Who We Are
Angel Names Association (ANA) was founded in May 2001 by Michelle and George Mosca, six months after the stillbirth of their firstborn son, Nicholas, at 37 weeks. When they were at the cemetery picking out a plot for their son, Michelle noticed plots that weren’t marked, or that were marked with what looked to be temporary metal plates. She decided that while she couldn’t do anything to save her son, she could help other families enduring the loss of a baby to have a fitting memorial for their child.
Today, ANA—a nonprofit, 501(C)(3), charitable organization—provides a variety of supportive services to families of stillborn children. Its programs provide financial assistance for end-of-life expenses such as autopsy, funeral, cemetery and monuments, and for counseling services for uninsured or underinsured parents. It also provides funding for much-needed stillbirth research. Although ANA’s primary focus is on stillbirth, several of its programs are designed for families who endure miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.
Additionally, the organization sponsors Angel Names Association Memorial Walk in Saratoga Spa State Park each October. The 10th Annual Memorial Walk in October 2015 was attended by 750 people and raised $47,000. The event, which is free to attend, is a vital source of fund-raising for ANA.
ANA is a member of the Council of Community Services of New York State (CCSNYS), a 501(C)(3) membership-based, mission-driven, statewide association of diverse charitable nonprofit organizations; and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce (SCCC).
ANA is also a member of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA), a nonprofit coalition of organizations dedicated to understanding the causes and prevention of stillbirth. The ISA’s mission is to raise awareness, educate on recommended precautionary practices and facilitate research on the prevention of stillbirth. ISA serves as a centralized resource for sharing information and connecting organizations and individuals.
Angel Names Association
Learn more about the Angel Names Association Memorial Walk.
Board of Directors
Paige is the co-founder Still Parents NY, a group of parents that spent five years lobbying for the passage of the Certificate of Still Birth bill, which became law on September 23, 2011. She was an active volunteer with ANA for two years before joining the Board of Directors in November 2009. Paige resides with her husband, Dave and daughter, Allison. Their daughter, Samantha Paige, was stillborn in 2003.
Amy's firstborn child, Susannah Grace, was stillborn June 19, 2015, at 20 weeks. Amy participated in ANA's Annual Memorial Walk in October 2015, and volunteered for ANA for one year before becoming a member of its Board of Directors in 2016. Amy is a freelance writer who lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Steve, and son, Henry, who was born June 2016.
Lisa is an elementary school teacher. Her interest in ANA came after the birth of her son, Angel, who was stillborn at 40 weeks, 3 days on August 22, 2010. She and her husband also have a beautiful daughter who was born in February 2012, and a son, born in 2014. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012 and hopes to raise awareness about the prevalence of stillbirth.
ANA strives to fulfill a mission founded on the following principles:
Board Structure & Requirements
ANA has an 18-seat board. Board members are all volunteers and have experienced stillbirth or a related loss in a personal or professional capacity. Board positions require attendance at monthly Board meetings and completion of additional tasks for which Board members volunteer.
Board members who volunteer for various assignments are expected to report on their findings at subsequent meetings. Board elections and officer appointments take place at the ANA’s annual meeting in October. Board members may also be elected at any time to fill vacant positions.
Board members elected at the annual meeting serve one-year terms, and those elected mid-year serve until the annual meeting. Board members may be re-elected; there are no term limits.
Meetings are held in Saratoga Springs on the third Monday of the month and last approximately two hours. Anyone is welcomed to attend.