Board of Directors

Michael MunozrMichael Munoz

Michael has been a commercial litigator for over ten years, first at a leading international law firm, and presently at a smaller firm in New York City. In law school he volunteered as a mentor to Manhattan public school students, taught a class for high school students, and worked with children and their families at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division. As an attorney he represented, on a pro bono basis, a family seeking custodial rights over a disabled adult child, and has volunteered as a judge at statewide high school mock trial competitions. Michael is very excited for the opportunity to work alongside so many great people at The Quinn Madeleine Foundation to help children and families affected by NPA and other rare diseases. Michael resides in Westchester County with his wife and three daughters.

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Eileen LinzerEileen Linzer
Co-Founder / Executive Director

Eileen Linzer, Quinn's mom, spent the first twelve years of her career in academic publishing. As the Analyst for the global digital sales group, much of Eileen's expertise lies in market identification & research, business strategy and organizational operations. Leaving her job in 2012 to care for Quinn full-time, Eileen has become so well-versed in the medical and administrative side of the disease and end-of-life care that she has often been mistaken for a medical professional by physicians and nurses alike. In launching Quinn Madeleine, Eileen seeks to marry her unique skill set with her intense passions – putting an end to NPA, shifting focus to quality of life, and ensuring that Quinn's legacy long outlives Quinn's short 15 months. She resides in Nassau County, New York with Brett and their two boys.

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Brett LinzerBrett Linzer
Founding Vice Chair

Brett Linzer is Quinn's dad and the Chief Technology Officer of Electromatic Equipment Co., Inc. located in Cedarhurst, New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Computer Graphics from New York Institute of Technology. Brett has been passionate about Art and Technology since he first had contact with Turtle Graphics as young boy taking computer classes at Queens College. As Quinn's dad he became part of the rare-disease community and learned first hand how difficult it can be to navigate with NPA and other rare-disease diagnoses. He is excited to be a part of a team that will ensure Quinn's name will live on with the goal of finding treatments for rare diseases as well as bringing a touch of joy to children and their families during a challenging fight.

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Candace DellaconaCandace Dellacona
Founding Secretary

Candace Dellacona is an attorney with Feldman, Kramer, and Monaco, PC. She has also worked for the United States Department of Justice, and several large New York City law firms. Ms. Dellacona currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, served on the Committee of the Problems of the Aging of the Bar of the City of New York and on the Advisory Board of the New York City Department of the Aging, Elder Abuse Training project. Ms. Dellacona was recently named as a 2013 New York City Rising Star in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning by New York Super Lawyer's Magazine. She resides in Nassau County with her husband and three children.

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John O'GaraJohn O'Gara
Founding Treasurer

John O'Gara, most notably Quinn's uncle, is an experienced strategic business consultant having served in senior management positions at top ten financial institutions for over twenty years with a primary focus on serving the business and revenue cycle needs of their Fortune 1000® clients. John is highly versed in building and executing strategies designed to optimize working capital, increase organizational revenue growth and decrease inefficient operational processes specifically in the healthcare provider and payer industries. An active member in his community of Astoria NY, John also volunteers for several local charitable organizations specifically those that benefit the needs of children.

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Jon HirataJonathan Hirata
Founding Member

Jonathan Hirata is an Assistant Principal of Administration at Bayside High School located in Queens, New York. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and a Master's Degree in Math Education from St. John's University. Jonathan enthusiastically entered the teaching profession with the mission of preparing students for a success in their lives after high school. Jonathan has had a variety of experiences living in Japan. After graduating from SUNY Binghamton, he spent two years as an Assistant Language Teacher in a Junior High School in rural Kagawa, Japan. His current responsibilities include the supervision of fundraising and coordinating of events for student organizations which contribute and donate to community causes. As an educator and a father of a girl and boy, it is his belief that every child should be afforded every opportunity to be exposed to an academic and social environment where experiences lead to joy and happiness. Jonathan is proud to be part of an organization that promotes and contributes to the well being of children.

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Chelsea IngramChelsea Ingram
Founding Member

Chelsea Ingram is a mother, wife, world traveler, and writer. She is the mother of three sons, one of whom, Trek Atlas Ingram, lived with Niemann-Pick Type A. Chelsea has a unique perspective of how Niemann-Pick Type A affects the family dynamic before, during, and after the experience of having an effected child. She is an example of how, not only to survive, but to live and embrace life through the horrific experience of having a child with Niemann-Pick Type A. She has inspired thousands through her blog Our Sonny Life, sharing her life and emotional experiences with the world. Moreover, she has been published frequently on the "What to Expect When Expecting: Mom's Everyday Blog." She resides in Jamaica Beach, TX with her husband and three children.

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