Dr. Colleen Borelli joins the board of directors, Myrna Alphonse Newman and Elyssa Geschwind join advisory board


Jennifer Myers

ARLINGTON, VA, MAY 15, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Borelli has joined its board of directors, effective May 11, 2019, and that Myrna Alphonse Newman and Elyssa Geschwind have joined the advisory board. Their additions, along with the recent additions of Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram, represent a strategic expansion of JB-LF’s board and its capabilities.

Dr. Borelli is a board certified OB/GYN who completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown and then earned a Masters in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed medical school and residency at The George Washington University, where she was named Resident Physician of the Year upon graduation. Her special interests include obstetrics, menopause, adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive GYN surgery. She has recently been listed as a “Top Doctor” in both Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian. In her free time, she volunteers at the Arlington Free Clinic. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.

Newman, MA, NCC, is a trained NCS (Newborn Care Specialist)/Postpartum Doula and therapeutic nanny, with a particular interest in doula support systems and race disparities in postpartum care. Geschwind, a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Temple Law School (JD), has professional experience as an attorney and in nonprofit fundraising and development and has been working to alleviate gender-based disparities throughout her career.

“Colleen is the first medical practitioner to serve on our board of directors, and I’m excited that we can turn to her knowledge and experience as we expand the foundation’s programmatic work. I’m also very pleased that Myrna and Elyssa will add their areas of expertise to our advisory board, sharing their thoughts and ideas with JB-LF. We are well-positioned for continued growth so that we can serve more moms and babies in need,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of JB-LF.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. For more information, visit


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