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katie roberts

katie roberts

Lead Contributor for Community Outreach + Chillin with Dylan

Amanda Duffy

Amanda Duffy

Lead Contributor, Superhero NICU Graduation + Care Package Coordinator

Dawn Halsey

Dawn Halsey

Dawn Halsey

BRIDGET ANNE MCKINNEY

BRIDGET ANNE MCKINNEY

Mom Division President , Pjs and a Smile + Wrapped in Love

Alysha Onesti

Alysha Onesti

Lead Contributor, Wrapped in Love

MELISSA NOCERO

MELISSA NOCERO

Event Planning Coordinator

Marissa Moreno

Marissa Moreno

Event Planning Coordinator

Joe Stampone

Joe Stampone

Board Member

kelly gallagher

contributions: founder, organizer, fundraiser

I am the founder of The Superhero Project and have helped hundreds of families during their NICU journey. The Superhero Project was established in 2015, a year after my twin boys were born 8 weeks premature.

I brought the gift of Angel Eye technology, a 24/7 camera system that allows families remote access to see their infants, to 4 Philadelphia area hospitals. These cameras allow families and hospital staff to work together as a team to care for the premature infant. ​

I love to bring gift baskets, gift cards, hotel stays, photo sessions and carved the idea for The Gift of Time room at Holy Redeemer Hospital, a space where families who have lost their baby can spend time and make memories.

Besides being a passionate philanthropist, I am a busy mom of 4 young children and a full time 2nd grade elementary school teacher.

Rachael Balascak

Projects:  annual CALENDAR – photographer, designer, webmaster, Annual gala,  graphic designer of all things superhero

Hi, I’m Rachael or Rae as my friends call me. I am the owner and head Graphic Designer and Photographer of Rae Hearts Design & Photography in Philadelphia. But more importantly, I am a mom & wife.

Since 2015, Kelly and I have collaborated on numerous projects. Our simple superhero photo shoot on the Manayunk Bridge quickly turned into what is now one of our biggest promotions, The Annual Superhero Project Calendar. I love working with the children and their families, hearing their victory stories, and seeing how accomplished they have become.

The Superhero Project Inc. is an amazing charity that’s only goal is to give hope. And I’m proud to be a part of that.

KATIE ROBERTS

Projects:  Lead Contributor for Community Outreach + Chillin with Dylan, Board Member

“Miracles come in the smallest packages”

My name is Katie Roberts. I am a NICU mom and I work full time for a National Home Builder focusing on Apartment Living. The real estate/property management market has always been an interest of mine and I have spent the last 16 years working my way around it and finding my place with my current company for the past 7 years.

I have 4 amazing children, all boys, ranging from 3 and a half to 14 years old. They keep me pretty busy and make my heart melt daily. They have taught me many lessons and helped shape me into the mom I want to be. My youngest, Dylan, is my NICU miracle. His Apgar score of ‘0’ made me realize that life is to not be taken lightly. He spent 27 days in the NICU and after being intubated and on a cooling bed he showed me just how resilient he is. He was released without any medical intervention needed however he has permanent hearing loss in his right ear. That doesn’t stop him from running around with his brothers showing them just how tough he is. He truly is our Miracle baby.

Kelly and the Superhero Project has provided an amazing amount of love and support during our journey thus far. This foundation has allowed me and my family to raise awareness for HIE (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy), a type of brain damage that occurs when an infant’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood. With the support of this amazing foundation we were able to raise enough money to get our Hospital a Cooling Bed & bilirubin blankets.

I am so proud to be apart of this foundation and help and support other NICU families. This journey has lots of ups and downs but I want to be here to show these families that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

AMANDA DUFFY

Projects:  Lead Contributor, Superhero NICU Graduation + Care Package Coordinator

My name is Amanda Duffy. I am a NICU mom, wife, and Registered Nurse. At 33 weeks I developed preeclampsia and was hospitalized.Our sweet little peanut, Ella came in with a bang a few days later at 34 weeks weighing only 3lbs 11oz. We are excitedly awaiting the arrival of Ella’s baby sister.

I received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy University and am currently working as a Hospice Case manager. I am passionate about helping people during some of the most vulnerable times of their lives. I never expected to be the one in that vulnerable state needing the help and support. The support we received from Kelly and The Superhero Project gave us a sense of hope during the most difficult time of our lives. It was so helpful to have guidance and support from other parents who have experienced the challenges of having their babies in the NICU. No one can truly understand what NICU parents go through unless they too have gone through it.

I am excited to be a part of offering support to other NICU families by brightening their days with lovingly and thoughtfully filled care packages.

Melissa Nocero

MELISSA NOCERO

Contributions:  Board Member

I am an Implementation Coordinator for a Life Insurance Company based out of Horsham, Pennsylvania. I have been in the Information Technology field for over 20 years. I enjoy problem solving and have a slight obsession with Technology. I manage multiple IT support initiatives and the Business Continuity for the company. In the event of a disaster,I am your girl!

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, volunteering, bike riding, travelling, reading, current events, motivational quotes and playing games. I am very competitive and am always up for a challenge.

My son was born in 2014 with a congenital birth defect and spent several weeks in the NICU. Since then I have become passionate about helping children and their families in their darkest of days. I am so fortunate to be a part of the Superhero project. I am so blessed and grateful for all that we have overcome and look forward to helping families in their time of need.
I reside in Jamison, Pennsylvania with my husband Joe and our 3 year old Superhero – Nico!

BRIDGET ANNE MCKINNEY

BRIDGET ANNE MCKINNEY

PROJECTS:  Mom Division President , Pjs and a Smile + Wrapped in Love

I am a Protocol Manager for Bristol Myers Squib specializing in Oncology based Investigator Sponsored Clinical Research Studies, as well as, Adjunct Professor at Camden County Community College, teaching Biomedical Ethics.

I am the proud mom of two little girls Elizabeth, who arrived at 36 weeks and Nora who arrived at 33 weeks. Having spent much time working in the hospital is a much different experience than being a patient or even a parent of a patient and I am committed to ensuring this experience is the best possible for individuals. Having two difficult pregnancies I would like to raise awareness and advocate for mother’s health so that they feel comfortable and confident in their new role of mom of a little superhero and we can achieve this by continuously expanding the “Mom Division” of the Superhero project!

ALYSHA ONESTI

Contributions:  Lead Contributor, Wrapped in Love

My name is Alysha Onesti. I am a Mom to three girls, two at home and one in heaven. My daughters are Emmie, Siena, and Cameron. I am an Occupational Therapist and I attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick for undergrad and Jefferson University in Philadelphia for my masters degree. I live in Gloucester County NJ. I have been working as a therapist for a school district in New Jersey for 15 years, primarily with students with Autism.

I first became acquainted with the Superhero Project during my daughter’s NICU stay when they reached out and offered to help my family. My second pregnancy was with identical twin girls who were very sick in utero, with twin to twin transfusion syndrome. In an attempt to get treatment for Siena and Cameron, my husband Matt and I traveled to a world renowned specialist in Florida where we were ultimately too late for surgery. I went into labor and ended up delivering our survivor and our angel at 25 weeks gestation. Cameron gained her wings on the day that she was born. Siena was born weighing 1 pound 12 ounces. After Siena stabilized in the NICU at Wellington Regional Medical Center, 9 weeks after birth, we were having a difficult time getting Siena transferred back to a NICU in NJ. It was at that time that the Superhero Project helped to raise funds and offered to donate additional funds to help get my family home. Siena was eventually transferred via air ambulance to Virtua Voorhees where she continued her 128 day NICU stay. She is now attending preschool and thriving.

I began volunteering with the Superhero Project in 2019. I have been most involved with helping to get Wrapped in Love off the ground by obtaining donations, putting together the packages, establishing relationships with hospitals, and bringing the donations to the hospitals. In addition to Wrapped in Love, I have delivered PJs with a Smile and Kelly‘s Kloset to NJ NICUs.

I value the opportunity to provide support to other families who have suffered the loss of a baby or are currently in the NICU through my role with the Superhero Project.

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MARISSA MORENO

Contributions:  EVENT PLANNING COORDINATOR

My name is Marissa. I am a wedding and event coordinator as well as a proud NICU Aunt! My journey with Superhero Project came about in 2018 when I met Kelly at an event that I helped to coordinate. All proceeds from the event went to the Superhero Project. This is when I instantly fell in love with Kelly’s amazing organization

Seven short months later, my family welcomed our first NICU superhero, Aria, at 24 weeks weighing 1 pound 6.9 ounces. I quickly learned what the Superhero Project was all about, from emotional and financial support to the amazing technology they donate to regional hospitals. Our family welcomed our second NICU superhero in September of 2019.

I am so excited to be working with the Superhero Project Inc.!

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JOE STAMPONE

Contributions: BOARD MEMBER

Joe is the founder and principal shareholder of Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law since 1984. His practice is focused primarily on complex personal injury matters, including construction accidents, product liability, and medical malpractice including birth injuries and wrongful death. As an attorney with 39 years of experience, Joe continues to actively litigate catastrophic injury cases and has invaluable knowledge and experience of the various systems necessary to ensure elimination of personal injury risks and hazards.

Joe is a graduate of LaSalle University (BA Political Science 1976) and Western New England University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D. 1980). He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the Justinian Society.

Joe is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the United States Tax Court. Joe has received numerous awards and distinctions including being a Member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum; Top Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Lawyers; and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2005.
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Joe currently resides in Lower Gwynedd Township with his wife Julia of 43 years. Joe has five grown children and four grandchildren. www.stamponelaw.com

DAWN HALSEY

Contributions: BOARD MEMBER

I work full time for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The non-profit
world has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been with the CCF for over
24 years.

I have two amazing children who I adopted from birth. A daughter Nicole and a son Ryan.
My daughter Nicole was a preemie and spent two weeks in the NICU due to this we were unable to meet her until she was 16 days old. It was very hard at that time(1986) to find clothes and diapers. I did not know of anyone in my circle who had a preemie. I truly wish the Superhero Project was around back then. My son Ryan and his wife Maci have blessed me with 5 beautiful grandchildren Chloe, Wyatt, Penelope, Beau & Isla. My children & grandchildren are my world!

My cousin Jennifer introduced me to Kelly as her son Luke was in the NICU and did not survive. Jennifer asked me to contact Kelly to see if I could help raise money and awareness for the Superhero Project. From the point of meeting Kelly and learning about the Superhero Project I knew I must volunteer and use my fundraising skills in helping raise money and awareness. My love for all children makes being a part of this foundation a dream come true.

I am honored to be a part of the Superhero Project and help support NICU families as well as educate others about the foundation.