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Beyauna Billings


Beyauna started her breastfeeding journey after several years in blood banking and dialysis. She recognized the importance of health education after working with populations that were unaware of the long-term impacts of their health related decisions. She is student of the Lactation Consultant Education program at UCSD and is excited about her journey of becoming an IBCLC.
Beyauna currently serves as the leader of the Young Adult Ministry at her local church. She also participates in Achieving My Purpose a mentoring group for minority women in business. Beyauna hopes to teach classes to that center on First Foods and decreasing current infant and maternal morbidity gaps.

Kristi CortinaKristi



My name is Kristi Cortina and I am an IBCLC, but before embarking on my professional journey I would help women on a peer to peer basis. I have been supporting breastfeeding and helping mothers breastfeed for about three years.

I have two Bachelors degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Business Management. I worked for the IRS as a revenue agent and used my Accounting background to audit taxpayer returns. My love for helping others do their taxes ultimately led me to the IRS, but during my 5.5 years in the Marine Corps I would help other Marines complete and file their returns.

Communication Director

Renee Palting


Renee has been a breastfeeding advocate for over 30 years and earned her IBCLC 20+ years ago. In addition to her RN-IBCLC background, she has extensive experience in mass communication, marketing, technical writing, and non-profit development. Renee has been or is currently a member, a volunteer, or an employee for various professional and community
organizations that focus not only lactation science and services, but also women, children, and family health and advocacy. Renee is the owner of Mindful Lactation, LLC based in Tucson, Arizona.  Renee has served ABC in the past as the President (2002-2007) and as Communication Director (2007-2014).

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to work collaboratively to increase rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration to improve the health of Arizona’s families.