October 18, 2017
 
Wake Up Narcolepsy Names Chief Development Officer

Kathi Wagner
January 2, 2014 — Wake Up Narcolepsy, a Worcester-based nonprofit that is a national leader for research about and awareness of narcolepsy, an autoimmune neurological sleep disorder, announced that it has appointed Kathi Wagner as its chief development director.

Wagner will be responsible for grant writing, major-donor and planned-giving programs, direct-mail outreach, event support, and stewardship activities, as well as national volunteer leadership recruitment, and database and policy development.

Monica Gow, executive director and co-founder of Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN), said, "We are thrilled to welcome Kathi to the WUN staff.

"With her extensive experience in both the nonprofit and health fields, she is ideally suited to lead the design and execution of our strategic fundraising and other philanthropic initiatives. As WUN continues to expand, these responsibilities take on added importance, and we are confident Kathi will play a vital role accelerating this growth."

Most recently, Wagner established a 501(c)(3) public charity to support the 60 different forest preserves and five education centers of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in northeastern Illinois. In this role, she secured over $2.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts during her four-year tenure.

Earlier, she served as executive director of the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and as the Director of Development for both the American Brain Tumor Association and SOS Children's Villages Illinois.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University.

"Through Monica's steadfast, visionary leadership, Wake Up Narcolepsy has become the premier advocate for the 200,000 Americans living with narcolepsy," Wagner said. "Now, as WUN expands into Canada, the need for our work will only grow. I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to advance the WUN mission at this decisive stage of its young history."

Created in 2008, Wake Up Narcolepsy is working to speed narcolepsy diagnosis through greater awareness of this poorly understood sleep disorder, and generating needed funding for medical research to prevent and cure narcolepsy.

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