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About Heather McKinnis

Director of Development

Graham’s Foundation

Heather delivered her first child extremely prematurely.  She left her position in higher education admissions to devote her time and energy to caring for and raising her micro-preemie.  A year after leaving her career, she started working with Graham’s Foundation.

Over the last 8 years, she has developed and overseen the Preemie Parent Mentor Program and has recently moved into a development and advancement role within the organization.  She is now the mother of four and devoted to helping parents find their voice as they advocate for their children.



I am passionate about helping parents find their voice throughout their NICU experience.  No parent should feel as though they are alone in this journey.


Tinis for Preemies, NYC 2018: Fundraiser: Sharing my journey.

Parent to Parent Leadership Conference, Scottsdale, AZ October 2015: Supporting Parents in the 24/7, Always Connected World.

Parent of Preemies Day Celebration at Rainbow Babies, Cleveland OH 2013

Presented to undergraduate programs as a part of my role in recruiting for the Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Optometry in my previous career 2008-2010.


Pregnancy after Prematurity

Family-Centered Care: Aspects That Were Missing

Life After the NICU: Discharge Planning

Peer to Peer Support

Improving Communication in the NICU

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