Staff & Volunteers 2017-08-21T13:41:23+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.

Tara Bennett Kilian

Tara Bennett Kilian is the Social Media Coordinator and Editor for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her partner and three living children. She’s a former English teacher turned SAHM, a writer, and a businesswoman. Due to complications from her first two pregnancies and a diagnosis of secondary infertility, she was surprised and ecstatic to learn she was pregnant in January of 2014, almost a decade after her previous pregnancies. Her shock turned to grief and disbelief when she miscarried. Devastated, and hurt by those who couldn’t empathize, Tara reached out to other loss mothers. Less than two months later, she was pregnant again. Feeling a multitude of emotions, she found solace at PALS, where she could share her experiences with other moms on a similar journey. Tara is now the proud mother of a rainbow! As someone who loves supporting loved ones through difficult times, Tara is excited to help other mothers through the emotional journey of PAL, and she thinks it’s a great way to honor the memory of the baby she lost. Tara also writes (sporadically) at her blog This Old Lady Had a Baby. You can reach her by email.

Lisa Hand

Lisa Hand is the Volunteer Coordinator for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She currently resides in Virginia with her loving husband. She is a military wife, blogger, lover of Christ, Certified Child Life Specialist, avid reader and lover of aromatherapy. Lisa is the proud mother of five angels, Faith, Hope, Jake, Harbor and Baby H. Her journey to motherhood began with losing both Faith and Harbor to separate first trimester miscarriages in 2010 after a year of trying to conceive. It then took Lisa almost another 3 ½ years to conceive her next baby. She conceived Jake through IUI and lost him at 28 weeks due to an umbilical cord accident in utero. Jake’s passing has changed Lisa forever. Just four months later Lisa conceived again through IUI and lost Hope at 10 weeks. Her fifth early loss happened a year later. Both Lisa and her husband suffer with infertility. Lisa was diagnosed in December 2014 with MTHFR and Factor II-both genetic conditions make conceiving and carrying a baby to term difficult if untreated. After spending a year focusing on grieving, healing and recapturing hope, Lisa conceived her rainbow baby, Margaret Claire, and gave birth to her healthy little girl in June 2016. Lisa is an active member of Resolve and Share. Lisa is passionate about infertility and baby loss awareness. You can share her journey at Hope After Hope and follow her on Facebook. Lisa is honored to be part of the Pregnancy After Loss Support team and walk with other bereaved mamas on their journeys to motherhood and parenting after loss. Lisa can also be reached by email.

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.

Danielle Horvatin is the Communications Coordinator for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, toddler & Golden-doodle, Otis. Before giving birth to her Rainbow Baby No. 1, Danielle worked as a Marketing Events Manager for a large Milwaukee law firm. Since having her daughter, she’s now focusing on writing, wedding planning and remote marketing work. After losing two babies of her own, Danielle poignantly accounts her experiences and shares her most honest (and sometimes crass) tips on navigating through all the post-miscarriage rubble in her book, Miscarriages Suck. This brass tacks-style miscarriage survival guide is a subgenre all its own, with some much needed comedic relief and a wildly approachable voice. As someone who cares deeply about supporting and empowering other Miscarriage Mamas (and women in general), Danielle is thrilled to be working in this new role! Danielle also blogs at Milwaukee Mom.

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.