Board of Directors

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Kiley Krekorian Hanish, OTD, OTR/L - Founder and President

Kiley is a bereaved mother and founder of Return to Zero: H.O.P.E. (formerly Return to Zero Center for Healing). She received her BA from Loyola Marymount University, and masters and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the Emmy-nominated film Return to Zero, which is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn. Her work with bereaved families helps them to find purpose, meaning, and healing after the tragic death of their baby. Kiley and Sean live in Los Angeles with their two children, Roxie and Cannon.

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Deborah Clarke, PhD - Chair

Deborah works at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Office of the Provost. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University, and masters and doctoral degrees in higher education administration from Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. She and her husband Walt have live in North Carolina and have three children, Emma Kate, Redding, and Eason, who was born still in 2013. In addition to her work at the university, she enjoys volunteering with several non-profit organizations, reading, writing, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family.

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Melinda Koslow Peterson, RN, MS - Secretary

Melinda is a bereaved mother, maternal death survivor, registered nurse, and environmental scientist. She is active in healing work, speaking, and volunteering. After losing her son Oak during pregnancy and almost losing her life, everything changed. While nurses empowered her journey, she too felt a call toward nursing. Her passion is integrative medicine, prevention of maternal death, and healing perinatal loss. Prior to becoming a nurse, Melinda worked as an environmental scientist for over a decade in both non-profits and government agencies. She created programs that advanced science through research and public                                                engagement.  

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Stefan Lendi - Treasurer

Stefan is the Executive Director at UBS. He has served as a Relationship Manager, Managing Director, and Executive Director at other Wealth Management banking institutions, both in the United States and internationally. Stefan speaks four languages and has lived in Zurich, Geneva, Buenos Aires, New York, and Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, soccer, traveling, and is a LA Kings fan. Originally born in Zurich, Stefan now lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 22 years and two teenage children.

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Martha Berry Clarke, MA - Member at Large

Martha is a fundraising and communications professional with significant experience developing strategic communications programs and funding portfolios for non-profits, including Amherst College, Global Rights, InterAction, and the International Medical Corps. She holds a BA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After twenty years in Washington, DC, she now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her husband, Roger, and two daughters, Olive and Lucy. She lost her nephew, Eason, who was                                                born still in 2013.

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Kara Simmons, JD - Member at Large

Kara's desire to serve on the Return to Zero Board stems from her personal experience with her daughter, Madeleine Ava, who was born still in 2015. Since that time, she has tried to honor Madeleine’s memory by seeking opportunities to help other families who have been affected by similar tragedy. Kara received her BA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and masters and doctoral degrees from the George Washington University. She is an attorney and looks forward to contributing her skills and knowledge.