OUR FOUNDING STORY

 
 

During a routine 12-week ultrasound, Stephanie and Andy Schoonover received a terminal prenatal diagnosis that would not only take their daughter's life from theirs, but stole a lifetime of hopes and dreams in a matter of moments. They spent the remaining six months of Stephanie’s pregnancy devoted to loving their daughter, Grace, and making memories together for the duration of the time they were given with her.

Stephanie experienced an unspeakable joy while carrying Grace and recognized there was a desperate need for a resource to help women and families who receive a similar prognosis navigate the months ahead. While they were supported well, Stephanie found there was a shortage of available information and access to online resources which led her to found the non-profit Carrying To Term. And so, Stephanie gathered a team of smart, creative talent to build an online space that would connect and fill this gap.

Carrying To Term was born with a dedication to providing support for your emotional, logistical, and educational needs - whether you're a patient, a friend or relative, or a medical professional.

Today Stephanie and Andy reside in Austin, Texas, where they are devoted parents to their two younger daughters, along with Grace’s legacy, and their pup. Their story and memories are blessings that endure.To read more about Stephanie and Andy’s story of carrying Grace, please visit here.


OUR TEAM

 
 
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STEPHANIE SCHOONOVER
Executive Director & Founder

As the Executive Director and Founder of Carrying To Term, Stephanie runs the day-to-day management of the organization and is responsible for the vision and execution of Carrying To Term’s mission as it expands across the country. She provides development of new content and resources for the site while focusing on building trusted partnerships with physicians and pregnancy care centers. Stephanie is committed to broadening public support of pregnancy continuation as an option. 

A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Stephanie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Business degree and spent her career managing commercial real estate deals for two Fortune 500 companies prior to launching Carrying To Term.

She can be reached at info@carryingtoterm.org.

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ANDY SCHOONOVER
Chief Development Officer

Andy serves as the Chief Development Officer and a member of the board of directors for Carrying To Term. He is responsible for raising funds and oversees the organizational strategy of Carrying To Term to ensure the information reaches those who need it most.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Andy spent most of his youth in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He was CEO of the medical technology company VRI which was later sold to Pamlico Capital. Andy is now Managing Partner at Lion Venture Partners, where he focuses on investing in socially-responsible service companies. 

Today Stephanie and Andy reside in Austin, Texas, where they are devoted parents to their two younger daughters, along with Grace’s legacy, and their pup.

 
 

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Sarah Garvey
Director of Advocacy and Bereavement Services

As the Director of Advocacy and Bereavement Services, Sarah is a personal point of contact throughout the carrying to term journey. She educates the medical community on the importance of a standard plan of care while serving as an advocate and resource for parents, their friends, family, and the professionals supporting them during pregnancy and the bereavement period.

Born and raised in Texas, Sarah graduated from St. Edward’s University with a degree in English and Education. She has a love of knowledge and connecting with people, and she has channeled that love into the realm of pregnancy and infant loss. In a period of three years, Sarah walked through infertility, three miscarriages, the premature birth and loss of triplets, and then the premature birth of her daughter. After her losses, Sarah became passionate about caring for other families experiencing bereavement. She co-created and began presenting seminars on perinatal loss and the grieving process that follows. Bringing that passion to Carrying To Term, Sarah is committed to lessening the isolation parents feel and improving the quality of care and support they receive.

Sarah lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Will and daughter Charlotte, and serves the pregnancy and infant loss community in memory and honor of their triplets Bridget, Vivian, and Liam. She can be reached at support@carryingtoterm.org.