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 strep-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.
Executive Board Member
Alana is an executive board member for the Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund, Inc. Having grown up in New York and lived in Massachusetts for most of her professional life, Alana moved to Maryland if 2015 to build on her career in Marketing at a Baltimore based business. Her now husband moved a year later, and they were married in 2018. Shortly after getting married, they were thrilled to find out they were expecting their first child. Unfortunately, at 23.5 weeks they lost their daughter due to a premature delivery. Being away from family during this time made a very difficult experience even more challenging. Fortunately, she was connected with Silver Leaf Counseling, which gave them the tools they needed to navigate the experience of perinatal loss and connected them into a community built on strength and support. In November of 2020, Alana gave birth to a healthy baby boy, with the support of that community beside her along the way. Through the work being done at the Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund, Alana hopes that all families who experience a loss are able to find the resources that they need to support them through their journey.
Marcus acts as the Treasurer for the Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund. He works for the Department of Defense and has been performing roles in budgeting and resources for the past 20 years. He has performed these duties mainly in Maryland but has held two overseas assignments in Europe as well. He has led various sized organizations and budgets over his career. Marcus grew up across the North East before moving to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University before finally moving to the Maryland area to start his career and family. Marcus has three daughters, recently married the president of our charity, Heather! He now also
have three step-children.
Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM)
DAWIA Level III Certified in Budgeting and Resource Planning
Masters in Public Administration - UMUC Europe
BS in Analytical Finance - Wake Forest University
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.
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.