About LLOST

aboutbrianThis organization began with the passing of Brian Hilliard. Brian was 22 when he was killed in a sudden and tragic accident on September 7, 2005.

To sum it up, each one of us – family and friend – were lost. We did not know what to do, who to talk to or how to go on living. As we went through the motions of living our lives one day at a time, it became apparent what helped and what didn’t.

The founders of The Loss of Loved Ones to Sudden Tragedy (LLOST) Foundation quickly realized that by providing timely information and resources at this critical juncture in our lives, we could be there to help others, as well as ourselves.

Mission: To support, by all means possible, those left behind after the loss of a loved one to a sudden tragedy.

Vision: To make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by the loss of a loved one due to a sudden tragedy by being there and relating to what they are going through, as well as providing hope for the future.

Guiding Principles: LLOST is a foundation committed to the values of compassion, understanding, and respect.

On 29 September 2008, Loss of Loved Ones to Sudden Tragedy (LLOST) Foundation was incorporated by the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia. LLOST Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit/Tax Exempt Organization, which functions as a public charity filing IRS Form 990 N every May 1st.

LLOST Committees

At the current time, we have no paid employees, all of our work is done solely by volunteers. We welcome your support!

 

Executive Committee

The LLOST Foundation’s Executive Committee (2005-present) consists of the following members:

Eileen Reichler
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, and Director, “Grieving: Handle with Care” Campaign, eileenreichler@llost.org

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Eileen is the Chief Executive Officer & cofounder of the LLOST Foundation. Her greatest accomplishment is raising a wonderful family. She is the mother of 6 children, Sherry, Stephanie, Vicky, Richard, James & Brian (lost suddenly on Sept 7, 2005), and grandmother to 17. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Business Administration, and is retired from the Department of the Army with 32 years of service. Although her life is centered on her family, her major goal in life is to promote support for people suffering from the pain of grief through the “Grieving: Handle with Care” Campaign.

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Vicky Niblett
Vice Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, and Director, “Treasured Memories” Campaign, vniblett@llost.org

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Vicky is one of the cofounders of the LLOST Foundation, graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, and a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems. She is currently the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, where she provides management and oversight of a major program. Previously, she served as a Deputy Product Director in the Department of the Army and was also a federal government contractor supporting NASA Headquarters as a Branch Manager.  Vicky is dedicated to the perinatal bereavement community through the “Treasured Memories” Campaign.  Her husband, Duncan, is very active in all aspects of the organization.  Vicky and Duncan have three children, Zara Beth (lost at birth in 2007), Zaiden, and Marshall.

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LTC (R) Thomas Reichler
Executive Board Treasurer, treichler@llost.org

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LTC(R) Thomas Reichler is the Treasurer of the LLOST Foundation. Tom spent 24 years serving as an officer in the United States Army and is now a retired civilian of the Department of the Army. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education – Mathematics and a Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Tom, along with Eileen, values the importance of family and enjoys being active in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Tom’s goal is to use the LLOST Foundation to reach out to the “first responders” and those who are responsible for delivering the life-changing news of the death of a family member and provide them with the best training possible

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Stephanie Redl 
Executive Board Secretary, sredl@llost.org 

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Stephanie, the Secretary of LLOST, is the Administrative Assistant to the President of Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is known for her exceptional planning of numerous unique and high profile programs. She lost her youngest brother suddenly in 2005. In September 2007, she also lost her best friend, Mara, and later that year her niece, Zara Beth. All of these losses combined have given Stephanie the drive to be actively involved in helping the grieving community through the LLOST Foundation. She has three children, Christian, and twins Alison and Rebecca.

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Sherry D’Souza
Executive Board Member, sdsouza@llost.org

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Sherry is a Registered Nurse working at Mary Washington Hospital.  When Sherry lost her youngest brother to an accident, she had 3 children to explain the situation to. They had many questions and Sherry searched to find resources to help kids understand grief and comfort them in their loss. She is interested in creating and providing more resources to help children who have lost a loved one. Sherry is balancing her duties as an RN with LLOST and her 5 children, Andrew, Emily, Noah, Nathan, and Jonah.  Her husband, Sean, takes an active role in the LLOST activities.

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James Hilliard
Executive Board Member, jhilliard@llost.org

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James is an engineer for Microsoft. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Business Administration, with a minor in Information Technology. After the loss of his youngest brother, he felt a need to reach out and help others deal with their grief. He is leading the organization in fundraising.  He is working towards bringing in the funds needed to help those who are grieving.  He is being assisted by his wife, Nicole, who has taken an active role in fundraising and helping with the web design and technical work.  James and Nicole have three children, Olivia, Lucas, and Avery.

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Richard Hilliard
Executive Board Member, rhilliard@llost.org

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Rich is a Program Manager supporting the Department of the Army.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Business Administration.  With the loss of his youngest brother, he realized the importance of a support structure. He knew that in order to reach out to those grieving, people had to know about the LLOST Foundation.  His goal is to reach out to the media to ensure the community knows where they can go for support.  His wife, Liz, is assisting and is taking an active role in the foundation.  Rich and Liz have two children, Jenna and Brian Wesley II (named after his brother).

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Christian Redl
Web Engineer, christianredl@llost.org

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Christian is currently a student at Devry University, working towards his degree in Cyber Security.  He has assisted in web design in the past and has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the LLOST Foundation website.

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Junior Executive Committee

Alison Redl, Chief Officer

Andrew D’Souza, Vice Chief Officer

Noah D’Souza, Treasurer

Emily D’Souza, Secretary

Rebecca Redl, Executive Board Liaison