Michele Prince is the Chief Executive Officer 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 career as an accomplished account manager in marketing, strategic planning, and advertising in the non-profit and for-profit marketplaces. She began her professional life in Detroit’s automotive industry, working for Chrysler in the transformational days of Lee Iacocca.
As CEO, Ms. Prince’s combination of clinical, management, and leadership skills are helping expand OUR HOUSE’s essential grief support services and education. She is determined to make a difference by helping bring hope and understanding to the grief process, and ensuring a new generation of professionals work more effectively with grieving children and adults.
Ms. Prince came to OUR HOUSE from HUC’s Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. During her tenure as the institute’s director, she expanded its reach, scope and influence. Co-editor of the book, Judaism and Health: A Handbook of Practical, Professional and Scholarly Resources, 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. She oversaw rabbinical clinical pastoral internships and coursework and infused health and healing themes into graduate school programs of Hebrew Union College’s Los Angeles campus.
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.
Shannon is the Director of Operations 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.
Jamie Biggs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker leading the charge to educate and connect grievers throughout Los Angeles. After working nearly a decade in homeless services, Jamie developed a strong passion for helping underserved populations through the grieving process. She believes that growth and healing are most effective in group settings, and is committed to creating change on a community level. Jamie excels in staff development and is known for integrating research and best practices into social services. She received her Master of Social Work from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Jamie is a certified foster parent and a part-time lecturer for CSUN’s Department of Social Work.
Kellie studied psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and worked as a medical administrator in the area for twenty years. After relocating to Los Angeles, she worked in entertainment, but longed to serve the community via an empathetic and supportive environment. She was born in England, but has lived in the United States all of her adult life.
Eva is the Senior Administrator & Spanish Satellite Assistant for OUR HOUSE. Prior to joining the team, she 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.
Michele is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the field of trauma and loss with children and adolescents in community settings. She is an adjunct professor for the Master of Social Work department at California State University Northridge and is a trained field instructor for social work interns. Michele has a long history of working with Our House Grief Support as a volunteer group leader for in house and school based groups in addition to working at the first Camp Erin.
Carolyn is joining the OUR HOUSE team after recently completing her MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. In addition to her time at OUR HOUSE, she is working towards MFT licensure as a pre-registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Carolyn is a recent transplant from her hometown of Portland, Oregon, where she was a long-time student and customer service professional, as well as a volunteer with Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP).
Loren Delgado is a senior clinician who specializes in grief and advocacy work in the Latino community. She established the Spanish Satellite Program at OUR HOUSE which provides grief support groups and services to Spanish speaking adults throughout Los Angeles County. Loren is passionate about bringing the Latino community together to talk about grief through her workshops, speaking engagements, and outreach events. Her grief work is regularly featured in the media (Univision, Telemundo, Un Nuevo Día, Enfoque L.A., KPFK, Radio José, and La Opinión). Loren received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and has a background in mental health and crisis work in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is dedicated to making an impact on the next generation of social workers through building up the OUR HOUSE MSW Internship Program.
Maddy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of non-profit experience – half of those years in a clinical role. Maddy’s diverse professional experiences include non-profit development, therapy, and program management. Throughout her professional career, the constant guiding forces have been a deep commitment to the value and dignity of each life and the critical importance of the formation of positive relationships. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago.
Jayne Goldman is a Development Associate who brings with her an array of experience in the non-profit, business and counseling worlds. Most recently, Jayne enjoyed a 5-year-tenure as a Director of Corporate Development at the American Red Cross and prior experience includes 20+ years as a top-performing Global Account Executive in the telecommunications and direct mail marketing industries. Jayne is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and NLP Coach, with additional credentials in Grief and Coping with Loss. She earned her BA from UCLA, MBA from USC and currently divides her time between her private coaching/hypnotherapy practice and OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center.
Brenda Hernandez is a Marriage and Family Therapist who serves as the first point of contact for callers seeking grief support. In the last 10 years, Brenda has provided a wide array of services to at-risk youth, families, and adults including academic, individual, and group-based treatments designed to strengthen their social/emotional and behavioral needs. Brenda is an advocate for underserved individuals in the Latino community and is passionate about empowering grievers with the knowledge, resources and understanding to better help themselves. She leads grief support groups in Spanish and provides translation for callers and grievers as needed. Brenda received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Child Studies from Antioch University: Los Angeles.
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.
“Corali, who likes to be called “Coco”, is a native of Puerto Rico and comes to OUR HOUSE with many years of administrative experience in both the for-profit sector and the non-profit realm. Her family runs an organization in Puerto Rico that focuses on the protection and management of natural resources. Coco is delighted to be a part of the team and to be contributing to the OUR HOUSE mission.
Prior to coming to OUR HOUSE, Sylvia served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. Her successful career in the non-profit world also included positions at USC’s Shoah Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Vista Del Mar, the Jewish Federations of Greater Los Angeles and Greater Dallas and other community organizations, religious institutions and international agencies. Sylvia credits her success in part to her multi-disciplinary education – a BA from the University of Southern California in Social Welfare with an emphasis on Community Organization and her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College, School of Law where she was the Research Editor of the Law Review. She is an avid hiker, a voracious reader and a prolific knitter.
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.
Ginnean began her career at Dailey Advertising where she was an account manager for well-known brands including 76-Gasoline, Hilton Hotels, Callaway Golf Clubs, Gallo Wines, and KB Homes. After the birth of her third child, Ginnean decided to stay home, but soon realized her advertising and marketing background was a great asset in raising funds for schools. She has run several annual giving campaigns, silent/live auctions, and festivals. Over the last several years, in addition to raising money for schools, she began freelancing for some non-profit organizations. Ginnean earned her BA from San Diego State University, with a Marketing emphasis.
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.
Robin began her non-profit career in development before obtaining her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Robin has over ten years of clinical experience working with youth impacted by homelessness, violence, and trauma, in drop-in, residential, and school settings; though her work with children began a decade prior at several day camps. Robin is pleased to join the OUR HOUSE staff and return to her camp roots to coordinate Camp Erin.
Joanne Weingarten is a Doctor of Psychology with more than 16 years of clinical experience – 10 of those years in community mental health, and 5 serving as a supervisor. She has worked with at-risk youth, adults, couples, and groups, including those with chronic mental illnesses and psychotic spectrum disorders. Joanne is passionate about serving the people in her community by destigmatizing and advocating for mental health and grief support services through clinical work and psycho education. As the Senior Clinical Coordinator for Adult Programs Joanne works with grievers as well as those providing grief support services. Joanne attended Phillip’s Graduate Institute where she received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Diversity.
Corey is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has significant experience working with grieving children, adolescents and adults. Corey strongly believes in the healing power of sharing one’s story with others. She is certified in Thanatology and is trained in suicide prevention and as an End-of-Life Doula. Corey studied Early Childhood Education at Boston University and earned her Master of Social Work from Monmouth University.