CEO, Head of Research
Nasha Fitter co-founded the FOXG1 Research Foundation shortly after her daughter Amara was diagnosed with FOXG1 syndrome. She is dedicated to leading our research strategy to find a cure for every child in the world who has FOXG1 syndrome.
A technology entrepreneur, Nasha was the founder and CEO of tech startup Schoolie, which was acquired in 2016 by GreatSchools. Nasha currently heads data acquisition and patient experience at Ciitizen, a company focused on helping cancer patients acquire and share their health data digitally. Previously, she was a Director at Microsoft Corp where she held various management and product development positions, including Chief-of-Staff for Microsoft's billion dollar education division.
Nicole Johnson is a co-founder of the FOXG1 Research Foundation and mother to seven-year-old Josie, who has a severe mutation of the FOXG1 gene. With more than two decades of experience in media and communications, Nicole leads our communications and marketing strategy and wears many hats as the foundation President. Nicole was a founding partner and the Director of Communications of the OTT streaming music service, Qello Concerts that was sold to publicly traded company Stingray in 2018. Prior to starting Qello in 2007, Nicole worked many years as a producer for CNN and for NBC , and then moved into corporate communications for several Fortune 500 companies. Nicole is also a member of the East lake Consulting team based in New York.
Scientific Advisory Board Liaison
Brimble serves as FOXG1 Research’s Scientific Advisory Board Liaison to facilitate communication with research communities. She is a genetic counselor in Child Neurology at Stanford Children’s Health, where she is working to develop a FOXG1 multidisciplinary clinic. Brimble completed her undergraduate training in genetics at Western University in Ontario, and Masters degrees in molecular genetics and genetic counseling at the University of Toronto and Boston University, respectively.
Brimble’s primary clinical and research interests are to improve understanding of genetic mechanisms that contribute to epilepsy, and to develop protocols that ensure comprehensive and consistent evaluations for genetic epileptic encephalopathies.
Angie Van Wingerden
Angie Van Wingerden joined the FOXG1 Research Foundation in 2018 when she volunteered to manage the first FOXG1 scientists symposium in 2018 and knocked it out of the park. As the mom to 15-year-old Aila, who has FOXG1 syndrome, Angie is dedicated to helping drive the FRF to find a cure. As CFO, Angie keeps our finances in check and also oversees operations. Angie is a focused, logistics dynamo with 22 years of experience in the events industry. Since obtaining her BA of Commerce in Hospitality from the University of Guelph, she has built an impressive portfolio of corporate events, including fundraisers, galas, conferences and symposiums. She brings superior organizational skills and ability to manage logistics, and large teams. She has vast knowledge in software programs to best manage our structure and operations across the globe.