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The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

Phoenix Children’s physicians, researchers win Leadership Circle grants to fuel breakthrough research

Phoenix Children’s: grants will accelerate advancements in pediatric medicine
From left are Dana Jirauch, Corinne Beger, Brittany Messmer, DeeDee Vecchione, Julia Burke, Carol Dries and Clarissa Robinson, who were in attendance during the recent 2022 Phoenix Children’s Leadership Circle luncheon. (Photos by Phoenix Children’s/
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Leadership Circle, a Phoenix Children’s Foundation giving group that invests in innovative, high-impact projects, has awarded three grants to fund the work of Phoenix Children’s physicians and researchers.

At the group’s annual luncheon, which was hosted earlier this month by Robert “Bob” Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s; and Rachel McNeill, contributing anchor at 12 News KPNX Phoenix, the 2022 finalists presented for support to Leadership Circle members, who then voted on which projects to fund, according to a press release.

“The presentations gave us a glimpse into the transformative innovation taking place at Phoenix Children’s,” said Dana Jirauch, senior director of property-homes at Phoenix Children’s Foundation, in a prepared statement. “The projects proposed by our finalists are proof that Phoenix Children’s truly is shaping the future of pediatric medicine.”

The 2022 Phoenix Children’s Leadership Circle luncheon grant presenters are Dr. Stewart Goldman, Dr. Carla Allan, and Dr. Theresa Courrier Thomas. (Photo Courtesy of Phoenix Children’s/

The 2022 grant recipients are:

  • Project Title: Be Our Guest: Modernizing the Psychology Waitlist Experience
  • Principal investigator: Carla C. Allan, PhD – Division of Psychology
  • Project Title: The Role of Detergents n the Pathogenesis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Principal investigator: Benjamin Wright, MD – Division of Pulmonology
  • Project Title: Connect: Helping Leukemia Patients Thrive at Home
  • Principal investigator: Alexandra Walsh, MD – Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Project Title: IGNITE: A Home Monitoring Program for Infants with Cleft Palate
  • Principal investigator: Thomas Sitzman, MD

The 2022 Phoenix Children’s Leadership Circle directors include chairs Clarissa and Brian Robinson, as well as Corinne and Darryl Berger, Julia and Taylor Burke, Carol and Dr. Charles P. Dries Jr., Brittany and Matt Messmer, DeeDee and Ken Vecchione, and Paula and Bill Wichterman.

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