Board of Directors
Kevin J. Cosgrove, President & Founder is medical sales representative for Aurora Laboratories. With over seven years of pharmaceutical sales experience, he has earned multiple President’s Club Awards and is ranked at the top of his sales force. Kevin co-founded and incorporated Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc., together with David and Monica Gow, in November of 2008. Diagnosed with Narcolepsy in 2006, Kevin felt there was an unmet need to promote and foster further education and awareness about narcolepsy through charitable fundraising events. In 2009, he was honored with the National Public Service Award from the Narcolepsy Network at its 24th Annual Conference for his efforts to expand education and awareness about narcolepsy.
Tabitha A. Crawford, CEM, is president of Balfour Beatty Energy, of Nashville, TN. She is a national advisor and speaker on sustainability programs, contributed to the Presidential Climate Action Plan, and was most recently president of Rayan Solutions, a multi-service energy consulting company that serves both public and private sector clients. Tabitha spent four years as senior vice president of sustainability and innovation for Lend Lease Americas. She is responsible for the creation of “SYNERGY™”, an award-winning grassroots technology, conservation and employee education program, which is included in the Mayoral Climate Protection Manual distributed to 700 cities globally.
Formerly CEO of Military Assistance Company, Tabitha created the first private technology link into Department of Defense payroll systems for the Military Housing Privatization Initiative. She was a member of the prestigious National Automated Clearing House Association’s Government Advisory Board, the Military Comptrollers Society, the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management Faculty, and a practitioner faculty adviser for the Institute of Sustainable Development at Lipscomb University. She holds a BSBA from the University of Louisville, an MBA from Fairfield University, and a Masters of Bank Management from CBA’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management held at the University of Virginia.
David Gow, Vice President & Co-Founder, is a member of Ernst & Young’s New England Private Capital Group and has more than 20 years of experience working closely with private capital and venture capital firms. He has extensive experience in areas such as investment fund accounting and reporting, asset valuation, partnership accounting and evaluation of internal controls. David and his wife, Monica, became motivated to bring further awareness and education to the narcolepsy community when their son was diagnosed in 2008.
Sean R. Higgins, Clerk, is an attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Boston, MA. Sean’s practice focuses on consumer financial services litigation, where he represents financial institutions defending claims of mortgage fraud, predatory lending, loan servicing abuse, and violations of federal and state consumer-protection statutes. Sean also represents lenders, servicers, and their agents and vendors in all aspects of contested foreclosures and evictions in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition, Sean has experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in business and commercial disputes and cases involving real estate, housing, construction, bankruptcy, toxic torts, medical malpractice, and personal injury. Sean assisted WUN’s co-founder Kevin Cosgrove to incorporate the foundation and to obtain its 501(c)(3) non-profit status. In addition to acting as a Board member, Sean acts as general counsel for WUN.
Wake Up Narcolepsy Staff
Monica Gow, Executive Director & Co-Founder, oversees strategic implementation of the WUN mission. She has 10 years of experience in the insurance field, is a certified elementary school teacher, and is the mother of three children. Monica and her husband, David, were motivated to bring awareness and education to the narcolepsy community when their son was diagnosed in 2008. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Monica led the Wake Up Narcolepsy Boston Marathon team, running with speed and dedication, and raising remarkable awareness and research funds.
Kathi Wagner, Chief Development Director, oversees WUN’s strategic fundraising and other philanthropic initiatives, including grant writing, major-donor and planned-giving programs, direct-mail outreach, event support, and stewardship activities, as well as national volunteer leadership recruitment, and database and policy development. Kathi has more than 20 years of fundraising, marketing, public affairs, and non-profit management experience in healthcare and environmental organizations.
Kenneth McDonnell, Communications Director, brings to the post a broad range of experience in marketing, corporate communications, and media relations. Ken’s background includes work in social services, higher education, computer technology, and electric energy.
Jeffrey Stough, Business Consultant, has over 30 years of business experience with a wide range of responsibilities, from president of a small start up to vice president with a Fortune 500 company. In these organizations he has focused on project management, revenue cycle, account management, new product development, and energy-related incentives. This diverse background enables Jeff to manage projects that encompass varied disciplines and communication styles. The ability to communicate on all levels, combined with his strong project management skills, is a proven combination for his clients.