Butterfly Baskets was founded in July 2020 by Katie Hill after two baby losses in a year. After two healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies to their sons, Katie and her husband Jonathan lost a baby girl to miscarriage at 16 weeks. It was an unexpected and devastating loss. Katie and Jon found out they were pregnant again a few months later. Pregnancy after loss is always challenging and Katie struggled with anxiety and fear. At 16 weeks, Katie and Jon found out that they were having a baby boy! They also found out that their baby boy was not developing properly and had a life-limiting diagnosis. Their son Isaac Thomas was born sleeping in March 2020 due to a cord accident at 32 weeks. The care and support Katie and her family received after the loss of their son made such a difference in their grief journey.
In July 2020, Katie was sitting on her deck watching the beautiful butterflies flocking to her butterfly bush, when she felt called to start an organization to help support other women and families in her community going through difficult pregnancies and baby loss. She knew that the range of support available to women varies significantly and wanted to help others going through this heartbreak. A few days and many conversations with family and friends later, Butterfly Baskets was formed!
We hope to build a community to help women and their families feel a little less lonely in this challenging journey.
Katie Hill, Founder & Executive Director
MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS:
Mary Beth Buesching, Secretary
Mary Beth Smart Buesching has been a proud part of the Butterfly Baskets Board since its founding in July 2020. She is from Malvern, PA and now resides in Clearwater, FL with her husband and 2 (soon to be 3) young daughters. Mary Beth believes in the mission of BB and has seen the impact our support has had on the community. MB is looking forward to helping grow the reach of BB, potentially to Florida!
Elise Deegan, Treasurer
Elise Deegan is the Treasurer for Butterfly Baskets. Elise is a mother, wife, and has a strong background that makes her such a valuable member of the BB team. Come back to see additional bio soon!
Kathryn Gervasio, Marketing
Kathryn Gervasio is the head Marketing Director for Butterfly Baskets. Along with passion and dedication, Kathryn brings experience and expertise to her role on the Butterfly Baskets team.
Erin Saddic, MS, PHM-C LPC
Erin is proud to serve as a Butterfly Baskets board member. Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Counseling and over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist. Erin is a member of Postpartum Support International, and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. With her extensive background and experience, Erin provides valuable expertise and insight on the development and expansion of our programs and services.
Check back soon for additional bio about our board member Maggie.
Check back soon for additional bio about our board member Sherry.
Shannon Curley Sinclair
Check back soon for additional bio about our board member Shannon.
Theresa Velasquez has been a integral member of the Butterfly Baskets since we got started. Theresa serves as the Chair and Race Director of the Butterfly Baskets 5k. Theresa is a Board Certified Family Practice Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping people reach their personal health goals through her health coaching practice, Healtheliving.