Our Mission

 Stillborn And Infant Loss Support (SAILS) is dedicated to helping those  who have lost their child by letting them know that they are not alone. 




How We Impact

Through outreach programs and fundraising, we aim to increase awareness about stillbirth and ensure that those affected have a strong support network during their time in need.

Our Mission

Provide a platform of community, mentorship, education and advocacy to families impacted by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby before their first birthday.

Our Vision

A world of hope and healing with unconditional acceptance, honor and respect.

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 Who We Are 


Sadija A. Smiley

Founder and CEO

Dedicated to raising awareness and creating a supportive environment for families affected by stillbirth, Sadija passionately founded Stillborn And Infant Loss Support Inc. in November 2017.


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Crystal Allen

Interim Board Treasurer

Crystal Allen has over 20 years experience in the Finance and Accounting field. She has worked for Government Contracting, private companies, and Non-Profit organizations during her career. Crystal holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and an Associates Degree in Accounting.


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Laurena White

Board Member

Dr. Laurena White has over 20 years of service and experience in the field of women's health ranging from birth doula to obstetrics/gynecology, reproductive endocrinology/ infertility, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine.

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Joanne Zerdy, PhD

Board Member 

Joanne Zerdy, Ph.D. comes to SAILS as a former university professor and published scholar in Theatre Arts


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Angela Mendelson

Interim Board President

Angela Mendelson has always had a passion for helping others. Currently she is a Service Coordinator for people with developmental disabilities, helping to connect them to services in the community and making sure their needs are being met.

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Faiza Aulakh

Program Coordinator

Faiza completed

her undergraduate degree in Family Science with a minor in Human Development at University of Maryland.

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Dena Aufseeser

Interim Secretary

Dena Aufseeser's work and interests center on questions related to inequality and child well-being.


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