Meet Our Founder
Dr. Simbi Animashaun
Dr. Simbi Animashaun is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of the United By Loss Foundation (UBLF), which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity in Georgia. The establishment of UBLF was inspired by her lived experiences with recurrent miscarriages and a lack of advocacy, resources, and grief support. She is passionate about improving the maternal mental health of black mothers experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. She wants to ensure that no mother or birth giver ever feels alone during pregnancy and infant loss.
Read our mission, vision, and program initiatives.
Our mission at United By Loss Foundation is to provide grief support, access to educational resources and tools, and advocacy for mothers and birth givers who have experienced perinatal loss.
We strive to improve the maternal mental health of black mothers experiencing pregnancy and infant loss and bring comfort to those who are suffering in silence.
Distribute perinatal loss comfort boxes to local hospitals, OB/GYN offices, and directly to mothers and families impacted by pregnancy and infant loss.
Provide access to vital educational resources and tools, such as literature about grief, types of losses, coping skills, and more!
Host virtual monthly peer support groups and virtual cohorts (4 times a year).
Provide financial assistance to cover burial, funeral, or cremation expenses.
Provide bereavement doula services.
Host community events throughout the year that honors all babies gone too soon.
Meet the Board of Directors
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
The Board of Directors are a team of strongly committed individuals to improving the maternal mental health of black mothers experiencing pregnancy and infant loss in Georgia.
Debbie Coppula resides in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She is currently a professional development specialist at a children's museum and an instructional coach. Prior to that, she taught middle school for 10 years. She is passionate about education and making the world a better place for everyone -- starting with women and children.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Jeanette Johnson is a loving mother of three and a devoted wife. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has years of experience in Management and Human Resources. She is passionate about giving back to the community and helping support mothers who experience child loss.
Dr. Cherry Pride
Dr. Cherry Pride-Smith resides in Conley, GA, with her wonderful husband. She has three daughters and five grandchildren. She retired in May 2021 after teaching middle grades Social Studies for 28 1/2 years.