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Advancement (click here to download the PDF)

Chair: Paige del Castillo, MSN, RNC-OB
Committee Members: TBD
For more information, email [email protected] 

As Chair of the new PLIDA Advancement Committee, I would like to introduce myself and this exciting new committee.
My name is Paige del Castillo, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC. My journey with perinatal bereavement began in 2005 when I was a bedside nurse in labor & delivery. I knew this work was incredibly meaningful and made it my mission to create a bereavement program to give to our patients. In 2014, I found others who shared my same passion at the PLIDA conference in San Antonio, Texas. This group has a vision of bereavement care I never imagined possible. Because I believe so greatly in PLIDA, I wanted to find a way to help the vision of PLIDA come to fruition. I understand how important it is to gain funding to continue this work. That is my "why" for becoming involved in the advancement committee.

The PLIDA Advancement Committee is responsible for looking at financial opportunities (grants, corporate sponsorships, and relationships to advance PLIDA’s footprint and financial health). These financial opportunities ensure PLIDA can provide best practice education, research, position statements, and public awareness to support those caring for families who lose a baby at any gestation.


  • Financial Opportunity Leads
    • Identify grant, financial, or corporate support opportunities that align with our mission
  • Proposal Manager
    • Oversee proposal process, work with grant writers, and support PLIDA staff to assist in copy editing, formatting, and final assembly of proposal
  • Grant Writers
    • Lead writer
    • Works in collaboration with support team
  • Reviewers
    • Review each draft revision and make recommendations
  • Editors
    • Ensure correct writing structure, format, and grammar is used throughout each proposal
  • Administrative Experience
  • Financial Background or Experience
If you have any of the skills and experience noted above, we will welcome your participation and addition to the team. Even if you are just getting your toes wet in this area, we invite you to be part of this committee. The committee will be made up of those with more experience than others and we all work and learn together. 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

Increase diversity of membership in PLIDA to include experts from a variety of ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. Provide membership with monthly tools and other resources that highlight aspects of perinatal bereavement affecting families from an ethnic, religious, or societal point of view. Address key barriers and challenges related to disparities in the areas of perinatal bereavement, perinatal hospice, perinatal palliative care, and neonatal palliative care. Foster an environment for new research opportunities addressing racial, religious, and gender disparities. 


Rev. Jennifer Jarvis, M.Div., B.C.C. 
Agata Freedle, PhD, LPC, NCC 


Julie Bindeman, Psy-D 
Jennifer Hicks, MSN, RN, CPLC 
Laura Lee, BSN, RN-C 
Carolyn E. McDonald DNP, MSN, RN 
Natasha Nurse-Clarke, RN. PhD 
Jaylynn Olsen, LCSW  
Jessica Sember BSN, RN, IBCLC, CCE, CLSS 

 Education Committee

The PLIDA Education Committee is seeking new Facebook Sub-Group Members! Learn more here.

Responsible for care provider education support. Review, maintain, and update Articles, Journals Research and Resources List. Create and maintain educational opportunities such as Position Statements and Webinars. Responsible for Hot Off the Press and ASK PLIDA benefit. Oversee the International Perinatal Bereavement Conference Call for Proposals and Concurrent Speaker Selection Process.

Chair: Summer M. Hepler, MSN, RN
- Deborah Rich, PhD, CPLC, Licensed Psychologist
- Gina Leigh Jones, RN, CPLC
- Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, CPLC, FAAN
- Patti Budnik RN, BSN, CPLC
- Denise Côté-Arsenault, PhD, RN, CPLC, FNAP, FAAN
- Alanna Knobben, Director, Founder & Author
- Therese Kjellin
- Rose Carlson, BS

For more information, email [email protected]



Conference Planning Committee 

Determine location, special events and schedule of IPBC. Maintain budget, registration costs, choose invited plenary and preconference speakers. Collaborate with Education Committee on concurrent speakers and sessions. Organize site visits, decorations, work with local teams, collaborate with other committees (i.e., Education, Outreach-Membership), and work with PLIDA Marketing team

- Gina Leigh Jones, RN, CPLC



Governance Committee:

Review and revise governing documents, SOPs, and policies. Oversee Board Member Election Process and Invitations. Develop job descriptions. 

Chair: TBD
For more information, email [email protected]