Claire’s Place Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

New board members bring medical and financial expertise to foundation dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children living with cystic fibrosis.

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"We are so excited to have Dr. Yoonessi and Mr. Martell join our board," said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Nordquist. "As our foundation grows, it is critically important to have the best community leaders focused on the issues."

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 04, 2014

Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis, welcomes Dr. Leila Yoonessi and David Martell to the organization’s board of directors.

Dr. Yoonessi is a pediatric pulmonology fellow at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach with a passion for the treatment of respiratory diseases. She is currently a board certified pediatrician and has several studies pending publication. On a personal level, Dr. Yoonessi had a childhood friend who lived with cystic fibrosis without complaint and inspired her to research in the pulmonology field in the hope of improving the quality of life and reducing the mortality and morbidity of children living with respiratory disease.

David Martell is a veteran in the financial services industry with experience and a passion for fundraising for charitable organizations. Currently, David is an account executive with a large firm in the commodities industry where he is responsible for the buying and selling of new and rare precious metals. Previously, David was the primary fundraiser for an outreach educational organization. He conducted fundraising strategy and outreach trained other fundraisers.

"We are so excited to have Dr. Yoonessi and Mr. Martell join our board," said Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Nordquist. "As our foundation grows, it is critically important to have the best community leaders focused on the issues and education of cystic fibrosis for children and families struggling with the illness and the emotions and financial needs that come with it."

To assist Claire’s mission in helping other children with cystic fibrosis, please visit her website to make a tax deductible donation.

About Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc.
Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF). Claire’s Place Foundation is named in honor of Claire Wineland, now a teenager, who has been living with CF her entire life. The foundation provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. A young author of bestseller “Every Breath I Take, Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis,” Claire’s unique inspirational model for people living with this disease has led her to be a TEDx Speaker and receive multiple awards including Southbay Magazine’s “Top 10 South Bay Teen”, Looking Beyond LA’s “Soaring Spirit Award,” and a nominee of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship” awards. She has been featured in Ladies’ Home Journal and seen on the Hallmark Channel and ABC’s “Everyday Health.” Claire’s Place Foundation is a way for Claire to give back with hope, strength, and joy and make meaning of what she has had to go through. For more information and make a donation, please visit http://www.clairesplacefoundation.org.


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