Staff

Adrienne Griffen, MPP

Founder and Executive Director

Adrienne is a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, began leading supports groups and providing information and outreach to new mothers in 2005, and launched PSVa in 2009. Adrienne graduated from the US Naval Academy and has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.   Her early career included military and federal government service at the White House, Pentagon, and IRS.   Adrienne lives in Arlington with her husband and three children.

Suman Kapur

Suman Kapur

Executive Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator

Suman has two children and experienced postpartum depression and anxiety after both births.  Prior to having children, Suman earned her Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and was a Mediator.  Suman and her family live in Northern Virginia.

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Annie Kelly

Special Events and Fundraising Coordinator

Annie experienced anxiety and panic attacks when her son Ruben was an infant. Annie graduated from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame; she and her family live in Arlington and are HUGE fans of the Fighting Irish. Annie has coordinated LUNAFEST for the last three years, raising over $30,000 for PSVa.

Katie Shaw

Moms on Call Coordinator

Katie suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety three months after her son (Sam, now 8) was born. Thankfully, she’d seen one of PSVA’s original blue fliers and called the “Mom-on-Call” number for help. Adrienne listened and helped her find a support group and other resources that helped her begin to feel better. A former non-profit professional, Katie lives in Arlington with her son and husband. 

Kiera Jones

Social Media Coordinator

Kiera suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety three weeks after her son (Declan, now 3 1/2) was born. Thankfully, Kiera’s mother was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and diagnosed the condition quickly. With quick action, immense support from family and friends, counseling, and medication, Kiera was able to overcome postpartum depression after four months. This experience drove Kiera to become active with PSVa. Kiera works full-time supporting business development and corporate partnerships for an education technology company.  Kiera lives in ARlington with her husband and son.

Melissa Nauss

Resource Coordinator and Military Support Coordinator

Melissa is a PMAD survivor (as a single mom) and doula. She is now a Navy spouse stationed at Fort Belvoir and attended PSVa’s November 2016 volunteer training. Melissa brings a wealth of experience which includes her work as the founder of Stars and Stripes Doulas and winner of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse Magazine Joint Base Andrews Spouse of the Year for the second year in a row.

Mary Beth Waite

Special Projects Coordinator

Mary Beth experienced severe postpartum depression after her daughter Lily (now 7) was born. Mary Beth found help at PSVa’s support groups and preferred providers. Mary Beth has worn several “volunteer” hats: assisting with facilitating the Fairfax group and managing PSVa’s Resource lists. Mary Beth lives in Burke with her daughter and husband.

Mara Watts

INOVA Coordinator

Mara has advanced degrees from the University of Colorado and George Mason University and is currently a Resident in Counseling in Falls Church.  After her own struggle with postpartum anxiety and depression she felt that helping other women through postpartum challenges was her calling.  Mara is PSVa’s point of contact for the INOVA Health System, where she leads two postpartum support groups and provides outreach and education to those seeking to learn more about postpartum depression.  Mara and her family live in Fairfax.

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