FSTM STAFF


Amanda Mann, LM
INTERIM EXECUTIVE Director

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Amanda Mann, L.M. comes to FSTM with more than 15 years experience as a teacher, school administrator, and most importantly, an FSTM graduate. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in creative writing. Amanda fervently believes that birth is an essential life process that has the potential to transform, inspire, and engage. She believes that midwifery is an essential intersection between passion and the world’s greatest need. Amanda is married with four boys, and enjoys reading and working at her local midwifery clinic.

amann@midwiferyschool.org


Kerri Audette, LM
PROGRAM Director

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Kerri Audette, is a licensed midwife and graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She currently practices in north-central Florida. Kerri also holds a Bachelor's of Design from the University of Florida School of Architecture. She was inspired to pursue work in women’s health as a result of her experiences with her local women’s roller derby league. Kerri is a Gainesville native and birthed her own children at home with midwives.

kaudette@midwiferyschool.org 


SOREll pagliara, LM
program coordinator

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Sorell is a licensed midwife and a graduate of The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Her exposure to the loving and expert care of midwives began with the home birth of her siblings. She was led to midwifery as a career after the birth of her daughters, Willow and Juniper. Working with local midwives she has attended home birth and birth center births in her home town of Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding area since 2012.   

spagliara@midwiferyschool.org 


jennifer stone, LM, CPM
Administrative coordinator

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Jenn is a graduate of The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and a Florida licensed midwife since 2017. Her own birth experiences evoked in her an immense passion for a woman’s right to choose how and where she will give birth.  She currently has her own midwifery practice, Sunshine State Midwifery Services, is Director of the North Florida Birth Alliance a 501 3(c), and serves on the Infant Mortality Task Force for Clay and Duval County. As Administrative Coordinator at Florida School of Traditional Midwifery she brings together her passion for changing women's lives with her passion for elevating midwifery in our state and she looks forward to help usher in the next generation of midwives into their career. 

jstone@midwiferyschool.org


ALAINNA WHATLEY
FINANCIAL AID COORDINATOR

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Alainna is currently a student at the University of Florida. With her knowledge and experience from Polk State College she looks forward to providing financial aid services to FSTM students. Alainna is excited to join the FSTM team and values a collaborative work environment with the goal of seeing students succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys performing as an actor and stand-up comedian.

awhatley@midwiferyschool.org


Amanda (mandi) pittman, lm, cpm
Admissions Coordinator

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Mandi is a Florida licensed midwife and graduate of The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She called Gainesville home for 18 years and recently moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family. She continues to work remotely as FSTM's Admissions Coordinator. Growing up, Mandi's curiosity and fascination with pregnancy and childbirth eventually led her to pursue midwifery. She gave birth to her daughters June and Ruby out-of-hospital with her husband and midwives by her side. These experiences further solidified her commitment to empowering families to have the healthy and satisfying birth experience they desire. 

apittman@midwiferyschool.org


Michele Applegarth
Business DIRECTOR

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Michele has called Gainesville her home since graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After gaining managerial skills working in nation-wide retail professions, she expanded her bookkeeping and finance abilities as business manager for a local Gainesville manufacturer. Michele has always had a strong passion for women’s education and women’s reproductive freedom. Separate from work, Michele enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling, and being a full-time cat mom.

michele@midwiferyschool.org 


Erica Bales
Special Projects

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Erica is a graduate of the University of Florida and has lived in Gainesville for 10+ years. She is a DONA-certified doula who has a passion for women’s health and the midwifery model of care. In addition to serving FSTM students, Erica runs a small web development business with her partner. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends, family and her pets.

erica@midwiferyschool.org