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Ashley, Founder/President

Hi! I am Ashley the Founder and President of Houston’s Lift Off. Our non-profit is committed to fundraising, organizing and giving back to all of you in honor of my son Houston; who ultimately lost his battle to prematurity at 4 1/2 months in the NICU. 

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Jamie, Vice President

Hi, I am Jamie. I am mother of two and godmother to five. I am a licensed social worker and work full time at a psychiatrist hospital. I am a board member of this amazing nonprofit, in memory of my godson Houston but also it is my passion to help others. As a social worker I am very familiar with lack of resources for a number of things, this is our way of assisting where we can but also knowing the struggles these families face while their little one spends time in the NICU. I couldn't be more excited for you all to witness the growth with our organization. 

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Noel, Treasurer

Noel Davis is a childcare provider and life coach who works with the families of Stark and surrounding counties. She joined Houston's Lift Off as the Treasurer. Driven by her own experience, having a son who spent the first few weeks of his life in the NICU. She takes pride in providing the NICU families with assistance. Noel is an advocate for health, wellness, and early childhood development, who uses her knowlegde, skills and positive attitude to encourage and empower others. 

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Christina, Secretary 

I joined the Houston's Lift Off board because I believe in the mission of giving back to the families with children in NICU. The cause is dear to me because my grandson gained his wings in January of 2016 after being born prematurely and spending the few months he had with us in the NICU. The nurses and staff were wonderful with him and helpful to our family as well. From personal experience, we saw firsthand the affect physically, mentally and financially it takes to have a little one in the NICU. Support is not only appreciated but needed and this is why I along with the board want to be apart of such an important cause and make a difference. 

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Desiree, Marketing 

My name is Desiree Napier. I have 4 plus 2 bonus children. I currently live in Massillon, but I grew up in Holmes County. I own and operate a small business, Made by Dez. I make custom shirts, mugs, decals, and lots more. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking and pretty much anything outdoors. I was blessed to have all healhty babies, but I know that's not the case for so many parents. Nearly 30 years ago, I had a baby sister who spent her whole short life (33 days) in the NICU at Akron Children's Hospital. This gave me a special appreciation for the nurses and doctors in this unit. I remember how difficult that time was for us as a family. I am really happy to be apart of an organization bringing a little light to families going through such dark times. I am honored to be involved in Houston's Lift Off! Fly High Houston!

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NONPROFIT LEADER HELPS HER ORGANIZATION LIFT OFF

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