MAG Alliance donates $10K to Georgia Northwestern Technical College to support nation’s first lactation consultants program 

The Medical Association of Georgia Alliance (MAG Alliance) – which is a network of physicians’ spouses who volunteer to improve the health of all Georgians – donated $10,000 for supplies and a student scholarship to support Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s new lactation consultants program during a ceremony that took place at the school on March 12.

“The MAG Alliance applauds Georgia Northwestern Technical College for demonstrating great vision and leadership in establishing the nation’s first lactation consultants program that is connected to a technical college,” says MAG Alliance President Dave Street. “This is an exemplary patient safety effort that is fully-aligned with the MAG Alliance mission.”

Street stresses that, “This program puts Georgia at the forefront of efforts to improve maternal and infant health, and it will help us close the state’s deficit of about 800 lactation consultants.”

He also notes that, “This program’s graduates will be trained to be employed by medical practices and hospitals to teach mothers good and proper breastfeeding techniques, which will result in better breastfeeding rates and healthier babies.”  

The deadline for students to apply for the $8,000 MAG Alliance lactation consultant scholarship is Friday, April 20. The scholarship application is posted at Contact the MAG Alliance at for additional information.   

The MAG Alliance supports a number of important initiatives – including the MAG Foundation's 'Think About It' campaign to reduce prescription drug misuse, the ‘Make Georgia Hands-Free’ campaign to reduce distracted driving, and the Georgia Department of Public Health's 'SHAPE' program to promote youth fitness. Go to for additional information on the MAG Alliance.

From the left are MAG Alliance member Takiyah Kaser, Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition representative Kat Chiu, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Assistant Dean Bea Stitzer, MAG Alliance member Merrilee Gober, GNTC Dean of General Education Jody Vangrov, GNTC Dean of Academic Affairs Frank Pharr, GNTC Dean of Public Service Tom Bojo, MAG Alliance President Dave Street, Technical College System of Georgia Curriculum Program Specialist Sasha Kihiga, Georgia Composite Medical Board member John Antalis, M.D., GNTC Program Director of Lactation Kathy Kerce, GNTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Anderson, and GNTC Foundation representative Michelle Beatson.