Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.
Linda is a professor at Erikson Institute and founder and executive director of its Fussy Baby Network. Linda has specialized in creating programs to support parents and their infants. She works with state agencies and national organizations such as Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families to address the needs of infants and families. On the Fussy Baby Network team, Linda directs our program and develops Fussy Baby Network programs in other states.
Larry Gray, M.D.
Larry is a board-certified general pediatrician with sub-specialty certification in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His clinical practice and research focus on the behavioral and developmental issues of infants and young children with a special emphasis on temperament and the developmental and behavioral ramifications of early stress. As the medical director for the Fussy Baby Network, he consults with the network team on each family and as required sees families and infants in our Fussy Baby Clinic at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. This clinic helps parents concerned about medical conditions and helps them understand their baby’s behavior, development, and temperament.
Nancy Mork, L.C.S.W.
Nancy is a social worker and senior infant mental health specialist who holds an infant studies certificate from Erikson Institute. At Fussy Baby Network, she is the clinical coordinator and provides home visiting services to families. She has worked with families, young children, and infants for more than 20 years in a variety of settings. She is the president-elect for the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health. Her areas of expertise include colic, sleep in the first year, and postpartum mood disorders.
Marsha Baker, OTR/L, M.Ed.
Marsha is an occupational therapist and infant specialist with more than 20 years experience working with infants, young children, and their families. She earned her master’s degree in child development and certification in infant mental health and infant studies from Erikson. She also is a certified infant massage instructor. She has specialized in treating infants with feeding problems and sensory/regulatory disorders. Marsha heads up the Fussy Baby Network Outreach program, meeting with local providers to share information about the program. She also consults with community programs and is part of the Fussy Baby Network home visiting team, working with families around sensory, motor, and feeding concerns.
Michelle Lee, M.Ed.
Michelle is an infant mental health specialist. She holds a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in early intervention and a certificate in infant mental health. Michelle was a kindergarten teacher for five years, and has been involved in community programs to support teenage mothers. She has been with the Fussy Baby Network for eight years as a member of the home visiting team and most recently as the director of a prevention initiative grant, which is a collaboration between the Fussy Baby Network and Chicago Public Schools.
Gala Pierce, M.S.
Gala has been the administrative coordinator for the Fussy Baby Network since 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from North Central College and worked as a newspaper reporter for the Daily Herald. Gala went on to receive a master’s degree in secondary education from Northwestern University in 2009. She worked as an English teacher and literacy specialist before working in higher education. Before coming to Erikson, Gala worked as a clinical research program assistant at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.