NEC Society Expands Board of Directors

The Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Society is proud to welcome Jolene Jacobs, MBA and Susan Perez, PhD, MPH to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors oversees the NEC Society’s operations, projects, and research, while working to ensure they align with the organization’s 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 NEC serve on the Board alongside attorneys, scientists, and fundraising experts.

JJ_HeadshotJolene Jacobs, the General Manager of Caliper Commercial Ingredients, a division of Caliper Foods, shares, “I am thrilled to join forces with the NEC Society. This organization has been very close to my heart for years and I am eager to contribute any way I can.” Jolene has established a presence for herself as an award-winning medical marketing, sales, and operations professional, known for leading with a passionate, entrepreneurial spirit and a keen focus on infant health and nutrition. Jolene brings over 25 years of experience from leading retail, consumer goods, and ingredient companies.

SusanPerez_HeadShotSusan Perez is a health services scientist whose research brings together the perspectives of patients to inform the development of healthcare policies, information, and resources to promote high-value decisions. Prior to her appointment as an assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento, Susan completed a postdoctoral fellowship in quality, safety, and comparative effectiveness research, and earned a doctorate in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the University of California, Davis. Susan notes, “I am committed to harnessing my skills and expertise to support the NEC Society in building a world without this devastating disease. I am honored to be part of this incredible organization.” 

The NEC Society is led by patient-families working hand-in-hand with renowned scientists and clinicians. NEC is a severe intestinal disease that affects thousands of babies each year in the United States. Approximately 30% of the babies who are diagnosed with NEC die within hours or days of their diagnosis. The NEC Society aims to unite diverse stakeholders and accelerate research to improve prevention and treatment options for vulnerable infants. Become part of our movement by following us on social media, subscribing to our blog, and joining our email list.

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