#HATCHope is a series dedicated to those who inspire us. Even in the darkest of times, these people are stepping up, making a difference, and instilling hope in humanity along the way.

Lori Shaffer 

Senior Director, Research & Development || Kimberly-Clark 

Kimberly Clark is known for their absorbent products, however, they also are producers of the the filter material for N95 masks. At the outset of the Covid pandemic Lori and her team proactively secured raw material and reached out to  a historically competitive company and their supply chain to get millions of masks for healthcare workers battling on the front lines. Additionally, KC has committed over $8 million to assist with COVID-19 response and relief.


John McKee 

Founder & CTO || Headframe Spirits

John is the founder of Headframe Spirits, a distillery in Butte, Montana that has rapidly shifted to making FDA approved, pharmaceutical-grade hand sanitizer. They are collaborating with other local businesses to source ethanol and distribute the hand sanitizer to Hospitals, Clinics, First Responders, Nursing Homes, Hospice, Grocery Stores and others of those who need it most.  We’re inspired by John’s resourcefulness and willingness to put his community first in this time of crisis.


Kim Dabbs

Global Director of Social Innovation || Steelcase

HATCH is grateful to have Kim and Steelcase as active HATCH supporters. Steelcase is using its plants, model shop and innovation center to rapidly develop solutions that will be built to scale and distributed to medical facilities. The company is working in partnership with healthcare professionals to approve designs for prompt turnarounds. Steelcase is set to produce 6,000 isolation masks and 12,500 face shields per week, just in its Grand Rapids, Mich. facilities. They are collaborating with other manufacturers to share best practices and accelerate the production of healthcare equipment that supports physicians, nurses and hospitals treat patients.

Erica Mackey

Co-Founder & CEO || MyVillage 

We couldn’t be more inspired by Erica Mackey, HATCH Board member and co-Founder & CEO of MyVillage, a company that helps people open and operate high-quality, home-based early education programs. They have raised emergency grant funding to ensure that its childcare providers can continue to educate young children into April. Erica says the goal of the funding is to minimize disruptions to educator income and help parents manage costs incurred during a COVID-19-related exposure or absence.

David Scales

Doctor & Medical Sociologist || Lower Manhattan Hospital

David Scales is a medical sociologist at Cornell leveraging mobile/web technology, social innovation and community engagement to address structural factors affecting refugee health locally and in the Middle East. Recently he’s been pulled to work on the front lines.



Beno Oppenheimer 

Pulmonary & Critical Care ER Doctor || NYU Langone Hospital

Beno Oppenheimer is an ER Doctor, and App Innovator. He specializes in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He currently runs the Surgical Intensive Care Unit NYU Langone. Beno started an App company which focuses on improving the resuscitation efforts delivered during cardiac arrest scenarios. Recently he’s been pulled to the frontline of Covid-19. Beno’s story from the front line broke us and made us want to cry.




Who is inspiring you in the midst of this global COVID-19 crisis? Nominate a person or project to be showcased in our #HATCHHope series
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