Our Board of Directors
Founder, Board President
Anna David is the Founder of NICU Families Northwest and serves as President of the Board of Directors. Her nine years of experience in Human Resources facilitates an environment that emphasizes ethics, confidentiality, and communication. She has a practiced ability to maintain a dual focus; advocating for NICU families and preserving the culture and values of the peer-to-peer network, while navigating the complex landscape of hospital administration in order to effectively accommodate hospital needs in the design and delivery of NFNW projects and programs.
Anna’s daughter Miranda was born a trimester early and received care in the NICU for 80 days before coming home. The NICU experience was emotionally, physically, and mentally challenging for her and her family, and it inspired Anna to affect change in how NICU families are supported locally. She is also the founder of a hospital-specific support group for families of babies born into the NICU at Randall Children’s Hospital, where Miranda was born.
Now that Anna works from home and is freed from the 9-5 schedule, she can be found baking, crafting, or otherwise making at all hours of the day and night. Her can-do, will-do attitude is contagious and her service in support of NICU families has been her most rewarding work yet.
Laura Cowley-Martinson serves as Secretary for the NFNW Board, and her enthusiasm and interest in supporting others makes her a valuable member of our team. Laura has Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Secondary Education, and she’s currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with a TESL specialization at Portland State University.
Laura has been a stay at home mom for 16 years and has held myriad volunteer positions including PTA Board member, volunteer at Randall’s Children’s Hospital NICU, Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator, and ESL tutor. Laura has two children, a daughter born at 37 weeks, and a son born at 31 weeks. Her son spent 29 days in the NICU and as a result Laura understands the isolation and loneliness that often occurs when bringing home a premature baby. Shortly after her son’s birth, her family relocated across the country to Atlanta, GA, where they didn’t know anyone. That, coupled with the doctor’s orders for her son to remain in isolation to prevent RSV, increased the isolation she experienced. Her experiences in the NICU and after bringing home her son have directly influenced her desire to support other NICU families.
When Laura is not studying, volunteering, or caring for her family, you can find her curled up with a good book, hitting the ski slopes, or enjoying an evening out with friends.
Casady Monroe serves as a general Board Member for NFNW. Her background as a school teacher and a writer gives her strong empathy, creativity, and a love for early childhood development. She regularly volunteers with nonprofits geared toward foster children and homeless women, and her strong interest in under-served communities translates well into bolstering the experience of NICU families.
Casady’s two children were born without complications, but she has been impacted by the stories of several NICU families that are a part of her life.
Casady graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in English and French, and from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Creative Writing. Before moving to Portland, she lived in Iceland, where she gave birth to her first child and practiced the art of singing gibberish while trying to blend into local playgroups. In her free time, Casady loves to dance, sew, and bake.
Erin Reed joined the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2016. With a background in Marketing in the construction industry, her experience includes implementing marketing initiatives, social media content, event coordination, and public relations. She is also currently a Committee Co-Chair of the Deacon Charitable Foundation.
Erin’s son Wyatt was born 9 weeks early and spent 45 days in the NICU at Randall Children’s Hospital. During their stay, she quickly realized there was a much greater need for a supportive, nurturing community for other families enduring the challenges of a NICU experience.
While balancing a career, family, and nonprofit work takes up much of Erin’s time, she also enjoys dance, fitness classes, design, and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Terriquez serves as Board Treasurer for NICU Families Northwest. She has previous experience working as an attorney, where she gained extensive knowledge regarding privacy laws and ethics. She is an excellent problem solver and takes pride in helping others navigate challenging situations.
Emily’s oldest son, Sander, was born ten weeks early and received care in the NICU for 35 days before coming home. Three years later, her youngest son, Ashton, was born eleven weeks early and spent 56 days in the NICU. Each experience was completely unexpected and brought new challenges. The first time was terrifying; the second was exhausting. Both were mentally and physically draining. Her experiences prompted her to find ways to help others in similar situations by getting involved with NICU Families Northwest.
Emily can often be found cooking, gardening, and having countless adventures with her two young boys.