Dr. Jessica Madden is a neonatologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and has many years of experience working in both NICUs and NICU follow-up clinics. She was born and raised in the Cleveland area (Lyndhurst) and lives in Willowick with her husband and four children.
Dr. Madden is available for home visits for former preemies in the Cleveland area through her home visiting practice, Primrose Newborn Care. Services available include well exams, feeding and lactation support, jaundice checks, colic treatment, and screening for postpartum depression and anxiety. Visits can be arranged around parents’ schedules, including evenings and weekends, and multi-visit packages are available for NICU graduates upon consultation.
Joseph M Neroni is a Sr. Manager of East Coast Operations with Project Farma with 8+ years of experience, with a strong technical background and experience in leading & supporting cross-functional teams with background in Project Management, Engineering, Validation and Research and Development in the Pharmaceutical, Bio-Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Gene & Cell Therapy Industries.
Joe comes with a passion for giving back to the community and being involved in his client initiatives, often participating in volunteering events and fundraisers related to the projects he works on along side Project Farma. Establishing a culture that helps his team build close relationships with individuals that are being treated.
Joe has been involved in the NICU community for +6 years as he is a proud uncle of three healthy preemie nephews.
Rochelle is a mama to a 2bls, 32-weeker warrior. She lives in Cleveland with her husband Kevin and their son Noah. As a licensed mental health counselor, turned NICU mom, Rochelle is passionate about supporting other parents through the trauma of thier own NICU journeys. She is the creator and facilitator of the first NICU parent-peer support group in Cleveland and is also proud to volunteer with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Hand to Hold and Project Preemie!
After the premature birth of her second son, Madison became fascinated with the dynamics of the mother/infant relationship. Dedicated to protecting that relationship for the next mother, she received a scholarship and completed her Breastfeeding Educator Certification to help new mothers navigate through the NICU experience. "Mama Bird" offers Private In-Home/Hospital Visits and Classes and provides consistent breastfeeding support during pregnancy, birth and throughout the postpartum period.
As a conceptual artist with a MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, she began to see a shift in her artwork, career, and perspective on life during her transition into motherhood. Her artwork has been exhibited and published internationally, including her recent solo exhibition; "mother/infant", based on her NICU experience. She is an Associate Artist for the Artist Parent Index and The Museum of Motherhood.
Madison founded the "Mama Bird NICU Family Scholarship"; offering NO COST In-Person breastfeeding support to North East Ohio NICU Families. She facilitates the "Nursing Moms Network"- a FREE monthly breastfeeding group; offering information, support, and local resources. She is a member of the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and hosts many events to support and promote breastfeeding for the health and well-being of both mother and infant.
Paula Jacomin MSN, RNC-NIC, NE-BC
Paula Jacomin is an Assistant Nurse Manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care at Metrohealth medical center. With 30+ years as a NICU nurse, Paula is dedicated to premature babies, their families and the collaborative medical teams that care for them. She is active annually in the March of Dimes March for Babies to support research in the field of Neonatology. Paula is the proud mother of three children, 18, 22 and 25, an avid Cleveland sports fan who enjoys spending time with family, friends, traveling, and all outdoor activities . Paula also volunteers at Playhouse Square Theatre as a Red Coat Usher, and at the Providence house in Cleveland.
Joe is Director of Sales and Marketing at Hermes Sports & Events and has over 35 years of experience working with businesses and non-profit organizations regarding their marketing strategies. Joe is a proud papa to 3 preemie babies and a graduate of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Lisa is an Assistant Nurse Manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care at Fairview Hospital. A NCU Nurse since 2012, She is passionate about education of and advocacy for premature babies and their families. She also feels strongly about supporting the nursing staff who cares for the NICU population and have worked on several projects for the Primary Nurse initiative, and employee engagement. Lisa sits on several unit-based committees that work toward improving outcomes for the premature population and is currently enrolled in the Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at Frontier Nursing University where she will earn my Masters of Science in Nursing.
Lisa and her husband Billy are from Cleveland and welcomed their first child Isla in 2016. In her free time she enjoys paddle boarding, traveling, and spending time with family.