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WAWOS is committed to supporting and celebrating children with Cerebral Palsy and related
neuromuscular delays through the application of design and technology.
Through financial, clinical and social support for impacted children and their families,
our organization strives to enable participation of all people, regardless of ability, in the community at large.
Together we can change the conversation around disability, break down barriers, and promote inclusion.
This 501(c)(3) organization is rooted in the personal experience of its founder, Jacquie Robison,
whose daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at just over a year old.
Together with her family and friends, she has found new ways to encourage
her daughter’s development, navigate stereotypes and celebrate successes.
“Cerebral Palsy is something my daughter has, not who she is,” Jacquie offers. “She is bright,
curious, smart and kind.”
Founder & CEO
I'm working on Patience .
Mom. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Prior to founding WAWOS, Jacquie spent over 20 years leading marketing and communications teams across multiple media and industries. As the mother of a girl with Cerebral Palsy, Jacquie created WAWOS WEAR, a personality-forward walker cape that gave her daughter more motivation to practice her stepping, and encouraged people to see beyond her diagnosis. Her daughter no longer uses a walker, and has added swimming, ballet and skiing to her list of interests. Jacquie has seen what a difference inclusion, engagement and connectedness to the bigger community makes and is committed to shifting the perception of extra needs children.
I'm working on Flexibility .
Jeremiah is a technologist and entrepreneur who believes in a future without disability. He has spent 20 years driving innovation in a number of Silicon Valley start-ups. As parent to a daughter with Cerebral Palsy, the mission to accelerate research into assistive technologies and provide educational and therapeutic resources to families, is a deeply personal one. In order to achieve this mission, Jeremiah believes we must inspire possibility within the community and enable individuals to apply their talents in design, technology, activism, and compassion. We're all working on something together.
I'm working on Leadership .
Amy developed a strong sense of devotion to children as a dedicated aunt to six nephews and one niece. She has spent over 15 years at Williams-Sonoma in a number of operational positions and rounds out work/life balance with activity and activism. Amy is an avid cyclist who has participated in team races for years to raise funds and awareness for No Kid Hungry campaign. She is honored to be part of the conversation at WAWOS which is committed to community and inclusion.
Board of Directors
I'm working on Mindfulness .
Meeta is the founder of MERORA, an apparel brand that supports the advancement of children's education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). She has spent over 15 years working for various tech companies in product development and operations roles. Meeta loves to create a culture of innovation, advocacy, and activism and is an advocate for inclusion and diversity in all that we do.
Board of Directors
I'm working on Being in the moment .
Stacy Menz, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric clinical specialist and the owner of Starfish Therapies. Stacy received her Master's degree at Boston University in 2000 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University in 2005. She is the founder and owner of Starfish Therapies a pediatric physical therapy company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of each child and family that they interact with. In addition, Stacy has experience as a teaching/lab assistant for Boston University, South College, and Chapman University's Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, has presented at state and national conferences, and teaches continuing education courses for pediatric physical therapy. She is the editor of Impact, the Private Practice Section's magazine and is a board member for KEEN San Francisco. She is also involved in both her state and national pediatric physical therapy sections. She has been interviewed on Sirius XM's Doctor Radio regarding pediatric orthopedic conditions, as well as Profiles in Leadership and Start a Therapy Practice.
Board of Directors
I'm working on Listening .
Josh is a seasoned business, technology and product attorney with experience across a variety of cutting edge industries, including entertainment and visual effects at Lucasfilm and technology and mobility at Uber, and is currently advising technology companies at all stages of growth. He's a dad of 2 young kids, and is passionate about his family, the environment and photography. He wants to do his part to help ensure all children get the opportunities they need to thrive.
Board of Directors
I'm working on finding calm .
Lauren Firebaugh is a San Francisco native and lives in Cow Hollow with her young daughters. She has spent 20+ years in the area of Consumer Insights and Market Research, which is her area of focus at Salesforce. A working single mother of two, Lauren still prioritizes giving back and is committed to championing WAWOS. She grew up in a large, Irish-Catholic family and has a sibling with exceptional needs. While her sister did not have a physical difference, Lauren has a special place in her heart for families and children who are considered "different" - whatever that means. Lauren's passion for WAWOS is fueled by wanting an environment of inclusion and acceptance - for her own children and every other child out there. She is contemplating a "We're All Working on Something" tattoo.