We are thankful to our Board of Directors and Family Advisors who volunteer their time to join us in this important work.
Brita Dietzel is a mother, nurse and an advocate. Since 1999 she has worked as registered nurse at Region’s Hospital Burn Unit in St. Paul, MN. In 2008 she founded Ellianna Grace Foundation, in honor of her daughter Ellianna. From 2008 to 2015 Ellianna Grace Foundation was dedicated to helping families gain access to Fetal Cardiac Intervention in Boston by supplying significant financial assistance through family grants. Brita was one of first 30 mothers to agree to Fetal Cardiac Intervention to help Ellianna’s heart in utero. Brita knows firsthand the difficulty of traveling for medical care for a child and her passion lies in reducing this burden for families. Brita is excited to work towards supporting families on a larger scale through the Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation and hopes to bring her experience from Ellianna Grace Foundation and caring for a child with a complex congenital heart defect to the organization.
Brita lives in Shakopee, MN with her husband and Ellianna’s three siblings.
Dr. SITARAM EMANI
Dr. Emani is the Surgical Director for the Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care and the Adult Congenital Heart Program, as well as the Director of the Complex Biventricular Repair Program. After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.Engg in Biomedical Engineering, he went on to attend Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, after which he immediately became an Attending on the Heart Center Staff. In addition to performing cardiac surgeries, Emani serves as an attending in the CICU and is heavily involved in coagulation research.
Among many other accomplishments, he has developed improved surgical techniques for treating complex congenital heart disease via biventricular repair, developed a technology for expandable valve design in children, and contributed to major advancements in neonatal cardiac surgery. Emani has won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career and is committed to educating students and residents, both formally as an Assistant Professor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and informally as a leader and mentor within Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Emani lives with his wife and his two children in Milton, MA.
Robert Fredrickson is an attorney with Reno & Zahm LLP. Since 1974, he has been a law partner with Ethan Lindberg’s grandfather. He has been a Lindberg family friend for over forty years.
Robert attended the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he received his B.B.A. with honors in 1967 and his J.D. with honors in 1971. He has been recognized as a leading Illinois lawyer by the American Law Research Corporation and has for more than 30 years been continuously rated AV pre-eminent (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell, the leading lawyer directory reference. Robert is a long term member of Rotary and is a founding member of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Club of Northern Illinois which gives scholarships to incoming University of Wisconsin students. Robert is honored to serve the Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation as treasurer and legal counsel.
Robert lives with his wife in Roscoe, IL.
Erik W. Lindberg is the Vice President & Associate Counsel for William Charles, Ltd. and its affiliates. William Charles, Ltd. is a holding company engaged in real estate development, environmental remediation, heavy highway, rail, and commercial construction. A majority of Erik's time is devoted to William Charles Real Estate, where he focuses on development of single-tenant projects throughout the United States and provides legal guidance on the company’s real estate matters.
A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law in Saint Louis, Missouri and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Erik is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois with an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His prior work experience includes Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP. Erik also is working to reduce urban blight through a non-for-profit entity called Rockford Corridor Improvement, Inc. in Rockford, Illinois. Erik lives with his wife and Ethan’s three younger brothers in Caledonia, IL.
Erik is passionate about using his personal and professional experiences to help families facing congenital heart disease navigate the many challenges they face.
Jessica Lindberg is a mother to 4 boys and a passionate advocate for families facing congenital heart disease.
In 2005 while pregnant with her first son Ethan, she was the 30th person to undergo Fetal Cardiac Intervention to interrupt Ethan’s developing Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She and her husband Erik advocated for Ethan through 8 open heart surgeries, countless procedures and nearly 600 nights in the hospital. Their family lived for nearly 2 years away from home to access innovative care for Ethan. In 2008, Jessica co-founded Ellianna Grace Foundation to help families offset the financial burden of traveling to Boston Children’s Hospital for cardiac care. In 2015, she and Erik founded Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation and she currently serves as the Executive Director. Jessica is interested in the ways families make complex decisions about their children’s innovative care. She is committed to improving patient and family experiences as they face congenital heart disease.
A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH with a B.S. in Marketing and a Spanish Minor, Jessica has spent her career working in various marketing and leadership roles. Her prior work experience includes DDB Chicago and Eli Lilly and Company. Jessica began pursuing her MBA at DePaul University when she was pregnant with Ethan.
Jessica lives with her husband and Ethan’s thee younger brothers in Caledonia, IL.
DR. AUDREY MARSHALL
Dr. Marshall is the Chief of the Division of Invasive Cardiology, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and recently promoted to Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children's Hospital. After graduating from Yale University with a BA in History, and earning her MD degree at the University of Pennsylvania, she pursued training in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. Here, she completed her Pediatrics Residency, her Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, and a year of additional training in Interventional Cardiology. She has been a core member of the Boston Children's/Brigham and Women's Hospital Fetal Cardiac Interventions team since 2001, and has spoken and published extensively in the area of fetal intervention. She has also participated in a number of trials involving medical devices and their unique applications in pediatric cardiology. Recently, she has taken a clinical lead in several projects within the SCAMP (Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plan) initiative within the department and hospital. She is a member of the Henry Crown Fellowship Class of 2007.
Dr. Marshall resides with her husband and three children in Milton, MA.
Bradford Page is the Director and Head of Industrial and Environmental Services for William Blair. Brad has advised both public and private companies on mergers & acquisitions and debt and equity financings. Prior to joining William Blair in 2010, Brad worked at J.P. Morgan in the Diversified Industries group covering a range of sectors including global conglomerates, manufacturing, aerospace & defense, and transportation.
Brad received his MBA (Finance & Accounting) from Georgetown University and BA (Economics) from Denison University. He is on the Executive Committee of the Auxiliary Board of the Shedd Aquarium and is active with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Sierra Club, and the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals.
Brad lives with his wife and three children in Winnetka, IL.