MEET PALS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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’s second daughter, Zoe, 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.
Emily Lacroix joined the Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) team as a Board member and the Treasurer in 2017. She holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration and works as the Executive Development Director for a private school in the San Francisco bay area. Her first daughter, Mary Francis, was stillborn at 23 weeks, and her rainbow daughter, Louise was born the following year. Emily continues to experience the benefits of a strong support network like PALS and believes in choosing hope over fear. She is proud to serve as a volunteer with such a groundbreaking and uplifting organization.
Rebecca Markert lives in Verona, Wisconsin, with her four living children, Dexter, Audrey, Owen, and Jaxon. She gave birth to her first child, Lily, on Mother’s Day 2010 after she went into preterm labor at 20 weeks. Lily was proof that love at first sight does exist. After another high risk pregnancy, Rebecca welcomed her rainbow, Dexter, in 2011. During her second pregnancy after loss, Rebecca realized how anxious and fearful she still was and sought out other women expecting again after loss. She facilitates the Rainbow Pregnancies of Madison group, which supports women pregnant after loss and contributes to PALS online magazine.
Karen BrownBoard Member
Karen Brown became involved with PALS after her son passed away in 2018 when he was 10 weeks old from a Congenital Heart Defect. She has become a vocal supporter and volunteer for The Children’s Heart Foundation and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where her son lived his entire life.
Karen holds a BS from Bradley University and currently works for a non-profit organization focused on providing resources and education for early child care in Illinois. Karen and her husband, Jon, live in the suburbs of Chicago, with their rainbow baby.
Mandy CampbellBoard Member
Mandy Campbell is Head of Content and Brand at Okcoin, a US-based crypto exchange. Before Okcoin, she led marketing functions at small and large companies like Facebook, Lyft, Change.org, and GitHub over the past 15 years — she brings a combination of strong creative chops from the advertising world and data-driven strategy from the consumer tech world. In her free time, she’s hiking with her family, experimenting with recipes, or watching terrible television dramas.
Coretta Collins is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who serves patients with cancer and blood conditions in Birmingham, Alabama. She is passionate about helping moms who have suffered pregnancy loss and who are experiencing pregnancy after loss. She serves as a board member of Pregnancy After Loss Support. Additionally, she is a writer and emphasizes health and wellness through her blog Confessions of a Nurse Practitioner. Coretta and her husband have 3 living children and 1 angel baby. She enjoys family time, music, movies, traveling, speaking, reading and writing. Follow Coretta on Facebook, Instagram, or visit her website.
Erin Kuhn-Krueger is a 5x miscarriage, and 2x stillbirth survivor. She created Will CarryOn for those experiencing baby loss, and learning to live and survive life after loss. Erin writes from the heart, on often-taboo subjects, showcasing the struggles, determination and hope of her experiences. She studied marketing and advertising at Drake University, and uses her personal experiences and marketing background to shape her work, advocacy and community outreach. Erin and her husband, Aaron, live in the suburbs of Chicago, with three sons: C, by way of domestic adoption, and J and E, after successfully carrying two pregnancies to term.
Laura Malcolm is the Founder and CEO of Give InKind. Laura created Give InKind after she and her husband James experienced the devastating loss of their first child, their daughter Layla, to unexplained stillbirth. Laura combined the need her friends and family had for an easier way to give support from anywhere, with her technical background, to create a single destination for coordinating all kinds of support that are needed. Laura and James now reside in Washington State with their two sons, and continue to live their life in honor of Layla.
Joyce MerriganBoard Member
Dr. Joyce Merrigan is a clinical specialist, a dynamic, and passionate educator, former bedside labor and delivery nurse, perinatal bereavement coordinator, and traumatic grief counselor. She actively collaborates on the ANCC Magnet, BabyFriendly, USA, and OB Safety Committees and Chairs the Obstetric Hemorrhage Multidisciplinary, and is the founder and Chair of the Perinatal Bereavemet Multidisciplinary Committee at Capital Health in New Jersey where she also founded and is the Program Director of the Rainbow Baby Program.
EMERITUS AND ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Bevin Tomlin is a Board Member and Board Co-Chair for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in Birmingham, AL with her family and works full-time as a marketing professional. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, community volunteer and advocate for Group B Strep awareness. Bevin began the biblically-based retreat (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 joined PALS as a moderator in the private groups and is excited to help guide the strategic direction of PALS moving forward.
Kristen Sharp MDMedical 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 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. 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.