Our Board of Directors
Founder, Board President
Legacy Salmon Creek and PeaceHealth Southwest Hospital Liaison
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.
Randall Children’s Hospital Liaison
Erin Reed joined the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2016 and is the Vice President for 2017-2018. 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.
Laura Cowley-Martinson’s 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.
Corinne Sanders began serving on the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2017. Working in the corporate world for the past twelve years has furnished her with a strong business background. Her role as a Senior Business Sales Manager at Verizon provided experience partnering and building strong relationships with local Portland businesses, as well as implementing project plans and long term growth strategies. She is excited to utilize her experience to strengthen and grow NICU Families Northwest.
In 2013, Corinne’s twin sons were born eight weeks early and spent 25 days in the NICU at Providence St. Vincent. In 2016, her third son was born five weeks early. After having these significant personal NICU experiences Corinne wanted to help support other families during their NICU stay and in the months and years that follow.
Corinne graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business/Communication. After happily settling in Portland, she now spends most of her free time with her husband and three young sons. She also enjoys cooking, golfing, traveling, barre fitness classes, and getting together with family and friends.
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital/OHSU Hospital Liaison
Emily became a board member of NICU Families Northwest in 2017. She studied Art and Design at the University of Kansas and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008. Emily has several years of managerial and administrative experience and particularly enjoys service leadership, event planning, and being remarkably organized.
Emily is the proud mother of two NICU graduates. Emily’s daughter was diagnosed with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia at 24 weeks— the the moment her life changed forever. Her daughter would have a 50% survival rate. The remainder of her pregnancy was a very difficult time for Emily and her husband, and after countless hospital visits and tests, Romana was born at 38 weeks. She was intubated at birth and had major surgery at 9 days old followed by another 5 weeks in the NICU before she was discharged with a nasogastric tube.
Emily’s second pregnancy was marked by significant anxiety and fear as she waited for her son, Ari to be born. At 38 weeks he joined the family, and it was quickly determined that he was suffering from GBS bacterial meningitis. Being back in the NICU triggered PTSD for Emily while Ari fought for his health.
Emily is so grateful to have two healthy, happy children today. She has been involved with events and organizations that promote awareness of CDH since Romana’s birth, and has met connected with countless NICU families, physicians, and NICU staff that support children like hers. Emily is excited to focus her passion on helping other families through similar traumatic experiences.
Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Hospital Liaison
Jen Davis joined the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2017. She has a background in corporate strategy, business development and project management in both the private and public sectors. Jen currently works part-time in the health analytics field, leading projects to improve quality and access to care for Medicaid members.
Jen’s twin daughters were born 5 weeks early at Providence St Vincent, and spent two weeks in the NICU. While their stay in the NICU was shorter than many, the experience had a profound long-term impact on Jen’s mental and emotional health. Jen is committed removing the stigma associated with mental health issues and to reducing the feelings of isolation that often come with being a NICU parent.
When she’s not adventuring with her family, working or volunteering, Jen can be found on the volleyball court or in front of a graphic design program. Jen has a passion for helping organizations live their mission, and she relishes the opportunity to do that work for NFNW via her role on the Board of Directors.
Retired Members of the Board of Directors
Casady served on the Board in 2016-217. Her depth of empathy, creativity, and a love for early childhood development was an incredible asset to our organization. In her time as a Board Member, Casady obtained many in-kind donations from local businesses, worked alongside community volunteers assembling materials for inpatient families, trained her critical eye on NFNW content for editing and corrections, and championed our inaugural partnership with Write Around Portland for the Fall 2017 Six-Week Workshop. It was our pleasure to have Casady on the NFNW Board of Directors.