ISA Board Member
In 2005, Nicole experienced the loss of her stillborn daughter, Skye. Within months of Skye’s death, she began speaking to audiences nationally, and then internationally, about providing comprehensive psychosocial support for families who are grieving the death of a baby. From this and other personal grief experiences, Nicole founded Ok2Grieve, an organization established to inspire the world at large to see loss and unresolved grief from a broader perspective. Understanding that loss extends beyond the death of a person, she is currently expanding her outreach through the Respect My Story™ initiative, a blog sharing people’s stories of loss, hope and inspiration. Nicole has undertaken various documentary projects spanning pregnancy loss and racial disparities in healthcare. She served as an associate producer of The Color of Care, a documentary film produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Yance Ford in partnership with the Smithsonian Channel. As a recognized subject matter expert, Nicole has appeared on various podcasts and has addressed diverse audiences as a conference speaker and panelist. Nicole is a Social Work Health Futures Lab Fellow, focusing on prolonged grief for the Portland State University School of Social Work project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University.