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Women for Riley

Women for Riley are ambassadors for Riley Children’s Health in the community.

This vibrant group of women is committed to making a difference in the lives of Riley Children’s patients and families by raising awareness of the hospital in Indiana and beyond, increasing philanthropic support of its programs and services, and having fun along the way.

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Volunteering to help Riley kids and team members

Women for Riley members can also become trained Riley volunteers and participate in different activities each month at the hospital.

Volunteers support patients and families by assisting with the Kiwanis Parent Comfort Cart throughout the year. With nearly 200 volunteer hours logged among 25 volunteers, Women for Riley members were able to make a direct and personal impact within the hospital this past year.

As pandemic safety measures allow, Women for Riley volunteer opportunities in the hospital are expected to expand.

Making an impact through grants

Women for Riley members support a compelling grants program that advances its mission and impacts individual patients, their families and the hospital as a whole.

Grants submitted by Riley personnel are reviewed in February when the grants committee members vote to approve grants in amounts up to $10,000.

To date, Women for Riley has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants.

The 2023-2024 grants that were approved include:

  • Improving Patient Safety Using Ben Guard
  • Arterial Punctures in Neonates Using Transillumination
  • Automatic Blood Pressure Systems for Transplant Patients
  • From Pre-op to PICU: Creating calming environments for pediatric patients at IU North
  • Helping to Clear the Way in patients with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
  • End of Life Support for Patients, Families and Staff through a Creative Arts Therapies Approach
  • Riley Grief Services (formerly Hope in Healing/Riley Bereavement)
  • Acute Care NPD Education
  • Safe Travel for Infants and Children
  • Foster Care Bridge Clinic Book Nook
  • Psychological Debriefing for Maternity Team
  • Women of Riley Trauma Closet
  • The Cleft and Craniofacial Special Needs Fund

Bringing the fun with Riley Prom

In May 2024, Women for Riley transported the imaginations of Riley patients and families around the Hoosier state through its annual Prom event.

The theme was "All Across Indiana" and attendees enjoyed an immersive event experience that celebrated everything from sports to the Indy 500, arts and more with special decor, games, swag, entertainment, memorable photos, food and dancing for the whole family.

In addition to an in-person event experience, Women for Riley created and delivered 125 special interactive gift boxes to those in-patients for treatment and 125 themed gift bags to NICU parents at Riley Children's Health downtown and IU Health North campuses.

To add excitement and an educational component, the group debuted a custom-produced and world travel-themed TV show that aired on CCTV.

Interested in joining?

New member classes are formed once a year and prospective member events are held throughout the year.

If you would like more information regarding membership, email and designate Membership in the subject line.

Meet the Women for Riley Leadership

Andrea Kleymeyer


Dana Foreman


Katelyn Fisher


Shelbi Grow & Michelle Baxter

Social Media Co-Chairs

Megan Mioduski & Christina Humphery

Social Events Co-Chairs

Stephanie Maresh


Kate Henderson & Mallory Lauth

Prom Co-Chairs

Molly Ball

Sponsorship Chair

Laurie Schneider & Juli Hollingsworth

Grants Co-Chairs

Aleigha Clifford & Mallory Lauth

Membership Co-Chairs

Claire Becker & Megan Gripe

Volunteering Co-Chairs

Amy Kraner

Alumni Relations

Lee Neff

Strategic Advisor

Laurie Schneider

Past President

Donna Fischer

Riley Children’s Foundation Staff Liaison

Past Presidents:

  • 2008-09 - Wendy Kaufman
  • 2009-10 - Tracy Miller
  • 2010-11 - Tracy Hugenard & Julie Eskenazi
  • 2011-12 - Julie Eskenazi
  • 2012-13 - Jill Burnett
  • 2013-14 - Lee Neff
  • 2014-15 - Julia McCallum & Heather McLaughlin
  • 2015-16 - Barbara McLaughlin
  • 2016-17 - Dara Wade
  • 2017-18 - Kristy Murphy
  • 2018-19 - Lindsay Thornton
  • 2019-20 - Kasee Carlstedt
  • 2020-21 - Amy Kraner
  • 2021-22 - Alison Zink
  • 2022-23 - Laurie Schneider

Interested in joining Women for Riley?

To learn more about joining Women for Riley, please submit an interest form and tell us a little about yourself.