Board of Directors

Last Updated on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Kim Smith, MHA

Kim Smith, MHA


Kim Smith serves as the National Manager of Practice Operations Development and Transitions for Tenet Healthcare. In her role Kim supports the growth of physician practices and its leaders across 26 markets from California to Florida. Kim, a native of Greenville, North Carolina, has served in progressive leadership roles for healthcare organizations, such as Duke Medicine, for the past 12 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Health from Wake Forest University. Kim received her master’s degree in Health Administration and Policy from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Kim’s passion for servant leadership and business growth resulted in her to writing three books. In 2015, she launched a leadership-consulting firm called The Positivity Academy. Through her consulting firm, Kim helps corporations establish purpose-driven and people-centered work cultures. She assists corporations’ position leaders and teams for accelerated growth through customized trainings, innovative online learning solutions, and keynote talks. Kim began supporting the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation in 2012 after the tragic loss of her daughter Lauren Kelly due to HELLP syndrome. As a HELLP syndrome survivor, she has devoted the past several years in bringing awareness to pregnancy related illnesses like preeclampsia to patients and clinicians. An advocate for healthy moms and babies, she is passionate about reducing maternal and infant mortality. Kim and her husband Terrell launched the first Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in South Carolina in 2013. Additionally, she has served on the Internal Infant Death Review (IIDR) Committee for the purpose of improving the health outcomes of moms and babies who participated in the Palmetto Healthy Start Program. Kim also leads the Expecting Miracles Ministry at her church, Right Direction Church International. Through this group, she facilitates support for families who have faced disappointment (including child loss) during the childbearing process. With all that Kim does, she is most proud of her role as a wife to Terrell and mom to Tyson and Cameron. Kim most recently began her service on the Board of Directors for The Preeclampsia Foundation in 2018.

clement pappas

Clement Pappas

Vice Chair

Clement Pappas is the President of the Board at Federal Distilling, a startup craft distillery in Philadelphia. Clement is the former CEO of Clement Pappas & Co., a leading supplier of store-brand juices, which was founded in 1942 by his grandfather, a hardworking U.S. immigrant. The business was a key part of Clement’s family life growing up, and where he later worked in an executive capacity for 15 years. Clement was responsible for many key growth initiatives, which helped the company to triple in size during his tenure, including a major turnaround of the company’s largest plant; the design, construction, and startup of the company’s California plant; sales penetration at key national accounts including Walmart and Costco; and leading the sale of the business in 2011 to Lassonde Industries. Prior to Clement Pappas & Co., he worked for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in the New York office. Clement is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also a member of the YPO Philadelphia Chapter, The Union League of Philadelphia, and a past Board member of the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. Clement graduated cum laude from Duke University with a BSE in Economics and Civil Engineering and earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated a Palmer Scholar, the highest academic honor conferred by the School. Clement lives with his wife Lauren in Philadelphia. They tragically lost their son, Peter Joseph Pappas, in July 2015 after Lauren suffered HELLP Syndrome and had to deliver Peter at 29 weeks. Clement has served on the Preeclampsia Foundation Board since 2016.

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Kishin Kirpalani

Board Member

 Kishin Kirpalani is CEO and owner of Plugg LLC.  A native of New Jersey, Kishin and his wife Lilliana live in Manhattan with their two small children and two rescue dogs. Kishin’s company Plugg is a manufacturer of men’s woven pants whose clients include major retailers include Walmart, Kohls, Belk, and Sam’s Club.

Kishin and his wife Lilliana lost their first child, a son, to preeclampsia.

“My hope is that no parent would ever have to go through what we did”, says Kishin, “the Foundation does a wonderful job. I hope to lend my business and entrepreneurial skills to further this mission.”

Kishin’s interests include traveling and art, but his greatest joy is being a father. 

Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper

Board Member

Matthew Cooper is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of Progenity, a life science company specializing in women’s health. Formerly the CEO and Founder of Carmenta Bioscience, a company developing diagnostic tests for preeclampsia, he joined Progenity after its acquisition of Carmenta in 2015. Mr. Cooper's passion for addressing unmet medical needs in preeclampsia is a direct result of almost losing his wife during the birth of his son to this horrible syndrome. Mr. Cooper has over 15 years’ experience in biomarker and drug development across all stages of development. He started his career at Biogen Idec and was subsequently recruited to Roche. He recently earned dual MBAs from Columbia Business School and the Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is board certified in toxicology (Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology) and has earned a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Berkeley Haas School of Business. Mr. Cooper advises start-ups in the healthcare and healthcare IT spaces and is currently a mentor for the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and UCSF Lean LaunchPad for the Life Sciences. He has served on the Board since 2014. 

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Robyn D'Oria, MA, RNC, APN

Board Member

Robyn D'Oria is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC) a 501(c)3, not-for-profit agency. The Consortium is a regionalized network of agencies and providers involved in the delivery of perinatal and pediatric services primarily in central New Jersey. Robyn received her BSN from Seton Hall University, MA in Nursing Education from New York University and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She has been involved in maternal child health for her entire career in a variety of roles and her passion to ensure the health and wellness of women of childbearing age has led her to focus on preventing maternal mortality and morbidity. Robyn is involved nationally in improving patient safety in obstetrics through her involvement in quality improvement initiatives including state lead for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Postpartum Hemorrhage Project and as a member of their Expert Panel on Maternal Mortality. Additionally, she serves as a core partner for the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM), the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists (ACOG), a national quality improvement program aimed at improving patient safety in obstetrics. She has been integrally involved in developing and promoting this quality improvement work to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality not only in NJ but nationally having published about the patient safety bundles in peer reviewed journals and speaking about the AIM initiative at the state and national level. Robyn serves as co-chair of the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative and coordinates the Maternal Mortality Case Review Team in NJ. She and her husband are the parents of two grown children and reside in Central New Jersey..

Todd McLaughlin

Todd McLaughlin


Todd McLaughlin serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Membership for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. AFP is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its 31,000 members in more than 240 chapters throughout the world. He has extensive background in the association management arena. With more than 25 years in the profession, Todd brings a solid, senior level of experience in management, leadership, and marketing in the association space. Todd holds a BA in Communications from Lynchburg College (now University) in Lynchburg Virginia. Todd lives in Alexandria Virginia, and loves to travel with friends and experience other cultures, food and wine.

Deb Kilday

Deb Kilday, MSN, RN


Deb Kilday  is the Performance Partner Manager for Women Infants and Children at Premier Inc. Premier serves more than 4,000 hospitals and health systems and approximately 165,000 other providers and organizations and operates one of the nation’s largest performance improvement alliances of hospitals and other healthcare providers. Deb has over 35 years of years of healthcare experience in clinical care, leadership, organization development, healthcare transformation, compliance, research and performance improvement  with a primary goal to assist hospitals and healthcare organizations in advancing and accelerating quality improvement efforts in reducing hospital acquired conditions, patient harm, readmissions, and developing a culture focused on improving the lives of those served. Working with leading thought experts and national organizations, she has furnished insights to the development of population focused analytics and business intelligence used to advance opportunity identification, process reengineering that is innovative and transforming. Over the last ten years she has supported the development, coordination and facilitation of numerous population focused collaboratives and initiatives including the Atlanta Perinatal and Neonatal Consortium (APNEC), Premier’s CMS Hospital Improvement Network (HEN) and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Collaborative and currently responsible for development and launch of Premier’s Nationwide Bundle of Joy™ Campaign which aims to raise the bar on the quality, safety and cost of care for mothers and babies across the U.S. She holds a Bachelor of Science of Nursing and Master of Science, Nursing, Leadership and Organizational Management from Brenau University. She serves on several national committees including the NQF Perinatal and Reproductive Health Project, Perinatal and Reproductive Health Standing Committee; Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care Maternal Substance and Opioid Use, Simulation and Hysterectomy ERAS Committees; Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Partner; Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Maternal Health Advisory Network; and Georgia’s Perinatal Improvement Committee Advisory Panel. Deb lives in Woodstock Georgia with her husband Kent and are the parents of two grown sons, Drew and Blake.


Natalie Davis, M.A.

Board Member

Natalie Davis has nearly two decades of experience shaping and implementing health care policies to improve the lives of all Americans. She is known for her person-centered approach to building health care solutions, and has a history of building partnerships – with organizations, patient advocacy groups and everyday people – that work to create positive change in our country’s health care system. 

She is currently the Senior Director of Public Engagement at United States of Care, a non-profit she co-founded dedicated to increasing access to affordable care to all Americans. She is also an advisor to Town Hall Ventures, a venture firm dedicated to investing in companies that serve vulnerable populations. She spent close to 10 years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with the final two years of her tenure serving as Senior Advisor to former acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt. As senior advisor, she provided strategic and tactical support during the development of the agency’s internal and external priorities, and served as a liaison between CMS and stakeholders across the country. 

Natalie holds an M.A. in Social Policy from George Washington University and is an alumna of Salisbury University schools of Sociology and Art History. Natalie lives in beautiful Washington, DC with her husband and four children.


Annie M. Croslow

Annie M. Croslow


Anne Musacchio Croslow is an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She represents clients in internal investigations and in white-collar and regulatory matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. Annie, who previously was an auditor at Deloitte LLP, has been recognized by the D.C. Bar for her commitment to pro bono practice. Annie graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University, where she led the women’s soccer team to its first appearance in the NCAA Division I national tournament. Annie is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. As a survivor of severe preeclampsia, Annie is dedicated to raising awareness among both mothers and fathers about preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, and she advocates for early screening to improve prenatal monitoring of at-risk women. Annie lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Lucas and their daughter Agnes Winnifred.

Linda Murray

Linda Murray

Immediat Past Board Chair

Linda J. Murray is the Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience and Global Editor in Chief of BabyCenter, the #1 parenting and pregnancy digital resource, reaching more than 45 million parents globally each month. Ms. Murray also sits on the BabyCenter executive team and is responsible for developing and delivering on BabyCenter’s long- and short-term business strategy. She and her teams around the world provide new and expectant parents with personalized, stage-specific app and web-based experiences. With its unique blend of trusted expert advice, parent-to-parent support, and digital tools, BabyCenter makes the journey of parenthood easier, healthier, and more fun. Ms. Murray has addressed a variety of hot-button parenting topics on national television, such as spanking, manners, parenting styles, birth plans, baby names, and more. Her numerous appearances include 20/20TodayThe Early Show, Access Hollywood, Extra, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, as well as various shows on CNN and MSNBC.

Additionally, Linda has represented the voice of mothers at national and international summits including a post–State of the Union education roundtable at the White House, Mom+Social, and the International Congress of Midwives. Prior to joining BabyCenter, Linda held a variety of editorial positions at national women’s magazines, as well as a production role in public television. Linda lives with her family in the Bay Area, where she enjoys horseback riding, archery, and hiking with her daughter and dogs. Ms. Murray has served on the Board since 2013.


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