Nicholas Hall, Founder and President

Nicholas has had many different titles over the years, but the one he is most proud of is being Reece and Graham’s Dad.

Professionally, Nicholas is a Strategic Alliance Director for Ernst & Young. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Indiana University.

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

Kristy Love, Executive Director, National Perinatal Association

For more than 20 years Kristy has worked in the nonprofit community providing health education and advocating for NICU Families and high-risk populations.  She has collaborated with community groups, corporations, national organizations, and universities to improve outcomes for families of premature infants, babies born with special needs and developmental needs. 

In 2012 she co-founded the NICU Parent Network, a collaborative of NICU Support Organizations led by NICU Parent Professionals and is currently the Executive Director of the National Perinatal Association.

Kristy is also the mother of two preemies, a daughter at 35 weeks and a son at 30 weeks.

Andrew Male, Managing Director, Citizens Bank

Andrew is a member of the Healthcare team with expertise in healthcare services, products and distribution. Prior to joining Citizens, Andrew was a Director at Western Reserve Partners. He began his career as a Consultant at Stax, a Boston-based consulting firm.  

Andrew is a graduate of Northwestern University and received his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University.  

Andrew was born at 27 weeks (three months, one week premature) and was cared for at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH, where he has continued to be a study participant, volunteer, spokesperson and donor. Andrew is also the publisher of Go Preemies!, a children’s book, which tells the inspirational stories of the world’s most famous preemies.

Advisor

Brian Stevens, CPA, Partner, Ernst & Young

With over 30 years of experience in public accounting and industry, Brian has worked on over 750 transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, strategic alliances and joint ventures, primarily in the technology and telecom industry sectors.

Most recently, Brian was the global coordinating service partner for Dell Technologies and currently serves as their global ecosystem relationship leader. 

Brian graduated with a BBA in Accounting and Management Information System from Texas Tech University.

Brian is also the father of a former 31 weeker who he just proudly walked down the aisle.

Advisor

Kelley Benham French

Kelley Benham French teaches reporting and writing at The Media School at Indiana Universtiy. She is also a special projects editor at USA TODAY. She was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Never Let Go, a three-part series on the birth of her extremely premature daughter, Juniper, who was born at 23 weeks gestation. The series, published in the Tampa Bay Times, explored the science and ethics of saving babies born at the edge of viability and told the story of Juniper’s 196 days in the neonatal intensive care unit.

French is the recipient of a number of national awards, including SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award and Bronze Medallion, Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing, The National Headliner Award, the Casey Medal and the Dart Award.

With her husband, Professor of Practice Thomas French, she is the author of Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon, published by Little, Brown. The book was an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month and was reviewed in the Washington Post, USA Today and many other national publications.

She is a frequent speaker in newsrooms and at journalism conferences around the world, as well as at medical and nursing conferences, where she speaks on the importance of language in critical care conversations and other subjects related to extreme prematurity.

She has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.