Mary Beth Hazelgrove - Executive Director

Mary Beth Hazelgrove has been leading projects and programs for Preemies Today since 2004.  Projects have included fundraising events, NICU support, and educational materials such as a post-preemie pregnancy video.  Ms. Hazelgrove earned her B.A. in History from the University of Mary Washington.  She also holds a license to teach elementary education from the state of Virginia and has taught in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Prior to teaching, Ms. Hazelgrove was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eastern Europe.  Ms. Hazelgrove is the mother of a daughter born at 26 weeks in 2002 and a full-term daughter in 2004.  Her interests include learning about the treatment and prevention of developmental delays in children. Ms. Hazelgrove was named the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Virginia Chapter.

Morgen MacDonald - Chairwoman of the Board

Morgen MacDonald has a degree in interior design and worked in the model home and furnishings industries for 10 years. She moved to Virginia in 2005 from Southern California and worked at the Federal Aviation Administration until 2013 when she left to spend more time with her family. Her son was induced seven weeks early due to HELLP syndrome and spent three weeks in the NICU.  He is now a healthy and rambunctious little boy who loves superheroes and Legos. Morgen became a member of Preemies Today in 2009 and a board member in 2010. Morgen is an advocate of natural living, including alternative therapies, cloth diapering and attachment parenting.

Danielle Bischoff - Member of the Board, Marketing Director

Danielle Bischoff owns a consulting company, KeCoRe LLC, which focuses on training development and briefing program management.  She has a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University and a Masters of Business Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems from Shenandoah University.  She is a volunteer with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department primarily spending her time on fund raising, marketing, and administrative support.  Danielle and her husband have two children.  Their oldest daughter was born full term but needed brain surgery shortly after birth due to epilepsy resulting in a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with left sided hemiplegia.  Their son was a twin born at 25 weeks whose sister did not survive.  After more than 3 months in the NICU, two brain surgeries and eye surgery, he went home to meet his big sister.  Danielle quickly found Preemies Today to be an amazing support as she began living her "new normal".  Becoming more involved with Preemies Today has enabled her to give back to those who are traveling similar journeys.

Audrey Lee - Member of the Board, NICU Ambassador Program

Audrey Lee is a Molecular Staff Scientist for Nova Research, serving as a contractor to the Naval Research Lab. She previously spent several years researching HIV and vaccines and is passionate about medical research advancement in the fields of perinatology and neonatology. She is a graduate of both Marymount University and Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as an adjunct biology professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She and her husband have two daughters and one son. Audrey's first daughter was born over two months premature and her second was born six weeks early. Her son was also born over two months premature. Audrey became a member of Preemies Today in 2008 and has since become greatly involved in our parent-to-parent program, currently writes for the Preemies Today blog and is kicking off our new NICU Ambassador Program.

LTC Danette Cruthirds, CRNA, PhD, ANC, USA - Member of the Board, Development Director

Dr. Danette Cruthirds is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) with a Master's degree in Nursing and a PhD in Neuroscience. A Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army she has nearly 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings from small community hospitals to large medical centers.  Areas of clinical experience include newborn nursery, intensive care and for the last 10 years nurse anesthesia.  Her area of study in bench science research focused on estrogen receptors and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  She is a mother of two children born prematurely and has firsthand experience of the NICU journey.  Dr. Cruthirds has been serving on the Preemies Today Board since 2006 and has assisted in the organization of several fundraisers.

Joseph Scafidi, MD - Member of the Board

Dr. Joseph Scafidi, is a child neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Scafidi trained in pediatrics at UMDNJ in Newark, NJ and completed his child neurology training at Children’s National in 2008. Dr. Scafidi’s clinical practice is focused on Neonatal Neurology, with specific clinical and research interest on premature brain injury and development as well as long-term outcomes. His laboratory is at Children’s National Center for Neuroscience Research and funded by the National Institute of Health. In the laboratory, Dr. Scafidi is using an animal model that faithfully mimics the same alterations in brain development found in humans born <1500 grams (Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants). Using this animal pre-clinical model permits the study of the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms responsible for variable degrees of injury and recovery. With these models, Dr Scafidi is studying the brains natural potential for plasticity and repair after developmental injury. The goal of this research is to develop specific therapies based on biological principles to utilize the brains natural process to repair itself.  

Ida Sue Baron, Ph.D., ABPP - Member of the Board

Ida Sue Baron, Ph.D. is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, and past-President of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She was selected as the 2007 “Distinguished Neuropsychologist of the Year” by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, received the Distinguished Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society in 2014, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Baron is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. She is Affiliated Staff in the Department of Neurosciences at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Baron serves on several journal editorial boards and has authored and edited neuropsychology textbooks. She maintains a clinical practice in Potomac, MD and Fairfax VA, and is Director of Neuropsychology Research and Evaluation for Fairfax Neonatal Associates’ PETIT (Prematurity’s Effects on Toddlers, Infants and Teens) Study in Fairfax, VA, a longitudinal study of the neuropsychological and behavioral outcomes of extremely preterm through late preterm birth.

NICU Ambassadors

Inova Alexandria - Erin Anderson
Erin Anderson is the Inova Alexandria NICU ambassador and a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls.  Erin’s oldest daughter was born at 33 weeks, 2 days after moving to Alexandria, VA, via an emergency C-section due to an unknown diagnosis of HELLP syndrome.  She spent 19 days in the NICU, and is now a thriving kindergartner.  Erin has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle, and has worked with children and adolescents in various therapeutic settings before having her own children.  Erin enjoys the outdoors, travel and running and came across Preemies Today at an Expo for a local half marathon a few years ago.

Inova Fair Oaks - Laura Koscho
Laura Koscho has a background in business and event planning. As a business major, she worked for 3 prominent defense contractors for 10 years prior to having her daughter. Laura is native to northern Virginia. Her daughter Scarlett was born in March 2014, two months early due to HELLP Syndrome. Scarlett spent six weeks in the NICU at Fair Oaks Hospital where she learned to breathe, regulate her temperature and eat. She is now a thriving 1 year old that is doing great! Laura began volunteering with Preemies Today in the spring of 2015. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Bilingual Consultants

Margaret Behrns - Bilingual Health Communication Specialist
Margaret Behrns is a bilingual and bicultural professional with 10 years experience working on Federal public health initiatives, especially issues facing minority populations.  She has managed the development and implementation of bilingual health communication campaigns geared for Latino audiences, including research, planning, development, pre-testing, Federal approval processes, duplication, dissemination and outreach. She holds a Master of Arts in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The Catholic University of America, 1992. Ms. Behrns has a four year old daughter who was born at 27 weeks at Georgetown University Hospital.