Retreat Facilitators

For this retreat, Kiley is excited to be joined by Melinda Peterson, 2015 Seattle Retreat Alumni, and Debbi Clarke, 2015 Australia Retreat Alumni. They bring unique gifts to our group and are looking forward to sharing this special time with you.

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Kiley Krekorian Hanish, OTD, OTR/L

Kiley is a bereaved mother and occupational therapist living in Los Angeles. Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the film Return to Zero starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein. It is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn, and is the first movie to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth.

Kiley has hosted 11 Return to Zero Women’s Retreats since 2014 and is inspired by the community and transformation that happens at these retreats. She is also passionate about raising awareness of perinatal loss and improving the support families receive in the hospital as well as in the community. 


Melinda Peterson

Melinda is a bereaved mother, maternal death survivor, registered nurse, environmental scientist, and serves as Secretary on the Return to Zero: HOPE board of directors. Melinda shares experience from a unique journey of baby loss with no living children. 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. 


Debbi Clarke

Debbi and her husband Walt have live in North Carolina and have three children, Emma Kate, Redding, and Eason, who was born still in 2013. She also serves as chairperson for the Return to Zero: HOPE board of directors. 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.