Contributions of support come in many forms, whether it’s taking part in the day to day running of our organisation, being a voice for our cause, helping us spread the word or assisting behind the scenes.
Our Core Team
Samantha Payne, Co-founder & CEO
Sam experienced the heartache of multiple miscarriages and couldn’t find the support she needed. Together with Gabbi she brought to life a vision of a #circleofsupport, a community where women were supported, nurtured and empowered along their journeys. She has a degree in Media and a PostGrad in Education with a background in business development and she is currently studying for an altMBA. Sam’s a change-maker with a passion to make a difference.
Sarah-Jane Monahas, COO
Sarah-Jane is a passionate fundraiser and community volunteer with a strong desire to make a positive difference. SJ has an established career including over 10 years’ leadership and fundraising experience in the not for profit sector. In particular her work at Redkite and WWF, saw her responsible for driving substantial revenue growth, inspiring teams and managing significant organisational change.
Having experienced my own devastating loss, I understand the importance of the work of Pink Elephants. There is so much more that needs to be done to ensure that all who experience this grief and loss are well supported. I am very motivated to do all that I can to make this happen.
Anna Kratovil, Peer Support Manager
After experiencing the devastating loss of her second baby at 19.5 weeks pregnant, Anna realised just how many women go through the trauma of miscarriage. Anna joined Pink Elephants in 2018 as one of our first Peer Support Ambassadors so she could help support other women and families going through it. Discovering that this was her new path, she is now completing a double degree in Psychology & Counselling, and is also now our Peer Support Co-ordinator.
I want to help remove the cultural taboo and societal stigma incorrectly given to miscarriage by increasing knowledge, conversations and empathy. In addition I want to be part of improving the emotional care and support given to the 283 women each day in Australia going through the heartbreak of grief and loss.
Gabbi Armstrong, Co-Founder & Content Specialist
Motivated by her own experience of both recurrent miscarriage and infertility, Gabbi co-founded Pink Elephants along with CEO Sam Payne. She firmly believes that all couples should receive validation of their loss, empathy for their grief and valuable connections for support when experiencing the heartbreak of miscarriage and associated infertility. Through her writing, Gabbi provides a strong voice and is a passionate advocate for much-needed support in this area.
Katie Luelf, Hospital Liaison
Katie trained as a nurse and spent six years working in the NICU, which she adored. She then moved on to medical sales, specialising in neonatal ventilators, which enabled her to remain working with her precious neonates.
My husband and I embarked on the struggle of our lives to have children. Many rounds of IVF, many miscarriages and many tears, but we were eventually blessed with four beautiful children. I will never forget the pain and angst of a miscarriage. I have so much to give as a mother, nurse and medical sales representative. Sam and Gabbi have started an amazing charity and I am both proud and honoured to be a part of it and I’m looking forward to watching it grow.
Jane Carland, Grants & Research
Jane is a Senior Hospital Scientist in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She is also a conjoint senior lecturer of the St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW Sydney. Outside the lab, she has been involved in the set-up and running of programs to extend research into the community, from pre-school science classes to School Outreach programs.
Being involved with Pink Elephants gives me a way to help Gabbi and Sam expand their network, but also enables me to quietly support friends who have suffered through infertility or pregnancy loss.
Jacqui Grant, People & Culture (HR)
Jacqui is an HR professional with over 15 years experience working in both London and Sydney. More recently Jacqui has worked as People & Culture Manager at Accent Group, where she oversaw the HR functions for a number of their retail brands and support offices. After taking maternity leave to have her third son, Jacqui has started working as a Career Development Facilitator at the UNSW.
I have been privileged to watch Pink Elephants grow from an idea that was born out of grief, to an amazing charity that is supporting thousands of women and their families across the country. The work that Sam and Gabbi have done to give miscarriage a voice, and bring it into the spotlight has been amazing. With my background in HR, I want to be able to assist Pink Elephants in reducing the stigma of miscarriage within the workplace and provide training to other HR and people managers on how to best support their team members in their time of need. I am also passionate about ensuring our National Employment Standards allow women and their partners the option for leave to provide them the time and space to grieve their loss.
Rebecca Page, PR
Rebecca Page is a media relations and communications professional with more than 12 years experience working both in and with the Australian media industry. She works as Media Advisor for one of Australia’s most trusted and recognised brands, the NRMA. Prior to this role, she worked for NSW Health in a similar role. Before working in Public Relations, Rebecca worked as a journalist for Fairfax Media, the Seven and Nine Networks and Sky News Australia.
I began shooting a documentary on miscarriage titled Misunderstandings Of Miscarriage after my second miscarriage and came across Sam & Gabbi and everything they have been doing. Pink Elephants have been incredibly supportive and have connected me with women all over Australia. I instantly felt like I wasn’t alone in my quest to open the conversation on miscarriage. It is an honour to be asked to be a Patron and I look forward to changing the way miscarriage is viewed within our society. Tahyna xx
Mum to angels Mackenzie, Leo and Bella, Rachael and husband Jonny have campaigned tirelessly since the loss of their first daughter Mackenzie at 7 months to a rare genetic disorder, to broaden the scope of prenatal genetic carrier testing in Australia. Her book Mackenzie’s Mission has just been published. Website: www.mylifeoflove.com, Instagram: @mylifeof_love and www.mackenziesmission.org.au
Initially, I stumbled across the Pink Elephants Support Network at a presentation supported by Genea. Little did I know that some 6 months later, I would suffer a miscarriage myself. My partner was overseas at the time so I would have been at a loss without them.
I choose to support this amazing charity as there is such a need for miscarriage awareness and support in our community. I hope to grow their workplace support programs and of course, assist with their fundraising needs ongoing. I am so proud to be a part of a group of incredible men and women who support PESN.
Sriyanthi Narayanan, Grants
Sri previously worked in finance for over 10 years primarily in treasury in the banking and property industry.
I chose to volunteer for PESN having gone through my own losses I believed in the benefit PESN provide through their support of women experiencing grief through pregnancy loss and those going through the fertility journey.
Belinda Foord, Graphic Designer
Belinda is a graphic designer who lives on the sunny Gold Coast. She works for a PR company and also has her own freelance business on the side. Belinda is a creative person and loves everything design related, including print design, magazine layout and web design. Her family also owns a pet resort which enables Belinda to get her puppy fix!
Veronica is a senior lawyer specialising in industrial and employment law, having been in the industry for over 10 years in private practice and working for employer associations, unions and the Fair Work Commission.
I chose to support Pink Elephants because they were there for me and my husband when we lost our baby 2 years ago. To have a resource that supports people who experience early pregnancy loss which touches so many is invaluable and to help them shows just a fraction of my gratitude in return.
When we went through our two losses in our long infertility journey, The Pink Elephants offered so much love and support in a time where we had no idea how to cope with what was happening. After seeing all the great work they were doing, we knew we wanted to give back somehow.
We run a small production company called Top Dog Productions, and after a quick call to Sam, we soon had a plan in place to shoot as many videos as we could, to spread the word about miscarriage and The Pink Elephants and to help other couples dealing with loss. It was such a cathartic thing for us to do and helped us see some light in a time when things were so dark. If just one of the videos we produced helps someone in a time of need, it will all be worthwhile.
Miranda Murray, Fertility in the Workplace Panelist
Before she became a life coach, Miranda lived through the suffering of 10 unsuccessful IVF treatments which led to a heartbreaking and unexpected divorce. Out of her own personal experience and an awareness of the lack of support in the fertility space, Miranda’s passion evolved for helping others in the same situation. She delivers programs specifically to help other women not just survive but thrive through the challenges of their fertility journeys and beyond. With her strong background in supporting people to thrive through challenging times, Miranda brings care, compassion and a holistic approach with health and well-being a pivotal focus around everything she does.
Chloe Carr, Events Co-ordinator
After 10 years in the retail sector, Chloë embarked on a career change after having her first baby. She stumbled head first into an Events role and has loved every day of work since! Working largely on fundraising events, Chloë very quickly realised the importance of philanthropy and giving and how to incorporate these aspects into her events- always with an element of meaning and fun!
Not knowing how to support her dearest friend through her losses, Chloë saw the desperate need for a charity like Pink Elephants and decided to help in anyway she could. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the Pink Elephants team.
Rachel helped us bring our vision for The Pink Elephants Support Network to life. A large part of Rachel’s contribution was to the brand which is a huge part of our community support offering – almost like a virtual hug when women need it most.
Rachel worked tirelessly and diligently on Pink Elephants for just under two years during her time as a co-founder and it absolutely helped us stand out in the not-for-profit sector.