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


Fall WINN Meeting (Inn Staff and WINN Members)
Wednesday, September 27
5:30 p.m.


Holidays at The Inn 
Details T.B.A.

Nora Volkow, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

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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