AABN Mission Statement


The African American Breastfeeding Network Inc. ( AABN ) was established in 2008 to address breastfeeding  disparities by increasing awareness of the benefits and value of mother’s milk, building community allies, and      de-normalizing formula use. AABN’s mission is to promote breastfeeding as the natural and the best way to  provide optimal nourishment to babies and young children. Our vision is to live in a world where breastfeeding is  the norm within the African American community.


Meet the Founders


Dalvery Blackwel


Dalvery Blackwell has been helping families since 2007. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and holds a bachelor in Journalism/Communications. Mrs. Blackwell is a co-founder and executive director. She has worked for the Aurora Health Care WIC program and the Marquette Neighborhood Health Clinic.  In 2008, she helped AABN increase awareness of breastfeeding disparities, form community allies, and normalize breastfeeding.  She hasb een instrumental in creating and building the core projects the Mocha Milk Notes quarterly newsletter and Breastfeeding Community Gatherings.  Her work was has been recognized locally and internationally.  Mrs. Blackwell is married and the mother of two exclusively breastfed children Sequoia and Aldous II.

“We are here to serve because there is a great need.” Co-Founding Executive Director, Dalvery Blackwell




Angelia Wilks-Tate

Angelia Wilks-Tate is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Specialist. For the past 10 years, she has actively served as the Project Director of the Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program for Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Mount Mary College and Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
and Science. She is an advocate who is committed to promoting wellness, good health and nutrition in the community in which she lives and serves. She is a co-founder of the African-American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee (AABN) and considers it an honor to help mothers have a successful breastfeeding experience. Mrs. Wilks-Tate is married and the mother of two beautiful children, Ciara and Jalen who were breastfed 20 and 16 months respectively.



Breastfeeding Peer Advocates provide essential basic breastfeeding education and support. They visit with families in the hospital and in their homes to safeguard breastfeeding initiation, observe latch/position, review newborn feeding cues, etc. Breastfeeding Peer Advocates also facilitate discussions during the Community Breastfeeding Gatherings (CBGs).  

AABN’s Father Peer Advocates facilitate the CBG father session and provide early postpartum support to ensure breastfeeding success and strong support from male partners and family.


Nigeria Nealy (CLC)
Executive Assistant
Certified Lactation Counselor
Breastfeeding Peer Advocate


Robert Brox
Father Peer Advocate

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Maleisha MaShe (CLC)
Certified Lactation Counselor
Breastfeeding Peer Advocate


Board of Directors

Board members serve as fiduciaries who steer AABN towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure  the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission  and vision. 


Advisory Council

Members bring unique knowledge and skills to effectively guide the organization programmatically to propel AABN's mission and vision.


Board of Directors

Dr. Veneshia McKinney, President
Medical College of WI

Felice Green, Vice President
Community Volunteer

Brandee Roberts, Secretary
Aurora Sinai Medical Center

LaToya Dennis, Treasurer
Milwaukee Public Radio

LuVerda Martin, Member At Large
West Allis Women's Pavilion Women's Care Center
Aurora Health Care

Angie Wilks-Tate
President—AABN Advisory Council
Milwaukee Health Service-WIC Director


Advisory Council

Angie Wilks-Tate, President

State Representative David Bowen

Deanna Brown

Susan DeGraff

Daphne Johnson