MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Renee Basham – Executive Director
Renee became a doula in 2016 and has since attended over 25 births. She founded Hope’s Embrace. Her heart lies with serving women who are underserved and marginalized. She is conversationally fluent in ASL and has experience working with teenagers and women who have endured trauma. She also has a heart for bereavement work since she miscarried in 2014.
Renee is happily married with two living children and an angel baby.
Cindy Fawcett - Treasurer
Cindy has a heart to serve those in need. She is active in her church homeless ministry, providing a warm meal on Sunday afternoons in downtown Lexington, KY. Cindy has also volunteered countless hours in community projects as well as working for a large, non-profit food bank. Cindy believes that every mom deserves to be fully informed and supported throughout her pregnancy, delivery and postpartum for her well-being and that of her baby.
Cindy lives in Central Kentucky and is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.
Hailee Wilburn-Ervin - Fundraising Chair
Hailee Wilburn-Ervin is a birth photographer and writer from Lexington, Kentucky. She supports the mission of Hope’s Embrace because she believes that every birthing family deserves support, no matter where they live or their financial situation. Hailee lives with her husband, two-year-old son, and a menagerie of rescue pets.
You can see her birth photography work at www.webirthphoto.com.
Kimberly is a stay at home mom living in Lexington. She has her own postpartum doula business and has also served in the National Guard for the last 11 years. She is on the board of Hope’s Embrace because she believes in the importance of providing birth support to all who want and/or need it. The mission of HE is important to Kimberly because she knows that young women deserve to be informed, supported and empowered in an experience as profound and wonderful as birth. Her own birth experience was improved greatly by the presence of a doula, and she supports Renee in her mission to provide the same valuable support to others in Kentucky.
Anna Watts - Chairperson
Anna is an orchestra teacher from Lexington. She believes in pregnancy and labor support for all women after experiencing a birth with a doula. She experienced how it changed the birthing experience. She also believes mothers deserve to have unbiased and research-based information about birth, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Anna lives in Lexington with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and tortoise.
Karrie De Torres
Karrie has a BA in Communications from Lindsey Wilson College, earned her CDA through Morehead and is working toward an MA in Elementary Education. She has spent the last 5 years teaching parenting classes, supporting families in crisis and working in early childhood education with various non-profits.