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Board Members

Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC

Executive Director

Lindsey Wimmer RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC, is the Executive Director of Star Legacy Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and a Master of Science degree in pediatric nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner and recently taught pediatrics, public health, obstetrics, and leadership in the nursing department at St. Catherine University. Her clinical experience includes over 11 years practice in a primary care setting and 5 years in an emergency care setting. Ms. Wimmer serves on the advisory panel for the Fetal Infant Mortality Review under the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and is certified in Perinatal Loss Care (CPLC). Ms. Wimmer and her husband, Trent, are the parents of Garrett, their son who was stillborn at term in 2004, Grant, Bennett, and Austyn.

Chris Duffy, MBA

Board Chair

Chris Duffy joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as the Board Chair. Chris is also the host of Star Legacy Foundation's Stillbirth Matters Podcast. He and his wife Amanda experienced the stillbirth of their daughter Reese Christine in 2014. He is the Vice President of Media Relations at Goff Public. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from St. John's University and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. Chris states “I truly believe that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. To me, this sentiment embodies the mission of the Star Legacy Foundation.” Chris and Amanda live in New Brighton, MN with their son Rogen (Reese’s older brother) and Rhett and Maeda (Reese’s younger brother and sister) to keep them smiling.



Dale Fuller, MBA

Board Vice Chair

Dale Fuller is a native of Monticello, MN currently resides in Rogers, MN with his wife Carrie and children Elise and Lukas. Dale attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations and German. Dale later went on to earn an MBA from Augsburg College. Dale has been employed with Allianz Life Insurance Company for 13 years and has held various leadership positions at their Golden Valley, MN location along with their global headquarters in Munich, Germany. Dale currently leads the Business Development Department at Allianz. Dale and his wife Carrie were impacted by stillbirth in 2014 when they lost their son Landon at 38 weeks gestation due to a true knot in his umbilical cord.

Dale works with the Star Legacy Foundation to enact legislation in MN aimed at supporting families who have experienced loss and efforts that could lead to stillbirth prevention. In his free time Dale enjoys hunting, fishing, he’s an avid runner and is also the Chair of the Rogers Park Board.

Mindy Mueller, MBA

Immediate Past Board Chair

Mindy Mueller, Board Chair, and her husband, Jeremy, are parents to Kiley, angel baby Abigail Patricia, and Tucker. Mindy has been a member of the Star Legacy Board of Directors since 2011 and champions three events in honor of her daughter Abby. Mindy grew up in northern Wisconsin and received a BA in Finance from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Masters in Business Administration in 2004. Mindy has worked for GE Healthcare for 11 years, currently as the Regional Operations Manager for Lake Erie.

Mindy and Jeremy were never given an explanation for Abby’s death. Mindy’s passion is stillbirth prevention through research and education. Mindy’s motivation is threefold:

  • As a Mom – she wants to make sure nobody forgets that Abby was a real person
  • As an academic – No cause of death is unacceptable. We need data to solve for this problem.
  • As a human – She is empathetic to future loss families and wants to eliminate this issue through research and education

Mindy and her family host three different awareness events across the state of Wisconsin each year and have raised more than 75,000 in Abby’s honor.

Shauna Libsack

Director of Operations, Board Member

Shauna Libsack serves as the Director of Operations for Star Legacy Foundation. Shauna became passionate about stillbirth when her first grandchild was stillborn in 2004. She is now retired and devotes her time to stillbirth prevention efforts. Shauna’s work experience includes 30 years corporate education, training, and research. She holds a BA degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from Chadron State College and is certified in adult education, online training, and curriculum design. She is serves as a co-chair of the Action for Stillbirth Awareness and Prevention (ASAP) Coalition, a member of the National Stillbirth Coalition Working Group, the International Stillbirth Alliance, and ISPID. Shauna and her husband, Steve, live in Burnsville, MN.

Sid Gupta

Sid and his wife, Christine, are parents to Madison, their daughter who was born still at full term in 2014, and sons Jackson and Harrison.  Sid received a degree in public policy from Princeton University and is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager at New Holland Capital, where he advises a large public pension fund.

After leaning heavily on other loss parents for support and guidance following Madison's stillbirth, Sid and Christine both knew that supporting newly grieving families would become an important part of their lives.  In addition, they continue to seeks ways to reduce the stubbornly high rate of stillbirths in the US.

Sid was born, raised, and currently resides in New Jersey with his family.  In addition to chasing Jackson and Harry around and begging them to sleep at nap time, he enjoys cheering the New York Mets, following the news, and trying new restaurants.

Jason Larson, MBA

Jason Larson joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in August 2018. He and his wife Kristin experienced the stillbirth of their daughter Blakeley Ann in 2016 at 38 weeks gestation due to a hyper coiled umbilical cord which was wrapped around her neck and body. He has worked for Unitedhealth Group for 2 years, currently as a Financial Consultant. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a Master of Business Administration degree in Business Strategy from Cardinal Stritch University.  Jason and Kristin live in Eden Prairie, MN with their rainbow son Jameson.

Jennifer Monsos, MBA, CPA

Jennifer Monsos joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.  She teaches accounting at Rochester Community and Technical College, and owns a small CPA practice providing tax consulting and small business/non-profit accounting services.  Jennifer is a certified yoga and meditation instructor and teaches classes with a focus on trauma-informed practices.  Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a masters degree in strategic management and is currently working on a doctorate in Education.  She is Grandma to Benjamin James, who was stillborn at full term in 2014, and Sophia Rae, Elijah August and their rainbow baby Emily Victoria.  In her 'spare time' she runs marathons for fun and is working on a 50 state journey!


Barbara Toppin, MD

Dr. Toppin is a board-certified OB/GYN with many years of experience in women’s health care. She graduated from Wellesley College. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 and then completed her residency at Harlem Hospital, serving as Executive Chief Resident in her fourth year. Her professional experience includes serving as clinical instructor at Columbia University College of Medicine, medical directorship of the Ossining Open Door Clinic in upstate New York and private practice in White Plains, New York. Dr. Toppin was selected as a Top Obstetricican/Gynecologist in Woodbury, MN by The International Association of Obstetrics & Gynecologists published in “The Leading Physicians of the World” Dr. Toppin was elected for SUPER DOCTORS 2015 in the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.  Dr Toppin is the author of a wonderful book called One in Four:Shifting the Balance on Pregnancy Loss.

Andrea Stritzke, JD
Andrea Schaneman, JD

Andrea Schaneman joined the Board in 2018 and lives in Madison, WI.  She came to understand the impact of stillbirth on an entire family when her sister's son was stillborn in October of 2009. "I felt helpless watching my sister and her husband when they lost Jackson. This is a way to celebrate his life and help prevent just one more family from experiencing the loss our family did. The Foundation is doing amazing work and I am interested in contributing to that work."  Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with minors in Communication and Political Science from the University of Nebraska.  She then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Andrea is admitted to the bar in Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.  She is employed as Chief Legal Officer for Symmetry Lending of Atlanta, GA.  Andrea enjoys the outdoor community through activities such as running marathons, biking, hiking, motorcycling, and kayaking. Her dog—a Redbone Coonhound—also likes to join in on most of the outdoor fun.

Tyler Hughes

Board Member

Tyler Hughes hails from Vermont and now resides in Ridgefield, CT with his wife Hilary and their sons Carter, Asher, Spencer and angel baby Oliver. Tyler received his Bachelors from The University of Vermont. Tyler works for PepsiCo Inc. on Large Format Sales Strategy and has held various titles at their North American HQ in White Plains, NY. Prior to PepsiCo, Tyler has more than 8+ years of sales experience with the Boston Beer Company Inc. and Carhartt Inc.

In 2013, Tyler and his wife, Hilary, lost their first son, Oliver Cohlan Hughes, at 34 weeks. After being provided no answers from the autopsy they felt angry, sad, and confused, leaving them searching for more information about why Oliver was stillborn. This is why Tyler has dedicated his time to finding answers and raising awareness. Tyler and Hilary have worked closely with Star Legacy to form the foundation’s first chapter in the NY/CT Metro Territory. When not with his family, Tyler is a professional ski racing coach in the winter and loves to stay active skiing, playing soccer, golf, hiking, biking, and traveling.


Shauna Libsack

Director of Operations, Board Member

Shauna Libsack serves as the Director of Operations for Star Legacy Foundation. Shauna became passionate about stillbirth when her first grandchild was stillborn in 2004. She is now retired and devotes her time to stillbirth prevention efforts. Shauna’s work experience includes 30 years corporate education, training, and research. She holds a BA degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from Chadron State College and is certified in adult education, online training, and curriculum design. She is serves as a co-chair of the Action for Stillbirth Awareness and Prevention (ASAP) Coalition, a member of the National Stillbirth Coalition Working Group, the International Stillbirth Alliance, and ISPID. Shauna and her husband, Steve, live in Burnsville, MN.

Amy Kent

Amy Kent joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2016 and became the Outreach Coordinator in January of 2018.  She is responsible for Foundation communications and social media efforts as well as working with chapters and others on awareness and fundraising events that benefit Star Legacy Foundation.  Amy’s personal experience with pregnancy and infant loss includes infertility, IUI, miscarriage, multiple gestation pregnancy, stillbirth, and a pregnancy after loss. Amy and her husband Robbie have dedicated their time to honoring their son Finnegan and creating awareness of miscarriage and stillbirth in the community.  Amy has a B.S. in Business Management from Bellevue University.

Jennifer Kouri, RN, CPLC

Jennifer Kouri joined the Star Legacy Foundation in January of 2019 as the Family Support Coordinator.  She is responsible for our support groups, supporting chapters in their family support initiatives and is an instructor for our health professional education offerings.  She has many years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse and is Certified in Perinatal Loss (CPLC). She has been frequently recognized for her passion in working with perinatal loss families and in helping them begin their loss journey in order to minimize regrets.  Jen was the 2016 recipient of the Star Legacy Foundation Star Award for Family Support.

Laura Richert, RN, BSN, PHN

Laura Richert, RN became involved with Star Legacy Foundation in 2013 as a member of the Board of Directors and came on staff as Chapter Development coordinator in January of 2019. She is a registered nurse and the mother of 4 babies in Heaven – Braylyn, Evylyn, Mason, and Averylyn . She is a trained Peer Companion for bereaved families and perinatal loss provider and coordinator. Laura summarizes her passion for Star Legacy by saying, “the idea of working with a group that is taking steps to prevent stillbirth makes my heart sing! I believe that prevention is key and I would love to be part of the movement that finds the cause and also the prevention of stillbirths!”

Laura is the Chapter Development Coordinator for Star Legacy Foundation and responsible for working with newly developing and established chapters. She holds an Associate's Degree in nursing from Century College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University, and is currently pursuing Master’s Degrees in Business Management and Business Ethics at St. Catherine University. In addition to their 4 angel babies, Laura and her husband, Brandon, are parents to 4 children here on earth: Kaylyn, Madylyn, Jackylyn, and Audrylyn.

Medical Advisory

Jason Collins, MD, MSCR

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Collins is the Founder and Researcher, The Pregnancy Institute, New Roads, LA Dr. Collins has been a passionate advocate for the unborn child for his entire 30 year obstetrical career. He started the Pregnancy Institute in New Roads, LA to study normal pregnancies in order to understand why many babies are stillborn for no apparent reason. Their research now includes more than a thousand pregnancies and has resulted in evidence that umbilical cord and placental issues must be identified early and current management techniques modified to protect the unborn child.

Emanuel P. Gaziano, MD, FACOG

Medcical Advisory Board

Dr. Gaziano, retired obstetrician in Minneapolis, MN. He completed his medical training at West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1969 and his fellowship in high risk obstetrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 1973 and is Board Certified in and Gynecology. Dr. Gaziano founded the Minnesota Perinatal Clinic in Minneapolis, MN in 1986 and served as President and Medical Director of the organization until his retirement in 2013. During his tenure the Minnesota Perinatal Clinic came to be known as the premier medical group for high risk pregnancies in the upper mid-west. Dr. Gaziano was Professor, Department of Ob-Gyn, University of Minnesota from 1994-2013.

In his retirement Dr. Gaziano is in the process of creating the online website OB Images (www.obimages.net) devoted to obstetrical issues and conditions and the utilization of ultrasonography in diagnosis and treatment. In addition, Dr. Gaziano volunteers at the Minnesota Women’s Prison caring for inmates.

Alexander Heazell, MBChB, PhD, MRCOG

Medical Advisory Board

Dr Alexander Heazell is a clinical lecturer working at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester. After graduation from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2000, he commenced clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After completing his PhD thesis on placenta dysfunction in preeclampsia, he has focused his research interests around stillbirth and fetal growth restriction. He is particularly interested in the role that placental dysfunction plays in these conditions, and whether understanding the nature of such placental failure can be used to identify pregnancies most at risk of stillbirth. He has also led qualitative research projects to explore professionals and parents’ experiences after stillbirth, with a particular focus on investigations following a stillbirth.

Dr Alexander Heazell has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has co-written the RCOG green-top guidelines for the management of reduced fetal movements. In collaboration with Sands he has initiated the development of a national consent form for perinatal post-mortem and a care pathway for parents who experience a perinatal death. Dr. Heazell also runs a Rainbow Clinic for families who have experienced a stillbirth in a previous pregnancy and serves as the Chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance.

Roberta Hunt, PhD

Medical Advisory Board

Roberta Hunt PhD received a Master in Science in public health and PhD in community education both from the University of Minnesota. Over the last thirty-three years, she taught nursing and community health at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate level. From 1987 to 1989 she was the Director of Nursing Education at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Roberta developed and evaluated curriculum since 1984 when she created a course that eventually lead to her to write her first book in 1996. She is the author of two textbooks including Introduction to Community-Based Nursing. This book was named to the Brandon Hill list for small libraries in 2004 and as one of the AJN books of the year in 2012. In 1998, it was translated into Hungarian. She received a Fulbright Lecture Award to Budapest Hungary in 2005-2006 where she taught classes to undergraduate and graduate students, provided seminars for faculty and presented at international conferences. She published numerous articles and presented at local, national, and international conferences over the last 25 years. Community based nursing and working with underserved populations have been her greatest passions. In the last eight years, she has been active on various committees developing curriculum for the Baccalaureate entry level, Nurse Educator masters and the DNP programs for the Nursing Department as well as for continuing education courses for St Catherine University.

Dana Jundt, MSN, CPNP

Medical Advisory Board

Dana Jundt, RN, MSN, CPNP Dana Jundt is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has worked in pediatric emergency departments and primary care settings for nearly 30 years. She has a long-standing passion for the way healthcare providers attend to children who die. Her clinical practice has changed to consider more details from the prenatal history when evaluating newborns and children in her clinic and she believes that improved prenatal care can impact the health status of children in profound ways. Dana received her nursing degree from University of Nebraska School of Nursing and her graduate degree in Pediatric Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, CO. She regularly lectures to nursing and medical students on pediatric assessment.

James A. Nicholson, MD, MSCE

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. James A. Nicholson obtained his undergraduate degree from Earlham College in 1977, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, and completed his internship and residency with the Duke-Watts Family Medicine Residency Program in Durham, North Carolina in 1984.

Following his residency, Dr. Nicholson joined a private practice in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. In 1997, Dr. Nicholson returned to the University of Pennsylvania to join the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine. While pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology, he published the AMOR-IPAT system of identifying pregnant women who would benefit from induction before 40 weeks of gestation. The publication was an editor’s choice paper in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The AMOR-IPAT concept was further developed and followed-up with a prospective, randomized clinical trial (RCT) of AMOR-IPAT (the HUP-POP Trial). In 2012, Dr. Nicholson moved to the Hershey Medical Center of Penn State University in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics.

In the last few years Dr. Nicholson has become increasingly concerned about the rising numbers of stillbirths in the US and has studied the correlation between the ’39 week rule’ implementation and the rate of stillbirth. He is speaking to multiple organizations and institutions regarding his concerns about the 39-week rule implementation. His data is being presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine in Feb 2016.

Louise O’Brien, PhD

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in physiology from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1992. In 1998 she gained a Ph.D. in physiology from Keele University, United Kingdom. After completing post-doctoral work in maternal and infant health research, Dr. O’Brien relocated to the United States in 2001 to train in pediatric sleep research. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric sleep research at the University of Louisville, KY. In 2006 she was recruited to the faculty at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor Dr. O’Brien also holds an appointment as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. O’Brien is one of very few researchers actively investigating the impact of sleep-disordered breathing on adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-eclampsia in the mother and growth retardation in the fetus. Since her arrival at the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Brien has built collaborations between the Sleep Disorders Center and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has several active studies. She has published over 40 original manuscripts and over a dozen invited reviews and book chapters. In addition, she is an ad hoc reviewer for NIH study sections and for 16 professional journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Archives of Disease in Childhood, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Sleep, and Sleep Medicine.

JoAnn O'Leary
Joann O'Leary, PhD, MPH, MS, IM-ER(IV)

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. O'Leary, holds a B.E.S. and a Masters in Maternal-Child Health from the University of MN. She also has a Masters in Psychology through research from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her Ph.D. is in Work, Community and Family Education and from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation was The Meaning of Parenting During Pregnancy, After the Loss of a Baby: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study of Parenting a Subsequent Baby Following a Perinatal Loss. She became certified as Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale examiner during her MPH course and moved into a hospital setting working within a High Risk Perinatal Center. Dr. O'Leary's Ph.D. research was funded by the Bush Foundation. She does research and writing on prenatal parenting; pregnancy and parenting after the loss of a baby, including its impact on fathers and siblings, including adults who were the child in their family born after the loss of a baby. Joann formerly taught CEED online courses: Pregnancy and Birth: An Emerging Perspective on Children’s Development and Pregnancy’s Unexpected Outcomes: Death, Disabilities, and the Impact on Parents and Children–A Guide for Practitioners. Joann lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, John.

Morarji Peesay, MD, FAAP

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Peesay is Board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatology with 11 years of NICU and Level II Special Care Nursery experience and is currently working at Montgomery General Hospital Affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC. As a Neonatologist, Dr. Peesay is interested in new ways of managing premature infants to minimize morbidity and mortality. He is currently working on cord around the neck concept and its long term implications. Dr. Peesay has also developed and published two phone apps for the NICU. One is for Neonatologists and other one for Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Peesay holds one patent and has two patents pending with Med Star/ Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Suzanne Pullen, PhD

Medical Advisory Board

Suzanne Pullen has a PhD in Communication Studies and a Social Work Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement. Her research focuses on improving patient-provider communication about stillbirth and pregnancy loss. Her research-based training modules incorporate the ATTEND model, narrative theory, and strength-based strategies. The former reporter and stillbirth mom also teaches creative workshops for community groups, bereavement organizations, and medical institutions.

Suzanne also creates performances about stillbirth, interruption of wanted pregnancies, termination and infant death.  Her dissertation focused on the power of personal narrative to improve awareness, advocacy and care for those experiencing the trauma and bereavement associated with pregnancy ending.  For numerous years she has been co-creating public memorial services and rituals for bereaved families whose children have died.

Noirin Russell, MD

Medical Advisory Board

Nóirín Russell is a medical graduate of University College Cork(2000) and a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2005) and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (2011). She received her MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University College Dublin in 2010, following studies on fetal cardiac function in pregestational type 1 diabetic pregnancy.

She completed the RCOG/RCR Diploma in advanced Obstetric Ultrasound in 2007 and pursued further specialty training in early pregnancy ultrasound, fetal cardiology and fetal surgery at Necker Enfants Malades Hôpital and Descartes University in Paris during 2011-2012.

At CUMH, she is the lead clinician for early pregnancy care and a member of the pregnancy loss clinical and research teams as well as the Perinatal Medicine team. Nóirín’s research has resulted in >20 peer-reviewed original papers and >80 published conference proceedings. Nóirín’s research interests include high risk obstetric care, prenatal diagnosis and screening, recurrent miscarriage and obstetric ultrasound including the effect of maternal diabetes on fetal cardiology.

Tomasina Stacey, RM, MPH, PhD

Dr. Stacey is a midwife and has had a long interest in stillbirth and perinatal loss. She has been coordinating the Auckland Stillbirth Study over the past 5 years as part of her PhD studies at the University of Auckland. The Auckland Stillbirth Study is a case control study exploring modifiable risk factors for late stillbirth. A specific area of research interest is the effect of maternal sleep practices on late stillbirth.

Deb Simmons, PhD, LMFT

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Simmons is a marriage and family therapist and co-owner of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis. She has been working in the area of infertility, pregnancy loss and other reproductive complications since 1997. She is a member of ASRM and has practiced in a fertility center and in private practice. She consults at United Hospital’s labor and delivery services. She is trained in EDMR, clinical hypnosis, and esoteric healing/energy work

Jane Warland, RN, RM, DipAppl Sc (nurs), Grad Cert Ed (Uni Teach)

Medical Advisory Board

Dr Warland is a registered midwife and lecturer in midwifery at the University of South Australia. Jane is an active researcher in the areas of population health, mental health, and maternal health. Since suffering the unexplained full term stillbirth of her daughter Emma in 1993 she has been a passionate researcher into preventative and modifiable risk factors for stillbirth. She has published a textbook, book chapters and journal articles and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences.



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