Dr. Zenobia Harris is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Birthing Project, a mentoring and empowerment program that connects local community volunteers with pregnant women to promote the growth and birth of healthier babies to women of color. She is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Fellow. Her research project involves utilizing technology to improve the education and training of the Association to Birthing Project volunteer mentors. Zenobia has also been active on the national level, advocating for health equity and for improvements to maternal, child and family health. She is currently President of the national Association of Public Health Nurses. She is interested in low cost models which promote improved health outcomes in communities of color.

Executive Director/President

Dr. Zenobia Harris

Alice Rogers-Johnson, MSN, Ed, BSN, PRNP is the Vice President or the Arkansas Birthing Project, and National Trainer for Birthing Project USA. She has been employed by the Arkansas Department of Health for over 28 years as RNP/Clinician, Birthing Project Regional Coordinator and Local Coordinator/Bunch Manager- Footsteps to Freedom Birthing Project for 7+ years.

Vice President & BPUSA National Trainer

Alice Rogers-Johnson

Dorothy J. Ballard, MPA, BA, is an ordained, licensed minister, one of the Founding Sister-Friend Mentors of the Arkansas Birthing Project. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Philander Smith College and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UALR. In addition, she attended Agape College where she received a Diploma in Biblical Studies. Ms. Ballard is a Service Connected Veteran of the United States Army National Guard.

Board Member

Dorothy Ballard

Loretta Alexander, Administrator-Lake Village Rehab and Care Center, has a long history of support for Birthing Project activities in Arkansas, dating back to the initial Birthing Project Bunch at Watershed. She currently serves as a Board Member of Arkansas Birthing Project. She has been a member of Mt.Sinai Baptist Church in Little Rock for over 35 years

Board Member

Loretta Alexander

Sarah Rhoads is currently on faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing and College of Medicine. Sarah has a passion for improving maternal, neonatal, and pediatric care in rural areas and in women of color. She has partnered with Dr. Zenobia Harris in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant since 2013 and has enjoyed the friendships she has made through the Arkansas Birthing Project.

Board Member

Dr. Sarah Rhoads


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