Remarkable Moms 2021

Remarkable Moms Left to Right: Ellen Yasmer 2021 honoree, Ketenna Barrasso 2020 honoree, Donna Crawford 2021 honoree, Kirsten Cloutier Grabo 2021 honoree, and Serena Jain Scott 2021 honoree. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ketenna Barrasso is unable to participate in this year’s Remarkable Celebration festivities, but remains a treasured member of our Remarkable Mom community!

After last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic, Tu Nidito’s Remarkable Celebration is returning for a hybrid event experience, Saturday, May 8! “Although this year’s event format is different, I am so thrilled to carry forward our tradition of recognizing and celebrating remarkable women from our community who speak to the heart of Tu Nidito’s mission, navigating their own personal grief and making a difference in the lives of children,” says Tu Nidito’s Executive Director Liz McCusker. As virtual attendees, guests can participate in the interactive live-streamed celebration featuring raffle prize drawings, special guest appearances, and a live honoring of this year’s Remarkable Moms. As Tu Nidito’s signature fundraiser, the Remarkable Celebration raises critical funds for Tu Nidito’s free support programs for Southern Arizona’s children, teens, young adults and families impacted by the diagnosis of a serious medical condition or the death of a loved one.

Kirsten Cloutier Grabo – The Dignity of Risk

Kirsten Cloutier Grabo is a proud Tucsonan. She is ever-growing in her role as a mentor, serving as coach for the Pride of Arizona baton twirling team, and in her work with Neuroscience students at the University of Arizona. In 2014, Kirsten began her own grief journey when her husband, John, died suddenly due to leukemia. That same year, their sons, Beckett and Brady, were diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), for which there was no known treatment at the time. Throughout her unique and multifaceted grief journey, Kirsten lives a joyous life, giving her sons the “dignity of risk.” Her demonstrable hope encourages Beckett and Brady to lead full, engaging lives.

Donna Crawford – A Legacy of Giving

Since moving to Tucson in 2004 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Donna has been fiercely devoted to our community. From an early age, Donna’s mother inspired her to give generously of all that she has. Now as a mother to her three wonderful children, Emily, Jack and Molly, Donna is proud to see her mother’s legacy of giving being emulated in her own children. Tu Nidito is one of the many organizations that has benefitted from Donna’s leadership and vision over the years, her dedicated volunteer work making an impactful difference in the lives of youth. Donna serves her family, friends and community with a spirit of gratitude — seeing each and every day as remarkable in itself.

Ellen Yasmer – Never Too Late

Ellen Yasmer is a mother to two fantastic adult children, Emily and K.C, proud grandmother to Logan and Sawyer, and mother-in-law to Adam. Ellen has made incredible contributions to our community through volunteer work with numerous local organizations. Driven by her own grief, including the death of her parents during her youth, and her husband’s very sudden death, Ellen started The Tucson Cinema Club — a movie group for divorced and widowed friends. Although her grief is profound, Ellen has immersed herself in volunteer work at Tu Nidito, helping children and families navigate the unfinished business that remains when people die. Through her supportive community, Ellen understands and honors the bereaved child she once was, recognizing it’s never too late to grieve.

Serena Jain Scott – “Head Up and Hair Free”

Serena Jain Scott approaches her roles as mother, physician, educator, leader, and patient, with the highest levels of dedication. Serena is well respected in her field, serving as an Internist at Banner — University Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine. However, her greatest joys are being mother to her son Remy, age three, and wife to her husband, Aaron. Serena courageously faced the unthinkable when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer before Remy was even two years old. After losing all her hair to chemotherapy, Serena’s motto became “Head Up and Hair Free” while continuing to serve as a faithful mentor to medical students, residents and, most of all, her son who absolutely adores her.