Women for The Inn (WINN) Community

WINN is a community for women who support the mission of The Children’s Inn at NIH. Joining this group provides members with the opportunity to connect with healthcare luminaries, volunteer their time, donate (and direct) funds towards Inn projects, and network with like-hearted women. 

Funds raised by WINN in 2020 were directed by WINN members to fund two important efforts. First, we supported the newly renovated E-wing KitcFunds raised by WINN members in 2021 were allocated to improvements to The Inn’s beloved playground, including additional shading and seating areas and a centerpiece of brightly colored play structure letters spelling HOPE. In 2020 WINN funds were directed to a wide variety of useful items for the E-wing Kitchen. Additionally, WINN members supported The Inn’s Feeding Families program which provided approximately two months of individually packaged meals for Inn families from local restaurants. 

Benefits of Membership

Our programming and engagement with The Children’s Inn offers many different opportunities for involvement. Members are invited to special events such as:

  • Networking events, connecting members with corporate and community leaders
  • Speaker series with nationally recognized leaders in areas such as medical research, business, etc.
  • Volunteer engagement opportunities, such as organizing Family Dinners, holiday gift drives, service days, virtual programs to entertain Inn children, teens and young adults, pro-bono services, etc.

Membership – How to Join or Renew

Membership is open to any woman who would like to contribute the minimum annual amount of $1,000, which is fully tax-deductible. Each September, in consultation with Inn leadership, WINN members vote on how to allocate the combined WINN contributions for the greatest impact. For example, WINN funding may be directed toward family support programs, educational activities, scholarships, emergency financial assistance, room/facility enhancements, etc.

2021-2022 WINN Leadership

WINN is led by co-chairs Lois Alperstein and Julie McPherson. The WINN leadership team is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing WINN’s goals and objectives, and oversee all WINN events, activities and membership recruitment.

Subcommittees are led by members of WINN. These groups are responsible for creative programming, volunteer opportunities, engagement with Inn families, and membership development. Sandy Davis is membership chair, Nancy Dianis is programming chair, Robyn Richardson is communications chair and Pam Kanstoroom and Phyllis Rienzo are event co-chairs.

For more information about WINN, please email Elaine Currie or call 202-276-2431.


Everyone is Irish

Date: Monday, March 14th
Time 3:30 p.m.
Description: Join Chef Danielle Cook as she teaches us to create some delicious Irish themed recipes.


WINN Quarterly Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 5th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Presenters: Mike Zoosman and Abigail Fry


Vis-Arts Decorations for the Garden

Date: Monday, May 16th
Time: 4:30 p.m.

ExperimentINN Science Activity and Summertime Thoughtful Treasure Making Opportunity

Date: Wednesday, June 15th
Time: 4:30 p.m.


WINN Quarterly Meeting

Date: July (Specific Date TBD)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Topic: TBD


Summer Concert Series and Picnic Dinner

Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 6:00 p.m.



WINN Quarterly Meeting

Date: September (Specific Date TBD)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Topic: TBD


Pets & Pajamas

Date: Tuesday, October 11th
Time: 7:00 p.m.


Gratitude Journal Activity

Date: Monday, November 7th
Time: 5:00 p.m.


Gift Selecting, Wrapping and Gift Card Distribution

Date: Week of December 12th – 16th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (three shifts each day)


WINN Speakers

Melinda Kelley, Ph.D.
Acting Deputy Director
National Institute on Aging
“Aging in Women: Research Progress and Promise”

Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH
Stadtman Investigator
National Institutes of Health
Women and Heart Disease

Julie E. Ledgerwood, D.O.
Deputy Director
Chief Medical Officer
Chief, Clinical Trials Program, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
“COVID-19 Vaccine Research and Development”

Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
“COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health”

Jasmin Austin Clayton

Janine Austin Clayton
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health,
“The Promise, the Potential & the Power of Women’s Health”

Christine Grady

Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Chief of the Department of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center,
“Vulnerability and COVID-19: An Ethical Perspective”

Lori Wiener, PhD

Lori Wiener, Ph.D., DCSW, LCSW-C
Senior Associate Scientist
Pediatric Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute
Co-Director, Behavioral Health Core
Head, Psychosocial Support and Research Program
Senior Associate Scientist
Psychosocial Research and its Impact on Children and Families

Nirali Shah

Nirali N. Shah, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Head of the Hematologic Malignancies Section of the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute
“The New CAR on the Block,” explaining a promising type of immunotherapy

Patti Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.
Director, National Library of Medicine at the NIH
“Information for Health in Contemporary Times”

Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH
“Key Indicators of Women’s Health”

WINN Family Engagement

By becoming a WINN member, you will join a dynamic group of philanthropically-minded women who pool their talent and resources for the greatest impact to help Inn families.

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