Michele Bunker-Alberts, DNP, APRN-FNP-BC, IBCLC

Michele earned her BA in nursing at San Francisco State University in 1991, her MSN/FNP at U.C. San Francisco in 2004, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Western University Health Sciences Pomona in 2015. She has been a RN since 1997, Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2004, and Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant since 2000.

Her doctoral project was “Bite to Balance,” a family intervention for pediatric food insecurity and obesity. For her MSN, she completed a breastfeeding project for low income women. She is Chair of the FNP Program and an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at Touro University, CA, where she teaches, serves as an advisor and lectures in the Master’s and Doctoral Programs and recently developed and co-taught an inter-professional breastfeeding course in the School of Medicine.

She is a founding member of One Love Center for Health, currently serving unhoused residents in Solano County, and provides ambulatory clinical care for women and children in the safety net. She clinically precepts and mentors graduate, advanced practice and medical students.

Michele recently completed the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship in which her final project integrated core neuro-developmental concepts into her clinical and didactic teaching.

Mahedere “Mimi” Solomon

Mahedere Solomon, is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. Mahedere, known by many as “Mimi,” is a first generation American, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mimi came to the San Francisco Bay Area, via Nairobi, Kenya, at the age of eight. Since graduating with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2004, Ms. Solomon has dedicated her career to community service and promoting health equity in vulnerable communities. She is a product of many programs created to promote opportunities for immigrants and minorities.

Mimi is dedicated to bringing opportunities like those she benefitted from to the communities she works and lives in today. She believes that equity in education, accessibility to health care and policy change are all crucial in closing the health disparity gap. Mimi now lives in Richmond, CA and enjoys spending her free time with her two young sons.

Samson Mael

Samson Mael is a healthcare executive that has experience working in ambulatory and medical academic settings. Samson is responsible for overseeing and evaluating all programs, services, and activities to ensure they support the mission and goals of the organization. Samson monitors attainment of the organizational goals determined by the strategic plan.

At Alameda Health System Samson also served on a leadership team that opened Hayward Wellness, a federally qualified health center with 38 exam rooms on a $7.1 million budget.
Samson’s passion for healthcare stems from growing up in Oakland, CA, where he witnessed firsthand the prevalence of inadequate health care in disadvantaged communities. Samson wants to do his part to ensure that everyone, regardless of socioeconomic background, receives quality healthcare. Samson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology minor in Youth Service Administration and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration from California State University East Bay

Nina Carbone

Nina is the newest addition to One Love Center for Health. She is a native of Oakland, CA and has been a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for nearly 20 years.

In her role here, she is looking forward to establishing community-based breastfeeding services, providing lactation education for medical personnel and mentoring lactation consultant students. Most recently, her interest lies in supporting feeding decisions in women and birthing people living with HIV.

She was the very first Lactation Consultant at Highland Hospital (formerly Alameda County Medical Center) in Oakland, CA.  Along with One Love co-founder, Michele Bunker-Alberts, Nina played an integral part in developing a unique, evidence based lactation department that ultimately led the facility to become one of the first WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly hospitals in California. Currently, Nina works in inpatient, outpatient and home visiting settings in community pediatric clinics and large county and academic hospitals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with an ethnically and linguistically diverse group of families, from whom she has learned a tremendous amount about infant feeding.

In her free time, she enjoys playing the viola with local orchestras and traveling the world with her three children.