Women for The Inn (WINN) Community

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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: 

  • Speaker series on a variety of topics with nationally recognized leaders from The National Institutes of Health. 
  • Volunteer engagement opportunities with Inn families such as serving family dinners, reading stories to children, participating in resident holiday parties throughout the year such as Halloween and Cinco de Mayo parties, organizing gift drives, and offering pro-bono services.
  • Community-building events such as donor receptions, picnics, and networking events.

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, and room/facility enhancements.

2024 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 fundraising co-chairs. 

For more information about WINN, please email Adrienne Stelmach

WINN Winter Meeting (Inn Staff and WINN Members) 
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 
12:00 p.m., via Zoom 
Keynote Speaker: LaVerne L. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Resilience and Health Studies Program at the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements 

Family Dinner Volunteer Opportunity (Inn Families and WINN Members) 
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 
4:45 – 6:30 p.m. 

Pets & Pajamas Storytime (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members)   
Monday, February 5, 2024  
7:00 p.m. 
The Children’s Inn and Zoom 

Valentine’s Day Party (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members)   
Wednesday, February 14, 2024  
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

Family Dinner Volunteer Opportunity (Inn Families and WINN Members) 
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 
4:45 – 6:30 p.m. 

Snowed Inn (Inn Event) 
Saturday, February 24, 2024 
7:00 p.m. 
Pinstripes, North Bethesda, MD 

Rock & Roll for Children (Rock and Roll for Children Foundation benefit concert) 
March 9, 2024 
6:30 p.m. 
The Fillmore Silver Spring (Tickets and Details

Family Dinner Volunteer Opportunity &  
St. Patrick’s Day Party (Inn Families and WINN Members) 
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 
4:45 – 6:30 p.m. 

Family Dinner Volunteer Opportunity (Inn Families and WINN Members) 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 
4:45 – 6:30 p.m.  

An Evening for Hope Gala (Inn Event) 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 
6:00 p.m. 
The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, VA 
(Event Details

Cinco de Mayo Party (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members)   
Monday, May 6, 2024  
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

Family Dinner Volunteer Opportunity (Inn Families and WINN Members) 
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 
4:45 – 6:30 p.m.  

WINN Spring Meeting (Inn Staff and WINN Members) 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 
6:00 p.m., via Zoom 
Topic: Impact of Gut Microbiome on Your Overall Health

Keynote Speaker: Nicole Farmer, MD, Staff Scientist at the NIH Clinical Center and the Acting Section Chief of the Dietary Behaviors and Biopsychosocial Health Section within the TBHD.

Family Dinner Volunteer Opportunity (Inn Families and WINN Members) 
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 
4:45 – 6:30 p.m.  



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

Golf INNvitational (Inn Event) 
Monday, September 16, 2024 
Lakewood Country Club 
Invitations and Sponsorships T.B.A. 

Halloween Trunk or Treat (Inn Families, Inn Staff, and WINN Members) 
Thursday, October 31, 2024 
4 – 5:30 p.m. 

Thoughtful Treasure Making/Open House (WINN Members) 
Thursday, November 14, 2024 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

Holidays at The Inn (WINN Members) 
Volunteer opportunities throughout the month to help shop, wrap, and decorate. 

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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”

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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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