Alabama State Board of Midwifery Emergency Meeting Minutes
June 20, 2020
The Alabama State Board of Midwifery met via Zoom on Saturday, June 20, 2020, to conduct business. Board members present included (1) Ms. Stacey Bufkin (Chair), (2) Mr. Chris Megginson (member) (2) Ms. Christine Litas (member), (3) Ms. Marietta Nero (member), and Ms. Noel Leithart, (member). Absent from the meeting was (1) Stephanie Armstead (member) and (2) Tori Dennis (member). Also present were Dr. Sharon Porterfield Miller, administrative assistant to the Board and Ms. Bettie Carmack, attorney to the Board.
The members of the public that were in attendance via Zoom were Maria Cranford (midwife), Rebekah Myrick (midwife), and Stephen McCormick (attorney for Alabama Hospital Association).
The Board meeting had been advertised on the Secretary of State’s website, in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act. There was a quorum of board members present electronically. Dr. Porterfield Miller, serving as facilitator, called the meeting to order at 12:07 PM. and proceeded to preside over the meeting.
The approval of an emergency expedited application for licensure was first on the agenda. Mr. Megginson motioned for the board to approve LM-0016. It was seconded by Ms. Leithart. Roll call vote: Bufkin, aye; Leithart, aye; Megginson, aye; Nero, aye; and Litas, aye. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Maria Cranford’s license was approved.
Second on the agenda was the appointment of two members to the Alabama Education Commission. The board received two resumes from Ms. Noel Leithart and Dr. Cody Thompson. There were concerns expressed by Ms. Nero and Ms. Carmack pertaining to minority representation and the short deadline for getting required documents sent to the board. Ms. Leithart suggested having an alternate. After further discussion, Mr. Megginson motioned that the board extend the deadline to accept resumes to Friday, July 3, 2020, for the alternate position, in case one of the appointees declined. It was seconded by Ms. Bufkin. Roll call vote: Bufkin, aye; Leithart, aye; Megginson, aye; Nero, aye; and Litas, aye. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Nero made a motion to appoint Ms. Noel Leithart and Dr. Cody Thompson as appointees to the Education Committee. It was seconded by Ms. Bufkin. Roll call vote: Bufkin, aye; Leithart, aye; Megginson, aye; Nero, aye; and Litas, aye. The motion passed unanimously.
The Board solicited comments from the public. Rebekah Myrick (midwife) thanked everyone for their hard work on the board.
There was no further business to discuss. Ms. Leithart made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Nero seconded the motion. It passed unanimously. Dr. Porterfield Miller adjourned the meeting at 12:35 PM.
Sharon Porterfield Miller, Ed.D.