Meet Our Educators

Melissa Clark, RN, CD (DONA)
Melissa graduated in 2003 from Hawkeye Community College with an RN degree. She spent six years working in the field of mental health and substance abuse, both on inpatient units and in the community. Melissa is a DONA International certified birth doula and has been attending births since 2009. She has been teaching Lamaze since 2010. Melissa is honored to be able to work with women and their families to provide up to date information to help people make informed decisions about their birth experience. Melissa and her husband Steve have been married since 2007 and have two children.

Connie Hanna
Connie volunteered at Covenant Medical Center for 20 years before starting to work at a Woman's Place in 2010. Connie also paints murals for Covenant, churches, schools and individual homes when she is not working. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Debbie Kyler RD, LD, IBCLC
Debbie received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Southern Illinois University and her graduate degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Kentucky. Debbie became a Registered Dietitian with an interest in infant nutrition. She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa working with a population of nearly 100 percent breastfeeding mothers. Debbie came back to the U.S. and became an IBCLC with a desire to help breastfeeding mothers. She lives with her husband and son.

Emily Moses, CNA (HCC) 
Emily teaches BLS, Family & Friends Infant and Child CPR, and Helping Hands Babysitting Clinic. She works in the Pediatric Department at Covenant Medical Center. Emily has a husband, Josh, and two children, Max and Macy. She grew up in the Cedar Valley and has volunteered helping adults with special needs for many years.

Phyllis Oesterling, BSRN, ICCE, IBCLC 
Phyllis graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978 from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She worked as staff RN at North Hills Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia. Phyllis has been a Childbirth Educator at Covenant Medical Center since 1987 and a Certified Childbirth Educator with ICEA since 1999. She became certified as a Lactation Consultant in 2008. Phyllis loves meeting new families and empowering them through the process of adding new family members in parenthood. She was married to Rick in 1982 and they have three children.

Stephanie Pyke, RN, BSN
Stephanie graduated from Allen College in 2009 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She has worked as a labor and delivery and mother/baby nurse since 2009 in the Family Birth Center. Stephanie is currently a Baby Basics and Lamaze Childbirth educator and is in the process of becoming Lamaze certified. Stephanie loves raising their child. She is privileged to be a part of such an important event in patients' lives. Stephanie and her husband, Brett, have been married since 2009 and have one daughter and another child on the way.

Susan Reulbach-Wirtjes, RN, IBCLC
Susan earned her Registered Nurse (RN) diploma in 1968 from Albany Medical School of Nursing in Albany, New York. Susan moved to Waterloo in 1970, started the La Leche League in 1973 where she maintained involvement until 1982. She taught Prepared Childbirth Classes for Hawkeye Tech (now Hawkeye Community College) from 1976 to 1981. She was a part-time NICU nurse and a Chemical Dependency nurse through 1995. Susan then moved to the Breastfeeding Educator position at Covenant's Family Birth Center. In 1996 she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and maintains her certification to date as she continues to work in Breastfeeding Support Services at Covenant's Family Birth Center. Susan is an outspoken advocate for babies. She has three children, two grandchildren and two golden retrievers.

Rhonda D. Thompson RN, LCCE, IBCLC
Rhonda graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 1988. She began her career at Covenant Medical Center in 1987 where she worked in labor and delivery from 1987 to 1999. She then started working with the Lactation Program from 1999 to present. Rhonda has been teaching the childbirth classes (Breastfeeding, Prenatal, Lamaze and Sibling) since 1995. She is a Certified Childbirth Education through Lamaze International and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2001. Rhonda also facilitates the childbirth group with teens at Young Parents Together on Monday's. Rhonda is married to James and they have four children and two granddaughters and a cat named Phil.

Amy Tomlyanovich RN, BSN, LCCE 
Amy graduated from Allen College in 2003 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse for six years at the Family Birth Center. She is currently a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and has been teaching Lamaze since 2005. Amy loves to help parents prepare for this special time in their lives. She believes in providing families with up-to-date information. Amy is married to Tony and they have four children.