Staff & Volunteers2018-06-15T15:33:05+00:00

Staff & Volunteers

Staff

Lindsey Henke

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.

Valerie Meek

Valerie Meek is the Operations Director for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, daughter, and Sato puppy, Didi Darling. She became a mama when her son Patrick was born still at 20 weeks in April of 2014. She has been honored to share her TTC and pregnancy after loss journey at PALS. She gave birth to her baby born after loss, her daughter, “Stitch,” born in February 2016. Valerie writes about her family life and crafty endeavors (quilting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, cooking, canning, and scrapbooking) at her blog Meek Manor. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, as well as by email.

Meagan Pierluissi

Meagan Pierluissi is a Volunteer Social Media Coordinator for Pregnancy After Loss Support. Meagan lives in Minneapolis, MN with her ever-supportive partner, Sergio, and their two living daughters: Ruth and Sage. Their third daughter, Lucy, was stillborn after a second trimester loss on June 20, 2015. Unsure as to what took Lucy’s life after having been successful in their first pregnancy, Meagan and Sergio took the terrifying leap to try again for a baby; Sage was born one year after Lucy’s due date. PALS was there for the long, 9-month journey, giving her hope and a safe space to share happiness and grief. Meagan also works in public relations for a health care company as well as providing freelance PR support to other companies. Meagan shares her pregnancy experiences on her personal blog that actually started as an adventure-type blog, but became a place to get her birth stories out to share with others. She can also be reached by email.

Shawnté LaTour

Shawnté LaTour is the Volunteer Coordinator for Pregnancy After Loss Support, as well as the PALS MeetUp leader in Albany, NY. She is a 35-year-old wife and mother who lives in Albany, NY. After years of running a child care business out of her home, Shawnte now works seasonally as a tax preparer. She spends her “off-season” months caring for her five-year-old son and her rainbow baby, who was born in April of 2017. Shawnte and her husband lost a baby to miscarriage in April 2016. After the loss Shawnte struggled to cope with the many emotions she was feeling. She leaned on her husband, her faith, and the trying to conceive after loss Facebook group for support and healing. Shawnte and her husband found out they were pregnant again in September of 2016. Her pregnancy with her rainbow was far from easy. At 28 weeks, she was found to be at risk for preterm labor and was hospitalized. Her beautiful baby girl was born at 33 weeks 2 days. She had a 5-week NICU stay but is now home and thriving! This journey has made Shawnte so very grateful for her many blessings. She now has made it a personal goal to help other women going through similar situations, and let them know that they are not alone.

Janice Leister

Janice Leister is the Instagram Manager for Pregnancy After Loss Support, as well as a contributor to the Bump Day Blog. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and Golden Retriever, Dug. Janice experienced the loss of her first child, a little boy named Jack, in 2015. After 32 weeks of a perfectly healthy pregnancy, her blood pressure spiked, which caused a placental abruption. Unfortunately because it happened so quickly and without any noticeable symptoms, her son passed away; she delivered a beautiful child, stillborn, on March 18th. Struggling to deal with the loss, she reached out to local support groups and women with similar experiences via social media. Eleven months after their loss, she and her husband were ecstatic to learn that they were pregnant again. She is currently pregnant with their rainbow, “Bo,” and is due in October 2016. Her subsequent pregnancy led her to PALS, where she has actively been trying to help other women by sharing her own experiences of pregnancy following a loss. You can contact her on her personal Instagram account, or at her blog, The Reluctant Aviator.

Elana Ilott is the Communications Coordinator at Pregnancy After Loss Support. She is a public relations and nonprofit communications professional living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Wife to Jesse and mom to Haven and Phoenix, Elana found the PALS community shortly after loosing her first son, Haven, in December 2016. Haven was born silent at 6 months gestation after a terminal diagnosis. A few months later, Elana found herself pregnant again, and her rainbow Phoenix was born in October 2017. Having lived through the before and after of child loss, Elana has been inspired by the support from and experiences of fellow loss moms and families and hopes to empower others to share their stories. Through the PALS newsletter, A Note From Your PALS, Elana hopes to encourage dialogue, foster community, and offer a place to both honour the babies we’ve lost and celebrate the babies we hold earth side.

Volunteers

Pregnancy After Loss Support depends on the many generous volunteers who give of their time to write, moderate, and develop programs for our courageous mamas. To meet our volunteers, visit their pages below. To find out more about how you can volunteer, visit Get Involved.