Our Team

Ashley McCarty-Executive Director

I am a wife, mother of 4, Hormone Coach, and Wellness Advocate. After working in the medical field for over a decade, God called me to help women understand that there is better healthcare out there that works with their body to live WHOLE! It is now my mission to bring that knowledge to the women and families in the Memphis area.

I would love to walk with you on your journey!

You can email me here: ashley@guidingstarmemphis.org

Monica Townsend-Client Services Coordinator

I was born in Honduras, Central America and I have lived in Memphis, Tennessee since I was 19 years old, I have been passionate about healthcare from a young age, and I have worked in the medical field since I moved here. Guiding Star Memphis’s mission to empower women, guiding her on her fertility journey, and enabling a wholistic and natural feminism aligns with all that I believe as a woman. I feel blessed to work with a mission that focuses on empowering a woman to know her own body in a more natural and life-affirming way. As a wife and mother, I am humbled to be on this journey with you.

You can reach Monica at monica@guidingstarmemphis.org.

Service Partners

- Lactation Consultant/Board Member

Ginger is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  Her current position is Director of Clinical Nutrition and Lactation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.  She has worked many years in pediatric clinical nutrition and her areas of expertise include infant & maternal nutrition and clinical lactation support. Interests include improving breastfeeding education for health professionals, strengthening collaboration with community networks in breastfeeding support, and increasing the breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Memphis and Tennessee. She is very active in many professional organizations related to nutrition and breastfeeding. 

Ginger has co-authored several book chapters related to lactation and breastfeeding.  In addition, she has written numerous articles on a variety of lactation and breastfeeding topics for professional publications.  She currently is on the adjunct faculty for undergraduates and dietetic interns at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee-Martin where she gives lectures on clinical lactation management.


Ginger grew up in Memphis, attended Catholic schools, and married her high school sweetheart.  She and her husband, David, are the parents of 3 grown children, two who live in New Orleans, and one who is a dentist in the Army.  She also has one little granddaughter.  She is an alumna of the University of Tennessee and earned her master’s degree at the University of Memphis.  She is a big fan of both UT and UM athletics.  She and her husband are parishioners at St. Louis Catholic Church.

Emily Salao - CPST

I’m a mom and wife. My family is made up of my husband, who works in law enforcement and the military, and three sons. We own a small farm and I have worked in various positions in law enforcement for over a decade. 

I’m here to help parents with all of their car seat needs. I’ve been a CPST since 2017 and seek out all I can learn about car seats, installation, and supporting the families I serve. You’ll get judgment free, honest, and sometimes blunt, information on keeping your kids safe in the vehicle. 

Sheneka Bell, MBA, RN

I have been a nurse for 17 years and I absolutely love it. I have worked in a number of roles taking care of both adult and pediatrics patients including over 8 years of experience in NICU and Well Baby Nursery. 

In my spare time I spend a lot of time with my family.

I love to read a good book and traveling.

Morganne Skinner, BSN, FEMM Instructor

I’m Morganne. It’s pronounced just like “Morgan”, only spelled differently! I’m a Registered Nurse and a Fertility Awareness Educator. I’ve practiced nursing in the surgical-trauma ICU, rehabilitation hospital, public health, and maternal child health. For 2 years I lived in rural Zambia with the Lunda tribe as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where my love for women’s health grew. As a RN, I bring my experience and expertise as a healthcare professional trained in assessment together with my certification as a FEMM educator to provide you with the best evidence-based education.

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