Board of Directors
Gordon Gow, Chair, 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, 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.
David Gow, Treasurer and Co-founder, 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.
We deeply appreciate the service of our past Board members.
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 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.