Attention NJEA Members!

NJEA is proud to offer a new series of virtual workshops and conversations on the topic of building a family.

In this series, NJEA members will share with you their experiences around pregnancy loss, overcoming infertility, and the adoption/fostering process. Experts will provide information and answer your questions. We will also discuss ways that we can advocate for ourselves and our colleagues. The virtual series is detailed below, and to all NJEA members.

REGISTER HERE!

Panel discussion #1: Supporting members through pregnancy loss

Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Panelists to include:

  • Denise Paul, Holy Redeemer Hospital + Unite Inc

  • Jackie Mancinelli, Eastern EA member and founder of Start Healing Together

  • Kaitlyn Dunphy Esq., NJEA Legal Services

  • Caroline Tantum, NJEA UniServ Region 3

  • Beth Schroeder Buonsante, NJEA Member Benefits


Panel discussion #2: Helping members navigate the IVF process

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Panelists to include:

  • Gabby Lewis, East Windsor EA

  • Kristi Hunter, Eastern EA

  • Jackie Mancinelli, Eastern EA

  • Lynn Polin, NJREA member and founder of Kindred Beginnings

  • Beth Schroeder-Buonsante, NJEA Member Benefits


Panel discussion #3: Hearing our members’ stories about adoption and fostering.

Thursday, March 31 @ 7 p.m.

Panelists to include:

  • Megan Schultz, North Plainfield EA.

  • Sharon Bowman, Pennsauken EA.

  • Ileen Sloan, Englewood EA.

  • Sean Hengst, Haddon Township EA.

  • Kaitlyn Dunphy Esq, NJEA Legal Services.

  • Beth Schroeder-Buonsante, NJEA Member Benefits.


All panels moderated by Tracie Yostpile, NJEA UniServ Region 9 and Jessica Denney NJEA, UniServ Region 3.

Our Mission

Start Healing Together will champion member advocacy by providing information, instruction, and support to help alleviate the stigmas surrounding pregnancy loss and infertility.

The goal for our organization is trifold: to make members aware of their rights, to offer emotional support, and to direct them to helpful resources.

This kind of grief can be very difficult to navigate, especially considering the stigmas surrounding infertility, miscarriage, TFMR, stillbirth, and neonatal loss. To combat this, we encourage an open dialogue. We hope that the information from our group can provide comfort to those that need it most.

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.
— Vicki Harrison



How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently,
only a moment you stayed.

But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.

— Dorothy Ferguson