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Community of Advocates: Staff & Volunteers

Laura Fasciano
Director and Founding President

Determined to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Turner Syndrome through education, research and support, I founded this organization to advocate for a randomly acquired and complex condition affecting women. Precious lives, families and communities are struggling for answers. 
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Steven Pomerantz
Director of Development

After working in financial services for more than 25 years, Steven transitioned into the nonprofit world. His previous nonprofit experience includes development, fundraising, donor research, strategic planning, events and donor cultivation at Dickinson College, Delbarton School, Covenant House of New Jersey, Nancy’s Place, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (“TSTI”), Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Jersey Chapter (“AFP-NJ”) and Warren County Community College (“WCC”).

Steven is a member of the WCC Foundation Board, and Co-Chairs the Resource Partnership Committee for AFP-NJ Conference on Philanthropy. He was previously a member of The Program Committee of Nancy’s Place in Montclair and held positions on the Foundation Board, Executive Board and Board of Trustees at TSTI. He is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Center for Non-Profits and Gift Planning Council of New Jersey.

Steven grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey, lived in Glen Ridge, New Jersey and resides in Montclair, New Jersey. The son of the late Dr. William Pomerantz, a well-regarded pioneer in medicine and connected within the medical community. His altruistic approach to philanthropy and the practice of medicine had profound influence.  He is the parent of two boys, who live in San Francisco and Philadelphia. He received a B.A. from Dickinson College with a double major in history and political science. Steven is passionate about music and plays the clarinet, saxophone and some flute. His personal interests include music, education, current events, the arts and golf.

Robert A. Fitzgerald, MD
Medical Affairs Liaison

Robert is working with the Turner Syndrome Foundation while he completes his MBA. As the Medical Affairs Liaison at the Turner Syndrome Foundation, he works to expand existing and plenary programs to educate patients and providers about Turner Syndrome and the myriad comorbidities that come with it. Robert has a special interest in psychiatric component of Turner Syndrome. Before medical school Robert attended the University of Maryland.

Dot Smith
Health Initiatives Coordinator

As part of the Turner Syndrome Foundation team, I am here to help find solutions to your everyday questions and concerns. Using the abundance of information on our website, my daily communication reaches the person who contacts TSF, whether by e-mail to welcome the new registrant or by phone to share the emotions of a newly diagnosed woman.  

Alexis Gratton
Health Initiatives Coordinator

As Health Initiatives Coordinator at the Turner Syndrome Foundation, I work to generate and expand research and educational resources for both medical professionals and those affected by TS. To date, I have assisted in the coordination of the Council on Infertility's publication as well as developed numerous resources for the TSF website. I am dedicated to the mission of TSF to ensure that in the near future every women touched by Turner Syndrome will have her questions and concerns answered.

Monica Bobadilla
HR Volunteer Coordinator

As the volunteer coordinator, my role is to identify and align talent with an opportunity to give back that is both meaningful and rewarding. Each indvidual contributes to the TSF overarching goal for national advocacy through our National Council of State Leaders program. There is an opportunity for everyone. 

Erin Yanarella
Program Assistant

Erin, a Monmouth County resident and accounting major at Monmouth University, is generously committed to making a difference with data forensics and analysis.

Tori Ann Paul
Special Events

Tori Ann is a sign language specialist in training lending her time to support Turner Syndrome Foundation. She is looking to engage with coporations, small businesses, civic groups, and individuals interested in lending their time and talent, especially passion, to making a difference in support of Turner Syndrome Foundation. Think of the fun you will have while giving back!

Maria Bateman
Program Assistant 

Maria is maintaining her business skills as she raises her two young children, her foremost priority, finding balance of family life and career while contributing to the common good for Turner Syndrome. 

Audrey Jones

Intern: Princeton University

When I first learned about Turner Syndrome, I could only imagine the impact it has on young girls’ and women’s lives, so I began researching and writing on the topic. With the Foundation, I will be publishing a series of 10 articles that aim to “turn Turner Syndrome on its side,” so to speak, allowing readers, and myself, to investigate the condition from new perspectives in hopes of making a significant and lasting impact.

Elizabeth Kenny-Foggin, M. A., M.S., OG-TT
Dyslexia Specialist & Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer (IMSLEC)
Multisensory Structured Language Instruction,
Literacy Assessments, & Educational Consultation

Elizabeth Kenny- Foggin has been a teacher of special education for 28 years, including the last 12 years in the Holmdel school district-first as a learning disabilities teaching consultant (LDTC), but more recently as a classroom teacher, so that she could work closely with her students. She has been affiliated with Fairleigh Dickenson University more than 12 years, beginning as a graduate student studying dyslexia, and eventually earning the following certifications:  Dyslexia Special Certificate; Orton Gillingham Teacher Certificate; Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer: and currently pursuing an Orton Gillingham Therapist Certificate. She has provided professional development in the area of multisensory training both at the college level and for teachers in the district.  She has also been instrumental in creating an elective class at the high school based on a multi-sensory approach and embedded with Orton Gillingham methods, along with current research supporting incoming ninth graders in the areas of reading, writing, study skills and meta-cognition.  She is also an active member of a district committee, working on presentations and trainings related to dyslexia and other language-based disorders and has presented nationally and internationally on the topic.