Board of Directors


Candace Mabbitt (term: 2019-2021) is serving as the current president of the WA Affiliate of ACNM. She is a graduate of Georgetown University. Candace is committed to enhancing midwifery care through legislation and advocacy. She is currently working full-time with Providence Midwifery Group and enjoys offering full scope care to vulnerable patient populations. When not planning hikes to search for fairies with her daughters, Candace enjoys a good book and painting with alcohol inks. 

Elizabeth Gabzdyl, CNM, DNP, ARNP (term: 2018-2020) is a graduate of the UCSF/UCSD Nurse Midwifery program. For 21 years Liz lived in California and Washington and worked in an out of hospital birth center, and in large and small full scope practices. She spent 15 years teaching CNM and WHNP students at the University of Illinois at Chicago and working as a per diem CNM. Since returning to Seattle in 2018 she has been at Seattle University teaching and serving as the Nurse Midwifery Program Director, and working as a per diem CNM with Neighborcare Health.

Vice President
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Jemma Nonog

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Elise Fogel

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Ash Harlan, CNM, MSN, ARNP (term: 2020-2022) is a Certified Nurse Midwife at Kaiser Permanente in Seattle, WA. They are also the Committee Lead for the Midwifery Advancement Committee. Ash received a Master's in Nursing at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. Although they were born in San Diego, Ash and their partner found Washington to be their true home. In their free time, Ash loves to read sci-fi and fantasy fiction books, go camping, make a campfire, and cook delicious meals and desserts. 

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Student Representative

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Ellen French (term: 2020-2021) is a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) student in the Certified Nurse Midwifery (CNM) track at Seattle University. Though she is originally from Seattle, she received a B.A. from Hampshire College in Native American identity politics and a Five-College Certificate of Native American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011. At Seattle University, she is a member of Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is also serving as the student chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee. She had a wide range of experiences before returning to school, from dairy farming to serving tables; from teaching rock climbing to multicultural feminist publishing. Her entry to midwifery came from a desire to serve their community in a vocational way. Her DNP research works on building the strength and resilience of community doula programs. She wants to support birth workers through difficult experiences and to keep birth worker histories, traditions, and culture through narrative and shared space.

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