Who We Are
Rebecca South, B.S.N., RNC-NIC
Founder & President
Rebecca South is the Founder of Families’ Bridge to Caring Hands. Rebecca received her B.S.N. from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Rebecca has been a NICU nurse for 24+ years and is currently working as a Clinical Nurse III at Texas Health Resource Plano Hospital in the NICU. Rebecca has served as the Project Manager for National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Baby Steps to Home: Discharge Pathway since 2012. She received the NANN Robyn Main Excellence for Clinical Practice award in 2016. Rebecca serves as founding President of NANN’s Collin County Texas Area Chapter – CCTANN in 2017. Rebecca was elected to the NANN Board of Directors, as the Staff Nurse Director-at-Large for 2018-2020.
Rebecca established Families’ Bridge to Caring Hands to help parents transition between the hospitals’ High-Risk OB (Antepartum) and NICU units. Nurses from both departments pair up to provide clinical resources, support and anticipatory guidance to parents coping with the stress of a high-risk pregnancy, and a baby who may need specialized medical attention in the NICU. Rebecca has found that the program helps engage family members with the care team early on to be better-informed advocates for their baby upon admission to the NICU.
Veronica Schaedler, BSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE
Director of Education
Veronica Schaedler has 35 years experience in Women’s and Children’s services and has presented breastfeeding workshops and other maternal/child educational programs to hospital and community-based health professionals throughout the United States since 2002. She holds a BSN from Grand Canyon University and an RN from Beth Israel School of Nursing. Veronica implemented the Lactation Services Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano in 1997, and has supervised the program since its inception, including inpatient and outpatient services, and a resource store for nursing mothers.
Susan Goddard, RNC-NIC, BSN, MBA
Director of Advocacy
Susan Goddard received her BSN from Adelphi University and her MBA from National University. She brings over 40 years of nursing experience in NICU, Delivery Team and Pediatric Peri-operative Nursing to the Families Bridge team including, certification in Evidence Based Practice from Texas Christian University. Fulfilling an integral role as a member of the NICU High Risk Delivery Team, Susan met with and helped prepare, antepartum families for a potential NICU delivery.
Susan’s career experience includes Management of a NICU/Nursery, Clinical Educator and Assistant VP of Nursing with a national healthcare recruitment company. Throughout her career she has been an innovator helping to integrate and teach new techniques for the NICU including: development of a Peri-Operative preparation tool for staff RN’s, project leader-development of E.H.R. (EPIC) for 7 system NICU’s. Among her many honors: first Level VI Advanced Program Nurse at Texas Health Resource, DFW Top 100 Nurses 2010, and Nominated a THP Magnet RN of the Year 2014.
Neela Manendo PT, DPT
Director of Neonatal PT/OT Outreach
Neela received her B.S. of Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She brings over 11 years of experience in rehabilitative services with the past 4 years within the NICU setting. Her role in the NICU includes maximizing developmental outcomes, supporting infant mental health and facilitating family interaction through evaluation and treatment of infants in the NICU with a variety of diagnoses which may affect the following systems: family and psychosocial, neurodevelopmental, neuromotor, neurobehavioral, musculoskeletal, sensory, oral motor and feeding/swallowing.
Neela has a passion for developmental care and is the founder and co-chair of the Neuroprotective Care Committee at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She has been a proud member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists since 2017. Neela was awarded the Black Graduate Student Association Achievement of Academic Excellence in 2002.
Mary Jane Winkenhofer, RN
Educator and Liaison for Preemie Parent Alliance
Mary Jane graduated from the University of Texas School of Nursing, May 2002 and has been a NICU IV nurse for 17 years. Mary Jane has been caring for NICU infants and Antepartum mothers by providing lactation educational support. Mary Jane received the DFW Great 100 Nurses Award in 2009.
Marketing and Communications
Angela Davids is the creator of KeepEmCookin.com, an educational website and online support group for women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy or who are at risk of delivering prematurely. Within that role, she communicates with hundreds of women every year about the psychosocial challenges they face. Angela established Keep ’Em Cookin’ in August 2008 following her own high-risk pregnancies. Ten years later, KeepEmCookin.com logs more than 350,000 visitors per year. Angela is also the author of “Stuck in Bed: The pregnancy bed rest picture book for kids … and moms.” Angela has 20 years of experience as a Content Developer and Marketing Strategist.