Board of Directors


Pictured (l to r): Mary, Shaymus, Jeff, Morgan, Stephanie and Sebastian. Photo: Photography by Jennifer Lynn, LLC

Stephanie M. Vaughan, Co-founder and President
Jeffrey M. Vaughan, Jr., Vice President
Mary L. Midolo, Co-founder and Secretary
Sebastian A. Midolo, Treasurer

Board Members
Jennifer Degl, Author of “From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and
Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds”

We’re an ordinary family who had something extraordinary happen to us. On October 29, 2010, Stephanie and Jeff experienced the unexpected birth of their twin sons at 28 weeks and 1 day gestation followed four days later by Morgan’s atypical presentation of Necrotizing Enterocolitis, which required emergency surgery. Shaymus and Morgan’s birth was a defining moment for the entire family. The 109 days that followed left us forever changed, and on the path to establishing The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund.

Stephanie is the Digital Asset and Production Manager at a boutique agency in Norwalk, CT. Jeff is a shipper at a high-tech manufacturer in Milford, CT. Mary and Sebastian are Stephanie’s parents, both of whom are retired. Mary retired from a nonprofit after nearly 30 years; and Sebastian retired from the U.S. military after over 18 years of combined active duty and reserve service.

In November 2015, Jennifer Degl joined the Board of Directors. Jennifer is a fellow preemie parent, author, blogger, and HuffPost Parents contributor.