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Alli Ryan (she/her)

Alli Ryan (she/her)

Co-Founder

Alli was lucky to grow up learning from a community of folks in the big city and in the middle of the woods.

As a firstborn, she was pretty primed to go into education and was excited to land in the sciences. She loved every second of teaching to all different age groups in a variety of public and private education settings.

It was when she and her husband were trying to start a family that she found doula work. It was like taking the first bite of a delicious meal; Alli knew this was a career that felt just right.  

She continues to feel lucky learning alongside the amazing families she’s supported over the last 12+ years. Most of all, she appreciates the ways in which mothering her own rainbows continues to grow and stretch her in all the beautifully hard ways.

What she loves about this work:
talking with so many different and amazing folks, teaching, the power of presence alongside someone doing something really hard

Likes: big earrings, big dogs, the sound of water against a canoe, the way her kids giggle at one of their dad’s ridiculous jokes, a long walk, the way a big city feels at night, building Legos, anything and everything Star Wars

Dislikes: when someone doesn’t choose kindness, being late, putting away clean laundry

Dream vacation: train ride through Europe with her family

Words to describe Alli: kind, honest, compassionate


Two truths and a lie:

– she used to have pet Madagascar hissing cockroaches
– she doesn’t know how to ride a bike
– she has a collection of vintage aprons and hankies 

Lea Wolf (she/her)

Lea Wolf (she/her)

Co-Founder

Lea was born & raised in a family of strong women in the Ojibwe tribal community of Bad River on the shores of Lake Superior.

With a strong love of research and teaching, she thought she’d work in academia, but the world of parenting, birth, and babies distracted her; she’s been working professionally with families for the last 15+ years.

She loveloveloves teaching and connecting with folks via social media.  She’s also the one who cobbles together most of the techie stuff (so send her an email when/if you find mistakes!).

She is mama to a big (college next year!) and a little (a toddler; there was a lot of “you know you’re starting over again, yea?” when she was pregnant) and enjoys hanging with them being silly, reading books, and dancing in the kitchen.

What she loves about this work:
building relationships, when folks light up in class as puzzle pieces fall into place, witnessing people doing amazing things, working in a community of fellow doulas

Likes: quilting, sunshine, maple syrup in coffee, reading in a hammock while camping on Lake Superior, admiring beautiful beadwork, a well-timed expletive, finding new music, board games, all the wonderful restaurants in Madison, and sauna-ing with her besties

Dislikes: mosquitoes, people who don’t tip well, mean-spirited politics, crappy coffee

Dream Vacation: a tie between a road trip across the US stopping at national parks and pow-wows along the way OR a family trip to NZ

Words to describe Lea: kind, genuine, focused, hardworking

Two truths and a lie:
– A buffalo once jumped right over her
– She has a whole craft beer setup in her basement
– She was not legally allowed to leave the country for nearly two decades

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