Board of Directors

Nick Hall, President and Co-Founder

Nick has had many different titles over the years, but the one he is most proud of is being Reece and Graham’s Dad. Nick also drives the vision for Graham’s Foundation and is the Managing Partner of Preemie Ventures LLC, and previously served on the Advisory Board of Kinsights, which was recently acquired by Care.com.

Nick is currently an Americas Advisory Alliance Director at Ernst & Young. Previously, Nick was a Sales Director at Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also served as the president of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, one of the leading associations for technology startups in Silicon Valley. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Indiana University and resides in Perrysburg, OH with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Reece and pooch, Jersey.

“When I saw all that we had going for us in the NICU…a marriage with a solid foundation, supportive employers, excellent health insurance, help from family and a wonderful NICU staff…yet we felt like we were barely surviving, I knew we had to leverage our experience and help make a difference for future parents of preemies.” 

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall, Director of Operations and Co-Founder

Jennifer enjoyed a rewarding career in Consumer Products Sales Management at Playtex Products Inc, Energizer Holdings, Inc, and Coca-Cola Enterprises.  She graduated cum laude from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Mass Communications. Today, Jennifer is thrilled to focus on raising Reece and supporting Graham’s Foundation. 

“Our preemies have fought for every miraculous breath and every milestone that they have achieved.  They are on an incredible journey and Grahams Foundation is here to support them and advocate them and celebrate their successes!” 

Chris Becker

Chris Becker

Chris is President of Bionix Development Corporation, a local Toledo medical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative medical devices to a variety of market segments including Pediatrics and the NICU. With a growing presence in the NICU department of hospitals across the country, Chris and Bionix were introduced to Graham’s Foundation and the tremendous work they do. Since the initial introduction Bionix has supported Graham’s Foundation and as a member of the Board Chris is excited to join a great team of people with a common purpose to help parents of premature babies.

Chris attended the University of Toledo where he received an undergraduate degree in Marketing. He later received a Masters of Business Administration degree, also from the University of Toledo, with a focus in Finance. 

 Mia Wechsler Doron, MD

Mia Wechsler Doron, MD

Dr. Doron is a neonatologist, co-author of the book, Preemies: the Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies, and co-creator of the MyPreemie app. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has worked as an attending physician in the newborn intensive care unit; taught medical humanities; co-chaired the hospital-wide ethics committee; and conducted clinical research on decision making for critically ill infants. Dr. Doron received her medical degree from Duke Medical School and has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School.

Jason Hart

Jason P. Hart is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager with more than $180 billion in assets under management. Mr. Hart is focused on U.S. real estate opportunities and is based in New York. Since joining Carlyle in 2005, Mr. Hart has been involved with more than $4.0 billion of U.S. real estate transactions including the acquisition, financing, and development of more than 1,300 condominium and 800 rental units, and the re-zoning of over 3.0 million square feet in Manhattan. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Hart was a Vice President of The Praedium Group, LLC in New York where he was responsible for acquisitions in the southwestern United States.

Mr. Hart graduated cum laude from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with a B.S.B.A. in finance. Mr. Hart currently serves on the Advisory Board for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Real Estate Finance Initiative.

Mr. Hart currently lives in New York, NY with his wife Amy and their two daughters Allison and Reagan.

“Having spent 130 days in two different NICU’s, including one more than 100 miles from home, we know how trying a period this is for any family. No matter the number of doctors and nurses, and there were plenty, this can be an extremely isolating and lonely time for Mom and Dad. It is my hope that through Graham’s Foundation we can make a difference for other families struggling to make it to the other side of life in the NICU.” 

 

Dr. Alan R. Spitzer

Alan R. Spitzer, MD, recently retired from Pediatrix Medical Group where he served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Center for Research, Education, and Quality. Dr. Spitzer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1972 and did his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After completing his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco, he returned to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Staff Neonatologist. Dr. Spitzer became Chief of the Division of Neonatology and Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1989 and subsequently served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. In 1999, he left Philadelphia to become Chief of Neonatology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

He joined Pediatrix Medical Group in July 2004, where he oversaw the programs in research, quality improvement, and website and live educational programs. He was a member of the American Board of Pediatrics for 16 years, and a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services from 2011-2014. In 2015, he received the Fanaroff National Education Award from the Neonatal-Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics for life-long contributions to pediatric education and research. He remains the Director of the NEO/ Specialty Review Conference, one of the largest gatherings for neonatal medicine in this country, held annually in Orlando, Florida, each February.

Dr. Spitzer has published extensively, with nearly 300 papers, editorials, and book chapters, in the field of Neonatal Medicine. Dr. Spitzer is also an established landscape photographer, and an exhibition of his botanical photographs will be forthcoming at the Evansville Museum of Art from May-July 2017. His photographic work can also be seen on his web site at arsphotos.com.

 Xena Ugrinsky

Xena Ugrinsky

Xena Ugrinsky is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President in the Civil Commercial Group. She is engaged in client initiatives to solve business issues through systems modernization that drive broader value across the overall technology portfolio, and helping clients link their advanced data analytics strategy and activity to those initiatives.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Ms. Ugrinsky was a partner at KPMG’s US Advisory practice. She served as the global lead for Enterprise Performance Management and Analytics for KPMG and was part of a firm-wide innovation initiative around Data and Analytics/Big Data.

Ms. Ugrinsky has an MBA in Information Systems in Data from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in Finance from Hofstra University. She is a Certified Data Scientist from Data Science Central and also a Hackett Certified Advisor and working on completion towards becoming a certified Data Scientist from Johns Hopkins University (est. 2013-2016).