PPA Leadership Team
The leadership team is responsible for mapping the strategic plan for the network. They are tasked with advancing the mission, maintaining the integrity of the network and representing the PPA on a national level.
Founder/President, NICU Helping HandsLisa Grubbs (TX) is the proud mother of 6 children – 4 boys and 2 angels. Married to a neonatologist, Lisa became involved in helping provide support for families who had experienced a NICU stay in her local community. Read More
Founder/Executive Director, Hand to Hold
Kelli D. Kelley (TX) is the mother of two children born preterm – Jackson born at 24 weeks in 2000 and Lauren born at 34 weeks in 2003. She has invested her time and talents to raise awareness of the growing problem of preterm birth and to support families who share her experience. Read More
Founder, Families BlossomingGigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez is a NICU mom who has found her life’s passion in helping and coaching others after loss and the premature birth of her son who has special needs. Read More
Director of Operations, National Perinatal Association (NPA)Kristy Love (MO) is the mother of two preemies, a daughter at 35 weeks and a son at 30 weeks. She has been actively involved in supporting NICU families at Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO since 2001 and took a position as their NICU Family Advocate in April 2012. Read More
Executive Director, Holding Tiny HandsBob Selby (IA) is a 2-time NICU Dad from Ames, Iowa. His son, Jack, was born in 2006 at 25 weeks and weighed 1 lb. 11 oz, spending 84 days in the NICU. Thomas, born in 2009 at 28 weeks, weighed 2.0 lb. and stayed 120 days in the NICU. Read More
President, PPA & President, Zoe Rose Memorial FoundationKeira & Richard Sorrells (MS) are the parents of triplet daughters, born at 25 weeks 5 days. After experiencing the trauma of an extremely early delivery, 9 1/2 months of living in the NICU, caring for a special needs child, and the very untimely death of their daughter, Zoe after 14 months; they felt driven to find new ways to help other parents facing the same challenges they met. Read More
Jennifer Canvasser M.S.W
Founder and Director of NEC SocietyJennifer Canvasser (CA), founder and director of the NEC Society, is a macro-practice perinatal social worker, with over a decade of experience in nonprofit organizations. Read More
PPA SUPPORT STAFF
Consultant, PPA & Digital Marketing Manager, NICU Helping HandsCristal Grogan (MD) is the mother of Seth, who was born the day she turned 29 weeks, weighing 2lbs 4oz. As a military wife, Cristal and her husband were living in southern Spain at the time of Seth’s dramatic entrance to the world. Read More
Administrative SupportBonnie is the grandmother of triplet micropreemies Avery, Lily and Zoe. As a first-time grandmother, learning to care for such tiny, fragile beings was all-consuming and at times overwhelming. Read More
Cortney Maury & Lauchlin Fields
Front Porch FodderCortney and Lauchlin are the owners of Front Porch Fodder, a design, marketing, & publishing company. They will be consulting with Preemie Parent Alliance on web design & development and enhancing their social media presence to help increase the overall reach of the organization.
FinancesDanielle is a wife and mother of two boys and the bookkeeper for her husband’s radio station WYAB 103.9 FM. Prior to moving to Mississippi in 2003, she worked for RAINBOWS a grief support organization for children and worked directly with grieving families. She was touched by how helpful support groups and resources were to these families and now enjoys working with the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation as treasurer and keeping the books for PPA.
Membership Engagement Committee
This committee promotes member engagement, establishes & maintains membership requirements, & assesses partnership/collaborative needs.
Summit Planning Committee
This committee plans our annual Summit. From developing the agenda to finding keynote speakers and creative networking activities, the planning committee is the key to making the annual summit a success.
This committee evaluates & coordinates opportunities for the PPA network to participate in, such as parent review councils, policy issues, parent input for resource or educational materials, etc. This committee also reviews and establishes recommendations on how PPA might respond, get involved, and make an impact in the Maternal Infant Health Community.
Our Founding Members
Kelli Kelley, Hand to Hold – Back Row 2nd from Left
Nick Hall, Graham’s Foundation – Back Row Middle
Deb Discenza, PreemieWorld – Back Row Far Left
Kristy Love, National Perinatal Association – Back Row 3rd From Right
Kelly Frasch, Parent Resource Network – Kneeling 2nd From Right
Keira & Richard Sorrells, Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation – Seated Center