Board of Directors
Gordon Gow, Chair, of Toronto, has extensive experience in large corporate environments as well as with smaller and start-up enterprises at both the Board and operational management levels. He has a solid background in raising capital in venture markets and in public markets with a unique understanding of the most senior levels of international, federal and provincial governments. With a track record of success in launching companies and building and coaching strong management teams, Gordon has strong administrative and “people management” skills. He is an enthusiastic and aggressive self-starter, and is highly motivated by challenge and opportunity.
Kevin J. Cosgrove, Deputy Chair and Co-founder, of Boston, incorporated Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc., together with David and Monica Gow, in November 2008. Diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2006, Kevin felt there was an unmet need to promote and foster 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. He is Area Manager with Castle Biosciences, of Boston, where he also lives. With over 10 years of pharmaceutical sales experience, he has consistently ranked at the top among his peers.
David Gow, Treasurer and Co-founder, of Worcester, MA, is a partner in Ernst & Young’s New England Private Capital Group. Dave 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.
Laura D. Fabrizio, of East Grand Rapids, MI, brings over 15 years of marketing, fundraising, and volunteer experience to Wake Up Narcolepsy. In her current role for Troy Abstract and Title, she leads expansion of the organization to the West Michigan market. In 2009, Laura and Patrick’s youngest son developed narcolepsy and cataplexy. Over the last few years they, along with their two daughters, have worked to raise awareness in the educational setting and community. She holds leadership and volunteer positions within the local school district and West Michigan area.
Julie Frasher, of Parker, CO, Sr. Manager, Real Estate Strategy at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., is experienced in creating innovative real estate strategies and alternative workplace solutions for corporate clientele. She has worked directly with executive leadership and managed global real estate portfolios in various industries for the past 20 years. In 2009, Julie was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy after spending her adult life with progressive yet unexplained symptoms of the disease. After graduating from Leadership Overland Park (KS), Ms. Frasher was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports from 2008 to 2010. Through this experience, she cultivated a passion for increasing community awareness, improving patient supports, and collaborating on successful fundraising events. Today, Julie continues to share her passion for awareness and research funding in support of her fellow narcolepsy patients.
Kimberly D. Grady, of Andover, MA, brings more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience to Wake Up Narcolepsy. She has worked in financial sales for such companies as John Hancock and The John Nuveen Company. Over the past 15 years, she has held many volunteer positions within her community, helping organizations raise funds and build awareness. Her son was diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy in 2005 at age 7. When Kim and her family moved to Massachusetts in 2008, she became involved with Wake Up Narcolepsy, spreading awareness within the school communities. She also completed the 2011 Boston Marathon as a member of the Wake Up Narcolepsy team of WUNners.
We deeply appreciate the service of past Board members Tabitha Crawford and Sean Higgins.
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 expertise in marketing, corporate communications, and media relations. Ken’s background includes work in social services, higher education, computer technology, and electric power grid regional oversight.
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.