Get involved with PLIDA by joining one of our many committees! See the below description and contact for each committee we currently offer. Reach out and get involved!  *All committee members must have a current PLIDA membership. 


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

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. 

Chair: Terri L. Major-Kincade, MD
Committee Members

- Julie Bindeman, Psy-D, Clinical Psychologist
- Jennifer Jarvis, M. Div, BCC, Chaplain
- Agata Freedle, MA, LPC, NCC
- Laura Graves, BSN, RN-C
- Natasha Nurse-Clarke, PHD, RN

Download the committee bios here!

We are looking for additional committee members! Download the below informational flyer and application PDFs to begin.
Deadline for application is September 10, 2021.



Send completed applications to [email protected]


Education Committee

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]