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Adrianna and Ryan Walden

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Local Parents

Ryan and Adrianna Walden have been married for 12 years. The two met when she was working for an arena football team in Norfolk where he was playing football. Ryan is a service coordinator with the Chesapeake Early Intervention Program and Adrianna is a Licensing Specialist for Children's Programs. Both have enjoyed teaching CHKD’s "Happiest Baby" class together for the past eight years. Together they have one daughter, who despite early health issues, is now a thriving and happy school-age child. The Walden's also lead a weekly community group through their church for married couples and their children.

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Allison Planchak

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Contributing author and NICU mother

Allison Planchak is a Richmond native, but has lived in Virginia Beach for over a decade. She has two boys, Ryan (5), and Will (2), and she and her husband have a third child on the way. Will is a former 24 week micro-preemie who spent 4½ months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CHKD. Allison is a pediatric physical therapist who enjoys running and playing outside with her family. She is a member of the NICU Family Advisory Council.

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Anne West Kesner, MA, BCC

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Anne Kesner is a full time chaplain at CHKD. She and her husband James are parents to 14-month-old, Parker. She continues to fight PPD/PPA/OCD with an amazing spirit and support from ‘Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby’ meetings, group facilitators, her family and therapist.

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