In 1992 Patricia Kelly and Joan Ortiz (mother & daughter) founded Limerick Inc. a registered dietitian and a registered nurse. The two were certified as Lactation Consultants in 1992. The Limerick Workplace Lactation Program was created to help working mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. Based on their work with thousands of mothers, Patricia and Joan developed the PJ’s Comfort electric breast pump incorporating the ideas gathered from working mothers.
Patricia Kelly is CEO and Chairman of Limerick. Her responsibilities includes supporting the mothers to reach their breast-feeding goals by designing and manufacturing a safe, comfortable, high quality state of the art breast pump. The design input comes from Joan’s contact with the mothers, surveys and focus groups. Patricia believes Limerick needs to be responsive to our customer’s needs and concerns. All of Limerick’s products have been in response to working mothers in Limerick’s Workplace Lactation Program. In 2003 Limerick was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Women Science & Technology.
Joan is President of the Workplace Lactation Program. She is responsible for one of the most comprehensive breastfeeding support models available that has been proven effective in Limerick’s study. Limerick’s Workplace Lactation Program has won the Working Women Entrepreneurial award for Customer/Client Service. Joan believes strongly in providing scientific information and options allowing parents to make informed decisions. Joan and Limerick supports parents in their decisions. Joan is also responsible for training and overseeing Limerick’s Lactation Consultants, Registered Nurses.
Limerick believes in giving back to their community and has received many awards for their services. Limerick focuses on the youth in the community by working with the Burbank Noon Rotary, the Burbank Community YMCA and the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic.
Limerick promotes healthy families by providing researched based breastfeeding information and products to families. Our vision: all of Corporate America will provide a Workplace Lactation Program to their employees and Limerick will be the provider of choice. PJ’s comfort® breast pump and products will be the product of choice of all nursing mother’s.
Ours is a creative and innovative work environment producing solutions that have a positive effective on American families. Limerick has learned that we are most effective when we understand our customer’s needs and when we shape our services and products around their needs. Our story for product development begins with the working mothers of our Workplace Lactation program and their need for a comfortable, safe, efficient, effective, easy to use, quality portable electric breast pump. The people in our workforce are drawn to Limerick because they see the value Limerick places on listening to the customer and to their needs. Limerick’s workforce will work closely with Corporate America and nursing mothers to continue to develop programs and products based on customers need.Limerick values their employees and is committed to providing them a work environment that is respectful, encouraging, productive and efficient.
Business Life – Woman Achiever Patricia Kelly 2007
Heritage Registry of Who’s Who – Patricia Kelly 2006-2007
Workplace Lactation Program Research Published Pediatric Nursing April/May 2004
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition – Women in Science and Technology – 2003
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition – Outstanding and Invaluable Services to the Community – 2003
Working Women Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Customer/Client Service 2001
Burbank Women of the Year Award – Joan Ortiz 2001
Business Life – Woman Achiever Joan Ortiz, President 2001
Leadership Burbank, Patricia Kelly, Chairman and CEO 2000
Leadership Burbank, Joan Ortiz, President 1997
Who’s Who American Nursing – Joan Ortiz 1993-1994
Rotary Foundation – Paul Harris Fellow, Patricia Kelly and Joan OrtizLimerick is Certified by Women Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) as a Certified Women Owned Business