OUR FOUNDING STORY

 
 

During a routine 12-week ultrasound, newlyweds and newly pregnant Stephanie and Andy Schoonover received news of a terminal prenatal diagnosis. It was an unfortunate fluke 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, well during 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 those who receive a similar prognosis as they had navigate the months ahead. While they were supported by physicians, family, and friends, Stephanie found there was a shortage of information and resources available online for those who choose to carry to term.

Stephanie’s deep appreciation for carrying Grace 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 younger daughter Ava, along with Grace’s legacy, and their pup, Butler. 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 resource centers. 

A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Stephanie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Administration and spent seven years managing commercial real estate deals for two Fortune 500 companies. Today Stephanie is committed  to equipping, educating, and empowering women and families facing a terminal prenatal diagnosis through the non-profit. 

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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. 

 
 

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Sarah Garvey
Director of Advocacy and Bereavement Services

Sarah serves as a personal point of contact and advocate for parents during pregnancy and the bereavement process following the birth and loss of their child or children. She also provides education for the friends, family, and professionals walking alongside the parents.

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 preparing their community of support. This includes friends and family of the parents, as well as professionals, who Sarah helps educate on how they can best provide care and support to their patients and themselves.

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.


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Christina Gamez
Director of Outreach

Christina educates the medical community on the resources and tools available to them at Carrying To Term. She also plays an integral role in ensuring women and families have access to the information and support they need during and after their pregnancies.

Raised in Northern Virginia, Christina graduated from George Mason University with a Master of Science degree in Nursing Education. She has worked in various nursing positions to include emergency nursing, education and training, information systems and served as a United States Navy Nurse for 13 years.

Christina’s compassion for families facing a terminal prenatal pregnancy originates from her own personal experience of carrying her son to term. She is a mother of two living children and is passionate about health, wellness, and living a balanced life while empowering others to do the same. Christina can be reached at outreach@carryingtoterm.org.