The Preeclampsia Foundation strives to hire talented and dedicated individuals. Many of our staff members have personal experiences with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Although our headquarters are in sunny, Melbourne, Florida, many of our staff work remotely, across the United States.
Eleni Z. Tsigas is the CEO of the Preeclampsia Foundation and member of the Board of Directors for Preeclampsia Foundation Canada. As a preeclampsia survivor herself, Eleni is a relentless champion for the improvement of patient and provider education and practices, for the catalytic role that patients can have to advance the science and status of maternal-infant health, and for the progress that can be realized by building global partnerships to improve patient outcomes.
She has served on the Guideline Development Group and as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and participated in the Hypertension in Pregnancy Task Force created by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to develop the national guidelines introduced in 2013, as well as a similar task force for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC). Eleni also serves on behalf of the Preeclampsia Foundation as a voting member of the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care, the Patient Advisory Board of IMPROvED (IMproved PRegnancy Outcomes via Early Detection), Ireland, and the Technical Advisory Group and Knowledge Translation Committee for PRE-EMPT (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). Eleni is frequently engaged as an expert representing the consumer perspective on preeclampsia at national and international meetings, and has been honored to deliver keynote addresses for several professional healthcare providers' societies.
Eleni has collaborated in numerous research studies, has authored invited chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is the Principal Investigator for The Preeclampsia Registry.
A veteran of public relations, she has secured media coverage about preeclampsia in national consumer magazines, as well as newspapers, radio and online. Eleni previously spent 8 years executing and managing strategic communications and public relations for technology and biotech companies with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and for 6 years prior in the television industry.
Prior to serving as CEO, she served in a variety of volunteer capacities for the organization, including six years on the Board of Directors, two as its chairman. Working with dedicated volunteers, board members and professional staff, Eleni has helped lead the Foundation to its current position as a sustainable, mission-driven, results-oriented organization.
She is married, and has two of her three pregnancies seriously impacted by preeclampsia.
With over 20 years in healthcare leadership, Valerie Holloway began her career in hospital public relations. She has served as a physician relations coordinator advancing to Director, Corporate Vice-president of Marketing, System Vice-president of Customer Service, and Vice-president at a 500-bed major medical center with oversight for quality, patient satisfaction, ancillary service departments, and volunteer services.
In addition to her healthcare experience, Valerie has worked in fundraising and not-for-profit management and served as a consultant in strategic planning and a leadership coach. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Valerie lives in Melbourne, Florida with husband Darrell, an aerospace engineer, has an adult daughter who works in maternal health, and recently became a grandmother.
Valerie feels everything she has done professionally has led her to this position and her ability to lead a team that can have far-reaching impact inmaking childbirth safe.
Rebecca Britt is the Director of Education and Engagement for the Preeclampsia Foundation. Her calling to advocate and support those who often don't have a voice led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Vermont.
Rebecca has worked with varying populations including children in foster care, adults surviving with persistent mental illness, and women facing fertility challenges. She is passionate about reducing isolation for preeclampsia patients and survivors by building community connections and raising awareness.
Before coming to the Preeclampsia Foundation, Rebecca started her own nonprofit developing life skills in foster and adopted children utilizing community mentors and equine-facilitated learning. Through that, she developed a mentorship curriculum that could be implemented at therapeutic equine facilities nationwide.
Rebecca is a visionary and global thinker. She is currently earning her master's degree in Program Evaluation, in hopes of providing the Preeclampsia Foundation the best strategy for collecting data and demonstrating impact of their programs. Upholding the Preeclampsia Foundation's mission, Rebecca aims to provide the education and tools necessary to empower patients to advocate for systemic change to save lives.
Chris McGahee comes to the Preeclampsia Foundation with many years of experience in the corporate marketing communications, public relations, and fundraising fields. He has supported the marketing communications needs of a large, integrated health system with four-hospitals that include mother/baby services, outpatient and wellness, level II trauma center, and emergency departments. Chris recently served in roles in the fundraising and finance departments for a K-12 private school, and is well-versed in donor relations, donor communications, and database management of donor records. He is especially skilled at utilizing a variety of communications platforms and messaging strategies to create long-term, beneficial relationships. Chris has a bachelor of science degree in Organization Management from Eastern Florida State College, and has earned numerous awards including Star Performer of the Year from Health First, four Mark of Excellence awards from the Florida Hospital Association, and multiple gold and silver Addy awards. He also served as chairman of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Ann Love is the National Events Manager for the Preeclampsia Foundation, working primarily on the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, the signature event for the Foundation. Ann’s passion lies in event planning and she comes to the Foundation specializing in charity athletic event production. She has produced charity walks and runs all over the country and has also worked as an event recruiter and fundraising coach for a large non-profit event series.
Ann has a bachelor’s degree in biology and oceanography from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She spent seven years doing pharmaceutical research before her second pregnancy was impacted by preeclampsia and she decided it was time to make a change.
Ann is a three-time preeclampsia survivor who lost her eldest son in 2000 to complications of the disease. She began volunteering as a Promise Walk Chairperson in 2013 and hopes that her continued work with the Foundation will make a significant impact in the health of pregnancies and infants everywhere.
Alina brings a diverse background of implementing research initiatives in a variety of medical fields. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and started her career in research in 2007 enrolling participants for a genetic Scoliosis study. Since then, she has coordinated participant enrollment, interfaced with physicians and institutional review boards, and developed study websites and patient communications for several studies including a variety of pediatric motor disorders (such as spinal muscular atrophy), degenerative disc disease, and also worked for a non-profit organization on the start up of a Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Pre-Term Labor study. Alina cares deeply about research and the positive outcomes for families and individuals that can result from the efforts of both researchers and participants. She has a passion for helping others and feels fortunate to work with women and families affected by preeclampsia with the goal of advancing our knowledge of this poorly understood disorder.
Nicole Purnell is a maternal health advocate based in North Texas. Her life was tragically changed in 2005 when preeclampsia and HELLP cause multiple organ failure, placenta abruption and resulted in the stillbirth of her son at 34 weeks gestation. She found the Preeclampsia Foundation in the following months and soon began volunteering. For ten years, Nicole chaired the Dallas Promise Walk for Preeclampsia while filling other volunteer roles such as regional coach, participated in the Patient Support Network and contributed to the newsletter. In 2015, the Purnell’s welcomed a daughter after a successful preeclampsia free pregnancy.
After 15 years in the printing industry as a project manager for automotive clients, Nicole joined the staff at the Preeclampsia Foundation as the MoMMA’s Voices Coalition Program Manager. She also serves on the Executive Committee and Family Engagement Committee of the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC) and Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Committee for the National Quality Forum (NQF).
Kelly Breese is responsible for handling the fundamental aspects of the Preeclampsia Foundation's financial record keeping, including recording financial transactions and managing accounts payable and receivable. She has over 17 years experience in the accounting field, primarily working in the private sector as CFO for a regional telecommunications company. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in 2000 at the California State University, Sacramento. Kelly moved from California to Florida in 2011 with her husband and three children, and has been an active volunteer with various local elementary and middle schools. She is excited about making a difference in the lives of women and children by supporting the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation.
Jennifer Sea is the Administrative Assistant for the Preeclampsia Foundation. After moving from California to Florida in 2007 she worked for 10 years for a local mid-sized home services company, starting out as a CSR and ending as an office manager. Although she enjoyed working at a for-profit business, she had always wanted to be able to do more for her community and others. When she saw a posting for an Administrative Assistant position at the Preeclampsia Foundation she applied, and upon visiting the organization’s website she immediately recognized it as one she had visited herself when she was diagnosed with preeclampsia during her first pregnancy. Jennifer is currently working towards her AS in Business Administration at EFSC and spends her free time caring for her three children and taking care of her native butterfly garden. As a preeclampsia survivor she was especially excited to find a new home at the Preeclampsia Foundation and she looks forward to using her experiences to help further the mission of making saving the lives of moms and babies.
Julie Scott Allen serves as an outside consultant and government relations director for the Preeclampsia Foundation, advocating for preeclampsia research and funding to treat and develop a cure for preeclampsia. Her work for the Foundation led to the successful passage of the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act to establish and grow maternal mortality review committees throughout the U.S. Julie has worked to advance legislative, regulatory and advocacy agendas for both non-profit and for-profit clients and national organizations in DC for over two decades. Her strong policy knowledge and political instincts, along with her experience navigating Congress and the Executive Branch, make her a key partner for foundations, business leaders, association executives, and advocacy organizations alike. Julie has represented foundations, companies, associations, and other non-profit organizations on a range of health care and other matters, including, disease and patient advocacy organizations health and hospital systems, health care practitioners, pharmacies, clinical laboratories, life sciences companies, and medical device manufacturers and suppliers.
Julie previously served as the Senior Vice President at the District Policy Group/Drinker Biddle for 9 years. Before that she was the Vice President and Managing Director at Thompson Advisory Group, a federal marketing and lobbying firm that she helped to establish. Prior to launching the firm, she worked as a Vice President at the Jefferson Consulting Group, helping clients grow their business within the federal market. Earlier in her career, Julie lobbied for health providers, including the American Dental Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Julie earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Marymount University. In addition to her love of politics and creative problem solving, Julie enjoys kayaking and kickboxing. Julie lives in Virginia with her two active sons and two equally active Westies.
Laney Poye serves as an outside consultant and social media marketing manager for the Preeclampsia Foundation, overseeing the Foundation's online community. Laney works with non-profits and small businesses to assist them with digital marketing, website design and custom event planning. Her goal is to use her experience to catalyze small businesses and non-profits to the next level of marketing, fundraising, and customer support.
Prior to founding her own consulting company, Laney spent almost a decade helping to grow the Preeclampsia Foundation into the robust organization that it is today. She served as the Director of Community Relations handling all of the Foundation's external engagement with stakeholders, including overseeing the development and management of the Foundation's top fundraising event, the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, creating digital content for the Foundation's social media platform, and assisting with research studies on patient engagement and the psychological impact of traumatic pregnancy experiences.
Laney earned her bachelor's and master's degrees, magna cum laude, from Florida State University in International Affairs, where she specialized in women's health issues in low-resource settings. She is a member of MENSA and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She also serves as a representative voice for women who have experienced infertility and/or pregnancy and infant loss. In her free time, Laney is a voracious reader and movie buff who enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, their rainbow baby Adelaide, and their sweet tortoiseshell tabby cat Tsunade.