Samantha Port, DNP, MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Dr. Samantha Port has been involved in maternal-newborn care for 17 years. She received her BSN, MSN, and DNP from Western Kentucky University and her MBA from Campbellsville University. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring. She is currently the Director of Quality and Risk Management at Spring View Hospital in Lebanon, Kentucky. In addition to her role for KPA, Dr. Port serves as Section Chair for Kentucky AWHONN and Chapter Co-Coordinator for the South Central Kentucky AWHONN Chapter. Her research, “Nursing Interventions to Decrease the Primary Cesarean Birth Rate,” is supported by a $5,000 scholarship and $3,000 grant from the March of Dimes. She received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Sigma Theta Tau International in April 2008.


Samantha resides in Campbellsville, KY with her husband, Derek, and daughter, Adelynn.

KPA Executive Director

Executive Director

Gary L. Walls

A note from Gary:
Fellow Kentucky Perinatal Association Members,


It is an honor to serve you, the healthcare professional, which has chosen to dedicate their lives in the quest of improving the health status of high risk mommies and babies in the Commonwealth. The strength of our organization is based on a strong board of directors; membership and business partners.


Starting on Valentine’s Day of 1972, I had the opportunity to serve you on a commercial basis; I was always impressed by the untiring commitment of nurses and physicians, who gave it their all to their tiny patients. For this reason, it was important to administratively and financially find ways to bring education to the nurse via forming seven neonatal nurse associations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and Indiana. When I retired, likewise did the neonatal nurse associations. For this reason, the educational offerings of the Kentucky Perinatal Association are more important than ever, in filling the gap on specific Perinatal educational needs.


I am truly indebted to the thousands of nurses, doctors and ancillary personnel who cultivated my passion for perinatology early in my career. They are, but not limited to: Drs. Greg Culley; Billy F. Andrews; David H. Adamkin; Larry N. Cook; Tom Pauley; Patricia Nichol; Carlos Hernandez; Danny Strunk; Daniel Garcia; Gerald Sturgeon; Stefan Maxwell and Steve Davis. Nurses-Dieticians’: Martha Blair; Rosemary Morris; Peggy Kidd; Elaine Perkins; Sister Marie Weber; Kay Ragland; Marilyn Davis; Jena Avery; Amy Snell; Edith Fugate and scores of nurses in Kentucky; West Virginia; Virginia’ Tennessee; Indiana and Ohio.


Having the opportunity to observe the impact of the addition of ferrous sulfate to infant formula via the WIC program; ECMO; surfactant and neonatal IV solutions administered early in their births have been an exhilarating experience.


As we face new challenges with late term births; drugs adversely affecting the fetus and other legal and ethical confrontations, it is certain the Kentucky Perinatal Association will play an important constitue in their resolution.


The opportunity to “pay back” is now. I cherish the opportunity to serve you and our babies in my own, but small way.

Board of Directors

  • Amy B. Snell, RN, BSN
    Secretary – Past President
    Neonatal Outreach Coordinator
    University of KY Med Center
    Office: (859) 323-6768
    Cell: (859) 338-2276
    Email: Asnell@uky.edu
  • Pamela Hodges, M.D.
    Immediate Past President
    Moms Caring for Moms
    Doctors Office Building #3, Suite 301
    2605 KY Avenue
    Paducah, KY 42003
    Office: (270) 575-4555
    Cell: (270) 556-2622
    Email: pamhodgesmd@comcast.com
  • Samantha Port, MSN, MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM
    Magnet Program Manager
    Hardin Memorial Hospital
    913 North Dixie Avenue
    Elizabethtown, KY 40503
    Office: (270)-706-1376
    Email: sport@hmh.net
  • Amy B. Snell, RN, BSN
    Secretary – Past President
    Neonatal Outreach Coordinator
    University of KY Med Center
    Office: (859) 323-6768
    Cell: (859) 338-2276
    Email: Asnell@uky.edu
  • John O’Brien, MD
    Director, Maternal-Feral Medicine
    University of KY Med Center
    Lexington, KY 40601
    Office: (270) 392-8582
    Email: john.obrien2@uky.edu
  • Gary L. Walls
    Executive Director
    P.O. Box #577
    Shelbyville, KY 40066-0577
    Phone: (502) 655-0424
    Email: KyPerinatal@aol.com
  • David H. Adamkin, M.D.
    Charter President
    Chief, Division of Neonatology
    University of Louisville
    571 South Floyd, Suite 342
    Louisville, KY 40202-3830
    Office: (502) 852-8470
    Fax: (502) 852-8473
    Email: david.adamkin@louisville.edu
  • Jody Epperson, RN, BSN
    Director, Continuing Education
    KY Perinatal Association
    106 Midlane Ave
    Somerset, KY 42501
    Phone: (606) 416-3517
  • John Morrison, M.D.
    Past President and Secretary
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
    Division of Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology
    3333 Burnet Ave.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
    Phone: (859) 344-1472
    Email: jdmorris@fuse.net
  • Katrina Adams-Thompson, MSW
    March of Dimes
    462 East High Street, Suite #100
    Lexington, KY 40507
    Office: (859) 246-0004
    Cell: (859) 576-6675
    Fax: (859) 246-0621
  • Joseph P. Erena
    Territory Manager
    Abbott Nutrition
    Cell: (502) 727-6022
    Email: joseph.erena@abbott.com
  • Ruth Ann Shepherd, M.D.
    Past President
    Maternal and Child Health

    275 Main Street
    Frankfort, KY 40621-0001
    Phone: (502) 564-4830
    Email: Ruth.Shepherd@ky.gov
  • Scott D. Duncan, MD, MHA Director
    Co-chair, Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative Initiative
    571 south Floyd, suite 342
    Louisville, KY. 4202-3830
    Office: (502) 852-8470
    Email: scottdduncan@louisville.edu
  • Laura D. Senn, RN, MSN, RNC-OB
    Past President- AWHONN
    Baptist Health Lexington
    Email: LSenn@BHSI.com
  • Doug Cunningham, MD
    Co-chair, Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative Initiative
    University of Kentucky
    800 Rose Street
    Lexington, Kentucky 40536
    Phone: (949) 370-4047
  • Jessica Thornton RD, CSP
    Mead Johnson Nutritionals
    Phone: (317) 508-2206
    Email: jessica.thornton@mjn.com
  • Allana Oak, D.O.
    OB Hospitalist/Laborist- Lead Physician St. Elizabeth Healthcare
    Edgewood, KY 41019
    Phone: (859) 816-5016