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.
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 comes to OUR HOUSE after working nearly a decade in homeless services. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and a part-time lecturer for the Department of Social Work at California State University, Northridge. Jamie has a background in staff development where she has focused on integrating research and best practices into social services. She has trained social workers throughout Los Angeles on grief and loss, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. Jamie is also a certified foster parent with a passion for normalizing the grief process for all those involved in the foster care system.
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.
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.
Maddy brings with her ten years of non-profit experience, with five of those in a clinical role. Maddy has diverse professional experiences—from non-profit development, to therapy, to program management. Throughout her professional career, the constant, guiding forces for Maddy have been a deep commitment to the value and dignity of each life and the critical importance of the formation of positive relationships. She is excited to bring these values into her work with OUR HOUSE.
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 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.
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, Psy.D., serves as our Senior 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.