Sandy Buck is the co-founder of Be Not Afraid, co-author of the BNA Pastoral Care Manual, and currently serves as BNA Program Director. She lives in Huntersville, NC.
Sandy is a wife and mother of three surviving children, two babies lost through miscarriage and a son, Casey, who was prenatally diagnosed with Trisomy 18 and born still on May 27, 2002. She has worked in perinatal bereavement ministry for ten years completing the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte's Bereavement Ministry Program.
Sandy has an undergraduate degree in accounting and worked as a CPA before starting a family. She also has experience in volunteer management having served as Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte for two years.
As a BNA trainer, Sandy has provided programs in North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, Rhode Island and Florida. She is deeply committed to the development of resource materials that encourage and foster local service for parents carrying to term.
Eleven years ago when Sandy experienced her prenatal diagnosis, there was no formal support in Charlotte offered to parents who would not abort...not at the hospital at which she delivered and not in her community of faith. In her work with BNA, she has become the ministry she did not find.
Judy Townsend serves as BNA Program Assistant, and lives in Charlotte, NC. She is a wife and the mother of four surviving children. She also has lost two children to miscarriage.
Judy has an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation, and has worked in hospital and community-based programs with children and adults with varying disabilities. She is also a certified Natural Family Planning instructor, and a presenter for the Marriage Preparation Program in the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.
Judy was introduced to BNA after her youngest child was diagnosed with Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome in-utero. She served on a BNA parent steering committee the year that the local BNA service in Charlotte was founded. She currently serves as a peer minister.
As a BNA trainer, Judy has provided programs in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Having a surviving child with a congenital heart defect has inspired Judy to serve others with care and compassion in the journey from prenatal diagnosis to birth and whatever lies beyond.