Traci Nagy, MAFounder and Executive Director; Board Member
Traci Nagy founded the organization in October, 2010. Traci has worked in market research and strategic communications for two decades. She created Feeding Tube Awareness Week® to educate the public and change perceptions of tube feeding. She is the 2013 winner of the Lyn Howard Nutrition Support Consumer Advocacy Award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is a member of A.S.P.E.N and has contributed to their Pediatric Section Newsletter and blog. She holds a Masters in Political Science, with a specialization in Political Psychology. She routinely speaks to industry and clinical audiences about pediatric tube feeding.
Brandis Goodman, BSDirector of Parent Education; Board Member
Brandis joined FTAF in March, 2012. Her blog “Feeding Raya” that chronicles her family’s journey with tube feeding was named a Top Special Needs Site. Feeding Raya is cited by the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation, hospitals, clinicians and medical supply companies. Dozens of excerpts from Feeding Raya have been used in education settings, either by professors or students in health profession programs. Brandis is co-admin of the FTAF Facebook page, as well as a main contributor to the organization’s parent education resources. Brandis has a BS in Healthcare Administration and will be applying to nursing school in the near future. She routinely speaks to industry and clinical audiences about pediatric tube feeding.
Stephanie McDowell, MADirector of Resources
Stephanie has been involved with FTA since its inception in 2010. Her strengths in research and fostering collaboration allow her to connect parents of special needs children with valuable resources, tools, and information. Her creative approaches to problem-solving also support the operation and strategic direction of the organization. Stephanie worked in admissions and planning, and academic advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels of several universities. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling.
Susan Agrawal, PhDDirector of Research and Content Development; Board Member
Susan joined FTAF in 2011. Susan brings her vast knowledge, editing skills, and ability to communicate what is medically complex in lay terms to FTAF’s publications and websites. Susan has specialized knowledge relating to medical technology and special needs advocacy through her late daughter, whose progressive medical condition touched virtually every organ system. Susan founded Complex Child Magazine in 2008, which provides medical information, along with personal experiences, in simple language that other parents can understand. Complex Child also manages a website that provides information on waiver programs in each state. Susan is also an advocate in Illinois, fighting for legislation to help children who are medically fragile and technology dependent. She holds a Ph.D. in music studies/interdisciplinary humanities, and taught at a major university.