Announcing Our 2021 President-Elect and Board of Directors

Announcing Our 2021 President-Elect and Board of Directors

Congratulations to our newly elected leader! We are pleased to announce that Dr. Megan Pesch has assumed the president-elect position per National CMV Foundation’s Annual Meeting on November 13, 2020.

Dr. Pesch is a developmental/behavioral pediatrician at CS Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and assistant professor at University of Michigan Medical School where her research focuses on health services delivery around congenital diseases, autism and childhood obesity. She is also mom to three girls, her youngest born with congenital CMV.

Dr. Pesch will serve alongside current National CMV Foundation president and co-founder Kristen Hutchinson Spytek for the 2021 term. “I am honored to serve as National CMV’s president-elect to promote health education and equity. I believe that women deserve to know about CMV, and that all babies born with CMV deserve an early diagnosis and equal access to early therapies and intervention,” said Dr. Pesch. “I’m looking forward to working with and learning from other passionate CMV parents on advocacy efforts at the state and national level.”

Below is our returning Officers and Board of Directors for 2021. The Board members represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences that reflect the diversity of our community. Our leadership team is well-positioned to implement our mission and vision.


  • Secretary: Sara Menlove Doutre, senior program associate at WestEd and president, Doutre Consulting in Logan, UT.
  • Treasurer: Zachary Rigoni, managing director at PJT Partners in Houston, TX.


  • Dr. Suresh Boppana, professor of pediatrics and microbiology and Hugh Dillon MD endowed professor in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Danielle Kinkel, general counsel of Massachusetts Housing Partnership in Boston, MA.
  • Dr. Sallie Permar, chair of the department of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital in New York City.
  • John Spytek, director of player personnel of Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, FL.
  • Mary Uran, executive director of Girls on the Run in Twin Cities, MN.

“Leaders who agree to serve on National CMV Foundation’s Board of Directors share a commitment to promoting maternal and child health,” stated Kristen Hutchinson Spytek, President. “The visionary guidance and unique perspectives that our Board will give to our constituents and partners will be of particular value as rare disease advocacy nonprofits emerge from the impact of this pandemic. We welcome our team back, and now we get to work.”