Contributions of support come in many forms, whether it’s being a voice for our cause, helping us spread the word or assisting behind the scenes. We are so grateful to all the wonderful volunteers who generously give their time to helping us support the women who need it.
It is an honour to be asked to be an ambassador and I look forward to changing the way miscarriage is viewed within our society. Tahyna xx
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 to 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 access to 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.
Initially, I stumbled across the PESN 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.
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.
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.
Anna Kratovil, Peer Support Co-ordinator
After experiencing the devastating loss of a her second baby at 19.5 weeks pregnant, Anna realised just how many women go through the trauma of losing a baby through miscarriage. Anna joined Pink Elephants as a Peer Support Ambassador so she could help support the women and families going through it. Discovering that this was her new path, she applied to begin a double degree in Psychology & Counselling which she is currently completing. As one of the first Peer Support Ambassadors since the program’s launch in 2018, Anna continues in this volunteering role but 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.
Belinda Foord, Graphic Designer
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.
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.
Ladan Shirvani, Fertility in the Workplace
Ladan is vibrant, dynamic and passionate. She runs her own business, focussed on designing, mobilising and delivering transformational change for individuals, start-ups and large scale business. She loves a whiteboard, a challenge and loads of laughs. Ladan is mum to four little humans.
Our miscarriage journey began in 2009; over three years we experienced five unexplained pregnancy losses. Navigating deep emotional terrain, unprepared and ill-equipped made it super challenging for us and our closest family, friends and colleagues.
Pink Elephant’s mission to give parents of pregnancy loss validation, connection and care and their closest meaningful and impactful resources is so powerful…I look forward to facilitating the transformation across community workplaces to colour the Elephants in the room pink 😉
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.