Our Leadership Team

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I was certain I must have done something wrong to cause my daughter's death - until I heard hundreds of stories just. like. mine. We as mothers did not fail our babies. This is a system-wide failure, a failure to empower the right people with the right information at the right time. And we are saying, 'Enough.'

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Samantha Banerjee

Identifies As

White Ally Mom to Mixed Race (Brown) Children; she/her/hers

Repping

Westchester County, NY

Superpowers

Unmatched Efficiency, Keen Eye for Design, Relentless Determination

Samantha Banerjee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The first problem Samantha Banerjee ever encountered that she couldn't solve was her daughter's death. Samantha relishes productivity, doesn't believe in doing anything halfway, and absolutely despises being told 'no.' Needless to say, the utter lack of progress in improving the US stillbirth rate drives her positively insane.


Following her daughter's cord accident just two days before the due date of her otherwise blissful first pregnancy, Samantha became known within the loss community for her candid writing on grief; she also moonlights as an independent author of young adult science fiction. A former Microsoft software engineer, small business owner, DIY-enthusiast, and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology with degrees in Systems Engineering and Business Operations from the Wharton School, there's no challenge Samantha's not ready to take on (except death).


Samantha was fortunate enough to deliver a healthy son and second daughter after her stillbirth, and is married to the kindest, most patient man ever to grace this planet. She loves to read and play video games, has a penchant for contact sports, and is obsessed with her cat.

born still in 2013

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We were, like most other parents, completely naïve that anything as horrible as a loss at the end of the 3rd trimester could occur. No one warned us about stillbirth. Doctors can’t be afraid of 'scaring' families with knowledge, and parents can’t be shy about speaking up - we have to work together to end this crisis once and for all!

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Ana Vick

Identifies As

Latina (Mexican-American) Bilingual in Spanish; she/her/hers

Repping

Cali Girl transplant to NC

Superpowers

Genuine Connection, Vulnerability, Action-Oriented Passion

Ana Vick

CO-DIRECTOR OF AWARENESS

When Ana Vick realized late one night many months into her "textbook" pregnancy that her son, Owen, wasn’t moving much, the last thing she expected at the ER was an hour of vagueness ending in a crash c-section to rescue her son's dramatically plummeting heartbeat. They were too late – she emerged from the hospital with empty arms into a life she no longer recognized.


It wasn’t until months later when she finally summoned the nerve to request her son’s birth certificate that Ana found out he was labeled as "stillborn." A high-risk, complication-laded subsequent pregnancy finally resulted in a healthy living sibling for her elder daughter, but Ana's experiences after a stillbirth and two miscarriages have taught her that spreading awareness and empowering families is key.


Ana's previous life had evolved from UCLA Psychology graduate to production at E! Network to catering sales director; none of her former self seems to have survived her metamorphosis after loss, but she’s okay with that! A proud warrior momma battling grief, PTSD, and of course, stillbirth in honor of her son, Ana also writes on her personal blog Still My Son. And somehow, she has learned to laugh and smile again - she loves to throw parties and craft, snuggle her two mini Aussies, and can even be caught dancing and singing (both badly!).

born still in 2015

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Say their names, say it proud! Don't let anyone make you feel that you should deny their existence. We will fight until stillbirth, the silent pandemic, is a thing of the past.

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Marjorie Vail

Identifies As

Haitian-American Mother of Biracial Children; she/her/hers

Repping

Brooklyn to the fullest

Superpowers

Bilingual in Haitian Kreyol, Empathetic, Diplomatic, a Doer, All-Around Good Timer

Marjorie Vail

CO-DIRECTOR OF AWARENESS

After going through a devastating loss, Marjorie Vail quickly realized that the only way to get through hardship is to help others. Since that time, Marjorie has devoted her life to being in service of others through missionary work abroad and volunteering for New York Cares, Propelled Media, NYC Books Through Bars, American Heart Association, and Star Legacy Foundation, which culminated in a citation as a “Woman of Excellence” from Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric Adams.


After Marjorie and Roman’s son, Aleksei, was born still at 37 weeks, she made a decision to be a megaphone in the fight against stillbirth. She is currently the fighting the good fight to eradicate stillbirth by leading the charge on awareness efforts through PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy.


In addition to her volunteer and charity work, Marjorie is a licensed esthetician, the Vice President of Education with the L.A.C.E. Toastmasters, and pageant queen, having held the titles of Mrs. New York International 2015 and Mrs. New York American 2020 with stillbirth as her platform. Marjorie loves to hang out with her “boys” (husband, Roman, and son, Amaelian), read books, watch period pieces, and rock it as a captivating public speaker. Marjorie holds a Master of Arts in Childhood Education from New York University with Kappa Delta Pi honors, a Master of Science in School Counseling from Alfred University, and a MEd in Education Leadership from College of Saint Rose. She resides in Brooklyn (where all the cool kids are!).

born still in 2004

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After the fact I could not stop researching about stillbirth: How? Why? When? I could not just accept the statement 'that it was an accident' and move on. When we have a car accident, we make it safer, right? Why not make birth and pregnancy safer, too?

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Fernanda Sheridan

Identifies As

Latina (Brazilian); she/her/hers

Repping

Greenwich, CT

Superpowers

Creativity, Practical Mediator & Diplomat

Fernanda Sheridan

CO-DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL INNOVATION & ADVANCEMENT

After eight years as a Brazilian attorney in family law, Fernanda Sheridan realized that being tangled up in couples' fights and custody battles had not proven as fulfilling as she'd hoped. Determined to shift specialties within the Law, Fernanda came to the US and completed her LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International Law at Fordham. She planned to earn her degree and head back to Brazil; little did she know that she'd spy the love of her life across a beer garden one magical evening and settle down in NYC to start their family.


After suffering the devastating loss of her younger son, George, to a genetic condition halfway through her second pregnancy, Fernanda thought the worst was behind her. But the following year, just two weeks before her daughter was due, a completely unrelated stillbirth stole Natalie from her arms. After these experiences and several others that unwillingly drew Fernanda and her family deep into the mayhem and miasma that is the American healthcare system, she found a hunger within herself for justice, for better medical care, and for change.


Fernanda and her husband, Chase, do not want any family to go through what they have endured. After learning how other countries have successfully decreased their stillbirth rate using simple measures, they became passionate about bringing the proven Rainbow Clinic concept to the USA, and set out to do whatever it takes to ensure that families can access the compassionate, forward-thinking care that they so desperately needed but were unable to obtain. In Fernanda's words, "Losing Natalie was already the biggest war I had to combat, so I'm ready."

born still in 2018

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Yes, odds are everything is fine. But now odds mean absolutely nothing to me. Obviously the idea of stillbirth is scary and OBGYNs probably prefer not to frighten their patients, but it is a doctor's responsibility to inform and educate; the risk of stillbirth needs to be mentioned during a healthy pregnancy. We can handle the truth.

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Anna Feldberg

Identifies As

White Ally (Jewish); she/her/hers

Repping

NYC/NJ

Superpowers

Analytical Thinking, Open-Mindedness, & a Wicked Sense of Dark Humor

Anna Feldberg

CO-DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL INNOVATION & ADVANCEMENT

Anna Feldberg has been a NYC resident since 2013 but remains a Jersey girl at heart, who can often be found singing Springsteen songs to her second daughter, Winnie Shea.


Anna’s first daughter, Charlotte, who was conceived after a frustrating and disheartening fertility struggle, died suddenly at 35 weeks gestation due to unknown causes after an otherwise healthy pregnancy. However, after her birth, it was discovered that Charlotte’s placenta was extremely small – something that no doctor had ever monitored during the pregnancy. Anna has become a passionate supporter of consistently measuring the placenta during pregnancy, and is thrilled to be working with PUSH to research and integrate similar maternal/fetal monitoring protocols into standard prenatal care.


Since losing Charlotte, Anna has connected with many fellow loss moms, both new moms and those years in to their post-loss journeys. Helping others through this life-altering tragedy enables Anna to keep Charlotte close to her heart everyday, while paying forward what others did for her in those initial deep, dark days.


Anna is a practicing NYC family law attorney, a very amateur baker, and a low-key Peloton enthusiast with a strong sense of wanderlust. Anna is married to her high school sweetheart, Ben. They live with their beloved second daughter Winnie and pit bull mix Stanley in Chelsea, Manhattan.

born still in 2019

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I vow to never be quiet about my son or the searing duality that is my life as a grieving parent in order to make others feel more comfortable with the complicated person that I have become. Do not let others determine how you 'should' grieve. Know it’s okay to feel what you feel, and that you’re not alone.

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Domenique Rice

Identifies As

Latina Mom to Black Latino Children; she/her/hers

Repping

Cali native in Brooklyn

Superpowers

Candor, Authentic Unifier, Role Model for the Griefy-Yet-Thriving

Domenique Rice

CO-DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Domenique Rice wears many hats – staunch activist, laid-back California transplant, savvy Brooklyn girl, superstar salesperson – but her most important role is that of (bereaved) mother of five. Domenique never had any reason to suspect that something was amiss in her second pregnancy, at least, not until it was already too late. Like most parents, stillbirth and preventative measures were never discussed with Domenique, leaving her completely blindsided when at 36.5 weeks pregnant she unexpectedly went into labor and her second child and first son, TJ, was born still.

In between her morning "TJ coffee" where she holds space each day for her son, rocking a successful sales career, and loving on TJ's living siblings, Domenique is passionate about sharing her stillborn son, creating stillbirth and child death awareness, and connecting with other child death families to support them in their nontraditional parenthood. Grief is not something that parents should need to hide. Stillbirth affects over 23,000 families each year, and Domenique is not willing to stand by while any of them are silenced for one moment longer.

Feel free to connect with Domenique on her well-regarded Instagram account, @stillbirthmamafightingforlight, where she is actively breaking down stigma and dropping knowledge to prevent stillbirths from happening.

born still in 2017

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Finding the women of PUSH has helped me immensely through my grief journey and most importantly has allowed me to define my new mission in life: channeling my anger into action by raising awareness and working toward ending preventable stillbirth.

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Elizabeth O'Donnell

Identifies As

White Ally Mom to a Mixed Race (Black) Child; she/her/hers

Repping

Jersey Girl now in DC

Superpowers

Organization, Writing, Managing 20+ Energetic Kids in a Classroom Solo!

Elizabeth O'Donnell

CO-DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Losing her first daughter, Aaliyah Denise Briscoe, sparked Elizabeth O'Donnell to immediately jump into action and become an advocate in the loss community. Since Aaliyah's death, Elizabeth has been passionately challenging the US's outdated and inadequate definitions of "paid family leave." 


Her efforts led Washington D.C. to pass D.C. Act 24-31 "District Government Family Bereavement Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021," finally allowing parents who experience a stillbirth or death of a child under 21 years of age to receive 10 days of bereavement leave. This is just the beginning of change for families who have suffered the heartbreak of losing a child, and Elizabeth looks forward to breaking down many more barriers in her role at PUSH!


A graduate of The George Washington University for both undergraduate and graduate work, Elizabeth is a dedicated elementary teacher in Washington D.C. The organization, patience, and teamwork skills she uses – and teaches – in the classroom lend nicely to holding others accountable and making change in the area of rights for expectant families and those who have experienced loss.

born still in 2020

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When we learned that Oliver had died, I was dumbfounded. How this could happen to a perfectly healthy 30 year old first time mom? And every 'answer' we got only prompted more questions. No family should have to live with so many 'what-ifs.'

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Hilary Hughes

Identifies As

White Ally (Jewish); she/her/hers

Repping

Ridgefield, CT

Superpowers

Quality Listener, Gives Brilliant Advice, Cool as a Cucumber in Any Context

Hilary Hughes

CO-DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

At 34 weeks into her otherwise normal first pregnancy, Hilary Hughes and her husband were just starting to prep a nursery for their soon-to-be-newborn son. Instead, a routine checkup revealed that Oliver's heart had inexplicably stopped beating, and her loved ones were sent to swiftly break apart the beginning stages of a baby room too tender for a mother and father to return to with empty arms.


The loss and trauma of Oliver's stillbirth were felt immensely throughout Hilary's whole family. Anticipating the results of Oliver's autopsy was the one thing that kept her going, certain it would at least shed some light on what had transpired. But when Fetal Maternal Hemorrhage – a rare condition for which she had no signs or symptoms – was indicated as Oliver's cause of death, even that last shred of hope was in tatters. Left with nothing but more unanswerable questions, Hilary sank into a deep well of anger and despair. Finally, after organizing a 5K in Oliver's memory and connecting with likeminded loss families, Hilary realized she needed to channel her grief into pushing for change to ensure that fewer families are impacted by this needless tragedy.


A high school social worker by training, Hilary is well-suited to manage the chaos of a lively family, and it's a good thing she is: Oliver is now the eldest of four boys! Hilary is an avid runner and skier, and a believer that all things physical help the body inside and out. And Oliver remains an integral part of her family, often featuring in his three younger brothers' conversation.

born still in 2013

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Stillbirth is not rare; it happens 65 times a day in the US, and often in supposedly 'low risk' pregnancies. Many other countries have cut their rates of stillbirth - why not here? When I learned that I knew I had to take action so that others will not suffer the sadness our family has endured.

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Bobbie Cohlan

Identifies As

White Ally Grandmother to 8; she/her/hers

Repping

NYC's UES & Suburbs

Superpowers

Warmth, Empathy, Loving-but-Firm Assertiveness that Brooks No Argument!

Bobbie Cohlan

CO-DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Bobbie Cohlan is PUSH's resident "Facebook famous" grandmother. The retired director of an early childhood center, she has always loved children and looked forward to becoming a mom/grandma herself. Though her first pregnancy ended in a "missed miscarriage," her hopes were fulfilled when she had three daughters who each later started families of their own; she remembers fondly the excitement they all felt that her youngest daughter, Hilary, was expecting the family's second grandson on their first grandson's birthday. But those dreams came crashing down when she accompanied Hilary to her 34 week OB checkup only to hear the words, "I am sorry, but there is no heartbeat." 


It is said that grandparents grieve twice, once for the death of their grandchild and once for the pain their adult children are suffering. Bobbie and her Syracuse University sweetheart-turned-husband, Rick, have found this to be true. When their daughter came to them wanting to organize a race to raise money for stillbirth research, it became a way for the whole family to honor Oliver's memory and ensure his short life would make a big impact.


Today Bobbie is lucky enough to have eight cherished grandchildren, which of course includes Oliver. She is a gifted photographer and also donates her time and talent to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and she loves connecting with families on social media - so don't hesitate to reach out and say hi!

born still in 2013

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