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Turner Syndrome Foundation’s Staff

Laura Fasciano
Director and Founding President

Determined to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Turner Syndrome through education, research and support, I founded this organization to advocate for a randomly acquired and complex condition affecting women. Precious lives, families and communities are struggling for answers. Learn more about the Vision for Turner Syndrome.


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Janis Elwell
Patient Registry Coordinator

I have the pleasure of receiving the many patient registries submitted to the Turner Syndrome Foundation from numerous adult women and caregivers of young children, as well as expectant families. Individuals submit their contact information, experiences of their journey with TS, and are asked about their questions and concerns. My role on the team is to invest in these relationships to forge an alliance of community, care and support. Engaging with clients provides the greatest insight to the unmet needs of all people affected by TS. While we do not have all of the answers, my goal is to provide the greatest care.


Elizabeth Rivera
Blog Content Coordinator

My background in Sociology and Anthropology allow me to effectively work with our team of talented writers and editors to research, write, and edit articles that resonate with TSF’s mission, the TS community, and the general public. The blog posts help spread TS awareness, aid the TS community with overcoming their challenges, and inspire both people in and outside of the TS community to advocate for more TS awareness, research, and legal protections. The writing department is expanding, and we encourage talented writers and editors to join us here at TSF.

Shannon McGorty
Social Engagement Coordinator

People and public relations campaigns influence change. In my role to expand awareness and support for the Turner Syndrome Foundation, increased social engagements and brand messaging are tools used to elevate the cause, inspire activists to create change, and as well to elicit a meaningful philanthropic response. Social influencers who are interested in supporting girls and women are encouraged to reach out to me, engage socially, and become part of our awareness team!

Annabella Marte

Annabella Marte
Community Outreach

As a current student of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business at Monmouth University, I am so grateful to work with the Turner Syndrome Foundation. Through working primarily in community outreach, my goal is to continue to help those with Turner Syndrome not only have access to resources and any information that may be essential to them, but also maintain a connection with them and enable them to feel safe and heard. In my role I will continue to advocate for those who are affected by Turner Syndrome to build and maintain community support.


Kayla Kennedy
Press Coordinator

I am so grateful for this opportunity! I empathize a lot with those who have Turner Syndrome because I also suffer from a medical condition with no cure, epilepsy. Since I was diagnosed, the one thing I’ve done for myself and other people out there with epilepsy was advocate. Advocacy is the best way to bring light on a situation and inform people. With my new role, I will advocate for the Turner Syndrome community, educating the public on this condition and the roles they can also take to help. 

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Susan Herman
Lead Editor and Writer

Susan Herman, a TSF volunteer since 2019, is the lead editor of our blog. She also produces our monthly My Story series, which highlights the wonderfully diverse journeys of people living with TS and their families and caretakers. In her professional life, Susan is an editor, linguist, and instructor for the federal government.

Susan grew up in the D.C. area and lived in Tucson for 16 years as a teenager and young adult. She earned a B.A. degree in Spanish and political science and a M.A. degree in Spanish linguistics from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She currently lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband, Chris, and  her their three crazy cats.

professional volunteer

Kelsey Picciano
Professional Membership Program Development

I recently finished my Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies, a career path I chose with the aim of becoming a PA in OBGYN/Women’s Health. I have worked with extremely diverse communities in various hospitals across the tri-state area. My health care background and passion for advocacy provide me the opportunity to educate people on Turner Syndrome from a unique perspective.

Research Staff

Jai-Ru Lai
Research Associate

I am currently located in Maryland, and find myself dedicated to applying data mining and research skills to search for related data from online data sources and research papers, and compile information to support further research and information sharing. I really appreciate the chance to work here and I hope to gain some insightful outcomes which would be meaningful to people around the world. 

Komal Prem

Dr. Komal Prem
Health Columnist

I have a very strong scientific background, with a B.S. and M.S. in engineering and an M.D., and I currently work as a clinical pharmacologist in a biotech company. I love the opportunity to provide support to young girls with Turner’s to show them that even with these medical issues, there is light at the end of the tunnel and they can live full, productive, engaging, and successful lives!

Gaby Lamdagan, Social Media and Fundraising

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