About Us


The Lois Marie Foundation was created in honor of Lois Marie Ehnle and Joy Marie Bao, beloved mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends to many. Both were devoted mothers and supporters of midwives.

Lois Marie Ehnle

Joy Marie Bao

Our Organization

Board Members

Wendy Martel is a nurse educator and quality coordinator at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She has cared for women as a nurse for many years. She has family ties to Latin America, and is a mother of three children.
Wendy Martel, MSN, RN
Jewel Maeda grew up in Japan and is passionate about global women’s health. She lived and worked as a midwife on several Pacific islands. As a volunteer in Indonesia, Cambodia, Uganda, Haiti and Bangladesh she met many dedicated midwives who inspired her to start this Foundation. She is the mother of two sons.
Jewel Maeda, RN, CNM, MPH
Fely Guerrero grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States as a young woman. She has personal understanding of the hardships of life for women in developing countries. She cares for women as a skilled massage therapist. She is the mother of one son.
Fely Guerrero