Board of Directors

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Jennifer Krassinger • Founder and Executive Director

Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse working with pediatric and neonatal patients since 1999. She worked as a traveling nurse in the U.S. for many years before taking her current position in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco in 2007.

Working with experts in the field of neonatology and state-of-the-art technologies in an effort to save babies' lives is only part of what Jennifer does. She also works closely with the families of her patients to help them understand clinical conditions. It’s working with the families of these precious little lives that led her to become the founder of GiFT. The struggle to keep a family intact while dealing with the raw emotions of having a critically ill infant can be overwhelming. Jennifer hopes to alleviate some of the stress associated with these heart wrenching moments in life.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park. She enjoys yoga, hiking, motorcycling in the woods, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


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Shawn Boyer • Program Manager and Board Member

Shawn has been a  RegisteredNurse since 1996. She obtained her certification in Case Management in 2005 and is currently the Health Services Manager for a Case Management department.  

Shawn is inspired to work with GiFT as a way to honor her son, Trevor.  Trevor was born in 2005 and lived his short life of two days in St. Louis Children’s Hospital NICU.  The care and support her family received during the darkest time of their lives was immeasurable. Shawn strongly values GiFT’s mission to provide family support to families faced with the hospitalization of their newborn.  “Any way to alleviate some stress and allow the family to enjoy their precious newborn, is priceless.”                                                                     

Shawn holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from St. Louis Community College at Meramec.  She and her husband had two more children after Trevor and spend their time enjoying each and every moment with them.  


Sara Allie • Board Member and Social Media Manager

Sara is the Publications Manager for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. She is a recent transplant to the St. Louis area from Kansas City and previously worked as the Communications Manager for the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce in Mission, KS.

 Sara was inspired to work with GiFT because of her passion for assisting nonprofit organizations further their mission and vision. Sara hopes to use her background in Communications to help GiFT attain their goal of assisting families in the area who are struggling with a critically ill infant.

Sara holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Anthropology from Kansas State University. She is currently working on her Master’s in Communications from Lindenwood University and will graduate in September 2014. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, hiking at Creve Coeur Lake and cheering on her Kansas City Royals.


Vanessa Davis • Board Member and family liaison

Vanessa Davis has been a Registered Nurse working with high-risk pregnant women, pediatric and neonatal patients since 1999. The majority of her nursing career she worked at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as a float nurse and St. Louis County Department of Health as a home visit nurse manager for high risk pregnant mothers. Currently, she works at Centene as a Clinical Nurse Trainer ensuring all medical and behavioral staff are fully trained to help support NICU and high risk OB(Obstetrics) members.

Working with families that are underserved, uninsured, or both has always been an important part of her career. She likes educating and empowering others to make better health decisions which lead to more healthy outcomes. The idea of her volunteering and working with the families that are part of the GiFT programs was a natural transition. She states “It is so rewarding seeing GiFT be that gleam of hope in such a challenging time for families.” Witnessing Jennifer’s vision and compassion made it an easy decision to volunteer and be a part of such a great cause.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, Zumba and traveling. In addition, she mentors to others, educates and does outreach concerning health to underserved communities.

Vanessa holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Lindenwood University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Webster University and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park.


PATRICK J. MURPHY • Principal at Danna McKitrick P.C. AND Board Member

As a CPA and business and tax attorney, Patrick Murphy is uniquely qualified to assist small-to-medium-sized businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues, not-for-profit entities, and families. Clients rely on him to apply his combination of accountancy and legal experience as he helps them consider their situations and needs. His insights help people make sound business and personal decisions. Prior to joining Danna McKitrick, Patrick was in private practice for several years. While in public accounting, he honed his financial and advisory skills working with two local CPA firms and a global Big Four accounting firm.

Patrick has considerable experience in counseling trustees and directors of charitable organizations. Patrick advises on transactional, fiduciary, and tax matters. He educates board members to help protect themselves, and their organization, regarding rights, responsibilities, liabilities, and governance issues. He also handles the formation of tax-exempt entities and foundations.

He has formed and maintained hundreds of privately-held businesses from sole proprietorships to 100+ employee organizations. Acted as general counsel for businesses with sales ranging from $1M to $40M where he provided all of their legal needs. He has obtained federal and state tax exemption status for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations and has assisted in all aspects of their missions – including Giving is a Family Tradition (GiFT).

Patrick's other community involvement includes, but is not limited to:
LoveU2Pieces – Board Member
Saint Louis University Planned Giving Council
Clayton County Chamber of Commerce (Graduate of Leadership Clayton)