About

I have designed hundreds of products for companies such as Limited Brands, Costco, Macys, Walmart, Martha Stewart Home, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Target and TSUM. My focus prior to graduate school was house-wares, home and fashion industries. In 2012 I completed a graduate degree at Stanford to learn design thinking methodology which emphasizes interdisciplinary teams, empathy development, rapid prototyping, and user testing to create meaningful products and services. During my studies, I began development of a medical device that supports human lactation, a health-related mobile app, personal emergency response system concepts and a toy that promotes family communication. I started my consultancy in June 2012 which has a focus on health and wellness products. I also started "Maternal Life LLC," A company focused on developing products to improve safety in labor & delivery. Maternal Life's first product, Primo-Lacto®, launched in 2016 after a clinical trial, and FDA clearance. Primo-Lacto® was acquired by Lansinoh Laboratories, a subsidiary of Pigeon Corporation March 2018. I'm working on my next products now which address delayed cord clamping, pelvic exams and postpartum pain.

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Awards

1994 Alexander Graham Bell Award for Design & Invention presented by the RISD ID Dept. 2007 Outstanding Packaging Design Award for Costco Private Label Spice Program presented by Graphic Design USA 2011 Carmen Christensen Fellowship in Fine Arts by the Stanford Institute for Creativity & the Arts (SiCA) Full Scholarship to pursue my MFA in The Graduate Program in Design at Stanford. 2011 SiCa Grant (Stanford Institute for Creativity & the Arts) Independent project to explore data visualization 2014 New England Pediatric Device Consortium Pre-Seed Grant Selected for a "Pre-Seed Grant Award" and up to 40 hours of direct NEPDC support for the development of “Primo-Lacto: A Closed System for Colostrum Collection”. 2015 New England Pediatric Device Consortium Full-Seed Grant "Full-Seed grant Award" to support pilot studies for Primo-Lacto in hospitals. 2016 National Capital Consortium For Pediatric Surgical Innovation (NCC-PDI Award) Children's National Health Systems & The University Of Maryland Maternal Life won a $50,000 grant supported by Award Number P50FD004895 from the Food and Drug Administration. 2016 Stanford Med X Medical Product Design Award

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Certified WBENC, Women's Business Enterprise

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