Board of Directors
Our board of directors bring a diverse set of skills and experiences and provide governance to NILMDTS.
Cheryl Haggard is the founding parent of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She is a stay at home wife to Michael and the mother of Chase, Anna, Natalie and baby Maddux. NILMDTS was formed after the birth of her fourth child Maddux Achilles Haggard, who was born with the rare condition called Myotubular Myopathy. Cheryl is extremely active in all her children’s activities. She enjoys the thrill of life, and has participated in events such as skydiving. She also knows the value of life and donated a kidney to a friend in 2007.
Cheryl enjoys photography, hiking, boating, sunny days, thunderstorms, Texas hold ‘em poker, Colorado microbreweries, her two dogs and three cats, as well as everything about Tim Tebow. She and her family currently reside in the foothills of Denver, Colorado. Cheryl believes that the pain of losing a child never gets easier, and that you just become a stronger person to carry that pain throughout your life.
Paul Burke joined the NILMDTS Board of Directors in the Fall of 2015. He currently leads finance and business development for several early-stage businesses through his firm.
Paul’s first exposure to NILMDTS was when we shot a session for his son Anderson Taylor, lost on January 25, 2012. The pictures provided played a significant role in their grief journey, and ever since, he and his wife have been raving fans of NILMDTS. You can watch their beautiful video in remembrance of Anderson Taylor here.
Previously, Paul’s primary role has been to serve as CEO/CFO in growth or turnaround stage companies, but has always had a passion for equipping nonprofits with the strategy and planning required to meet needs at greater scale. As a result, Paul has developed a depth of experience bringing nonprofits and companies together to advance both through social enterprise ventures.
Paul resides in Fullerton, California, with his wife and four kids, all of which are avid hockey fans.
Jessica Person is co-founder and CEO of First Day Photo, Inc., an in-hospital newborn photography company that was born after the loss of the Person’s first son, Eli. Jessica and her husband know first-hand the immense and lasting value that remembrance photography has for a family. Jessica has been a NILMDTS affiliate photographer since 2006 and has a passion for training photographers to be equipped to give one of the most important gifts that can be given to a family who finds themselves facing the unimaginable.
Jessica lives in the Minneapolis area, along with her husband and six kids. Her work takes her into hospitals around the country, and she enjoys the travel and the people. When she’s not working, she enjoys time with her family, cooking all things gluten-free, reading, writing and teaching.
In May of 2014, Michael and his wife Erin received photographs from Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep after the loss of their son, Owen Michael.
Having spent many years in nonprofit finance and administration, Michael found himself missing nonprofit activity. To give back to the organization that helped his family so much, he volunteered to help organize the NILMDTS Remembrance Walk. Michael was elected to the board of directors in 2014 and hopes he can use his nonprofit experience to help Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep grow and continue to serve other families in a time of tragedy.
Julie Williams has served as Vice President, an affiliated photographer for NILMDTS since 2006 and is currently an Area Coordinator in Utah.
Julie has been involved with NILMDTS since the early stages of the organization after a friend sent her a link and said, “This is right up your alley”. When looking for a photographer in her area (and not realizing it had just become an organization), she discovered there was no one and signed up that night. Little did she know the impact volunteering would have not only on her, but also on all the families she has served throughout the years.
While Julie has closed her studio, she still loves to photograph family and friends when needed. She owns her own virtual franchise and loves helping others whenever and however she can.
Dave McCalley joined the NILMDS Board of Directors in the spring of 2015. He is currently the CEO of N-Vu, an H&H Color Lab company that provides in-person sales sessions, proofing galleries and mobile apps for professional photographers.
Dave has extensive strategic planning and leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Previously, he was an executive at American Century Investments and served as an officer and/or board member for USA Track & Field, Missouri Valley Association, Oak Hill Day School, and several ministries.
Dave resides in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri and his Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He is a lifelong runner and musician.
Randy Taylor, a Sapulpa, Oklahoma native and a former high school art teacher, originally began to photograph his art work as a class requirement while earning his masters degree. After serving as a yearbook instructor for several years, he started using his camera again. Soon his passion for photography grew into more than anticipated. He joined Professional Photographers of Oklahoma and continued his education as a photographer. Thanks to mentors within the profession he started a sideline photography business.
Randy’s first studio was in a garage, but within a year the word spread of his talents and he moved into an office with both a camera and sales room. Quickly it became necessary for a store front studio. For a time, Randy worked both as an art teacher and a photographer in the evenings but in 1984, teaching no longer suited his rediscovered passion, and a full-time photography studio became a reality.
Now Taylor Made Photography has become synonymous with the highest quality traditional and contemporary portraiture. Taylor Made Photography photographs seniors, brides, children, families and commercial portraits and products. The state of the art studio hosts one of the finest outdoor garden parks with numerous rock or brick arches, wooden gazebos, walls, a barn, old store front, and even a Beach house with surf boards.
Randy has received numerous professional awards over the course of his career. He has also traveled to many places to photograph, such as the Western USA, Alaska, Europe and South America, and photographed such events as the Iditarod dog sled race on several occasions. The art in nature photography is what “feeds his soul.”
Randy and his wife Leann have been married since 1975, and they have two sons, Cris and Travis. They have two daughters-in-law and they were blessed with a 8 grandchildren.
What Randy likes about Edmond is the diversity of photographic opportunities and the many interesting people with a wide range of experiences.
Matthew Hanson was touched by Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep when a volunteer photographer provided remembrance photographs of his daughter, Olivia on August 22, 2012. Matthew says, “The pictures we received have been priceless and we look at them as a family many times a year.”
Matthew is the Director of Technology for Salon Innovations and is a part of the board of Hopkins Fastpitch Softball. Additionally, he is a Life Advocate for Upworks which mentors and coaches adults coming out of addiction to get back in the workforce.
He resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota with his wife and their three daughters: Cecilia, Caroline and Ruby. During the Summer you will find them on the lake water skiing and wake boarding. He also loves coaching his girls basketball, soccer, and softball teams.
Sam Rodriguez was engaged with NILMDTS in 2008 after the passing of his and his wife Stacey’s first child, Manuel Michael Rodriguez (“Manny”). Sam and Stacey did not receive photographs of Manny through NILMDTS and he says, “…it is one of the big regrets. Every day I wish I had the quality photos of Manny that others have of their children. With Stacey not being awake for most of his wonderful life…having those memories professionally captured would have been very helpful in the healing process…”
Sam joined the NILMDTS board in 2019 and is also the COO of a large transportation company in the Twin Cities area and currently resides in the Southwest Metro area city of Savage, MN with his wife and 2 children.
Sam and Stacey are also founders of the Manny Rodriguez Patient Safety Education Fund at the Akron Children’s Hospital and Foundation in Akron, OH. Their work in the fund is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Manny by being patient and family advocates within the Medical community by providing educational workshops, lectures, and the like to doctors, nurses, medical students, and more.
Nick and his wife Emily became involved with NILMDTS in 2018 upon the passing of their first son, Sarkes Robertson Tootalian. They were fortunate to have a NILMDTS photographer at the hospital, helping create lasting and cherished memories of their time with Sarkes.
Nick joined the NILMDTS Board of Directors in 2019. He is an attorney practicing primarily Family Law and Criminal Defense. Nick is Managing Attorney for Modern Family Law’s Denver office.
Nick and Emily live in Denver with Sarkes’ younger brothers, Elias and Ezra. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, Nick spends time as an amateur photographer and comic book collector.