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Our Team

Board Members

Jenny Bender, MBA

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Jenny Bender joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2021.  Jenny is a Group Director at Real Chemistry and specializes in marketing and healthcare communications. She received a

Shaylee Dave, DO

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Shaylee Dave, DO joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2021. Dr. Dave is an internal medicine specialist and hospitalist at University Health Care in  Augusta, Georgia.  She

Jared D. Ament, MD, MPH

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Dr. Jared D. Ament is a board eligible fellowship-trained neurosurgeon. He specializes in complex and minimally invasive brain and spine surgery, using the latest technologies, including neuronavigation and robotics. He

Jacqueline H. Grant, MD, MPH, MPA

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Dr. Jacqueline Grant is a board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and serves as the Regional Perinatal Center Director in Columbus, Georgia. She received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard

Steve Libsack

Steve Libsack

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Steve Libsack is the Board Secretary and joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board in 2020.  Steve retired after a 38 year career as sugarbeet seed industry executive and continues as

Jennifer Monsos

Jennifer Monsos, MBA, CPA

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Jennifer Monsos is the Board Treasure of Star Legacy Foundation.  She  joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.  She teaches accounting at Rochester Community and Technical College,

Andrea Stritzke, JD

Andrea Lang

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Andrea Lang is the Board Chair of Star Legacy Foundation.  She joined the Board in 2018 and lives with her husband Gus in Madison, WI. Andrea  came to understand the

Barbara Toppin, MD

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Dr. Toppin is currently the Board Vice-Chair and 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

Lindsey Wimmer, DNP, RN, CPNP, PHN, CPLC

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Lindsey Wimmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St Catherine University, a Master of Science degree in pediatric nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center,

Dale Fuller, MBA

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Dale Fuller  is the Immediate Past Chair for Star Legacy Foundation.  He is a native of Monticello, MN currently resides in Rogers, MN with his wife Carrie and children Elise

Staff

Kayla Anne

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Kayla Akers assumed the role of Program Manager at Star Legacy in 2023, where she spearheads the comprehensive management of Family Support initiatives within the Star Legacy Foundation. Her dedication

Nozil ‘David’ Policard

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David joined the Star Legacy Foundation team in 2023 as the Development Manager.  David has an undergraduage degree in biology and a graduate degree in public health and vast career

Kacie Doxtator

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Kacie joined Star Legacy Foundation in 2023 as a Family Support Specialist. She will be working with bereaved families to be sure they have the resources and support they need.

Heidi Pekarek

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Heidi Pekarek joined the Star Legacy Foundation in 2022 as an Administrative Support Specialist. She works in our Eden Prairie office part time to support daily operations and projects behind

Rachel Haider

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Rachel Haider joined Star Legacy Foundation in January 2022 as the Operations Coordinator. She will be assisting with the day-to-day operations and financial objectives of the organization.

Denise Nelsen

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Denise Nelsen, BSW is our Family Support Specialist. She first came to Star Legacy Foundation in 2016 as a dedicated volunteer after the stillbirth of her grandson, Elijah. She joined

Amy Wetjen

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Amy Wetjen joined Star Legacy Foundation in 2020 as our Graphic Designer and brings extensive talent to the image of all of our products and services.

Mikayla Allen

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Mikayla Allen, MSW, LICSW joined Star Legacy Foundation in 2021 as a Family Support Coordinator. She works with bereaved families to be sure they have the resources they need. Mikayla

Kelly Pulford

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Kelly Pulford, CCLS joined Star Legacy Foundation in 2021 as the Family Support Coordinator. She will be working with bereaved families to be sure they have the resources they need.

Amy Kent

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Amy Kent joined the Star Legacy Foundation Board of Directors in 2016 and became the Outreach Coordinator in January of 2018. In 2021 Amy’s role was expanded and she became

Jennifer Kouri

Jennifer Kouri, RN, CPLC, PMH-C

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Jennifer Kouri joined the Star Legacy Foundation in January of 2019 and is currently our Health Professional Educator.  Jennifer provides educational offerings for health professionals as well as peer companions. 

Shauna Libsack

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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

Support Group Facilitators

Elizabeth R. B. Naylor, LGSW, MS-DRL, IBCLC

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Liz’s (she/her) origins are as a certified birth doula, childbirth educator, and birth professional trainer. She now primarily works as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, a craniosacral therapist, and a

Tricia Rausch

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Tricia Rausch is a registered nurse at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Birth Center in Shawnee Mission, KS.  She has worked with families in the Birth Center for over 14 years as

Lyssa Oldre

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Lyssa holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in Counseling Psychology. Lyssa is a licensed counselor currently practicing at Vayda Mental Health Collaborative in

Alise Novak, PsyD, LP

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Alise is a doctor of clinical psychology and works as a licensed psychologist where she specializes in reproductive and perinatal mental health. She is co-founder of a group private practice

Mark Terjessen

Mark Terjesen, PhD

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Dr. Terjesen has been active with Star Legacy Foundation for several years since the stillbirth of their daughter Savannah.  In 2022 Dr. Terjesen joined our Family Support team as our

Anna Calix

Anna Calix

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Anna joined the Star Legacy Foundation in 2021 as our Spanish support group facilitator. She was born and raised in Honduras and came to the United States to pursue a

Deb Fischer

Debbie Fischer, M.A., LAMFT

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Debbie holds a master of arts in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University of MN. After a 20 year career in human resources, where she worked for Target

Bianca Goodrum, PHD, LPC

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Bianca Goodrum has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Bianca’s Dissertation is entitled “Grief Counselors’ Self-Care and Wellness Practices: A

Kathleen Massmann, MS, LAMFT

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Kathleen Massmann is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Clinical Director of Healing Moments Counseling. She has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of clients including

JoAnn O'Leary

Joann O’Leary, PHD, MPH, MS, IM-ER(IV)

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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,

Medical Advisory

Darren Farley, MD, FACOG

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Dr. Farley specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Associates in Women’s Health in Wichita, KS — a specialty discipline that focuses on the health of both mother and baby before, during

Alexander Kofinas, MD

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Alexander D. Kofinas, M.D., FACOG is the founder and director of Kofinas Perinatal, the award-winning and leading clinic in New York. He is also an extensive researcher, clinical associate professor at

Marian Sokol, PhD, MPH

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Marian Sokol, Ph.D., MPH is the Executive Director of the Children’s Bereavement Center of Texas in San Antonio. Marian is the original founder and was the executive director of Any

Heather Florescue, MD, FACOG

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Dr. Florescue is an ob.gyn. in private practice at Women Gynecology and Childbirth Associates in Rochester, N.Y. She delivers babies at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY.  She received her medical

Roberta Hunt, PhD

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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

Noirin Russell, MD

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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

Suzanne Pullen, PhD

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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

JoAnn O'Leary

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

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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,

James A. Nicholson, MD, MSCE

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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

Deb Simmons, PhD, LMFT

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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

Tomasina Stacey, RM, MPH, PhD

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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

Louise O’Brien, PhD

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Dr. O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Neurology, Division of Sleep Medicine, a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Research Scientist in the Department

Alexander Heazell, MBChB, PhD, MRCOG

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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,

Jason Collins, MD, MSCR

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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

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  • Brandon Zell, Webmaster
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