Board of Directors2017-10-26T14:04:07+00:00

Board of Directors

Lindsey Henke, Founder & Executive Director

Lindsey Henke is the founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support, writer, clinical social worker, wife, and most importantly a mother to two beautiful daughters and one sweet-cheeked baby boy. Tragically, her oldest daughter, Nora was stillborn after a healthy full-term pregnancy in December of 2012. Since then, she has turned to writing on her blog, Still Breathing. Lindsey was featured as Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine’s Knocked Up Blogger during her pregnancy with her second daughter, Zoe, who was born healthy and alive in March of 2014. Her writing about life after loss has been featured on Still Standing Magazine, Listen to Your Mother, Scary Mommy, Healthline, Postpartum Progress, and The New York Times. Lindsey can be reached by email.

Bevin Tomlin, Co-Chair

Bevin Tomlin is a Board Member and Board Co-Chair for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She is a Jesus lover, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, community volunteer and advocate for Group B Strep awareness. She began a biblically based retreat called (in)Complete Retreat for bereaved mothers. She is a proud mommy of two daughters born in November 2009 and January 2013 and her two rainbow baby boys born in September 2014 and October 2017 . Bevin lives in Birmingham, AL with her family and works full-time as a marketing professional. Bevin has been a moderator in the PALS private groups since inception and is excited about joining the board to help guide the strategic direction of PALS moving forward.

LaToya Cooper, Secretary

LaToya Cooper is a Board Member and the Board Secretary for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She is a 35-year-old wife to Melvin and step-mother to Kendal. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama where she works full-time as a domestic violence advocate. LaToya’s journey to motherhood took an unexpected detour right out the gate. After being told she would never be able to conceive without the help of IVF, she became pregnant with her daughter Hope–no IVF or other medication, just her faith that all things are possible. Five months (22 weeks) into her pregnancy, though, her water broke and two days later her beautiful daughter was born and passed away soon after being delivered. Since losing Hope, LaToya has started educating herself on pregnancy after a loss and being a high risk patient. She advocates to people who have never experienced a loss how to react and console parents who have experienced a baby loss. LaToya and her husband are currently trying to conceive their rainbow baby, and they can’t wait for the day he or she arrives.

Emily Lacroix, Treasurer

Emily Lacroix is a nonprofit professional, lover of national parks, and semi-secret crochet enthusiast living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and rainbow daughter. Like 5-10% of women, Emily has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which required fertility support and years of trying to become pregnant. Their first daughter, Mary Francis, was born at 23 weeks after a combination of multiple subchorionic hemorrhages and an incompetent cervix. Five months later, she became pregnant with her rainbow daughter, had a cervical cerclage placed at 13 weeks, and delivered a long anticipated living child at 38 weeks via c-section. The incredible and unreal 24 hour experience of learning their first child would be born early, followed by a challenging birth that their daughter did not survive, and then spending seven perfect hours loving and cherishing each moment with their deceased newborn was life changing and upending in a way the couple could not have imagined. The hospital did an exceptional job of nurturing the couple through the traumatic experience, with NILMDTS photos, hand and footprints, a homemade blanket and cap, and compassionate nursing staff. It was the desire to make sense of the tremendous loss and seek support from other parents that brought Emily to Pregnancy After Loss Support. The strength and wisdom of the PALS community provided the needed support and safe space during Emily’s rainbow pregnancy, and has continued to be a resource as she now navigates parenting both her rainbow and angel daughters.

Shauna Itri, Development

Shauna Itri is a proud Board member of Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS). Shauna is originally from Huntington Beach, California. Wanting to experience life on the East Coast, Shauna went to law school in Philadelphia and ended up setting up residence in the area with her husband and two stepsons. In Philadelphia, Shauna is a shareholder at a law firm representing whistleblowers in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Shauna’s first daughter, Vivienne, was born at almost 23 weeks after Shauna was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with HELLP syndrome. Vivienne was too small to survive. After the birth of her daughter, deep in her grief, she was put in touch with the PALS community where she received the strength and support she needed during that unfathomably difficult time.  Shauna hopes to be a resource for other women experiencing the loss of a child.

Anne Mathay, Board Member

Anne Mathay is a Board member for Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS). Following the stillbirth of her son Henry at 33 weeks gestation, Anne founded Hank’s Hope Inc, a non-profit that works with families in the greater Delaware area who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss.  Anne started as a contributor for PALS in 2014, and has held several volunteer positions prior to the organization’s incorporation. She has found her voice through advocacy, outreach, and writing, frequently blogging about parenting after loss. Anne is a Strategic Account Manager for a large corporation in Delaware and holds a BA from Towson University and a MS from Wilmington College.  She and her husband and daughter are choosing hope over fear and welcoming baby Mathay in January 2018.

Kristen Sharp MD, Medical Advisor

Kristen Sharp MD is an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in Madison, WI. Her passion for caring for families who have experienced loss was born from the loss of her son, Caleb, in the 2nd trimester due to a rare genetic condition. Her personal experience with loss opened her eyes to the struggles and challenges families face not only in their loss but also in their subsequent pregnancies. In memory of her son, Dr. Sharp has devoted her career to improve the medical and emotional care women and their families receive in their loss and rainbow pregnancies. She is also working to improve the education that medical students and OB/GYN residents receive regarding pregnancy loss and bereavement. In June 2017, Dr. Sharp opened the Hope After Loss Clinic which provides medical and emotional care to families who have experienced loss of a child at any point during their pregnancy or after birth.