Our compassionate and knowledgeable team is an extended family dedicated to helping our partners, supporters and anyone impacted by reproductive loss.
Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg, LHD h.c, President and CEO
Having experienced reproductive loss herself, Michaelene founded the Institute with the vision to facilitate healing around the world. Today that vision continues to be fulfilled in our international outreach. Michaelene’s passion is unwavering. She is continually inspired by the individuals who trust us with their stories and the professionals and leaders who are motivated to help them.
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Chenayle Hatfield, Chief Operating Officer
Chenayle guides the workflow strategy and organization of all essential business processes. She builds and analyzes the efficiency of business functions, leads planning changes and manages day-to-day operations. She collaborates with other executive staff to set and meet objectives, values and goals. She enjoys change management and implementing new ideas. She values the comfort and hope that the Institute provides to those impacted.
Alex Anaya, Chief Donor Officer
Alexandria is our fundraising guru and loves partnering with the Institute’s supporters in order to eliminate the silent suffering that far too many men and women endure after a reproductive loss. Alexandria began her career in the corporate world before enthusiastically jumping into the nonprofit world.
Sandra Yacura, Director of Communications
Sandra helps others understand the Institute’s mission, goals, values and successes related to providing comfort to anyone dealing with reproductive loss. With expertise in brand, imaging, publicity and messaging, her communications help bring the Institute’s healing mission and message to the world.
Dale Gray, Director of Mission Advancement
As the Director of Mission Advancement, Dale furthers the Institutes outreach by collaborating with investors and businesses to keep advancing the Institute’s mission. Dale began his career in the business world before getting into the nonprofit world. He is continually inspired by the institutions educational programs that have help thousands of people through grief care.
Sara West, MSHS-PH, Director of Hospital Programs
With more than 20 years of expertise as a care provider, educator, doula, and speaker, Sara's professional and personal experiences advance the Institute's mission. Sara directs hospital and emergency department instruction to lead healthcare professionals in best practices in reproductive grief care and self-care.
Angelica Quezada, MSW, LCSW, Director of the Mental Health Program
Angelica is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in providing mental health education and evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families. As the Director of the Mental Health Program, she will continue to promote our mission in order to instill hope, change, understanding, and healing in individuals; by developing educational programs, establishing mental health resources, and aiding in data collection and research.
Dietrich Fredenburg, IT Specialist & Webmaster
When it comes to everything computers, Dietrich is our guy. He is our IT specialist extraordinaire. In addition, Dietrich maintains the online resources that hundreds of thousands have utilized to get the help and information they need. Dietrich is inspired that the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care takes a “unique approach to an issue that many don't even consider in the first place. We are innovators in language and training.”
Rebecca Capuano, MSW Quality Assurance Coordinator
As a social worker with experience in residential programs, day treatment, and pregnancy resource centers, Rebecca is passionate about bringing support to those who are hurting. She coordinates the Institute's quality assurance program, serves as course instructor, and provides support and guidance to ensure the Institute's education, research, and resources meet the highest standard of excellence.
Katie Geppert Gonzalez Certificate Programs Coordinator
Katie is the primary point of contact for organizations who partner with Life Perspectives for training. Just recently, Katie not only helped facilitate our outreach to Ukraine, she helped to successfully train psychologists, social workers, clergy and representatives of NGOs from across the country.Katie is inspired by the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care's’ impact, not only on individuals but on entire organizations.
Andre Roberts, Event Manager
As the Event Manager, Andre furthers the Institute mission by managing every aspect of event planning including educational events, group activities, and fundraisers. Andre started his career in higher education teaching student leaders about diversity, inclusion, and social justice before transitioning into the nonprofit world.
Carol Porter, Master Instructor and Coach
Carol is an Institute Master Instructor and Coach based in Dallas and has taken the lead on expanding our educational programs in Texas. She spearheaded our Instructor Program and continues to educate future instructors and ensure that the Institute’s courses are consistently of the highest quality. Carol is inspired by the many people who have shared their story and the steps they have taken towards healing with the Institute.
Katie Baker, BSN, RN, Health Education Coordinator/Nurse Planner
With two decades of experience as a NICU nurse and clinical trials coordinator, Katie is an expert in trauma-informed care after reproductive loss. At the Institute, she educates healthcare professionals on best practices for improving the healing trajectory of grief after reproductive loss.
Sharon St. Pierre, MSW, LCSW, Mental Health Coordinator
Sharon is a gifted teacher and professional who brings a wealth of knowledge about grief and loss, thus ensuring we offer cutting-edge continuing education courses to mental health professionals. She’s passionate about encouraging professionals to grow in their knowledge of disenfranchised grief. In addition to teaching LP’s CE courses, Sharon assists in certifying trainers. Sharon is inspired by working with a team that genuinely cares for those hurting from reproductive losses.
Carolina Mejia, Bookkeeper
As the Bookkeeper, Carolina oversees the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care's financial data and compliance by maintaining accurate books on accounts payable and receivable, and works closely with the treasurer to create and analyze financial reports. She also translates the Institute’s resources into Spanish. Carolina is inspired by hearing of individuals’ decisions to let go of their pain and knowing that she’s been able to contribute to their healing journeys.
Karen Noble, MA, CPD, Executive Administrator/Grant Writer
Karen is passionate about shifting cultural and systemic approaches to reproductive grief. She joined the Institute with twenty years of experience leading projects and teams within non-profit organizations. Karen is an experienced project manager, grant administrator and writer, copyeditor, and educator. In addition to non-profit leadership, Karen has focused her research, writing, and consulting on the intersection of trauma recovery and the arts.
Caroline Kelley, Digital and Social Media Specialist
As our Digital and Social Media Specialist, Caroline manages all of the Life Perspectives social media accounts. She loves creating interactive and engaging content that builds awareness of LP healing resources and courses for healthcare professionals. Her passion is using social media to connect individuals with the right tools for their own healing journey.
Svetlana Jovanova, Certified Instructor
Svetlana has been the President of “Lydia – A Beating Heart” in Macedonia since she founded it in 2012. She has a University degree in French Language and Literature. Prior to starting this organization, she taught the Macedonian language to foreigners and worked as a translator. She has attended multiple trainings and conferences with Heartbeat International and is LAS certified.
Tanya Flores, Certified Instructor
As a Certified Instructor with the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care, Tanya is passionate for training and encouraging others on how to become a safe place for those grieving reproductive loss. Tanya is also the Director of Reproductive Grief Care and Education at her local pregnancy medical clinic where she sees first-hand how the grief education and healing language taught in our classes benefits the client and the advocates that serve them.
Shandeigh “Nikki” Berry, PhD, RN, Certified Instructor
Dr. Shandeigh “Nikki” Berry is an honored graduate from Washington State University and the first in the College of Nursing to receive the prestigious Karan P. DePauw Leadership Award. An Assistant Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Saint Martin’s University, Dr. Berry teaches undergraduate courses in nursing theory and philosophy, palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan, and management of chronic conditions.
Melinda Ruiz, MSN, RN, CNS, Certified Instructor
As an advanced practice nurse and healthcare instructor Melinda would to increase the comfort of healthcare providers when caring for patients and families experiencing reproductive loss.
Jordan Ronalder, Certified Instructor
Jordan is a Licensed Professional Counselor on staff at Pregnancy Resources in Abilene, Texas. As the center’s Clinic Counselor and Grief Care Coordinator, she offers support and a safe place for clients to share their experiences and find healing after loss. As a certified instructor, she desires to equip the surrounding community with awareness and tools to also provide opportunities for healing to those who have experienced reproductive loss.
Pam Luschei, Certified Instructor
Based in San Diego in a private practice, Pam Luschei works compassionately with those who have suffered loss. As a LMFT for over 22 years, she walks along side her clients as a professional and a fellow sojourner on the grief journey. As a Certified Instructor, she offers hope and encouragement to those who have suffered reproductive loss.