Heather J. Silver, LCSW-C, CPLC
Founder & President
Heather is a clinical psychotherapist specializing in
women's health and perinatal health. After graduating from Towson State University with a degree in Psychology, Heather received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
She has dedicated her career as a counselor and perinatal specialist helping families journey through difficult pregnancies, making difficult choices during pregnancy, perinatal mood disorders, traumatic losses and infertility. Heather opened the first free-standing perinatal
palliative care practice in Maryland in 2014. Heather has created the hospital bereavement program at Baltimore Washington Medical Center when they opened the Women's Pascal Center in 2009. She also works as a contractor to assist hospitals in either creating new programs or re-vitalizing their existing bereavement programs. Heather has been on the exam development and
writing committee for the CPLC exam - Certified in Perinatal Loss Care-since its inception in 2012.
Heather is also a national and international speaker, educating health care professionals on how to assess, create, and provide compassionate bereavement care to families. She is the President of the Anne Arundel Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund, INC., a 501(c)3 non-profit to help provide perinatal bereavement and perinatal palliative care to families who are unable to afford it. The charity also focuses on education around perinatal death for families, health care providers, and the community.
Heather has three living children and is watched over every day by her babies in Heaven. She recently married Marcus Herdrich and now has an additional amazing three step-children.
Jaclyn Gambone, Ph.D
Jackie is the proud Vice President of The Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund. She is a former K-12 educator and a current education professor at Anne Arundel Community
College. Her bachelors and Masters degrees are in education and administration while her doctoral
dissertation focused on critical thinking and engagement strategies for educators. She is also a trained life coach.
She first met Bill Sweeney with her at-risk pregnancy for her first daughter, Giuliana. He helped her through the pregnancy and she happily welcomed her baby girl in 2013. He also worked with Jackie to help her safely welcome her second daughter, Savy, to the world in 2016. Jackie was introduced to the perinatal loss culture after losing her son Logan about halfway through pregnancy in 2018 and then sadly her daughter Ava at the end of the first trimester in
2019. It was then that she and her husband decided to work with Shady Grove and do IVF. They welcomed their little miracle baby boy, Luke, in September of 2020.
Having first hand empathy for all of those who are a part of this culture, Jackie wanted to do something to help. She became part of the Board of Directors. She knows this is critical and important work and she is grateful to be a part of this charity.
Ann O'Sullivan, RN, CPLC
Ann O'Sullivan is Treasurer of the Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund. Ann is an RN and the Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator at Luminis Health.
She leads the Infant Loss Support Group at the Sweeney Center, a perinatal loss and postpartum support group at Luminis Health, and has been an integral supporter of SilverLeaf Counseling and the Bill Sweeney Charity.
Cindy is the Secretary for The Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund. Cindy comes to the charity having lost two pregnancies as well as two grandbabies during pregnancy. Her empathy for perinatal loss makes her invaluable. She is a certified engagement coach, an organizational specialist, a Reiki master, and a Notary Public. She has past board experience as secretary and is grateful to get to serve this board and the perinatal loss community. Cindy is married to Ralph, has two rainbow babies, Adam and Jackie (who is also on this board). She is the proud grandmother of four grandchildren, Giuliana, Savy, Luke, and Karson.
Elizabeth Greeley, MD
Beth Greeley is a member of the Board of Directors. She has committed her career to the care of women with high-risk pregnancies, is double board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine, and has a Master’s in Public Health.
She is honored to help support families who have experienced perinatal loss or unexpected findings. Bill Sweeney exemplified compassionate care, and Beth had the privilege of being both his patient and his colleague. She
works closely with Heather and her staff to coordinate quick referrals for patients with immediate need.
She is married to Brendan, an Annapolis native. They have twin girls, Phebe and Delphia, and two younger boys, Clyde and Luke.
Lauren Thompson, MHS
Lauren is a member of the Board of Directors. She is a mom of 3, postpartum doula, and public health researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on maternal mental health, breastfeeding and wellbeing.
Lauren works as a doula advocate and grassroots organizer in Maryland alongside DoulaID, the Public Justice Center, Maryland Family Network, and community-based doulas and doula collectives.
She is thrilled to be supporting the important work of both the Bill Sweeney Charity and SilverLeaf Counseling in expanding needed bereavement care to more families in our area, as well as training and support to healthcare professionals.
Brooke Hytovitz Bowman, Esq.
Brooke is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund. Brooke is very proud and honored to serve on the Board. Brooke and her husband went through a long journey to have their three kids. Due to her pregnancy with her twins being high risk, Brooke was closely monitored by Dr. Sweeney. Dr. Sweeney provided the best and most compassionate care for Brooke and her babies. After helping to create the Fund, Brooke joined the Board. Brooke is an attorney at Bowman Jarashow Law, LLC and lives in Annapolis with her husband, Jeff, three rainbow babies, Thayer, Reed and Reynolds, and two Old English Sheepdogs.
Tucker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund. After he and his wife lost their son, Tucker learned first-hand how important it is for families going through that devastating experience to have the resources and care that the Fund is designed to provide. In his professional life, Tucker is a partner at the law firm of Council, Baradel, Kosmerl Nolan, P.A. in Annapolis, Maryland, where he handles civil litigation
matters and appeals.