Board of Directors

Nichole

Nichole Aldrich

Board Member

Nichole Aldrich is a former journalist and certified public accountant. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College. Nichole was a TV news reporter for several cities in the Northeast including Boston. Before pursuing a career in journalism, she was a CPA with Ernst & Young.

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Ruby

Ruby Bacardi

Board Member

Ruby Bacardi is the mother of two young boys. She gave birth in 2016 to her first son, who suffered from a condition called Gastroschisis. During his 3 month stay in the NICU, Ruby experienced, first hand, support from ICU baby. She joined the ICU baby board to share her NICU experience and be a voice for NICU parents.

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Ani Buraglia

Ani Buraglia

Board Member

Ana Fernandez Buraglia is the executive director of a non-profit, The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation. She completed her undergraduate work at Villanova University in Philadelphia, and a Master’s of Arts in Communication and Marketing at San Diego State University. She is a native of Miami and the mother of two children.

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Ana Glass

Ana Glass

Board Member

Ana Glass is the Director of Premium Client Services at The Miami HEAT, where she has worked for over 13 years. Born in Ecuador, Ana moved to Miami when she was 9 years old and this has been home ever since. When she is not working, Ana is passionate about spending time near the ocean and traveling all over the world with her family.

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Carolina

Carolina Mazuera

Board Member

Carolina Mazuera is a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she advises clients across multiple industries on a wide range of topics, primarily strategic planning, productivity improvement, and operational excellence. Prior to joining McKinsey, Carolina was Executive Vice-President for Strategy at JGB Financial Holding, where she led business development efforts for the company.

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Jorge Mendia

Jorge Mendia, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Jorge Mendia has been in private practice as an obstetrician gynecologist for the past 27 years. During that time he has seen first hand the difficulties that families endure when their babies are in the NICU. He believes that the medical teams in the NICUs work diligently on the babies, however the families struggle because of the lack of interpersonal support that ICU baby provides in the hospitals it serves.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth Simonton

Board Member

Elizabeth Simonton is an attorney and former small business owner, who started the NICU Families Fund with her Husband in 2014 after having a NICU experience of their own. ICU baby was developed in 2015 to broaden and extend the mission of the NICU Families Fund. Elizabeth received her B.S. from Furman University with a double major in psychology and political science and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Richmond Law School in 2005.

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Gloria Fonts Suarez

Board Member

Gloria Fonts Suarez is owner of Cymbidium Events, a boutique event planning firm in South Florida. She began her career as Catering Sales Manager at the Biltmore Hotel, she then joined the catering team at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. Her extensive industry background, paired with her degree in Hospitality Management, offers her clients a unique perspective when planning both social and corporate events.

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Drew Stoudt, MD

Drew Stoudt, M.D.

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Drew Stoudt is board certified in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A practicing pediatrician for more than 20 years, he began his career in Miami as a pediatric hospitalist specializing in inpatient care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. For the last 10 years, he has been in private practice at Gables Pediatrics, where he is a principal partner.

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Rafael

Rafael Urquidi

Board Member

Rafael Urquidi is a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors where he advises private and institutional clients from various industries on how to invest capital and manage intergenerational wealth. Prior to joining WFA, Rafael worked at UBS, Credit Suisse and Barclays in different roles, as an analyst, fixed income investment associate, derivatives trader, forex trader and relationship manager.

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