Amy Gilliland, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration at General Dynamics, is new to the Rett Syndrome community. Her daughter, Ashley, was recently diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2015. Amy will bring a diverse background of experience as well as an important perspective as a newly diagnosed family.
Prior to joining General Dynamics in 2005, she served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare and Public Affairs Officer. Her Navy assignments included service aboard USS LABOON (DDG 58), with the Navy’s Legislative Liaison Office to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy and the Navy Office of Information.
Amy earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree from Cambridge University, England, and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
“I am excited to become part of an organization so committed to raising awareness and funding to help propel us even closer to finding a cure for Rett Syndrome,” says Amy. “As important, Girl Power 2 Cure’s emphasis on empowering families and helping them to dream big inspires me and so many others who have benefited from their efforts.”
Senior Vice-President, The Capital Group Companies
A graduate of Davidson College, Prem is an Investment Analyst at The Capital Group Companies. He spent 10 years working in their Singapore office, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife, Susan, his son, Matthew, (and two dogs)! He serves as a Trustee at Davidson College, and is also on the Board of Project Life, a group dedicated to engaging college students as bone marrow donors.
"Ingrid (GP2C Founder) and her husband Pete's commitment to making sure that their daughter Sarah lives as a normal a life as possible, integrating into the fabric of the every day, has humbled and motivated me over the years. The prospects of working towards a cure, and the hope of a better tomorrow for all Rett families is my reason for trying to help in what ever capacity I can."
Joy has been active with Girl Power 2 Cure for the past five years. Her granddaughter, Caroline, has Rett Syndrome. She is a former elementary school teacher and has dedicated her career to helping students and educators to making a difference in learning.
Before Caroline’s diagnosis and her retirement, Joy spent 18 years as a marketing executive in the educational technology field with companies such as Apple, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson and CNN. She now has dedicated her time and work towards making a difference for our Rett children and families.
"After several years working with GP2C from the outside, I decided I wanted to do more. I am excited about being involved with the board and working to enrich all of the GP2C programs for our families. I am especially looking forward to working with the Rett U team to grow this outstanding program in order to make greater impact for our girls and their families around the world.”
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, MSC Care Management
Pam brings to the GP2C board over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and business development in a variety of industries including distribution and healthcare services. She has supplemented her business experience with various personal development and community service opportunities, having previously served on the board of a local non-profit, The Housing Partnership of NE FL and as an alumnus of the 2007 class of Leadership Jacksonville. Pam lives in Saint Johns, FL just south of the city limits of Jacksonville, with her two kids and two dogs.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Turfer Athletic
Jennifer joins us with over decade of experience in merchandising and marketing. She currently works as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Turfer Athletic with a focus on national programs. Jennifer learned about Rett Syndrome and Girl Power 2 Cure through her very close college friends, Roger and Kristy Brooks, parents of a little girl who has Rett Syndrome, Juliana. Jenn lives with her husband Jack and Chihuahua Jackson in Alexandria, VA.
“I am honored by the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization. The spirit of these girls is an inspiration and the families that support them set an example for us all to follow.”
Monique is currently serving as Vice President of Integration Strategy & Operations – Enterprise Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Houston, Texas. Canadian born and an expatriate of the UK, Monique's experience leading global strategy and operations of cross-functional teams is a perfect fit for Girl Power 2 Cure which strives to do more for everyone battling Rett Syndrome around the globe.
"I am delighted to join the board of GP2C," says Nolk. "GP2C is an amazing group of people and I am in awe of their unrelenting resolution to fight this disorder – from supporting and educating the girls and the team of professionals that support them, to helping families cope, to raising funds for research. With one girl born every 90 minutes with Rett Syndrome, Rett is as prevalent as Cystic Fibrosis and ALS, but few people have heard of this neurological disorder. I look forward to joining GP2C to raise awareness and funds to find a cure."
Monique holds a B.A., York University (CAN), M.A., University of Amsterdam (NL) and most recently completed Stanford University's Emerging CFO Program.
Jennifer is a stay-at-home mother of three children, who’s youngest, Ysabel, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome on April 3, 2008. Before motherhood, she worked in the retail industry for a few years then spent 5 years at ING Barings in New York City before leaving to continue her degree in Nutrition. She graduated with a BA in Physical Fitness Management from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Jennifer is devoted to her family, friends, and helping in any way she can to find a cure for Rett Syndrome. Her strength, determination, and love shine through in her day-to-day care for Ysa, and the hours spent at numerous therapies to provide Ysa with the best tools and ability to grow and succeed.
She lives in NJ with her husband Tony, three children, Colin, Ellie, Ysabel and their dog, Finn.
“I am very honored and excited to be working with such a wonderful group of people who are so dedicated to helping us find a cure for Rett Syndrome. I dream of the day when Ysa calls me ‘mommy,’ and I can watch her run with her big brother, sister and Finn.”
Kevin has diverse experiences of a 30+ year career with The Boeing Company, including technical development programs and management experience in both international and domestic assignments. Kevin has led internal audit organizations, multiple software and systems development teams, business process assessments, and multiple proposal activities. Since 1999, Kevin has supported the development, launch, activation and operation of NASA’s International Space Station (ISS), and is currently serving as the Senior Project Manager for a portfolio of projects aimed at maintaining and enhancing the ISS, and the new NASA Space Launch System rocket platform.
Kevin shares, “In June of 2014, our beautiful granddaughter Blakely was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. We quickly learned everything we could about Rett Syndrome, and how Blakely’s life (and ours) would be impacted. After we had an opportunity to internalize her diagnosis, we discovered Girl Power 2 Cure. I was impressed with their ability to immediately guide us with support, information and education. We quickly realized that accurate information and tools would be critical to ensure Blakely could develop basic life and learning skills, and saw GP2C empowering families worldwide with the specific knowledge needed for our daughters and granddaughters to be successful.
In February 2013, our two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Girl Power 2 Cure (GP2C), their staff, members, and supporters, have become a beacon of light for me and my family. They bring an air of excitement, youthfulness, and fun to a very serious diagnosis.