Board of Directors

Cara Tyrrell, – Founding Director / Board Treasurer:  Cara is mother to three beautiful daughters, two here on earth and her first, Emma Grace, 10 years in heaven. In 2009 she took the year off from her teaching position to start Share Southern Vermont, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support. Cara is the facilitator for the monthly support meeting in Rutland. She sits on the planning committees for all SSV’s annual events and provides on-site support at local hospitals at the time of loss.  She also travels New England delivering inspirational talks and training perinatal loss staff who work directly with loss patients. Cara also explore her grief journey through writing and has books she hopes to publish for grieving communities across the nation. Cara has a long term vision for SSV and is committed to see each support goal achieved.

Gretchen Lunderville, – Board Director / Former Facilitator ~ Grief / Loss Group in Chester, Vermont: Gretchen is mother to three children, two here on earth, and her first, Noah, nine years in heaven. Her family moved to Southern Vermont in 2004, removing her from the support group she utilized out west. After seeing a flyer for the Mother’s Day memorial walk she attended her first meeting and found that she had a great deal to offer Share Southern Vermont. Since joining the board she has been a driving force in creating working relationships with the community, local hospitals, and is looking forward to attending the Sharing and Caring National Grief training this fall, making her the second board member certified to provide on-site grief care.

Jessica Abbott - Board President: Jessica became involved with SHARE after her losing her firstborn son, Samuel, who was born on October 10, 2008. Samuel left this world shortly after his birth.  A Vermont native, Jessica and her husband live in the Rutland area with their second son, who was born in 2010. Jessica is committed to keeping her son’s memory alive and helping other parents do the same for the babies they have lost.

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