Co-founders

Sarah Steinhardt

Sarah spent eight years working as a producer for ABC’s Good Morning America and, later, World News Tonight and ABC’s Newsgathering operations, and then helped launch CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan. She then spent 2.5 years at Mercury Public Affairs, working in crisis management and high-level business and political affairs. Throughout her career in journalism, her work was driven by a desire to bring vital news and events to national audiences. Sarah is a graduate of Hamilton College, with a BA in English literature and the history of art. After the birth of her first son, she was inspired to support new mothers without resources so they could focus on the most important postnatal priorities: caring for their newborns and healing. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons, step-daughter, and husband.


Juliet Fuisz

Juliet spent twelve years working as a writer and producer for CNN and CNN International in New York City. Most recently, she worked with anchors, Christiane Amanpour and Richard Quest, covering international affairs, business, and politics. Much of her work focused on women’s rights and human rights issues. Fuisz graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. Her own experiences as a new mother struggling to balance challenges created by a colicky baby, complications healing from delivery, and serious family illness inspired her to reach out to women and babies with fewer resources. She is a proud mother to her two-year-old daughter.

 
 
 

 
 

Advisory Board

 
 

Kristy Williamson, MD

Kristy Williamson, MD, FAACP, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Williamson is a graduate of Georgetown University and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She trained in Pediatrics at New York University and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.  She focuses her research mainly on prehospital pediatric care, bronchiolitis management, and fever in the infant.  She has published multiple papers, has presented her research at many national meetings, and is an assistant editor for a medical journal.  Dr. Williamson is the transport liaison for the Emergency Department, and is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Neonatal Advance Life support.

 
 
 

Kate del Pizzo, MD

Dr. Kate DelPizzo first visited Hospital for Special Surgery as a resident from Johns Hopkins Hospital to learn regional anesthesia techniques. After a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia and further training in Pediatric Pain Management, she joined the department as an assistant attending anesthesiologist. Dr. DelPizzo is a board certified anesthesiologist with a special interest in pediatric regional anesthesia and perioperative pain control for children.

Marina Hadjipateras

Marina is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Trail Mix Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focussed on the future of living well. Prior to co-founding Trail Mix, Marina was VP of Investor Relations for Dorian LPG and a key figure in taking her family's 200-year old shipping company public in 2014 (NYSE: LPG). She restructured Dorian and oversaw talent, PR and IR, accepting the Tanker Company of the Year award. Marina serves as vice chair of the INTERTANKO Environmental Committee. In 2018 Marina received the NYOT Innovators and Disruptors award for venture capital.

 
 
 

Jihan Farmand

Jihan Farmand spent ten years working as a licensed clinical social worker in behavioral and public charter schools in Washington, DC. She specializes in at risk populations and has spent her career serving underprivileged youth with special needs; providing educational, social, emotional, therapeutic, crisis and behavioral support in academic and community settings. Her most recent work is with the P.A.C.E. (Parent and Childhood Education) Organization, providing support to new moms in group settings and screening for postpartum depression and anxiety.  She graduated from Emory University with a BA in psychology, and received her Masters in Social Work, with a double concentration on clinical and macro social work, from the National Catholic School of Social Service- Catholic University. She currently lives and works outside of Washington, DC with her husband and three children.

Robin Solomon

In a career spanning three decades in academic medicine, Robin Solomon has combined patient care, clinical research, philanthropy, global health and business development expertise to build strategic alliances, institutional recognition and revenue. In evolving leadership roles, she has developed a reputation for her clear and effective communication style, innovative programming, quick grasp of new situations and common sense approaches to difficult problems.

She is recognized for her comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, including operating models, the political and regulatory environment, shifting demographics, financial opportunities and economic trends. Her 18 years as an ICU nurse informs the way she navigates patient care on a human level, collaborates with physicians, and persuasively conveys the potential impact of philanthropic gifts to donors.

margy maroutsis

Margy Maroutsis is the Administrative Manager at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health for 37 years.  She has worked with the MyFace Craniofacial and Cleft Team and the Dental Service, which is an integral part of the Plastic Surgery program. 

She served on the Board of Forward Face, a non-for-profit Parent Support Group from 1997 -2007 and is a member in good standing with the American Cleft Palate Foundation. She is currently a member of the Myface non-for profit organization.  

She is a certified Orthodontic Assistant and has lectured extensively at National and International meetings on Insurance Reimbursement. Her expertise is in the area of medical insurance reimbursement for complex craniofacial orthodontics .  She is married and has 3 sons.

 
 
 

Karen Messing

Karen has been working as a graphic designer and art director for 9 years. She has designed brand identities and websites for clients such as The New York Times, LOLA and Major Food Group. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University and Parsons School of Design. She lives in Manhattan with her daughter, son and husband.

 

 

Board of Directors

JANE FREEMAN

Jane Hegleman Freeman graduated from Emory University in 2002 with a BA in International Studies and Italian Studies. She spent 13 years in the Media Industry as an advertising sales executive for companies including News Corporation, DailyCandy, BuzzFeed, and MediaLink, and a revenue strategy consultant for media and technology based startups. She is currently a Master’s Candidate at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, specializing in Early Childhood trauma and Family Therapy. Jane has served on the Young Leadership Boards for Gilda’s Club and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as well as the not-for-profit, Change for Kids. She and her family reside in New York City.

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Taryn Adler Blank worked for over ten years as a magazine editor, spending a year in between backpacking across 25 countries. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Barnard College. Currently, she’s a freelance travel and lifestyle writer who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two young daughters. After becoming a mom, she wanted to help other women make the easiest possible transition to motherhood. When a friend introduced her to Welcome Baby, she instantly knew she wanted to be a part of their mission.

Corporate Sponsors

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Tax Information/Fiscal Sponsor

 

Welcome Baby is fiscally sponsored by FJC, a 501c3 public charity. All donations to Welcome Baby are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. FJC requires its partners to undergo a thorough application and review process. Our acceptance into FJC’s program was based on our mission, sound fiscal strategy, execution plan, and goals.

Thanks to a generous matching donor, we are able to direct every dollar donated to Welcome Baby to the items inside the package.

 
 
 
 
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