Michelle Getchell

Executive Director, Michigan

Michelle has been a member of TTSGI since 1994 and was the creator of the Twinless Times. She now serves as the organization's Executive Director. Her twin, Missy, died in an auto accident when they were 21 years old.


Matt Vierling

President, Board Member, Michigan

Matt lost his twin Mark to brain cancer when they were 9 years old. Matt has been a member of TTSGI since 2011 and is serving his second term as a board member.


Lea Eriksen Talamantes

Past President, California

Lea has been a member of TTSGI since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. She lost her identical twin, Eve, to a rare bone cancer in 2003. Through TTSGI she learned to go from just surviving her twin loss to truly living again and now thriving.


Jan Konya-Grabill

Vice President, Board Member, Ohio

Jan stumbled upon TTSGI soon after her twin brother Hal died in 2014 of a traumatic brain injury he suffered twenty years earlier. TTSGI has enabled her to achieve high levels of happiness and joy while keeping her twin at the center of her life, even in his absence. Jan was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.


Beverley Smyk

Secretary, Board Member, Canada

Beverley found TTSGI and became a member in 2002 after searching the internet for information and support for twin loss. She has been volunteering with the organization for many years including being an active TTSGI Facebook administrator. Beverley lost her twin sister Donna in an auto accident due to a drunk driver and credits the support of other twinless twins in helping to understand her grief, find healing and joy in life again.

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Larry Adams

Treasurer, Board Member, North Carolina

Larry, twin to Gary, joined TTSGI in 2017. Gary passed away in Feb 2016 shortly before their Mothers’ death in June 2016. Searching for support and understanding that his friends and family could not provide, he found TTSGI and with that found “his” people. He is thankful for the opportunity to give back to TTSGI.


Alyssa Pratt

Board Member, Oklahoma

Alyssa first discovered TTSGI in 2005 and has been attending conferences since 2010. Her twin, Karyn, died in utero of unknown causes.


Ed Echeverria

Board Member & Regional Coordinator, California

Eduardo (Ed) has been a part of TTSGI since 2017. He lost his twin, Alfredo, from a massive stroke, brought on by complications from spinal fusion surgery in 2016. Ed became the West Coast Regional Coordinator in 2019 and elected to the Board of Directors in 2021. Healing by helping continues to motivate his involvement.


Margaret Daffin

Board Member, Texas

Margaret has been an active and involved member of TTSGI for twenty-six years. Margaret joined TTSGI in 1997 after losing her twin Josie to murder in 1996. She currently serves as the chair of the Fundraising Committee and the host of the Memory Walk. Margaret is grateful to serve to honor her
twin Josie and to bring a sense of continuity to the Board.


Phillip Drange

Board Member, California

Phillip has been a member of TTSGI for seven years. Phillip lost his twin Aaron due to an accidental drowning in 2014. Phillip is serving on the Board of Directors because he wants to give back to the organization and its members who gave him so much through the early years of his membership in TTSGI. He is particularly interested in serving the younger members

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Joyce Blade

Regional Coordinator, Illinois

Joyce has been a member since 2004 and a Regional Coordinator since 2022. Joyce lost her twin Janet to a heart attack caused by cirrhosis. Janet says that Twinless Twins has brought her so much joy, recovery, and best friends over the years.


Kim Lifton

Regional Coordinator, Michigan

Kim has been following Twinless Twins since the death of her twin, Hope, in 2001, from a pedestrian-auto accident. Kim has always wanted to give back to other twins going through unthinkable tragedy and officially joined the organization in 2019 with the intention of offering support to other members of the twinless community. Through TTSGI, Kim has found great comfort (and many new friends!) in the collective love, respect, and support shared within this community.


Jessica Wickey

Regional Coordinator, Florida

Jessica, twin to Jennifer, joined Twinless Twins in 2012, and became a Regional Coordinator in 2017. Jessica enjoys spending time with other twins, and looks forward to the international conference each year.


Margaret Gron

Regional Coordinator, Louisiana

Margaret attended her first conference in 1997 and returned in 2016 as an active member. She lost her twin, Edith, in an auto accident in 1995. She serves as a Regional Coordinator, is part of the conference committee and is also the co-editor of Twinless Times. With TTSGI Margaret has the opportunity to celebrate her twin identity and interact with other twins experiencing similar twin dilemmas.


Jake Yurich

Regional Coordinator, Colorado

Jake attended his 1st conference in 2016. He lost his twin, Zach, when he was eleven years in 2001 from a brain tumor. After many years of denial, Jake finally felt the need to fully grieve the death of his twin and in the process, found a home with the Twinless Twins Support Group.


Carolyn Shane

Regional Coordinator, New York

Carolyn attended her first conference in 2004 and began holding regional meetings in 2006. She also served on the Board of Directors from 2008-2012. She lost her twin, Cary, in 1998 from cancer. Carolyn feels her ability to heal from the loss of her twin is primarily due to TTSGI, its members, and her involvement in helping others.

Patricia Wilbee-Matesic

Patricia Wilbee-Matesic

Regional Coordinator, Canada

Patricia joined TTSGI and attended her first conference in 2016, which was the real start of her healing journey. Patricia lost her twin Pauline in 2007 to suicide. Patricia is excited to begin a new chapter in life as an RC, listening to new twins and assisting twins as we all grow together as a twinless twin family and support each other.


Garry Rayno

Regional Coordinator, New England

Garry, twin to Terry, joined the organization many years ago and has volunteered in the New England region and now serves as the official Regional Coordinator.


Gloria Chiantella

Regional Coordinator, Maryland

Gloria is twin to Tony who passed in October 2018 due to complications after cancer surgery. She found Twinless Twins during a time of great mourning in 2019 and attended her first Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference live in the fall of 2019. This was followed by several Zoom Regional Conferences in the following years and the National Conference in 2022. Gloria finds great encouragement being with other lone twins and looks forward to fostering times for us to support each other in grief and to gain wisdom while honoring our twins.


Janet Baird

International Affiliate, United Kingdom

Janet attended her first conference in Detroit in 2010, and has remained an active member ever since. She lost her twin, Margaret, in 2004 when they were 51. Margaret died from pneumonia after a leg fracture. Janet is also a member of the UK Lone Twins and runs their Northern Group.


Paul Heiden

Regional Ambassador

Paul found TTSGI shortly after his twin, Pete, died in March 2000. Pete died of a heart attack at the age of 46. Paul attended his first conference that July. He is forever grateful for the healing he has experienced through TTSGI the past eighteen years.

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