PALS Leadership Bios

Hanan Abdul-Hameed
Hospital Orientation Coordinator

Hanan Abdul-Hameed provides HUP hospital tours for PALS who have completed PALS training. She has a strong passion for children and maternal wellness. Hanan has served as a doula for many years, and plans to study midwifery in the future. She enjoys learning different languages, hiking, sketching, gardening, and community engagement. 

Stephanie Acquaye
Training Coordinator 

Stephanie Acquaye is a birth doula and nursing student. She works with the PALS team and the inspiring doula trainer Debra Pascali-Bonaro to organize two birth doula trainings a year. Excited and fascinated by pregnancy, birth, and the strength of the human body, Stephanie jumped at the opportunity to become a doula and trained through PALS in 2019. Since then, she’s enjoyed offering support as a birth doula and is pursuing certification through DONA international. When not in class, Stephanie enjoys crocheting, exploring Philadelphia, visits home to Minnesota, and drinking freshly brewed herbal tea.

Mallori Cain
Prenatal Match Coordinator

Mallori serves as the Prenatal Match Coordinator and has volunteered with PALS volunteer since early 2018. Mallori has advanced doula training in pelvic dynamics and birth positions, Spinning Babies, the rebozo, and VBAC, and she is always looking for new ways to learn and grow in her practice. She is a certified birth and postpartum doula through Bebo Mia and a Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula. Mallori holds a master’s degree in social work and has training and experience in maternal mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Mallori grew up in Georgia, and although she has lived in the Philadelphia area for over 6 years, she still considers herself a Southern girl at heart. Mallori enjoys photography, reading, traveling, and Georgia football!

NaDea Mak
Administrative Coordinator

NaDea Mak is the Administrative Coordinator for PALS. As part of her role, she oversees the on call calendar, collects PALS documentation, and schedules meetings. NaDea holds a master’s degree in Public Health and is passionate about healthcare disparities. NaDea is a trained doula through DONA International, and enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time. 

Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt
Website Coordinator

Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt is a professional doula and childbirth educator, certified through Birthing From Within. She has been a member of PALS since 2013, when she moved back to Philly after a decade + outside DC. Raising and homeschooling four kids and another full time job doesn’t allow a lot of time for volunteer births but Dawn Star is happy to be able to contribute to the essential work PALS does by maintaining the website to help people find us.

Kinbrae Sperstad
Membership Coordinator

Kinbrae Sperstad has been a PALS member and doula since spring 2018.  In her role, Kinbrae onboards new PALS members after they complete PALS training. Kinbrae is a Minnesota native but has lived in Philadelphia for five years. She is a preschool teacher in South Philadelphia and training as an infant feeding specialist.