Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is operated by a dedicated, compassionate, and skilled staff that guide our large team of volunteers in the community.
Chief Executive Officer
Gina has been the CEO at NILMDTS since October 2011. Gina has worked in the nonprofit sector her entire career and has personally been touched by the services of NILMDTS.
In 2007, Gina and her husband went to a routine prenatal visit for their first baby and learned that their unborn son had a rare condition called Potter’s Syndrome, which is not compatible with life. As they carried their baby to term, they learned about NILMDTS and requested a photographer to capture images of their son David on October 25, 2007.
Not even a year later, the Harris’ lost their second son, Ethan from another, unrelated fetal condition called hydrops and cystic hygromas. Because his condition was so severe and the shock they were in, the couple did not get pictures of him. Gina says it has left an empty hole in her heart. She understands from firsthand experience the significance NILMDTS images have on the healing journey.
After losing David and Ethan, the Harris’ lost two more babies through miscarraiage. They were told by doctors that they could not have a healthy boy. Shortly after Gina joined NILMDTS as the CEO, she became pregnant again and in 2012 delivered her rainbow baby – a healthy boy named RJ.
Gina is a sought after national speaker in the fields of relationship education, bereavement, and positive youth development. Gina is a contributing author in the books, “Unshakable Character” and “The Burning Heart of a Difference Maker.” Her story (listed under her maiden name Gina Waegele) is featured in the book, “Sister Freaks,” edited by Rebecca St. James. She has been featured in major media including CNN, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Extra, NBC, People Magazine, all the major Denver media, as well as dozens of local newspapers and radio shows.
Gina has a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor of arts in television news and video communications and has worked as a reporter and anchor for a CBS affiliate. Gina is a five-time state championship cheerleading coach and choreographer and was the 2008 John Lynch Foundation Coach of the Year. She has been married to her husband Rob since 2004. Rob, Gina, and their rainbow baby RJ along with their dog Lily reside in Colorado. She enjoys working out, running, hiking and playing board games.
Volunteer Program Manager
Ali came to know Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep when her first baby, Zachary, was stillborn in 2011. She began volunteering as a Community Volunteer in 2013 assisting with recruitment and in 2015, she became the Seattle Area Coordinator. After a year of great administrative and logistical advancement for her local team, she joined the ranks of west coast Regional Coordinator in 2016. To help drive consistency and connectivity within the organization, she continued as a Volunteer Coordinator until she joined the staff as Volunteer Care Specialist in 2018. She now manages the volunteer program as our Volunteer Program Manager.
During her time at NILMDTS and her own personal experience receiving photos, she realized the importance of images and found a deep desire to take up photography. After months of leaning fundamentals of professional photography, in 2017 Ali started her photography business, Life Under the Stars Photography, named for her son, and also became a Seattle area Volunteer Photographer and Digital Retouch Artist.
Ali enjoys honoring her son’s memory by helping others experiencing loss and showing them there is hope after such a significant and devastating loss. She first found her own version of hope by welcoming her daughter, Vivian, at the end of 2012 and has since welcomed a healthy baby boy, Conner, in 2014 and second daughter, Claire, in 2016. Besides her roles within NILMDTS she previously served as the President of Parent Support of Puget Sound, a Seattle area non-profit supporting families experiencing miscarriage, pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death.
Ali resides in Sammamish, Washington with her loving husband, three lively children, two dogs and a cat.
Jess has been a part of NILMDTS since 2019. During this time she has served as an Affiliated Photographer, Digital Retouch Artist, Area Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and now Regional Coordinator. She lives in East Tennessee, with her husband, their two children, and a small zoo of pets. When she isn’t behind a camera she’s usually baking something with way too much butter, listening to 90’s music, or hanging out in a hammock. Jess says that her work with NILMDTS is a small way of putting some good out into the world, and ensuring every parent knows that their child will always be remembered.
Administrative and Development Assistant
Kashia first became involved in NILMDTS in 2020 when she became interested in their volunteer opportunities. She has been with the organization since 2021. NILMDTS has fulfilled the desire that Kashia has had to help other people, as this has been a big part of her life since she was a Montessori teacher for many years.
Kashia has an AAS degree in Medical Office along with a Montessori teaching certificate. Kashia is a native of Colorado and with her free time she enjoys walking/hiking in the fantastic Colorado weather as well as reading and baking.
Retouching Services and Session Specialist
Lisa and her husband Todd live in Vermont and have 6 children and a son in law. Elyse, who is married to Will, Alex, Jonathan, Anna, Erika, and Mark, and a few fur babies, too.
Prior to her role as Marketing Manager, Lorri was the Director of Events for a regional chamber of commerce. She planned and executed over 120 events per year for regional members, including an annual Washington D.C. Fly-In. Lorri has extensive experience in the field of marketing and communications, as well as sponsorship generation and fulfillment.
A native Oklahoman, Lorri has a BA in Journalism-Advertising from The University of Central Oklahoma. Lorri is married to her high school sweetheart, Stephen and together they welcomed their second daughter in December 2017 and third daughter in November 2019. In her free time, Lorri enjoys traveling to new places, gardening and attempting Pinterest crafts and recipes.
Family Remembrance Coordinator
Melisa started working at NILMDTS in August 2014. She and her family moved from Florida to Colorado in June 2014, with the intention of starting over and finding something that she was passionate about. NILMDTS provided both a passion for what she loved – providing service to others – and incorporated her love for photography. NILMDTS has been a blessing to Melisa as she learned to open up about her early pregnancy loss of Baby Eddie.
Melisa relocated back to Florida in July of 2015 becoming the first remote employee for NILMDTS. In November of 2015, Melisa became an approved NILMDTS Volunteer Photographer and joined the Central Florida team.
Melisa is a wife to her long time friend since middle school, Ross and mother to four beautiful children: Jordan, Emily, Reagan, and Cole. Also a part of her family forever is Dublin (her furry son) and Baby Eddie in Heaven. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting of any type, being of service to others, and capturing their journey as they are currently traveling around the country in their Airstream.
Mackenzie first learned of NILMDTS in 2019 while serving as a chaplain intern at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She went on to complete a chaplain residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she primarily provided spiritual and emotional support to families on the Mother-Baby, Labor and Delivery, and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. During this time Mackenzie was honored to walk with numerous families experiencing miscarriage and infant loss. Mackenzie was deeply moved by the love these families have for their infants and found great significance in being a companion in their grief. She joined the NILMDTS team in 2022 and is excited to continue using her skills to support bereaved families.
Mackenzie has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Montana State University in Bozeman, as well as dual Master of Divinity and Master of Nonprofit Administration degrees from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, Mackenzie currently lives in a diverse neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. When not at NILMDTS, Mackenzie can be found curled up with a mug of tea and a good book, or out exploring the many museums and activities Chicago has to offer.
Director of Programs
Missy has been actively involved with NILMDTS since 2015. During this time, she has served as a Dispatcher, Assistant to the Photographer, Digital Retouch Artist, Affiliated Photographer, Dispatch Coordinator, Medical Program Manager and now Director of Programs. Missy’s work with NILMDTS is dedicated to James, the son of very close friends of hers. James passed away unexpectedly shortly after birth in 2014 and through that experience, she came to know the incredible importance of remembrance photography.
A native West Virginian, Missy has a BA in English from West Virginia University and a MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She currently lives in Omaha, NE with her husband, three kids, and three crazy dogs. In her spare time she most enjoys reading and traveling.
Rachel began volunteering with NILMDTS during the 2017 Remembrance Walk in Orlando, Florida, which soon developed into becoming a team member in February 2018. Rachel fell in love with helping people when she was a teenager. She was inspired at a summer camp and developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have two children. Rachel and her family enjoy camping, fishing, biking, going to the beach, Disney World, spending time with friends and her large extended family.