After 25 Years, Simkin Director Retires from Role

Annie Kennedy Headshot

It’s a milestone 30th year for the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University (BU). Director Annie Kennedy steps down from her position in late April for other opportunities in the field of maternal-infant health. In 2018, Annie celebrates 25 years in that role. Nearly 10,000 students have been educated through the Simkin Center since 1988. She started out at the Seattle Midwifery School and joined Bastyr University when Simkin Center merged with the University in 2009. She is a leader in the development of birth professions education, especially the Birth and Postpartum Doula Skills Workshops, Childbirth Educator Training and other birth profession specialties. The privilege of serving inspiring and skilled instructors, staff, colleagues and opening pathways for students is her greatest joy. She relished time as a supporter of student educational transformations among the beautiful variety of people who bring to the Simkin Center classroom their joys, passion and hope.

Kennady's biggest satisfaction is shepherding the Simkin Center Leadership Fund, supported by generous and committed donors, to provide nearly $30,000 annually in education scholarships to aspiring birth professionals from under-represented  communities. 

Showing leadership in many ways, Kennedy has been an integral part of the leadership team of the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences, an active member of Bastyr’s Managers’ Council, a contributor to the Center for Social Justice and Diversity and other Bastyr committees. She will receive her Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems from Bastyr in June 2018, and looks forward to continuing to contribute to improving maternity care access and outcomes. Stay tuned for news of a celebration to recognize Kennady’s contributions planned for the near future.


President Harlan's Farewell: