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Dr. Zenobia Harris

Executive Director/President

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 Program Alumna. 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 immediate past president of the national Association of Public Health Nurses. She is interested in community based participatory and collaborative models which improve health outcomes in communities of color.


Alice Rogers-Johnson

Vice President & BPUSA National Trainer

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 30 years as RNP/Clinician, Birthing Project Regional Coordinator and Local Coordinator/Bunch Manager- Footsteps to Freedom Birthing Project for 7+ years.

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Loretta Alexander

Board Member/ Fiscal Advisor

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


Dr. Sarah Rhoads

Board Member/ Grants Advisor

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.

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New Board Member

Ruthie Pride is Coordinator  of the Legacy Birthing Project in West Helena, AR and our newest Board Member.  Ruthie is a retired Librarian who is very active in her local community in opening doors and providing support to pregnant women and their babies.

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