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Board of Directors 
Vanessa Pack
Founder & Chief Executive Officer



With a lifelong dream of being an educator, Vanessa was well along the path towards realizing her goal, having completed an Associate of Arts in Natural Science, Associate of Science in Social Science, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and her Master’s of Education, Adult Educators and Administrators.

Close to the culmination of the education required to reach her goal of a teaching career geared towards K-12, Vanessa had to make a difficult decision. She asked herself, “Do I continue on with my dream of being a teacher or focus on saving mothers and babies by helping to discover a cause and cure for Hyperemesis Gravidarum?”
Vanessa was a volunteering for the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation [HER] when she realized there were limited options available when fundraising as a volunteer. The Packs decided to create their own foundation, one that would support all organizations seeking to discover a cause and cure for HG. The Packs held the first ever HG walk on October 20, 2007, A Walk to Remember: HG Walk America, raising awareness in the community and gaining much needed support for those suffering from the disorder. Proceeds of the walk were donated to the HER Foundation. During the completion of Vanessa’s Masters in 2012, the Ayden Rae Foundation was born.
Perry Pack
Founder & Chief Executive Officer



Perry is a father, husband, and Hyperemesis Gravidarum advocate. Before he and Vanessa married, she explained to him that she had ‘complicated’ pregnancies. Perry could have never imagined what exactly complicated meant! “Until you are staring Hyperemesis Gravidarum in the eye, living it, there is no way to explain or even prepare for it. I was on the sidelines watching my wife and unborn baby die in our home. Feeling like my hands were handcuffed behind my back, I might as well have been in prison. I felt powerless and wished I could have somehow taken her place. Surviving HG with my wife was the turning point in my life. Surviving HG without Ayden Rae has been a difficult experience, one I’d keep other fathers from having.” 

Since 1993 Perry has worked as a Northrop Grumman civilian contractor for the DOD based at Ft. Irwin, the US Army’s premier National Training Center [NTC]. As a master mechanic focused on the operational performance and repair of the Army’s HMMWV and MRAP vehicles, Perry, currently working towards a Master of Science in Project Management, is leveraging his professional experience and knowledge to provide a sound operational base for the Ayden Rae Foundation. He and his wife are looking forward to supporting families with this affliction until there is a cause and cure. 

Charleen Dickson
Chief Financial Officer

Corporate Secretary

Chief Development Officer

Nolan Smith
Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Operations Officer

Robert Sullivan
Chief Creative Officer

James Pinto, MD OBGYN
Chief Medical Officer

Len Nordmann
Chief Art Director

Randy Christensen

Rebekah McCartney, RN

Jamie Lerma, RN

Lauren Stapp, RN 

DorisRose Wade, RN

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