How did you get involved with Children's Hospital Los Angeles? My son Max was born with a severe congenital heart defect. He has endured nine surgeries, sports a pacemaker and has an artificial pulmonary valve. We owe his life to CHLA.
In working as a heart ambassador, what achievement are you most proud of? The fact that a group of ordinary moms united together to raise funds for the future of pediatric cardiology. We funded an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, created an annual Barbara Gross Cardiac Nursing Award and pledged to raise $2 million to build a hybrid operating suite. We stepped out in faith and a beautiful group of community supporters were inspired to join us!
What's the biggest thing you've learned from your son(s)? Trust in God and modern medicine. I have learned to slow down and take life a little at time when necessary. Life is truly about the moments, so enjoy the good ones and hold hands in the tough ones!
How do you balance your work and professional life? I do my best to juggle everything. Some days are better than others. I love spending time with my boys and we have a great nightly routine to stay connected.
How did you get involved with the Zeta Beta chapter? CHLA called and asked if I would speak at a gala for a sorority interested in supporting the hospital. When she said "Alpha Phi," I got goose bumps. I said, "You won't believe this, but I'm an Alpha Phi!" The event was incredibly special. I was reunited with Alpha Phi, sharing my journey as a heart mom, all while watching my sons work the room to raise the auction bids. I feel so loved by the support of my sisters.
Why is philanthropy important for our collegiate chapters? Philanthropy gives you a place to put your time and energy and make a difference in your community. It's a terrific foundation to build on and will carry on through your whole life.
What's a quote you live by? Love anyway and keep showing up, especially in the transition times of life when you are uncertain where you are supposed to be!
What's on your bucket list? Travel to five continents: skipping Antarctica!
What advice do you have for women who want to volunteer with Alpha Phi? Begin! You will make a tremendous difference for others and feel great yourself. Start by simply being kind and let it grow from there.
What other causes are you passionate about? Speak Now For Kids, generationOn, Children's Miracle Network and all groups associated with Congenital Heart Disease and pediatric healthcare.