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Board of Directors

Please meet the NSHA Board of Directors. This prestigious board includes professionals that forged the path for Safe Haven laws in many states across the U.S., adoption attorneys, professors, nurses and more. Their dedication to this mission and support for NSHA is unmatched. We accomplish goals and provide professional direction for parents and providers with the support of their commitment to excellence. 

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President

Micah Orliss

Los Angeles, CA

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Vice President 

Emily Douglass

Montclair, NJ

Emily Douglas joined the Montclair State University faculty in fall 2020 as full professor and chair of the Department of Social Work & Child Advocacy. Her research focuses on the program and policy implications of issues that address child and family well-being, largely in the areas of family violence: fatal child maltreatment, safe haven relinquishment, under-represented victims of partner violence and help-seeking, children’s exposure to partner violence, corporal punishment, family disruption, and the connection between research and policy. Dr. Douglas is the author of 60+ peer-reviewed publications, 4 books, and she presents annually at domestic and international conferences; she also conducts an annual evaluation of the NSHA hotline callers. Dr. Douglas has spoken at the State Houses in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and before a Congressionally-created committee focused on children’s deaths. She is a former Congressional fellow, sponsored by SRCD/AAAS; during this time, she held a position in the U.S. Senate where she was the lead author on an investigation concerning child deaths in for-profit foster care settings.

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Treasurer

John Salluard

Dawsonville, GA

Prior to joining NSHA’s Board of Directors, John Salluard worked for a medium-sized, privately held corporation in Atlanta where he served as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for 36 years before retiring. Today, he lives in North Georgia with his wife with one daughter and four grandchildren. John graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Today, John is an active member in his community and church. He volunteers as a board member with NSHA because he wants to do his part to prevent innocent babies from being wrongfully abandoned in his community and throughout the nation. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and creating memories with his grandchildren.

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Secretary

Jennifer Rousseau

Chicago, IL

Jennifer Rousseau is a long-time volunteer with the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation in Illinois and recently joined the NSHA as a Board member. She is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and works as an Assistant Professor at Rush University College of Nursing. In her current role, Jennifer coordinates a program  where nurses make home visits to new Moms and their babies throughout Chicago. Jennifer earned her Doctorate at Rush University with a focus on screening for depression in the early postpartum period. This initiative is now standard practice on the mother-baby unit at the hospital. She has also led curriculum innovations including the use of OB simulation for students in the maternal-newborn course. Jennifer was recently awarded the Rush University Excellence in Community Service Award for her work on behalf of abandoned and relinquished infants and their mother and she has published several articles in the nursing literature, including a recent one in The Journal of Emergency Nursing with her co-presenter.

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