Board of Directors
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.
Mindy Copp • Partnerships Manager and Founding Board Member
Mindy has owned and operated The Kiddie Garden Preschool: a licensed, family home daycare/preschool in the St. Louis area since 1997. Since starting her business, she has helped shape the lives of countless children. She is also the mother of three children.
Mindy’s family experienced the joyous birth of a new nephew in the Summer of 2010, he spent two days of his short life in the NICU only to lose his fight. After suffering this loss, she felt compelled to do something to help other families who are experiencing similar emotional and financial obstacles in their lives. So when longtime friend and founder of GiFT presented her with an opportunity to become a contributing, founding board member, she knew this was exactly the way to help attain this goal.Mindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Baker University in Kansas. In her free time, Mindy enjoys watching her children excel at horseback riding, bowling, soccer, and hockey. She also has a creative flare for knitting, sewing, and other crafts.
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.