Board Member Spotlight: Megan Pesch, MD
Tell us about your professional background.
I’m a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician and researcher. Clinically I see children with developmental delays, behavioral challenges, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. My research focus has been on the influence of the mother-child relationship on children’s health. I had previously focused mainly on childhood obesity, but recently am shifting my focus to outcomes of children with congenital CMV.
What makes the National CMV Foundation’s mission powerful for you?
I have been personally affected by CMV and feel that it IS possible to eradicate this virus with appropriate research, funding and advocacy. No one should have to suffer because of CMV.
What does success look like to you?
Success means fighting and accomplishing social justice for all, in particular in the domain of healthcare.
What motivates you?
The health and well-being of children, especially my daughters.
What does true leadership mean to you?
Someone who is able to carry out the goals and vision of a group, while steering the group with purpose. A true leader makes decisions on behalf of a group with their best interest at heart, guided by the groups’ governing values.
What book did you read last?
The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter
What is an ability you wish you had?
Being able to end/fix suffering.
What do you like most about living in Michigan?
It’s a fantastic place to raise a family. We have such a strong social network here!
Where would you most like to travel to?
Bali looks like a total dream to me.
What’s your favorite 90’s jam?
Montell Jordan, This is How We Do It
You’re happiest when?
I’m in my bed, the kids are asleep and I’m watching reality TV at the end of a busy day.