and is the person to contact if you’d like to present an event or item outside of the membership!


Kate Rich, Treasurer

Kate is originally from Providence, RI, and has lived in Cincinnati with her husband and 3 kids since 2009. As the CADS Treasurer, Kate is responsible for all the money, as well as the Social Media accounts. In addition to being a doula, Kate loves to write, and is blogger for the Cincinnati Mom’s Blog!


Julie Clevidence, Member at Large

Julie enjoys spending time with her two sons, knitting and antiquing. As a board member, Julie works as a member at large with the social committee. The social committee plans coffee talks, happy hours, retreats etc.

Jeannie BriggerMember at Large

Jeannie is native to Cincinnati and lives with her husband and four children in Fairfield township. In addition to doula work, Jeannie teaches childbirth classes and enjoys painting, scrapbooking, and anything that exercises creativity.


Gina MartellMember at Large


Tiffany JensenMember at Large

Tiffany is from suburban Cleveland,  but now considers Cincinnati home. She has 3 small children and a husband who she loves exploring new places with. As member at large, Tiffany can be found organizing various CADS events and supporting its members to her fullest capability.

Kacey WidmeyerMember at Large

Kacey is originally from Enon, Ohio, a small suburb outside of Dayton. She has lived in Kentucky and Texas, definitely preferring the warm weather. She and her husband Grant have a 2.5 year old named Lincoln. Kacey is currently finishing her Masters degree in Health & Wellness at Union Institute and University. She enjoys trips to the bathroom by herself and large amounts of coffee.