Angie Bailey - Director of Education
In 2010, Angie silently gave birth to her first child, Aiden Kenneth Bailey. He was full term and the pregnancy was healthy and uneventful. Aiden was perfect in every way, no reason was ever found for why he was born still. She and her husband continue to mourn their loss every day.
Since losing Aiden, working with families grieving the loss of a child has become her passion. Before moving into her current position, she began working with Forever Footprints in 2011 organizing volunteers for their annual OC Walk to Remember. She also volunteers her time as a HOPE Mentor for the MISS Foundation, a non-profit volunteer based organization providing C.A.R.E. [counseling, advocacy, research, and education] services to families experiencing the death of a child. She also helped to establish the Face-to-Face program for the non-profit group Faces of Loss. She is the proud recipient of The Forever Footprints’ 2013 Compassion Award.
Aracely Rodriguez - Journey to Remember Coordinator
She has 2 loving boys and for that reason she and her husband were so excited to receive the news in 2009 that she was expecting a long awaited little girl. At 22 weeks gestation, Aracely and her husband were told that their much wanted baby girl had a chromosome disorder which is considered incompatible with life. Their sweet little girl would not live. Emmery Star Rodriguez was born on November 3, 2009 and received her angel wings only 34 hours after she arrived, going to heaven on November 4, 2009. Aracely has actively been involved with Walk to Remember, Inland Empire since she first met the founders by chance at a local support group. Aracely has always said that the love and healing that the organization has provided her since the loss of Emmery is immense. She is honored to be a part of this amazing cause and feels privileged to get to do the same for other families.
Amanda Balderrama - Director of Journey to Remember
In 2004, Amanda and her husband discovered the son they were expecting had a birth defect that would not allow for him to live after birth. Fernando Michael Philip was born and went to heaven on August 24, 2004. With nowhere to turn to for support and being isolated in grief, Amanda grieved silently. Years later, learning that sharing is healing, Amanda co-founded Walk to Remember, Inland Empire. She has since completed training as a RTS Coordinator to support families who receive a life-limiting diagnosis in pregnancy. Amanda is a proud mother to two girls she holds in her arms and two babies she carries in her heart.
Laura Navarro Pickens, LCSW - Director of Support
- Perinatal Loss Support Group (Hoag Hospital)
- Pregnancy After Loss Support Group (Hoag Hospital)
- Postpartum Adjustment Group (Hoag Hospital)
She is currently a member of Hoag Hospital’s Perinatal Loss Team, whose purpose is to realize the most beneficial patient care in the area of perinatal loss and service delivery to families. At Hoag Hospital, she provides in-room emergency crisis intervention and bereavement services to parents and families who have lost a baby to stillbirth. She is a member of PLIDA (Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Alliance), which is an international perinatal bereavement organization. She has been asked to speak at PLIDA’s 2013 International Bereavement Conference about her work with families after loss. She is the proud recipient of The Forever Footprints’ 2012 Compassion Award.
Andrea Natelborg - Journey to Remember and CE Education Coordinator
In 2012, after years of emotional fertility treatments that included two miscarriages, Andrea became pregnant with twins. She and her husband were over the moon. Unfortunately due to complications Andrea delivered her twins, Grace and Wyatt at 26 weeks gestation. They were perfect in every way imaginable. Sadly they both went home to the lord five short days later. Andreas life was forever changed. Andrea delved into natural health options and continued her schooling towards her masters. Andrea has always been passionate about end of life care and after losing her own children she knew she had the ability to help others on their journey through loss to healing. Andrea is a mommy to a son and daughter here on earth as well as her two sweet angels in heaven.
Jasmine Adams - Support Group LCSW
Sara Smith - Social Media, Support & Volunteer Coordinator
Sara has her Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University of Long Beach.