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POCKETS OF LIGHT  |  MONTCLAIR, NJ

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

 

JENNIFER BROWN, Vice Chair & Co-Founder

DENISE CANTE, Chair & Co-Founder 

ERIN TRUXILLO, Secretary & Co-Founder

DIRECTORS

STEFANIE BIRBROWER GREER

Stef received a BA from Tufts University and a JD from American University, Washington College of Law.  After graduating from college, Stef freelanced in television production and worked for both NBC and CBS sports.  She is currently Vice President and Corporate Counsel with The Prudential Insurance Company of America, specializing in restructuring and bankruptcy.  Stef was previously a partner in the bankruptcy group at Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

In October 2005, Stef and her husband lost their first child, Olivia Hope, at one day old.  After their loss, Stef and Brian organized a fundraiser to raise money for the NICU at the hospital that took care of their daughter.  Since then, Stef has thought a lot about ways to help others dealing with infant loss, as she did not have any support services at the time Olivia was born.  Pockets of Light is just the opportunity she has been looking for to support families in similar situations and bring them "Hope".

 

Stefanie lives in Montclair, NJ, with her husband, Brian, daughter Carly and son Jed.

 

KATHERINE GIFFORD

Katherine Gifford is a Policy Specialist with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-WOMEN). She has worked with UN Women in various roles since 2011 providing overall program management, country-focused technical support and policy advocacy with a focus on bringing gender equality into national plans and budgets.

Katherine received her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2007.  Directly after graduating, she worked with the United Nations Population Fund on efforts to address maternal mortality and morbidity globally. Earlier in her career, Katherine served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali (2002-2004) where she delivered HIV/Health Education counseling and training. She has also provided direct health-focused counseling to women and girls in Chicago and New York and has extensive experience in developing health-related projects, monitoring and evaluation.

After living in New York City for 12 years, Katherine recently moved to Maplewood, NJ, with her family.


AND WE'RE GROWING...

As a new organization, we are currently building our Board of Directors. We are looking for passionate and generous individuals in our vicinity with a commitment to our mission and skills that will help support us as we build Pockets of Light. Desirable areas of expertise include:

 

  • Finance/Accounting

  • Non-profit Management

  • Perinatal Loss and Bereavement

  • Marketing & Public Relations

  • Fundraising

  • Technology

 

If you or someone you know would like more information about joining our Board, please contact us.