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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Contributions: COMMUNITY OUTREACH
As the father of a NICU graduate, I am excited to be able to give back and share insights from our family’s NICU journey to find ways to help make the NICU experience for other families a little easier. Our son was diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and spent 74 days split between two NICUs. No parent expects to have their baby in the NICU. It is often a life changing experience, and one that opened the door to a path that I never would have taken, which led to The Superhero Project.
It is an honor to be able to serve on the Board and my work in community outreach has led to The Superhero Project expanding its support into our community in Virginia in 2021. I am excited to be able to help continue to grow our impact through new partnerships with NICUs and corporate sponsors who share our vision of supporting NICU families every day.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and am a full-time analyst in the cyber security industry.
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.!