Board of Directors
CEO / FOUNDER
Linda is the CEO and Founder of Angels In Waiting, a 501c3 Charity and Author of Assembly Bill 1133 . She has over 28+ years working in level 3 intensive care neonatology and pediatric units. Linda, has cared for more than 14 medically fragile foster care infants and children from her home as an Independent Nurse-Foster Provider and created Angels In Waiting, her 501c3 charity to network and outreach to nurses to become foster parents for medically fragile infants and children. Through the hands and heart of nurses, Linda hopes to rescue every medically fragile foster care child in California, and than through-out our Nation. She has recruited more than 200+ Nurse-Foster Parents who have become Independent Nurse Providers for Medi-Cal’s EPSDT Home Nursing programs. Her Assembly Bill, AB 1133, which is entitled Foster Children; Special Health Care Needs; In now going onto the Federal Platform. This powerful, legal tool will save countless childhoods and save billions of dollars, through the hearts and hands of nurses !
"We can create a world where children who endure life threatening illnesses are celebrated for their victory, honored for their battle wounds, cherished for showing the rest of us how to face extreme adversity, and welcomed into our arms and than the adult work force. A world where people can grow old with dignity, still viewed as beautiful and valuable because they have LIVED and gained great wisdom to share with us all." ~ By Eileen Grubba
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Currently Nancy is the position of Director of Operations for AIW. Nancy has devoted a considerable segment of her time and expertise to the organization for the last three years and was additionally responsible for procuring AIW’s charitable organization corporate status. Ms. Van Buskirk presides over the daily operations of all departments of AIW and ensures that they conform unequivocally to their non-profits specifications, rules and regulations. As Director of Operations, Ms. Van Buskirk additionally works synergistically with the CEO of AIW to promulgate the expansion of the organization. As a certified information Systems Project Manager at Morrison and Foerster Law Firm, Ms Van Buskirk developed the consummate skills necessary to carry a project from its inception to an accurately budgeted, timely and efficacious completion. Ms. Van Buskirk has a BS degree in Nursing and has been certified in Business Management, Project Management, Human Resource, Technology Management and Software classes. All classes included financial management training that focused on budgetary skills.
Haylen interfaces with AIW Director of Operations for the fiscal efficiency and ongoing business development and budgeting of AIW. She is an experienced HR professional with 15 years of progressively increased responsibility in both the corporate sector and entertainment industries. She has practical operations expertise with an understanding of the day-to-day dynamics within multi-billion dollar organizations. She has a solid proven track record in business development, with strong analytical and decision making skills and was a senor HR executive with Summit Entertainment building from the ground-up their strategic HR department and ushering Summit through a successful merger with Lions Gate Entertainment where she is currently EVP-HR and Administration. She possesses outstanding communication and relationship building skills. Ms. van Koppen has a Masters in HR Management from Chapman University and a B.S. degree in Business Management from University of Redlands. She has earned SPHR certification from the HR Certification Institute.
James is a retired engineer for Boeing. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Hartwick College and a M.B.A. from National University and draws on a wealth of business experience. He has been a foster parent for 17 medically fragile foster care infants, children and youths and an adoptive father of two medically fragile foster children.
I realized that if I shared my stories through my work, I could help people understand how it feels to be the one who is different, so they wouldn’t be so hard on the next round of kids who had to find a way to survive in this cruel world where everyone is expected to be perfect. I had found my life’s purpose!
Now I had to earn my “voice”. What a beautiful discovery! I found an industry where the fires ignited in me could create a worldwide impact. Through movies, TV shows, advertising and media, we influence the way the WORLD thinks! We reflect what is happening in society, raising awareness through our tales, inspiring courage, understanding, compassion, tolerance and acceptance. Through the eyes of a challenged child, I saw where we really needed to evolve.
The events of my life made me “different” and ultimately driven to create entertainment that would change our perception of adversity, so that no child would ever again feel the pain of being made fun of, bullied, kept out, or uninvited to the party because of physical challenges they did not choose.
It certainly wasn’t MY choice to be different, but here I am, stuck with MY life, so what am I going to DO with it? Change the world!! That’s not too much to ask, is it? In Hollywood, ANYTHING is possible!
As a child, Eileen overcame a deadly form of polio contracted from a vaccine, and then beat cancer. She is now on AIW's Board "To Change the World ~ Through the Hearts and Hands of Nurses." We can create a world where children who endure life threatening illnesses are celebrated for their victory, honored for their battle wounds, cherished for showing the rest of us how to face extreme adversity, and welcomed into the adult work force. A world where people can grow old with dignity, still viewed as beautiful and valuable because they have LIVED and gained great wisdom to share with us all. Eileen Grubba is an accomplished actress, writer and producer. She’s worked on The Five Year Engagement, Sons of Anarchy, The Closer, Cold Case, Hung, CSI Miami, The Mentalist, Masters of Sex, Nip/Tuck, Monk, E.R. and many other shows, films and in theater. She is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, a spokesperson for LSI: Families with hereditary cancers, and an advocate for the hiring of people with physical challenges in the entertainment industry
Allred, Maroko & Goldberg represents victims who have been discriminated against on account of their sex, race, age, physical handicap or sexual orientation. Her firm also represents victims of AIDS discrimination; sexual harassment and wrongful termination. AM&G is also well-known for its work on behalf of victims in civil rights, rape, child sexual abuse.
Over the course of her 37 year legal career, Gloria Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women's rights and rights for minorities.