About Our Staff
Jennifer de Franco, RN, RLC (IBCLC) Owner & Founder of PLS
Phone # 703-822-1690
Providing office consults from her home in Warrenton

Founded PLS in 2010
Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2009
Registered Nurse (NICU)

Even though I've been helping mommies for 12 years in achieving healthy breastfeeding knowledge and technique as a nursery and NICU nurse, I felt it was time to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  In 2009 I became a Certified Lactation Consultant and Started PLS in 2010.  I am 35 years old and attend Grace Life Community Church. I have been a baptized believer in Jesus Christ for almost 20 years.  I love genealogy, read classic novels & watch my daughters & now son discover their worlds through home school. I live in Nokesville, Va with my husband of 14 years, our 10 & 7 year old daughters & 4 year old son!

Laura McCarthey RN, IBCLC
Phone # 571-722-6450
Serving Loudoun & Fairfax County

Joined PLS in 2014
Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2013
Registered Nurse (NICU)

I grew up in the Northern VA/Washington DC area & attended George Mason University. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, I decided that nursing would be an excellent way to combine my love of science & serving the community. I graduated from George Mason with a second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing & have been working as nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ever since. I became an IBCLC in 2013 because I wanted to provide my patients & their families with the most current information about breastfeeding to help them to be happy & healthy. In addition to my IBCLC training, I attended one-week seminar on the best ways to help other nurses teach breastfeeding to their patients. While nursing has been my career, teaching people about breastfeeding has become a passion & hobby. In my spare time, I also enjoy yoga, hiking, weightlifting, training for & running half-marathons.  

Rachel Crossen, BS, RLC(IBCLC)
Phone # 540-270-8230
Serving Gainesville, Haymarket, Warrenton, Strasburg, Fauquier, Front Royal & Warren Counties

Joined PLS in 2012
Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2012
Bachelor's in Psychology

I grew up in Upstate NY, obtained my BS in Psychology at Fairleigh Dickenson University in NJ.  My husband & I were married after graduation we spent one year in Williamsburg, VA then moved to Syracuse, NY for my husband to attend grad/law school.  This is where we welcomed our first child & where I had the wonderful experience of finding La Leche League (LLL) while I was pregnant & quickly decided breastfeeding was the only way to go for me.  After a disappointing birth experience I was confronted with breastfeeding difficulties. I was devastated at the idea of not being able to breastfeed my son. I didn't have to worry too long as the hospital sent in my lifesaver in the form of a Lactation Consultant. She assured me I would be able to breastfeed & supported me every step of the way until we were in the clear. I am sure we would not have gone on to breastfeed for many months to come if I hadn't been lucky enough to have been sent this help. We moved to Fauquier County 14 years ago & I immediately looked for a local LLL group.  Two years later I decided I wanted to pursue becoming an LLL leader & have been doing this in one form or another ever since.  We went on to have two more children who breastfed beautifully for quite some time.  I spent many years loving life as a stay-at-home mom but once my children were all in school I felt an urge to branch out a little with some of my new found time. Becoming a certified Lactation Consultant seemed the natural answer. It is my hope that I will be that supportive person who makes a difference in the lives of mothers and their babies.

Sharon Gough, RLC(IBCLC)

Phone # 703-927-4406
Serving Prince William County: Bristow, Manassas & Woodbridge West

Joined PLS in 2014
Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1992
Childbirth Educator since 1979
Published Author

Mom of four children, Annie-Laurie, Brittany, Zachary and Ezekiel. Grandmother of four beautiful babies, Addie Mae, Reese, Rylynn, and Cooper. Devoted wife to Randy for over 37 years. Sharon has been working with breastfeeding moms since 1979 and became a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1992.  She started her career by teaching Childbirth Education classes and eventually was asked to teach at a local hospital.  She is a published author on childbirth education and breastfeeding.  Presently, she works in a hospital setting as a lactation consultant, as well as working for PLS.  She has helped thousands of moms & babies in her career over the years & considers it God's gift to her to be able to help women & their babies during this special time in their lives.  1 Peter 4:10