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.
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.
Destiny, Research Coordinator
i’m Destiny& i’m 25 years old. I am so grateful to be a part of an amazing organization that has given back to hundreds of families. My twin brother and I were born at 28 weeks so being a preemie myself I was in the NiCU for 2 1/2 months. My parents were so thankful for the Nicu doctors/ nurses who took care of us and were very good to us.. in a way , I feel like being a part of Houston’s Lift Off I am helping give back and supporting families alongside some amazing ladies and I can’t wait for all the good to come!
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.
Desiree, Marketing Coordinator
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!
Misty, Social Director
My name is Misty Campbell. I live in East Canton Ohio. I’m 36 years old with 5 children, all ranging from college to preschool. I grew up in North Lawrence Ohio and graduated from Tuslaw High School in 2003. I met Ashley, the founder of Houston’s Lift Off in late 2020. She was a dog groomer at the time and was nice enough to travel to my home to groom my dog because I was having long effects of COVID 19. We became quick friends, it was as if I had known her my whole life. She told me her story about her son Houston and how he had spent many months in the NICU before his passing, and at that moment I knew God had put her in my path for a reason.
My brother and his wife had struggled many years to have children, to no avail. Finally after many go arounds with IVF they became pregnant with my nephew. It was the baby they had always dreamed of having. My sister-in- law had a rough pregnancy that eventually ended with her having her son at 31 weeks. He spent 3 weeks in the NICU and for our family it was some of the hardest weeks of our lives. Their son has continued to struggle the whole 3 years of his life, battling a rare form of cancer and after many surgeries is now cancer free. So this foundation means more to me than life itself. When I was asked to be a part of this, I knew this was Gods will. I just want to help people so all they have to do is make sure their babies get well.
Emily, Media Promoter
Hello! I am Emily Smith. My husband and I had our first child in June of 2021. After going through four and a half years of infertility treatments, we had the opportunity to adopt two donated embryos. We transferred one of the embryos in December of 2020. By spring, we found out we were having a baby girl. However, our little miracle didn't want her story to end there. We got to meet our daughter 11 weeks before her due date. I went into preterm labor and had preeclampsia. We ended up being in Aultman's NICU for sixty-three days. While in the NICU, we receive one of the donation baskets from Houston's Lift Off. It was a great surprise and we were thankful for the generous gift. I immediately reached out to Houston's Lift Off to see how I could help and be a part of such a wonderful organization in honor of baby Houston.