Consejo de Padres
Family Advisory Council Chair
Determined to assist his eldest daughter Lucy, Garrett dedicates time outside of his career in finance to educating and raising awareness for pediatric feeding disorder. Without a medical diagnosis or explanation as to why his daughter will not eat by mouth, Garrett’s family is committed to a homemade blended diet fed via G-tube while they pursue therapy with Lucy. She loves to eat chocolate pudding, Nutella, Banana Smoothie, suck on countless Costco Sized bags full of pretzels –making daily progress toward her goal of consuming her meals by mouth. Lucy’s younger siblings, twins Alice and Ivy, provide positive support as they are enthusiastic mouth eaters who cheer Lucy on whenever there is a victory. Garrett serves as a board member for several healthcare related organizations as well as an independent school in Utah whose philosophy is to develop young minds to heal the world.
Cathy and husband, Manolis, are parents to Maria, a sweet, beautiful girl who was born with hydrocephalus. Feeding is just one of Maria’s many challenges. She had an NG tube during her first year, then again for a few months after major surgery when she was 7 years old, which is when we finally agreed it was time to place a G-tube. Now Maria eats pureed and soft foods, using the tube mostly for liquids and medicines. Cathy is a collaboration specialist for the Bureau of Land Management. In her spare time, she volunteers for Feeding Matters and Raising Special Kids and was appointed to Arizona’s Special Education Advisory Panel.
Kimberly Lechner, PhD
Dr. Kimberly Melton Lechner is a licensed school psychologist, school administrator, and counselor educator. She currently teaches graduate students in a clinical mental health counseling program. Additionally she is the founder of Kids First Collaborative, LLC, where she provides educational consulting and assessment services for both families and school districts. Kim is passionate about helping families and school teams collaborate to support children with special needs. She has a particular interest in supporting parents of children with complex medical conditions. Kim’s daughter, Evelyn, has a pediatric feeding disorder and receives supplemental nutrition through a Gtube. Evelyn is currently thriving thanks to the incredible doctors, therapists, and teachers with whom she works.
Kim has volunteered as a one to one parent mentor at Feeding Matters for a number of years. She’s thrilled to support the mission of Feeding Matters as a Family Advisory Board member.
Robyn Neiderer, MSN, CRNP
My name is Robyn Neiderer, CRNP, MSN! I am married to my best friend and incredibly supportive husband named Matthew! We have been blessed with three healthy and happy children: Abigail, Daniel, and Patrick! We live on the east coast in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. I am currently a proud Stay-at-Home Mom raising my children but I am professionally an Adult Nurse Practitioner! I received both my BSN and MSN degrees at Villanova University and have worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. My background ranges from Neuro and Multi-System Trauma/Intensive Care Nursing as well as Interventional Radiology both within the hospital setting. Additionally, I have worked in private practice providing care in Women's Health/OB-GYN. I have been a Parent Volunteer in the Power of Two Program with Feeding Matters since 2010 and have been recently offered a place on the Parent Council! My son, Danny, was born as a full-term infant with severe reflux which eventually turned into failure-to-thrive. After a little over three years, with the help of numerous specialists and the Hershey Feeding Program, I can happily say that Danny is now a thriving little boy! It wasn't until after we had gotten through our feeding challenges that I found Feeding Matters (formerly P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E.)! I wanted the opportunity to provide support to other families who were just starting to go through the process of getting help for their children. I am honored to be a member of this organization and truly hope to make a difference in educating families and healthcare professionals regarding all feeding challenges!
Brandt is a native of Arizona, where he and his wife Krya raise three energetic children. At 18 months their son, Brayden, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and severe food allergies. Brayden is fed 100% through his G-tube, but that rarely slows him down. Brayden's younger sister, Sydney also has a wide range of food allergies that drive Brandt and Krya to expanded their culinary creativity. Fortunately, big brother Austin provides great support to the whole family, and simplifies meals by preferring mac & cheese or pizza. Brandt has a long history of involvement with children's charities, children's hospitals and of advocacy through his position as an executive at a medical equipment manufacturing company. Brandt and Krya love the outdoors and hope to inspire that same wonder and appreciation of nature in Austin, Brayden and Sydney.
A medical office executive and mother to two children who experienced feeding issues, Hayley earned her undergraduate degree in linguistics and is acutely aware of the need to help parents and medical providers work together. Hayley wants to connect parents with the information needed to manage feeding issues after experiencing first-hand the power of becoming informed and working with healthcare providers to advocate on behalf of children. Hayley’s professional and family experiences have combined to help her understand a parent’s vital role in the care continuum.