Sandra J. Aubuchon (Sandi), MA, BSN, RN
Sandi joined Handi-Craft Company in 2013 in a clinical development position. In her current role, she ensures the development of innovative feeding solutions/new medical products for infants with compromised feeding issues; coordinates of all clinical/market research to support solid products; and executes both sales and marketing strategies for achieving clinical projection and sales growth by focusing on products in the NICU, Pediatric Units and Specialty Clinical Rehabilitation Centers.
Prior to joining Handi-Craft Company, Sandi has been a Registered Nurse in the St. Louis community for over 47 years. Her career started as a staff nurse in a surgical ICU; progressed to Director of a National Tele-ICU and International Networking Center; and now to her current position. Throughout her career, Sandi has been motivated by the challenge of project development with strategic implementations and data-driven accountability.
She holds her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University and Master of Arts in Leadership and Management from Webster University (St. Louis, MO).
Sandi lives in Eureka, MO with her husband of 45 years in their log home built in 1985. She is on the Foundation Board of Directors for Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis and a nonprofit organization (GiFT – Giving is a Family Tradition) that provides infant care items for families in need after discharge from the NICU. In her free time, she spends as much of it as possible with her wonderful family, especially with her 8 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, being physically active, gardening, sewing, and reading.
Lisa Kleinz, MA, SLP/L, CNT
Director of Education
Lisa’s role is to explore, create, and deliver valuable educational, developmental care-focused resources to the Dr. Brown’s Medical team as well as healthcare professionals in the field of infant feeding. In this role, Lisa provides evidence-based, researched data, supporting positive feeding experiences for infants and their families.
Prior to joining Dr. Brown’s Medical in 2016, Lisa worked as a Speech Pathologist and Developmental Care Specialist for over 25 years in both Level 3 and 4 NICUs in the Chicago, IL area. Her certifications include Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Assessment Program (NIDCAP), Developmental Care Designation (NANN), Infant Massage Instructor, and Certified Lactation Specialist. She is also a Certified Neonatal Therapist and a member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists. In addition, Lisa was one of the founding members of the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board that facilitated the sole certification for neonatal therapists.
Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and Master’s at Indiana University. She is highly experienced with presentations at National conferences; created and presented webinars for NICU families and developed a 2-day course for Education Resources, Inc on Developmental Care in the NICU.
Lisa resides in the Chicagoland area and while not absorbing all she can about infant feeding, she enjoys exercising, cooking healthy meals, and reading great books!
Jodi Govrik, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Sales & Marketing
Jodi’s passion is to nurture the relationship between Dr. Brown’s Medical and the professionals who serve infants around the world in the effort to provide positive feeding experiences for every infant from the start. She will engage the medical team in processes to meet a goal of feeding together amongst professionals, families, and industry partners. Jodi’s role involves developing valuable feeding tools and executing both sales and marketing strategies for the growth of the division.
She joined the Dr. Brown’s Medical team in 2017 as an Account Manager/Clinical Liaison throughout the US and maintains a job role of Account Manager for Canada.
During her 20+ year career as a clinical speech pathologist, Jodi had the privilege of mentoring many coworkers and students, including supervising a Speech Pathology Clinical Fellow. She has been a guest speaker for local universities and conferences presenting on the Speech Pathologists’ role in the NICU. Her career has primarily been in the acute care setting, with an emphasis on care for neonates and adults. Jodi has a deep interest in dysphagia throughout the lifespan and is certified in MBSimp.
Jodi received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at Oklahoma State University and her graduate degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Kansas. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.
Jodi currently resides in Tulsa, OK and in her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and scrapbooking.
Lee Ann Damian, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC
Clinical Liaison/Account Manager, Eastern Territory
Lee Ann joined the Dr. Brown’s Medical team in February of 2017. In her current role, she strives to grow and maintain professional relationships in her territory. For current and future clients, she attempts to problem solve, identify needs, and provide education and support as needed.
Prior to joining Dr. Brown’s Medical, LeeAnn spent over 29 years in a pediatric hospital treating patients with feeding and swallowing disorders. One of her accomplishments was developing a feeding program in a Level 3B NICU. LeeAnn also provided education to hospital residents, nursing students, and intervention providers, and the Ohio Regional Perinatal Consortium. She had the privilege of serving a variety of specialty clinics, including Cleft Palate, Newborn Follow up, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism. Her passion is working with and serving preterm and medically fragile infants and their families.
Lee Ann received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from The University of Cincinnati, and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at The University of Akron.
Lee Ann resides in Springboro, OH and when she is not serving her clients, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, traveling, and continuing to cheer on THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
DeAnn Huft, MNS, CCC-SLP, CLC
Clinical Liaison/Account Manager, Western Territory
DeAnn is responsible for growing and maintaining strong working relationships with present and future customers, identifying their needs, and providing education and support.
Prior to joining the Dr. Brown’s Medical team in 2018, she worked as a Speech Pathologist in two large level 3 NICUs in the Phoenix area for over 18 years, with a focus and passion for feeding and swallowing. DeAnn mentored students and fellow speech pathologists, developed NICU Feeding Task Force guidelines, and routinely presented developmental feeding education to nursing staff. She has also worked in Head Start, early intervention, outpatient feeding clinics, and with visually impaired infants/toddlers/preschool children. DeAnn has a strong interest in working with infants and children who are medically fragile and complex and is certified in Lactation Counseling. Her career as a speech language pathologist spans close to 30 years.
DeAnn received her bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and her master’s degree from Arizona State University.
DeAnn resides in Phoenix, AZ and when she is not traveling and meeting with customers, she enjoys exploring and traveling to new places, volunteering, and spending time with loved ones.
Erin LeSage, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT
Clinical Liaison/Account Manager, Midwest Territory
Erin focuses on maintaining and building relationships with professionals in the field. Her goal is to be a continuous resource for customers by providing education, sharing the latest research, and problem-solving to support best practice.
Prior to joining Dr. Brown’s Medical in 2019, Erin worked in multiple level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) for over 19 years and also followed infants post-discharge from the NICU across a variety of settings including developmental clinic, outpatient clinic and in-home. Erin specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing with certifications from the Fragile Infant Feeding Institute and the Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding. She is also a Certified Neonatal Therapist and a member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists. Erin was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for five years, where she instructed undergraduate and graduate level courses and provided clinical supervision to graduate students within the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has also presented at local, state, and national conferences as her “mission” has been to share knowledge with other professionals, students, and families in infant/pediatric dysphagia.
Erin received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Erin resides in Waukesha, WI and balances out her work life by spending time with friends and family including her teenage twin daughters. She also never passes up an opportunity to travel and explore the great outdoors via biking, hiking, and kayaking.
Melissa Haynes, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT
Clinical Liaison/Account Manager
Melissa joined Dr. Brown’s Medical as a Clinical Liaison/Account Manager in 2021. In her role, Melissa enjoys developing relationships with NICU colleagues and supporting their pursuit of best practices for infant feeding. She has worked with patients across the lifespan during her career but found her true love treating fragile infants in the NICU, where she helped organize her unit’s first developmental care committee and advanced infant-driven feeding practices. Melissa also served on a Cleft and Craniofacial Team and in the NICU follow-up clinic. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist and Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.
Melissa received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Clemson University and her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2007.
Melissa lives in Midlothian, VA with her husband and 2 young sons. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and rooting for her alma mater’s football team in her free time.
Mandy Hill, BA
Mandy is responsible for creating new and exciting marketing strategies that relay the importance of Dr. Brown’s® products and how they can improve feeding outcomes for infants and families. Her goal is to reach medical professionals across the United States and Canada and to share evidence-based information about the benefits of a Zero-Resistance™ Bottle System.
Before joining the team, Mandy worked in various roles, providing support for executive staff of various industries, while pursuing her degree in Marketing. She has a passion for content creation and continuously strives to increase her knowledge and ability to provide inspiring material.
Mandy graduated Magna Cum Laude from McKendree University in 2016.
She currently resides in Collinsville, IL and when not working on marketing content, she enjoys glamping, days by the river, and having adventures with her family.
Clinical Administrative Assistant
Barbara has been employed by Handi-Craft Company for 15 years. She joined the Dr. Brown’s Medical Division in December 2013 to assist with clinical development including research, organizing product sampling as well as coordinating all conference material. She plays a pivotal role to the Medical Team by liaising with clinical facilities and medical professionals; providing administrative support and assuring product samples are provided in a timely manner.
Before working with Handi-Craft Company, Barbara was a TWA/American Airlines Flight Attendant for 25 years. She was based and lived in New York, NY for 17 years before moving to St. Louis in 1995. While in New York, she completed her BS degree in Business Administration at Adelphi University in 1989.
Barbara resides in St Louis, MO and in her free time enjoys sewing, researching/working on her family’s genealogy, watching documentaries on Netflix and traveling.
Learning Management System Office Administrator
Hilary is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations, procedures, and resources to facilitate effectiveness for the entire division. She manages ongoing operations of the educational learning management system and provides daily support to customers. Her goal is to assist healthcare professionals with adequate training tools needed to make the best choices for providing positive feeding experiences to infants.
Before joining the team, Hilary worked in various medical settings, providing direct patient care and support for executive staff. She received her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Human Services from Southwestern Illinois College and is certified in Business Ethics.
Hilary currently resides in Belleville, IL and enjoys traveling, exploring different Caribbean islands, and having adventures with her daughters and their dog Bora.