Michele Prince is the Executive Director of OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center. She is an oncology social worker and non-profit professional and moved into the world of behavioral health and bereavement support after a fifteen-year career as an accomplished account manager and consultant in marketing, strategic planning, and advertising in the non-profit and for-profit marketplaces. She started in the business as a “car guy” in Detroit’s automotive industry, working for Chrysler in the days of Lee Iacocca.
Ms. Prince describes taking the helm of OUR HOUSE as her “dream job.” Her combination of clinical, management, and administrative skills will help take the agency to the next level. She will continue to teach, build the agency’s boards, supervise staff, and provide vision and guidance to ensure OUR HOUSE continues to provide the Los Angeles community with essential grief support services, education, resources and hope.
Michele is determined to make a difference by helping bring hope and understanding to the grief process.
Ms. Prince came to OUR HOUSE from the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. During her tenure as the institute’s director, she expanded its reach, scope and influence. She oversaw clinical pastoral internships and coursework as required components of rabbinical education and infused health and healing themes into all graduate school programs of Hebrew Union College’s Los Angeles Skirball campus. She helped build the field of Judaism, health and healing, with the partnership of thousands of Kalsman Partners in North America, Israel, and South America.
Ms. Prince received her MSW from the USC School of Social Work and MA in Nonprofit Management from HUC-JIR in 2002. She began her social work career as a member of the oncology social work staff at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital. In 2003, at the end of her first year of service at Norris, she was named Norris Employee of the Year.
Joining the OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center staff in 2009 as the Development Director and Co-Camp Director, Jessica is deeply involved in all fundraising aspects of the organization so that OUR HOUSE can maintain a prominent and respected presence in the Los Angeles community and is available to all those who have a need for its services.
Lauren, a nationally recognized authority on Children’s Grief, has provided trainings for mental health clinicians, educators, clergy, health care providers and graduate students throughout the community since 2000. Lauren is the author of “Children Grieve Too: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children”. She also created “My Memory Book…for grieving children” as well as grief-related curricula for use at Camp Erin Los Angeles and in OUR HOUSE grief support groups. Lauren is the Associate Producer of “One Last Hug…and a few smooches” an Emmy award winning HBO documentary about Children’s Grief. She trains and supervises OUR HOUSE group leaders as well as MSW and MFT clinicians and students. Lauren maintains a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in grief and loss.
Fredda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. She established the OUR HOUSE Medical and Clergy Education programs and presents trainings and workshops throughout the country on end of life and grief. Fredda is the co-author of Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love: Your Emotional Journey Through End of Life and Grief which has been selected by the Library Journal as a Best Self-Help book. As a professional speaker, educator, author and consultant, Fredda has devoted her career to life’s final chapter.
Since completing her MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Christine has worked extensively with adults, children, and families impacted by trauma and grief. Christine has also served as a Clinical Supervisor working with clients and managing staff at homeless and substance abuse dual-diagnosis residential facilities. As the Associate Director of Adult Programs at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, Christine trains and supervises Clinical Coordinators and volunteers, co-leads adult grief support groups, and develops and presents trainings and workshops to therapists, educators, and medical and mental health professionals in the community. Christine maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles.
Eva worked for the British Council both in Mexico City and Manchester in the UK, for the Irish and Australian Embassies in Mexico City, and on the Mexican Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Eva has a bachelor’s in Education, and is fluent both in English and Spanish.
Shannon is the Event and Program Manager at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center and works closely with the Development Director in all aspects of fundraising and event planning. Shannon started with OUR HOUSE as the administrative assistant, but quickly found a passion for development and began to foster and grow her interest. She is delighted to be able to find new ways to cultivate and support the organizations mission.
Loren has worked with children and adults in school-based and clinical settings since receiving her MSW from the USC School of Social Work. Loren coordinates, facilitates, and establishes community partnerships in order to provide grief support groups in Spanish to adults in underserved communities in the Los Angeles area and at the OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center-Woodland Hills location. Loren also co-leads adult grief support groups in Spanish, supervises volunteers, engages in community grief responses, and presents “Taller para Adultos sobre el Duelo” workshops to grieving Spanish speaking adults.
Joclyn is a published author of “A Million Woven Pieces” a book for mothers and daughters on the importance of developing and sustaining empowering relationships with each other. She is a motivational speaker, certified leadership and development trainer and life coach, working in the Pennsylvania and Los Angeles areas. She has 20 years of counseling, leadership and non-profit experience and enjoys the working in the not for profit arena.
Brenda Hernandez serves OUR HOUSE on our clinical staff as an Intake Coordinator. She received her graduate degree from Antioch University and is the first point of contact for callers seeking a grief support group or referrals.
Timothy Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated in 1985 from Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA. He went onto Junior College where he received a football scholarship to Western Michigan University. Eventually, he transferred to the University of Idaho where he played football and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Industrial Management. After returning home from college he went into a hotel management program at the Hyatt at LAX. After two years of working in the hotel business he found himself working in production accounting where he now freelance as a bookkeeper for non-profit, property management and independent entertainment companies.
Randi is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Coordinator of Adult Programs and Volunteer Trainings at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center in Woodland Hills. Since 2005, she has served the San Fernando Valley community in her capacity as a supervisor, trainer, and support group facilitator. In addition to educating mental health professionals, medical students, and clergy, Randi serves as a grief specialist at Camp Erin Los Angeles and is the author of “I Wish I had a Book to Read: Helping a child’s heart heal when someone special has died”.
Dolly has worked extensively with children and adults affected by trauma and grief since graduating from Antioch University with an MA in Psychology. She leads and coordinates school-based and in house grief support groups, trains and supervises OUR HOUSE volunteer group leaders and educates school personnel and mental health professionals.
Karissa is the Clinical Coordinator of Child and Adolescent Programs at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center. She leads both in-house and school-based grief support groups. She has worked extensively with at-risk children and their families since graduating from Chapman University with an MA in Psychology. She has also trained and supervised over 100 volunteers to provide mental health services and support in various settings. Karissa serves as a grief specialist at Camp Erin Los Angeles and also provides education to school personnel and mental health professionals.
Lucia is excited to join the OUR HOUSE team after 15 years being a partner at Berman-Singer PR and freelance Marketing/PR/Events consultant in the great Los Angeles area servicing lifestyle and non-profit clients. Born in Ischia, Italy to American parents who traveled in support of her father’s Medical Anthropology documentary projects she grew up in MI and came to LA with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Lee is a graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois, earning a double major in English and International Relations. Lee also studied in China – attending lectures at Beijing University. Upon his return home to New York, Lee worked for a financial corporation. Following ten years with the company, he decided to pursue opportunities in non-profit childhood advocacy and relocated to Los Angeles.
Joanne Weingarten, Psy.D., serves as our Clinical Coordinator in the Adult Program. Joanne was introduced to OUR HOUSE by a former volunteer group leader and Associate Board member. Joanne brings ten years of clinical psychology experience, most recently with ENKI, an agency contracted with the Dept. of Mental Health. She is excited about our growing satellite expansion.
Corey is the Associate Clinical Coordinator of the Adult Program at OUR HOUSE. She received her MSW from Monmouth University and is certified in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She worked with grieving children, adolescents and adults for three years at a grief support center called Imagine in New Jersey before relocating to Los Angeles. It is her life’s mission to support individuals experiencing grief.
Laurie has extensive experience working with Children, teens, and families who have endured trauma and grief since graduating with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She has been actively involved in her community supporting child advocacy, and has served as a clinical supervisor managing staff working with clients within child welfare. Laurie is excited to join the team of Our House in co-leading both in-house and school grief support groups, as well as coordinating Camp Erin Los Angeles.