NEC Society Welcomes Development Coordinator!

We are delighted to announce Alison Oliver, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC, has joined the NEC Society’s team as our Development Coordinator. Alison is a Registered Nurse with 13 years of experience working with NICU babies and families. Her career began at Penn State Children’s Hospital where she took a special interest in caring for infants affected by NEC. Three years into her nursing career, Alison moved to San Diego, CA where she worked for Rady Children’s Hospital both at the bedside and as a Newborn Screening Nurse Coordinator. In 2019, Alison transferred to the UC Davis NICU, where she continues to work alongside an incredible team of clinicians. For years, Alison has witnessed the devastating outcomes of NEC and is committed to doing all she can to build a world without this menacing disease.

Alison shares, “I am honored and thrilled to join the NEC Society’s remarkable team. I have held too many babies who have tragically died of this disease. I have witnessed the incessant pain on patient-families. And, I know the heartache of healthcare providers who do everything we can to prevent and treat NEC. I am eager to use my skills and background to help build a world without this devastating disease.”

As our Development Coordinator, Alison’s work will focus on building meaningful relationships with patient-families, clinicians, and others who share our vision of a world without NEC. She will also identify new funding opportunities and help ensure the NEC Society has adequate resources to advance its work. By working hand-in-hand with the NEC Society’s Board, Staff, and Council, Alison will help us build a financially sustainable organization that is equipped to accelerate the most urgently needed research, education, and advocacy.

Jennifer Canvasser, Founder and Executive Director, shares, “NICU nurses are essential to building a world without NEC. Nurses intimately understand the experience of being blindsided by a NEC diagnosis. Alison will use her years of expertise and insight as a nurse to help us become more impactful. For years, our initiatives and projects have been limited because we haven’t had adequate support. Alison will accelerate our pace and capacity so we can better prevent NEC and improve outcomes for babies and their families. We are grateful to the CZI Rare As One Network for the funding that has allowed us to welcome Alison to our team!”

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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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