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Hushabye Nursery is an unincorporated nonprofit association that has been established with the goal of providing observation, therapeutic and pharmacologic care of infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure.

Hushabye Nursery is supported by TAPAZ (Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona), an Arizona nonprofit corporation located in Phoenix, Arizona, that is qualified as exempt from federal income tax under Code Section 501 (c)(3) and classified as a public charity under Code sections 509 (a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).

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Kelly was born and raised in Denver, Co. She moved to Arizona in 1984 to attend college. Kelly graduated from nursing school in 1988. She began her career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Her love for these critically ill babies grew to a passion. Kelly went back to school to become Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1992. She continued her career at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and later at Banner/Cardon’s Children’s Medical Center. Due to the recent opioid epedemic, NICU’s have taken on the care of more and more infants withdrawing from opiates. She developed a special love and compassion in caring for these infants in the NICU setting, but quickly determined that the over-stimulating environment of the NICU was not the place for these babies. As Co-Founder of Hushabye Nursery, Kelly is dedicated to giving these very special babies the best care possible at Hushabye Nursery through research, dedication and education of the neonatal community.


Tara was born in Mason City, Iowa and raised in Hartford, South Dakota. She studied Nursing at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Science in 1993. Following graduation, Tara moved to Mesa, Arizona. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 7 years at Banner Desert Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2002, Tara graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Science and then obtained her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification. Tara has continued to work in the neonatal field as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. The neonatal abstinence syndrome population has now become the main focus for Tara. She is driven to improve the care that is provided to these fragile babies and to their families.

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Robin R. Laks, M.D., F.A.A.P. Hushabye Nursery Medical Director

Robin has been practicing general pediatrics since 1999. She received her medical education at the University of Iowa Medical School after completing undergraduate degree at Luther College obtaining a BA in Biology and Music. After graduation from the University of Iowa she completed her internship and residency locally at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatrics Program. Robin is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.  her past interest in training for triathlons has been replaced by chasing around her husband and beautiful 3 girls, all 5 and under!

Our Board Members


Brandon Clark, MBA, FACHE

Circle the City is nonprofit community health organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness in the greater Phoenix community. Under Mr. Clark’s leadership Circle the City has grown from startup status in 2012 into one of the nation’s premiere homeless-specialty healthcare organizations, now with multiple sites of service throughout Maricopa County and more than 100 dedicated team members. As a leader of one of the most advanced medical respite programs in the U.S., Mr. Clark provides significant technical assistance to other emerging respite programs both locally and nationally. He has been a featured presenter at events hosted by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and is widely considered a thought leader in the emerging social determinants of health field. Mr. Clark currently serves as the Chairman of the Respite Care Provider’s Network Steering Committee, a council advocating for the systematic advancement of the medical respite model of care. Mr. Clark serves on several other nonprofit boards including the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers and Hushabye Nursery, an Arizona charity dedicated to caring for substance-exposed newborns in their first weeks of life.

Mr. Clark has more than a decade of experience in healthcare management, finance and strategy, most recently working in a director capacity for Banner Health prior to joining Circle the City in 2012. Brandon holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Brandon currently lives in Mesa with his wife, two daughters and dog, and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and running.

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Joyce Bulman, RN, MBA, CHPCA
Vice President

Joyce has spent the last 20 years working in the health care arena in both the clinical and management settings.  From beginning of life to end of life, she has had the honor to serve thousands of patients and families.

She began her nursing career as a hospital nurse specializing in the areas of medical/surgical/ and orthopedics. She then transitioned into Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care where she spent several years taking care of the most fragile of lives.  In 2003, she accepted a management position with a hospital based, nonprofit Hospice and Home Health agency in North Dakota.

In 2012 she relocated to Arizona and began working for Hospice of the Valley.  She has served in the roles of Director of Clinical Operations, Director of Quality and Compliance and in 2015 was named V.P of Clinical Operations which includes oversight of the Pediatric Hospice and Pediatric Palliative Care program.  She received her certification as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator in 2012.

Joyce has served as a member of the board of the Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and as chair of the AHPCO Regulatory Committee.  She currently serves on the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation’s Regulatory Committee and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Advocacy Council.


Antoinette L. Sheen, MBA

Retired from a career in healthcare that spans 40 years. Was an Associate with W. L. Gore & Associates on the Health Economics Team for 11 years. Commitments included assessments of coverage, coding and reimbursement policies affecting physicians, hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers related to procedures using Gore medical products. These assessments provided comprehensive advice and information to the medical product business units on the health economic environment. Interacted with Medicare, other third party payers, physicians, hospitals and other stakeholders to develop policy changes where appropriate. Also served as chairman of the the AdvaMed Payment Policy Committee plus participated on other AdvaMed Work Group healthcare initiatives for recommendations on legislation and regulations.

Worked in healthcare finance for over 25 years prior to joining W. L. Gore. Held the positions of Assistant Vice-President of Finance for Augusta Medical Center (an Integrated Delivery System – IDN), Chief Operating Officer of a Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) Augusta Health Alliance, Chief Financial Officer of a Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) Valley Health Network, and other hospital finance administrative positions in Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from LaRoche College and an MBA degree from the Executive Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. A former member of HFMA since 1986.


Michael Brinkley

Mike has led the real estate/planning/facilities divisions of some of the leading hospital systems in the Phoenix metropolitan area for more than 30 years. His experience is comprehensive, spanning hospital strategic planning and marketing, land use planning, corporate real estate, site selection, construction, design, medical office building development, leasing and property management.

Throughout his career, Mike has served his clients in medical industry with a personalized, solution-based approach. His reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable healthcare real estate professionals in the region was built during his tenure in leadership positions at Banner Health, Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network (now HonorHealth).

Mike earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree from Arizona State University. He also holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate designation from the CoreNet Global corporate real estate network. Mike is a member of the Central Arizona Society of Healthcare Engineering and CoreNet.


Michael Morton

Michael Morton is a Principal for Medical Office Brokers, where he focuses on serving the healthcare industry. Michael’s expertise covers all aspects of healthcare real estate to include third party listing, tenant/buyer representation, investments and value-add strategic planning with execution.

In 2004 Michael began his real estate career in Arizona. 2009 represented a unique opportunity to join Medical Office Brokers where he leverages his experience to focus on the niche medical market space. For several years, Medical Office Brokers exclusively represented tenants/buyers’ healthcare real estate requirements. MOB ventured into third-party listing with a large institutional ownership group from the perspective of the provider. MOB continues to seek strategic growth opportunities striving for successful partnerships within the health care community.

Michael is married with four children. He and his wife Sally are passionate providers of foster care to children in need. Michael sits on the board of directors for Hushabye Nursery.

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Sally Morton

Sally Morton was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and raised in a small town, population 365 on the northern peninsula until she became a snowbird at age 12.  Sally’s parents came to Scottsdale looking for some sunshine and warmer weather.  Sally and her family felt an undeniable urge to share their lives with families in crisis here in Arizona.  After seeking the education necessary to begin their journey as a foster family, the Mortons began taking placements.  The unique experiences of coming alongside mothers, fathers, grandparents, and extended family while caring for children displaced from their birth homes has motivated Sally to seek the necessary skills for coping with the challenges this community faces.  Hushabye Nursery is one of the most imperative learning opportunities for a foster or biological family as they begin their fight for health, recovery, and independence.  Sally’s favorite things to do include parenting with her husband, Michael Morton, and watching their three daughters Susan, Jacqueline, and Lindsay pursue their dreams with the perspective of a foster family.  Just two years ago, the Morton family celebrated the arrival of their first son.  Sally loves to cook, play alongside the children in her care, and pursue daily opportunities to do something crazy for God.


Jeffery Martin, MD

Dr. Jeffery Martin is a double Board Certified Pediatricain and Neonatologist, living in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to attending Medical School, Dr. Martin attended Pharmacy School at University of the Pacific in Stockton California (UOP). While attending Pharmacy School, he played collegiate baseball for the UOP Tigers. He received his Pediatric and Neonatology training at University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCI) and has been in practice for more than 30 years. During his subspecialty training at UCI, his Mentor was Dr. Louis Gluck, whom in many circles is considered the “Father of Neonatology”. During his career, Dr. Martin has been the Medical Director of several Neonatal Intensive Care Units, has served on the research and information technology steering committee’s of one of the nation’s largest medical corporations, helped integrate the nation’s first joint Neonatal-Perinatal practice, has been recognized for both clinical and teaching excellence and has held formal teaching appointments at both UCI and Baylor College of Medicine. Within the field of Neonatology, Dr. Martin has a special interest and developed expertise in treating complex hematologic pathology affecting the Neonate as well as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Marc Lato, MD

Marc Lato, MD

Dr. Lato is a board-certified family Physician with over 21 years of primary care practice experience and 20 years’ experience as a medical director and physician executive in various arenas. His most recent position was with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona part of Dignity Health. Currently, he does part-time medical investigation and consultation for the Arizona Medical Board.

Dr. Lato holds both a BA and MD from the University of Arizona. He did his Family Practice residency at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has been recognized twice as a top practicing Family Doctor by Phoenix Magazine and received the Program Director’s teaching award at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Lato was also a 2016 Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero Innovator’s Nominee.


Beth Kohler

Beth Kohler is the owner of Beth Kohler Consulting, LLC, a small, woman-owned business. She assists government and private-sector clients with complex health care policy, operational and administrative issues. Ms. Kohler has 20 years of health policy, administrative and operational experience, with extensive relationships across state and local government in Arizona. Most recently, she was the Deputy Director of Arizona’s innovative Medicaid managed care program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and led the $13 billion agency through the implementation of health care reform and system delivery transformation efforts. While at AHCCCS, Ms. Kohler oversaw initiatives related to health care coverage reform, behavioral health integration, managed care contracting, value-based purchasing, eligibility system redesign, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also led the organization through a merger with the Division of Behavioral Health Services/Department of Health Services, transitioning over 150 staff from one state agency to another, managing the operational, cultural, system, contract and community stakeholder changes necessary for the transition. Prior to her work at AHCCCS, she was the Deputy Policy Director and health and human services policy advisor in the Arizona Governor’s Office. Ms. Kohler has also worked as a Medicaid consultant for various states, and has served as a senior fiscal and health policy advisor for the Arizona Legislature.

Ms. Kohler has a Master’s in Public Affairs, with a concentration in health policy, from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, where she was a LaFollette Fellow and a Research Assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty. She received her bachelor’s degree with High Distinction in Government from the University of Virginia.


Lesley Wimmer Kelly

Lesley Wimmer Kelly has been working in the behavioral health field since 2008 and is currently the Director of Risk Management at Community Medical Services, an opioid treatment program. Lesley is passionate about increasing access to care and providing comprehensive clinical treatment programs to individuals with opioid use disorder. Lesley received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapist from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona. Lesley has worked with a diverse population of clients in her 10 years in behavioral health, including individuals with relational issues, general mental health concerns, individuals determined to have a serious mental illness, and invidiously with a substance use disorder. Lesley has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

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Kathleen van Leeuwen, MD

Dr. van Leeuwen is double-boarded in pediatric and general surgery by the American College of Surgeons and has been working in the Valley since 2005. She founded and serves as medical director of the Arizona Fetal Care Network at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. van Leeuwen oversees Arizona Mother-Baby Care’s team of surgeons and neonatologists in the treatment of babies with congenital problems and ensures the smooth transition of infants to pediatric subspecialists. She is a Phoenix native and proud to support her local community. She is regularly named one of Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors.

Michael White

Michael C. White

Michael White has worked in the field of substance abuse for over 7 years along with 3 years in family support services. Michael specializes in substance abuse program development between community agencies and judicial systems. Michael currently supervises a team at Community Medical Services that closely works with several Superior Court Drug Court Programs along with coordinating care to and from county and state correctional facilities. His experience also includes working within family courts, Department of Child Safety, and obtaining resources for pregnant women by collaborating with community partners. In 2015, Michael began spearheading several initiatives to develop a Collective Impact Model for opioid dependent individuals and the community systems that interact with the needs of this population. Michael is a two-time graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master in Criminal Justice while taking his graduate level electives in the Counseling Education Department. He has been proud to sit in the board for the Maricopa County Reentry Program and was a member of the Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Currently, Michael is associated with the Maricopa County Correctional Health Coalition and was recently appointed as a board member to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Substance Abuse Task Force.