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Excellence in Breastfeeding Awards

To highlight breastfeeding excellence in the State of Idaho, the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition has created a few annual awards to acknowledge the importance of individuals, groups of advocates or organizations in fulfilling the IBC Mission and Vision to protect, support and promote breastfeeding as the biological norm for a healthier Idaho.

These annual awards will be presented to those who have shown exceptional dedication, creativity, and leadership in facilitating environments where barriers to breastfeeding are addressed within their communities.

Individual Award: The Dr. Jane Grassley Excellence in Breastfeeding Award
Group Award: Excellence in Breastfeeding Leadership Award
Employer: BEST Family Leave Benefits
2018 recipient:   DR. JANE GRASSLEY
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In 2004, Dr. Jane Grassley wrote her dissertation on Understanding Maternal Breastfeeding Confidence, a subject matter that illuminated throughout her career. In a number of publications, honors and awards received on topics ranging from a grandmother's role in supporting breastfeeding to supporting adolescents in childbirth, nurturing breastfeeding confidence has been a common theme in her research. A theme that shines in her love and passion for the new family and has made her the mentor she is today.


Dr. Grassley graduated from University of Oklahoma School of Nursing in 1974; she then traveled the US furthering her education and deepening her passion to nurture and support breastfeeding mothers, babies and families. She pursued a Masters in Maternal Child Nursing from University of Washington, Theological Studies from Fuller Seminary in Seattle WA and later a PhD in Nursing from Texas Women's University.


Dr. Grassley moved to the Northwest in 2010, and joined the faculty at Boise State University School of Nursing. She is now professor of nursing and the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing. She holds a joint appointment with Women’s Services at St. Luke’s Regional Health System where she collaborates with the hospitals’ lactation consultants to develop research and evidence-based practice projects that support breastfeeding.


As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for 20 years, her research has focused on areas related to promoting and supporting breastfeeding. Her current research focuses on the uses of mobile technologies in facilitating community support for mother’s breastfeeding a late preterm or early term infant. Her focus is always invested in understanding how we can nurture mothers’ breastfeeding confidence.

2019 recipient: Cindy Galloway

CYNTHIA GALLOWAY, RDN, LD, IBCLC, A mother of 9 and grandmother of 28, is a lover of life, faith,
family and friends. She spends her free time with her husband Dave recreating in the mountains and
rivers of Idaho and sharing time with loved ones. A graduate of Bringham Young University in 1976, Cindy
pursued a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist and later IBCLC, which paved a career of nourishing
breastfeeding families in Idaho.

Cindy is a Senior Public Health Registered Dietitian, Breastfeeding Coordinator and Peer Counseling
Manager for the WIC Program at Central District Health Department in Boise, Idaho. CDH is blessed by
Cindy’s leadership, compassion and dedication to Public Health, Peer Counselors, and WIC staff and

Cindy was the Founding Chair of the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition, in which She co-chaired the First
and Second Annual Idaho Breastfeeding Summits in 2017 and 2018. She continues to serve on the IBC
Board and the Summit Planning Committee in 2019. She also facilitates the Treasure Valley Breastfeeding

Cindy coauthored Education for WIC Peer Counselors about Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant
published in the Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior. This partnership lead to further engagements
such as presenting how “the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition facilitates Hospital and WIC Community
Partnership” for the CDC-USBC Bi-monthly Coalitions Webinar Series, She was a speaker at the 2018
National WIC Association Annual Education and Training Conference and most recently this partnership
was presented in a webinar for ILCA, Bridging the Gap: A Partnership between a Hospital System and
Public Health (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Staff.

Under her leadership the CDH WIC Agency was the Recipient of the Gold Premier United States
Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services; WIC Loving Support Award of Excellence for
Exemplary Breastfeeding Support and Practices.

Cindys has a passion supporting and advocating breastfeeding families and has helped lay the foundation
for the IBC. Nominated by her coworkers at WIC, Community Partners and friends, Cindy Galloway is the
2nd recipient of the Jane Grassley Breastfeeding Excellence Award.

2021 Recipient:  Pattie Hennequin

Patricia Hennequin, BSN, RN, IBCLC, graduated from Boise State University, earning a BS in Nursing in 2003.  In 2009, a few years after the birth of her son, she decided to follow her passion and pursue a career in Maternal-Child Nursing. With the desire to broaden her bed side skills in Labor and Delivery, she trained as a Doula and Childbirth Educator, opening the door to adult education for expecting families.   She quickly learned that assisting mothers in lactation was a natural fit and fell in line with her love to educate.  Certified as an IBCLC in 2012, Pattie now works with new mothers at St. Alphonsus in Boise on Postpartum, NICU and Pediatrics in-patient units and in the outpatient setting.

As a Senior Lactation Consultant at St. Alphonsus, she is responsible for curriculum and program development for the Lactation Department including the prenatal breastfeeding class for expecting parents and staff perinatal breastfeeding education in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She facilitates the Breastfeeding Mothers'  weekly support group and Pumping for Work and School. 

Pattie has shared her skills with other professionals in the Treasure Valley and Eastern Oregon through teaching breastfeeding workshops with an emphasis on teaching the adult learner.  In 2016, Pattie joined the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalitions Board and has played an instrumental role in the planning and facilitating the Annual Idaho Breastfeeding Summit in 2017, 2018 and 2019. With enthusiasm and great vision for the Coalitions presence in the State of Idaho, Pattie was elected Vice Chair of the IBC in 2019.  


In her free time you will find Pattie with her family on her small acreage farm in Emmett, Idaho. There you will find her nurturing their menagerie of animals,  or with her hands deep in garden soil, or  soaking up the elements exploring Idaho’s wild lands on ski’s, in a raft, or good old fashioned hiking boots.

Award Selection Process and Application

Nominations for both Awards will be open until June 1, 2022. The Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition Board Members will make the selection and the recipients will be awarded at the 5th Annual Idaho Breastfeeding Summit in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, July 14-15, 2022. 

Submit your nomination form online below,  or

download the form and email it to us at: Idahobreastfeeding@gmail.com 

Online Nomination Form 
The Nominee(s) Resides in the State of Idaho
Which award are you submitting this nomination for?

Thank you for submitting your nomination!

Past Award Recipients:

2018: Dr. Jane Grassley, RN, PhD, IBCLC, ICCE of Boise, Idaho

2019: Cindy Galloway, RD, LD, IBCLC of Boise, Idaho

2020: postponed to 2021 due to COVID 19

2021: Patricia Hennequin, BSN, RN, IBCLC of Emmett, Idaho