Jocelyn Gonzalez

Jocelyn has been an advocate for the Hispanic community for over 20 years.  She has worked as a Medical Spanish Interpreter helping Hispanic clientele navigate the hospital system: making appointments and identifying resources for health, education, multi-services facilities and social assistance. She also works with local organizations, incorporating knowledge of the Hispanic community and neighborhoods into educational programs about HIV/STD’s, substance abuse prevention, and domestic violence. 


Jennifer Ciannella RN, BSN

Jennifer has been a pediatric nurse for 15 years. She frequently advises patients on the importance of safe sleep practices. Her passion for helping children and parents led her to First Candle.



Allison Glover

Allison Glover is a Community Health Educator who trains parents, grandparents, child care providers, doctors, nurses, social workers, first responders and other audiences about SIDS Risk Reduction Measures.  She is also a SIDS parent who lost her first son, Garrett, to SIDS in May of 2000. 



Mary Adkins

For fifteen years Mary was the Program Director for Tomorrow’s Child, addressing infant safe sleep and bereavement services for families experiencing stillbirth and infant death.  Mary is frequent trainer for professionals and communities.   Mary also served as Infant Safe Sleep Consultant for NAPPSS, a MCHB funded cooperative agreement to build a broad coalition to make safe sleep and breastfeeding a national norm. She is a frequent presenter for state and national maternal child conferences.