NEC Society Welcomes Nurse Scientist to Board of Directors

Jenny Quinn

The NEC Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, is thrilled to welcome Jenny Quinn, PhD, RN, NNP to the Board of Directors. Dr. Quinn is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at NorthBay Healthcare and serves on the Perinatal Quality Improvement Panel for the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative. Dr. Quinn has practiced neonatal nursing for 20 years and has cared for dozens of infants and their families who have been affected by NEC. She attended the NEC Symposium at UC Davis in 2017 and has stayed engaged in the NEC Society’s efforts ever since.

“As a neonatal nurse practitioner, I have first-hand experience witnessing the devastation of NEC and the distress that families experience. The heartache caused by NEC is also felt by neonatal healthcare providers. I am honored to serve on the NEC Society’s Board of Directors and am dedicated as a nurse scientist to advancing the research to help the NEC Society eradicate this devastating disease.”

The Board of Directors oversees the NEC Society’s operations, projects, and research and helps to ensure they align with the organization’s vision, mission, and values. The NEC Society’s Board is comprised of diverse stakeholders who are compelled to support the organization in building a world without NEC. Parents who have lost their own children to necrotizing enterocolitis serve on the Board alongside attorneys, scientists, and fundraising experts.

Jennifer Canvasser, founder and director of the NEC Society, shares, “Dr. Quinn is a strong advocate for NICU families and a champion of mothers milk and patient-family centered care. We are honored to welcome her to our team and know she will be instrumental to our vision of building a world without NEC.” 

Necrotizing enterocolitis is a devastating intestinal disease that affects vulnerable infants during their first weeks and months of life. The NEC Society was established in 2014 and brings together patient-families, clinicians, scientists, and other diverse stakeholders to build a world without NEC. To learn more and get involved visit

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