Katie Schlieve, who cofounded One Wing Foundation — a Dallas-based nonprofit focused on providing resources for the medical, physical and grief recovery of parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or infant loss — has won The Dallas Foundation’s 2016 Good Works Under 40 award. Schlieve received her prize, a $10,000 check for One Wing Foundation, during a Nov. 10 reception at the Old Parkland campus in Oak Lawn. The Dallas Foundation and The Dallas Morning News cosponsored the award, which recognizes outstanding volunteers under age 40. Four finalists each received $3,500 checks for their nonprofits.
Schlieve founded the nonprofit after her life took a sudden and heartbreaking turn when she and her husband, Max, lost their firstborn child, Hudson, to a nuchal cord accident resulting in stillbirth. Along their path, the couple met Holly and Parker Aldredge, who had recently lost their daughter to stillbirth. What emerged was a strong bond to do something to honor their children and other angel babies while assisting grieving families.
“Katie’s journey of channeling her personal loss into an opportunity for other parents who have lost a child during pregnancy or infancy to heal, while supporting nonprofits that provide resources for these parents, is both inspiring and creative,” said Mary M. Jalonick, president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation.
Four other outstanding volunteers were named finalists for this year’s award: John Mungioli, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; Andrew Nguyen, Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. and 22KILL; Mandy Price, Texas Civil Rights Project – Dallas Chapter; and Byron Sanders, Big Thought and KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth.
Now in its seventh year, The Dallas Foundation’s Good Works Under 40 program honors the volunteer efforts of Dallas citizens young in age but wise in their investments of time, energy and creativity. The selection committee received 55 nominations this year.
“Narrowing the list of so many incredible individuals to five finalists is always a challenge,” said committee chair Meg Boyd, director of volunteer services and guest relations at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. “Each person nominated is making a difference for North Texans and setting the example that we can all do something good — right here, right now.”
Schlieve, a Dallas native, graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism sciences. She is employed by the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth. Schlieve and her husband recently welcomed the birth of their daughter.