Kristin is an attorney and mediator who was raised in Southern California but has called Northern California home for the last two decades. In addition to her law degree, she has bachelor degrees in political science and philosophy, as well as a master’s degree in conflict resolution. Kristin has long been committed to advancing awareness for women’s issues, and once she met Gavin and Stacy in the process for forming Phoebe’s Fund, she instantly knew her life would be better with them in it—their strength, grace, and passion to help other parents who have experienced stillbirth and neonatal loss is inspiring and infectious. Kristin’s life revolves around her rescued bulldog, Bentham, with whom she lives in Sacramento.
Michele grew up in the greater Sacramento area in the house her parents still live in today. In 2000, she graduated with a major in Business Administration, Marketing, and minor in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She built a successful career in sales in a few different industries including Pharmaceutical Sales. Michele now lives in Rocklin with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat. Michele and her husband, Timothy, lost their first child, Derek Michael, who was born still after 40+ weeks of a perfect pregnancy. They went in for a routine doctor’s appointment to discuss delivery, and they found out he no longer had a heartbeat; he had taken his last breath two days after his due date because of a knot in his umbilical cord. Michele delivered him via C-section; he was 7 pounds and had a full head of brown hair. After her daughter Hailey was born in 2015, Michele “retired” to be a stay-at-home mom to Hailey. Keeping Derek’s memory alive is one of her highest priorities. Since there is so little she can do for him, serving on the board for Phoebe’s Fund is, in her mind, comparable to serving on his parent teacher committee or volunteering at his school. Raising awareness for stillborns and connecting with families going through this horrible time is one way to honor her son.
Renee is a lifelong resident of Lincoln. She obtained her Associates Degree in Administration of Justice and later went on to Sac State then University of Phoenix where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Renee works at the Lincoln Police Department in the Administration Office and has been with the department since 2006. She is married to her husband Ramon, and they have four children: Xavier, Mia, Dominic, and Isabella who is forever in their hearts. On March 25, 2008, Isabella Irene Maldonado was born sleeping. She was 6 pounds, 13 ounces with lots of beautiful dark hair. She was perfectly healthy and had passed away due to a cord accident. Renee honors her daughter’s memory by reaching out to other families and telling her story. Serving on the board for Phoebe’s Fund is one of the ways Renee chooses to honor her daughter’s memory and the lives of those babies who will be forever in our hearts.