Pamela Artigas is a mother by choice of a child with bladder exstrophy. Pamela has a passion for and an understanding of this rare medical condition. In 2009, Pamela adopted her then 4-year-old daughter from China who was born with bladder exstrophy. Since bringing her daughter home, Pamela has dealt with the many hurdles of raising a child with exstrophy including her daughter’s complete primary repair after a late and failed initial closure while in a Chinese orphanage.
Since then, Pamela has made it her life’s mission to develop a global support network with medical credibility. As President and Executive Director of A-BE-C, Pamela’s leadership goals are to forge partnerships with patients, their families, and the medical community to enhance the care and clinical outcomes, provide value and improve the quality of life for children born with this condition. A-BE-C provides often hopeless parents around the world with the information, guidance and resources they need to seek treatment.
Pamela brings to A-BE-C over twenty years of business and nonprofit experience, including significant roles in management, program and organizational development, strategic and business planning and business development. She has been actively involved as a volunteer on a global level, most notably for her ongoing fundraising and advocacy efforts on behalf of children from underserved countries living with bladder exstrophy. Pamela attended the University of Tennessee as a business major and received her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.