Women for The Inn (WINN) Community

The WINN Community is comprised of dedicated, dynamic women who support the mission of The Children’s Inn at NIH. Joining this group allows members to connect with healthcare luminaries, volunteer their time, donate and direct funds towards Inn projects, and network with like-hearted women. 

Benefits of Membership

Our programming and engagement with The Children’s Inn offer 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 and may be paid at one time or on a monthly basis. Each fall, in consultation with Inn leadership, WINN members vote on allocating the combined WINN contributions for the most significant impact. For example, WINN funding may be directed toward family support programs, educational activities, scholarships, emergency financial assistance, room/facility enhancements, etc.

    2023 WINN Leadership

    The WINN Community is led by co-chairs Debra Cohen and Monica Granovsky. The WINN leadership team is responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing WINN’s goals and objectives, and overseeing all WINN events, activities, and membership recruitment.

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

    For more information about WINN, please email Liza Cole.

    2023 Programs & Events


    WINN Winter Meeting (Inn Staff and WINN Members)
    Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    5:30 p.m.
    via Zoom
    Keynote Speaker:  M. Jennifer Cheng, MD, Pain & Palliative Care NIH Clinical Center


    Pets & Pajamas (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members)  
    Monday, February 13, 2023
    7:00 p.m.
    via Zoom

    Snowed Inn
    Saturday, February 25, 2023
    5:00 p.m.
    Lone Oak Farm Brewery, Olney, MD


    An Evening for Hope Gala
    Saturday, April 29, 2023
    6:00 p.m.
    The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, VA


    Spring WINN Meeting (Inn Staff and WINN Members)
    May 2, 2023
    5:30 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker: Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse 


    Garden Club & VisArts (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members)
    Wednesday, June 7
    5:00 p.m.
    The Children’s Inn


    Piano Party & Sing-Along (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members)
    Wednesday, August 30
    6:00 p.m.
    The Children’s Inn


    Fall WINN Meeting (Inn Staff and WINN Members)
    Details T.B.A.


    Holidays at The Inn 
    Details T.B.A.

    Tram Huyen, Ph.D.
    Director of Innovation
    All of Us Research Program National Institutes of Health
    All of Us

    Abigail Fry
    Behavioral Health Coordinator
    National Cancer Institute
    Reflect, Recreate, Revitalize

    Mike Zoosman
    Chaplain and Cantor
    NIH Clinical Center
    Spiritual Care Department
    Reflect, Recreate, Revitalize

    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 InstituteCo-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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