Gift of Life Foundation Names Interim Executive Director

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Gift of Life Foundation Names Interim Executive Director

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Gift of Life Foundation (GOL) Board of Directors has appointed veteran maternal child health administrator Dr. Regina Traylor, DHSc, as the organization’s interim executive director.

Traylor, who also serves as GOL’s director of family coaching programs, succeeds former executive director Dr. Cheryl G. Davis, who held the position since 2016. Traylor brings a diverse breadth of experience to the role with more than two decades of leadership in public health nursing, maternal child health program management, quality improvement, program evaluation and nursing education programs.

Prior to coming to Gift of Life in July 2018, Traylor served as public health nursing and special programs supervisor and director of the Ingham County Health Department Maternal Child Health Division in Lansing, Michigan. Her duties included directing the activities of several departments including Public Health Nursing, Children’s Special Health Care, Family Outreach Services and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She also provided day-to-day supervision to the nursing staff and the WIC coordinator, and was responsible for ensuring all programs meet federal and state guidelines.

She has also held positions as director of student support services at Michigan State University’s (MSU) College of Nursing; interim director for student affairs at MSU; and surgical clinical nurse specialist and education specialist for Allegiance Health.  

GOL Board Chair Sandra Edwards said Traylor’s professional experiences and ability to connect with staff and clients made her a great choice for the interim role.

"The Gift of Life is entering into a phase of substantial program growth. Dr. Traylor is well-qualified and passionate about our work to reduce infant mortality. Her strong leadership ability and first-hand knowledge of the maternal child health field will keep Gift of Life moving forward,” Edwards said.

Traylor is originally from Montgomery, AL. She holds a bachelor’s in registered nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham, master’s in nursing from Troy State University Montgomery and a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University. She and her husband James Traylor are the proud parents of four children.


ABOUT GIFT OF LIFE FOUNDATION: Since 1988, Gift of Life Foundation (GOL) has worked to decrease infant mortality through programs that empower women and their families to reduce the challenges they face that threaten their health and prevent a healthy birth outcome. Reducing those challenges helps children survive infancy, lower complications related to low birth weight and decrease child abuse and neglect. Our parent educators, mobile family coaches and registered nurses work with first-time and parenting moms and dads to develop effective parenting skills and connect them to community resources that help them increase self-sufficiency.


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