Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Education & Remembrance

Board of Directors

Meet the Empty Cradle Board of Directors & Leaders

Rachel Redhouse


Rachel first came to Empty Cradle 7 years after her second loss. She and her husband, John, were looking for a place where they could be among people who understood their grief. In 2001, Rachel and John were living in New Mexico when they suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks. Rachel was not offered any support or resources to help deal with her grief. In 2003, she became pregnant again and welcomed a son, Jonathan Taylor LeRoy Cash Redhouse, 8 weeks early. “JT” passed away when he was 3 days old due to complications from posterior urethral valves. Again, she and John were not offered any support or bereavement resources. In 2010, Rachel and John attended an Empty Cradle support meeting and finally felt supported in their grief. They began volunteering as meeting facilitators and became co-presidents in 2015. Rachel and John have four subsequent children.

John Redhouse

President & Treasurer

John currently serves as co-president and treasurer. After John’s wife’s miscarriage in 2001 and the loss of his infant son, JT, in 2003, he was desperate to find support as a bereaved father. After finding Empty Cradle in 2010, John felt supported, but he still felt there was something missing in his grief journey. With the backing of the Board of Directors, John began a men’s break-out support group during the East County meetings. Even after passing on the meeting facilitation to new facilitators, Brian has continued to hold the men’s support. John continues to make father’s bereavement support a priority in his work with Empty Cradle.

Alexis Melrose

Vice President

Alexis currently serves as Vice President.  She has served as the Secretary and a meeting facilitator for our East County/Central San Diego support meeting. On March 15, 2014 Alexis and her husband Brian lost their second child, Benjamin, when a car accident caused a placental abruption at 27 weeks. They have since gone on to have a subsequent child.

Lori Knierium


Amy Donahue

Volunteer Coordinator

Megan Welch

Volunteer Coordinator

Monica Bridge

Meeting Facilitator East County

Stephanie Gehrs

Riverside County Lead, Meeting Facilitator Corona

Shannon Casey

Master Librarian, Meeting Facilitator UTC

Jacqueline Azize-Brewer

Meeting Facilitator UTC and Spanish Support/ Apoyo en Espanol

Salome Dubenetzky

Mother to Mother Coordinator
As a mother who has experienced a stillbirth, Salome Dubenetzy’s passion to help those coping with loss is immense. She was awarded her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2016, and her interests lie in the area of maternal mental health, particularly perinatal loss. She is a Board Member for Empty Cradle and also the Mother to Mother Coordinator which is an in-hospital based peer support program that provides social support and care to parents coping with miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. Her goal is to provide ongoing support to those who have experienced loss so more parents receive access to care and know that there is hope.

Leilani Brown

Meeting Facilitator Temecula

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