About Us

Board Members:

  • Melannie Bryson, Registered Nurse – Founder & CEO
  • Shirley Bucher Terenchin, General Nurse Practitioner – Public Relations/Administrative Assistant
  • Howard SilvermanAttorney with Kane & Silverman
  • Heidi McCoy
    15 years ago I became a widow literally overnight. My husband at the age of 24 had passed away from a Coronary Artery Thrombosis. James and I were high school sweethearts, we had 3 beautiful children together (at the time they were 6, 4 and 3). Not only did I have to learn who I was as a widow at the age of 25, but I had to learn how to be a single parent. I felt alone, I couldn’t turn to my parents because they didn’t know what it was like to lose a spouse. I couldn’t go to my in laws because they didn’t know what it was like to lose a spouse. I was no kid to anyone for the first three months. Finally one day I said to myself “you only have two choices here. You can lay here and feel sorry for yourself or you can get up and do what you have to do.” So here I am doing what I have to do. For these last 15 years when life gets me down I say to myself “if I don’t, who will”. I am my biggest motivator in this crazy world, because of that I have raised 3 amazing children that have become fabulous young adults. My children and I believe that God needed another Angel so he took ours.
  • Angie Merkey
    August 31, 1994, our son was born 3 weeks early. During his stay in NICU they found a heart murmur and referred us to Hershey Med Center. After several appointments with the Peds Cardiologist I was not happy with the Dr and chose to take him to Johns Hopkins. He was diagnosed with Pulmonary and Aortic Stenosis but they felt he was in good health and did not need any intervention. After not feeling well with this advice and then an episode of Dalton having problems breathing one evening, I called his Dr and he told me he was fine. I made an appt with CHOP, it was scheduled for Feb 3. Dalton passed away in my arms Jan 16, 1997 at 8:40 am. The years of guilt are still overwhelming some days but knowing Dalton is in Heaven and I will see him again is what keeps me going and helping other parents deal with their loss.