Stacy Lipinczyk and Melissa Nail are both moms of children born with Congenital Heart Defects. Their friendship has blossomed over their passion of wanting to make a difference in our local CHD community by providing accessible resources to other local families, thus they created CHD Families of Tucson, a non-profit organization.
Stacy is an Arizona native that has lived in Tucson for over 10 years. She graduated from the University of Arizona and works full time as a Sales Executive for Delta Dental of Arizona. She is a wife to Bobby Lipinczyk and a mommy to Kinley, her CHD warrior. She has a passion for connecting local heart families with one another and putting on events in the community. She is a huge advocate for Pulse Ox Screening testing for all newborns before discharge, as that is what ultimately saved her daughter’s life in 2014. The moments that she cherishes the most are spending time with her family, focusing on her faith, doing outdoor activities, vacationing by the beach, and drinking a Starbucks blonde roast coffee.
Melissa Nail is the co-founder of CHD Families of Tucson. Her previous work as a Director of Youth Ministries and her membership on the Patient Family Advisory Council for Women and Children at Tucson Medical Center now provide insight in group dynamics within volunteer organizations. A lover of all things literary, Melissa studied at the University of Arizona after a transfer from New Mexico State, and now enjoys writing blogs and bits about life with a child who was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. Melissa became a “Heart Mom” unexpectedly when her son was born in critical condition in 2012. Her passion is advocating to ensure that heart families in Southern Arizona receive the very best care. She is supported in this mission by her husband, Justin, her son, Killian, and their Corgi, Eleanor Rigby.
Jessica practices adoption and juvenile law in Tucson, Arizona. Like many others, congenital heart defects have affected Jessica’s family directly. Her sister was born with an atrial septal defect as well as valvular pulmonary stenosis, and her cousin was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Jessica is so excited to be a part of such an incredible organization to help support and empower heart families around Tucson and in Arizona. She looks forward to helping build the heart community within our state.
Becky was born and raised in Arizona, graduating from Northern Arizona University. She enjoyed 10 years working in resorts outside the state and holding management positions in both Hotel Operations and Human Resources. After some time away, Becky, her husband Frank, and daughter Sophie were eager to return closer to family in Arizona. Her son Dominic was born in Tucson soon after with an unexpected heart defect, detected by the Pulse Ox Screening. After spending weeks in hospitals, Becky became passionate about helping others going through similar situations. Her top priority is to create a strong network of people and resources for Heart Warriors and their families.