Mike Porath, Founder and CEO of The Mighty
Mike got his start in journalism at ABC News, where he was the network’s first overseas digital reporter and was awarded the Society of Professional Journalist’s top honor for his reporting in Kosovo. He has held a variety of writing, editing, producing and executive roles at big media companies like ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times and AOL as well as startups like SpinMedia and Z Lifestyle. Mike is also on the board of directors and fundraising chair of the Dup15q Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports people with Dup15q syndrome like his daughter.
Eileen Devine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Therapist
Eileen has over a dozen years of clinical experience and is the adoptive mother of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She believes that kids do well if they can and that when we understand the way a child’s brain works, we then understand the meaning behind challenging behaviors. Eileen’s goal is to support parents in feeling more competent and confident in connecting with their child by parenting from a brain-based perspective. When this shift happens, both parent and child experience less frustration and more success in their relationship.
Natalie Roberts Mazzeo, Founder of Miracle Mama
Natalie is a passionate writer, speaker, coach and advocate for families raising children with additional needs. She is on a mission to create conscious change for women, their families and the world and enjoys helping children reach their full potential by making the most of this precious and fragile life.
Dr. Gyayda Mirzaa, Pediatrician, Clinical Geneticist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Researcher at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Dr. Mirzaa is a pediatrician and researcher who has dedicated her career to helping children and families with developmental brain disorders. As a pediatrician, she delivers the best available treatments, and helps children and families lead the healthiest lives possible. As a researcher, she investigates how genes contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders.
Amanda Deveraux, Program Director, National CMV Foundation, PMG/CMV Mother and Advocate
Amanda graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2007. She has worked in public health for 10 years, most recently focusing on maternal child health. Currently, she works as the Program Director for the National CMV Foundation. Amanda’s daughter, Pippa, was diagnosed with PMG at 6 months old because of congenital CMV. Amanda became passionate about eliminating cCMV when her daughter was born affected by the virus in 2015. In 2017, Amanda and her family successfully lobbied for CMV awareness and screening legislation in Iowa. Amanda lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Paul, and 2 children, Atticus and Pippa.
Samantha Issacs, National CMV Foundation, PMG/CMV Mother and Advocate
Samantha Isaacs lives in north Florida with her husband, 3 daughters, and her son, Hank. She was introduced to Polymicrogyria and congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) when Hank was diagnosed in October 2015. Since that time, Samantha has made it her mission to advocate for CMV awareness and education. She has been invited to several events to speak one-on-one with educators, lawmakers, physicians, and parents about CMV. Currently, Samantha is working with the National CMV Foundation to help carve out legislation requiring education to expectant mothers in Florida. Samantha is also an avid writer on her website, Sunshine and Shattered Dreams, and manages a Facebook page, Team HankStrong, that follows her life with Hank and serves as a platform for CMV education.
Photos and Bios coming shortly for the following:
Andrea Stambaugh, PMG/CMV mom, Advocate
California Special Needs Law Group (Speaker and topic TBD)