"walking with widows"
Founder | Chief Executive
Marina's only sister was widowed in 2016. Prior to that she had several friends experience the loss of their life partners. She set out on a mission to bring holistic care to widows by not only connecting them with other widows, but also empowering their families and support networks to continue walking alongside their widowed friends. Marina is a wife and mother to five daughters. Although she is a California native, she resides in Austin, TX with her husband, daughters and their ShihTzu named Valentino.
Board of Directors | Communications
Jennifer has several family members and friends who are widows and has a desire to support other widows and their families in any way she can. She has been a teacher, speech pathologist assistant, foster parent, children's and youth leader, and a church administrator. She is a loving wife, twice-published author, and mother of three. She lives in Buda, TX.
Volunteer | Widows Table
Beth is a retired elementary music teacher, and a Mom of one lovely daughter, currently teaching music in Colorado.
Her husband of almost 24 years went to his eternal home in January of 2020, after a long struggle with end stage renal disease.
She learned about Sacred Share after receiving a Christmas basket that first Christmas alone, and has enjoyed helping assemble baskets for the past two Decembers.
Beth is currently volunteering with Sacred Share to help lead the Widow’s Table in Central Texas.
Board of Directors | Treasurer
Hannah joined Sacred Share with the experience to help take our organization to the next level. She also knows first-hand the challenges and struggles that widows face. Hannah's husband died in an accident leaving her with three small children. She is passionate about healing her widowed heart and raising her children well. She lives and works in Wisconsin with her new husband, their children & their dog, Bobby.
Board of Directors | Development
Nathan is responsible for cultivating new initiatives and relationships to strengthen the organization’s impact and overall fundraising capacity. Nathan and his wife invited his widowed sister-in-law and her three children to live in his home for a year after the death of her husband. He witnessed her process of grief that first year firsthand. Nathan is a loving husband and father of five. He resides in Central TX with his wife and children.
Executive Team | Hearts & Hands
Sarah joined Sacred Share with a heart to love and an aptitude for getting things done. She loves to put faith into action. Sarah and her family have walked alongside many widows. She has worked closely with our Chief Executive to cultivate programs inviting community members to assist widows in their networks. She owns and operates her own business in Central Texas where she lives with her husband and three children.
Social Media & Widows Table
Marissa knows first-hand what it looks like to walk alongside widows. Her own father died when she was a girl and she has taken the experience of that tragedy into her life as a point of empathy as she walks alongside friends who have been widowed. Marissa oversees Widows Table communications. She is our all-around technical guru. She lives and works in Northern California.
Volunteer | Widows Table
Jennifer began volunteering at Sacred Share after receiving a strong nudge from God. She has a gift of helping others make connections, especially around a dinner table. She also has an empathetic heart towards widows, having suffered through the sudden death of her husband twenty years ago. Jennifer is blessed with one daughter and lives and works in Austin, Texas, enjoying live music, good food, yoga and serving local philanthropies.