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Simkin Center Staff

Annie Kennedy


Annie has worked in education and the birth professions since 1989.  She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota. She is a former birth doula, trained by Penny Simkin at Seattle Midwifery School. Annie served at the Founding President of PALS Doulas and of DONA International, and is also a co-founder of DONA International.    She is on the Board of Directors of Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh).  She identifies as white European American and grew up in a middle class family in the hills of southern Michigan.  Annie is passionate about humane childbirth and health and race equity.


(425) 602-3378

Annie Kennedy

Kay Hwang

Program Coordinator

Kay has worked in education for over 10 years and has experience in the banking industry. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and is alumni of Alpha Phi Sorority. She has a passion for serving the needs of the learning community, and for promoting birth advocacy for women and families. Kay identifies as Korean American and was born in Kansas. She enjoys yoga, being in nature, and spending time with family and friends.


(425) 602-3361

Kay Hwang

Kiona Nessenbaum

Program Assistant

Kiona is a graduate of the UW-Bothell with a double major BA in Community Psychology and Health Studies, and a minor in Education and Society.  At the UW her experience includes peer academic advising and reception at the Student Success Center.  Kiona completed the Birth Doula Skills Workshop in 2014 at the Simkin Center and has provided birth doula support to families in the Seattle area.  She is also a volunteer lactation program coordinator at the Rainier Valley Community Clinic (founded recently by Bastyr Midwifery graduates!).


(425) 602-3373

Sheenal Singh

Office Assistant

Sheenal joined our team as Office Assistant in 2016. She is an undergraduate student in Food and Nutrition at Bastyr. Sheenal was born and raised in the Fiji Islands and moved to the U.S. in 2012 to begin her studies. In Fiji, she taught high school home economics and supported many women and families during and after pregnancy. She wants to support childbearing families in need, especially after birth. Sheenal enjoys hiking, dancing, cooking and enjoying ethnic foods. 


Sheenal Singh


Contact Us

(425) 602-3361
Room #422
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028

M-F 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Planning to drop by? Please phone ahead.

Annie Kennedy, Director
Kay Hwang, Program Coordinator
Kiona Nessenbaum, Program Assistant

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