Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Continues Its Board Expansion

JENNIFER BUSH-LAWSON FOUNDATION CONTINUES ITS BOARD EXPANSION
Dr. Colleen Borelli joins the board of directors, Myrna Alphonse Newman and Elyssa Geschwind join advisory board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Jennifer Myers
703-462-2336, jmyers@jb-lf.org

ARLINGTON, VA, MAY 15, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Borelli has joined its board of directors, effective May 11, 2019, and that Myrna Alphonse Newman and Elyssa Geschwind have joined the advisory board. Their additions, along with the recent additions of Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram, represent a strategic expansion of JB-LF’s board and its capabilities.

Dr. Borelli is a board certified OB/GYN who completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown and then earned a Masters in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed medical school and residency at The George Washington University, where she was named Resident Physician of the Year upon graduation. Her special interests include obstetrics, menopause, adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive GYN surgery. She has recently been listed as a “Top Doctor” in both Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian. In her free time, she volunteers at the Arlington Free Clinic. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.

Newman, MA, NCC, is a trained NCS (Newborn Care Specialist)/Postpartum Doula and therapeutic nanny, with a particular interest in doula support systems and race disparities in postpartum care. Geschwind, a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Temple Law School (JD), has professional experience as an attorney and in nonprofit fundraising and development and has been working to alleviate gender-based disparities throughout her career.

“Colleen is the first medical practitioner to serve on our board of directors, and I’m excited that we can turn to her knowledge and experience as we expand the foundation’s programmatic work. I’m also very pleased that Myrna and Elyssa will add their areas of expertise to our advisory board, sharing their thoughts and ideas with JB-LF. We are well-positioned for continued growth so that we can serve more moms and babies in need,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of JB-LF.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. For more information, visit www.jenniferbushlawsonfoundation.org.

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Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Expands Its Board

JENNIFER BUSH-LAWSON FOUNDATION EXPANDS ITS BOARD
Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram join the board of directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Jennifer Myers
703-462-2336, jmyers@jb-lf.org

ARLINGTON, VA, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) announces that Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram have joined its board of directors, effective February 27, 2019. Their addition is part of a planned expansion of JB-LF’s board, and the foundation expects to add an additional board member later this year.

Garrity is the Senior Director of Membership Services and Development at the National Health Council, where she has worked since 2008. She is also a founding member, fundraising chair and legislative co-chair of the Virginia chapter of the Star Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.

“I’m thrilled to be able to combine my nonprofit professional experience and personal experience with a high-risk pregnancy to help JB-LF achieve its mission,” says Kelly Garrity.

Ingram, a preschool teacher at Westover Baptist, has volunteered with JB-LF since its launch, dedicating her time to serve as a co-chair and the race director of the annual 5K & Family Fun Day. This new role will allow her to become even more involved in JB-LF’s activities in the community.

“The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation is in an exciting phase of growth, with a new event series on maternal and infant health as well as a newly launched Prize for Prenatal Innovation. The expertise that our new board members bring will help us achieve our plans for growth so that we can improve the lives of even more economically vulnerable moms and babies,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of JB-LF.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. For more information, visit www.jenniferbushlawsonfoundation.org.

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Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Pays Tribute to Owen Beirne Jr.

We are immensely sad to share that JB-LF friend Owen Beirne Jr. passed away on January 20, 2019. Owen was a catalyst for the Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 reaching out to us in some of the darkest hours for the Lawson family to find out how KOC could help. We are so thankful for the partnership that grew out of that kindness, which we see every year at our 5K & Family Fun Day on the Knights’ beautiful grounds.

We will miss you, Owen.

For more information about funeral services, please view this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBushLawsonFoundation/posts/2217034248538525

(Photo courtesy of Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 Facebook page.)

Pace the Nation: Episode 174

At 1:18:30, host Chris Farley talks about dancing to raise funds for the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation at the DC’s Dancing Stars Gala, what it’s like getting roasted by gala judges Sean Spicer, Chelsie Hightower and Monte Durham, and the Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K.

More: https://www.runpacers.com/podcast/episodes/episode-174-state-champs-chris-pellegrini/

8 Fun Things To Do In November (Arlington Magazine)

November 4, 2018 by Holly Rhue

5. Run and play at the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation 5K & Family Fun Day.

The fourth annual 5K & Family Fun Day, honoring the late Jennifer Bush-Lawson, kicks off with a certified 5K course (open to adults and youth), followed by a festival with music, moon bounces, obstacles courses, food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole tournaments, face painting, balloon animals and more. Proceeds will go toward “providing high-quality pediatric and maternal health care services for economically vulnerable expectant mothers and their children” through Virginia Hospital Center.

Date: Nov. 17

Location: 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington

Full story: https://www.arlingtonmagazine.com/8-fun-things-to-do-in-november/5/

Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Ingram

Featured in Volunteer Arlington, October 29, 2018

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a young and growing nonprofit founded in 2014 following the untimely death of Jenn Lawson, knows that the success of its annual event is due in large part to its fearless and dedicated event co-chairs. One event co-chair in particular deserves special recognition for the time she’s volunteered to the organization: Elizabeth Ingram.

“Elizabeth has been with the 5K & Family Fun Day since the very beginning, when it was still in the ideation stage. She stepped into the race director role, helping get it off the ground and then ensuring that each race is one that our runners will look forward to returning to the next year,” said Jennifer Myers, executive director of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation. “Now, for our fourth annual event, our 5K registrations are pacing ahead of all prior years, and I believe Elizabeth’s hard work has much to do with that.”

Elizabeth is joined this year by two other volunteer co-chairs, Cristin Finkel, who is in her second year co-chairing the event, and Chrissy Campbell, who quickly said yes when asked to to join as a co-chair. The volunteer event committee is rounded out by Moley Evans, Tita Freeman, Nicole Harding, Amanda Harris, Jennifer Judah, Janaki Kates, Heather Myklegard, Ángela Puentes, Midori Rome and Kelly Young.

“The wonderful thing about running a nonprofit in Arlington is that there is such a wealth of talented people who can bring their perspectives and experiences to their volunteer work. We are truly a fortunate community for that,” added Jennifer Myers.

Full story: https://volunteer.leadercenter.org/volunteer-spotlight-elizabeth-ingram 

Core for a Cause

A core workout AND custard for a GREAT cause! What more could you want?

The event includes a Pilates for Runners class and a special treat from Kustard & Co, plus all proceeds from the $25 registration fee will go straight to JB-LF! All of Body Dynamics, Inc.’s group classes are informed by current movement science research and physical therapy principles.

Virginia Hospital Center Earns $70,000 Grant to Support Pregnant Women (Arlington Now)

by Melanie Pincus, August 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

The Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic has an additional $70,354 to support uninsured and low-income pregnant women in the area, thanks to a recent grant from the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.

The bulk of the grant money — $64,354 — will support the second year of a telemedicine pilot program, which facilitates virtual appointments for patients with high-risk pregnancies who are unable to schedule some appointments in-person due to work, child care commitments or transportation barriers.

Another $5,000 will go to “transportation cards” for pregnant women who are low-income. The remaining $1,000 will go to purchasing “pack-and-plays,” which provide a safe place for newborns to sleep, for families in need.

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation was founded in memory of Jennifer Lawson, a mother of three who died in a 2014 accident. Registration is now open for the fourth annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day, scheduled for Nov. 17. The event will raise additional funds for the Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic.

Full story: https://www.arlnow.com/2018/08/01/virginia-hospital-center-earns-70000-grant-to-support-pregnant-women/