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.
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.
Carolyn is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist working with children, adolescents, and families who seek services through OUR HOUSE. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology from Portland State University and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, with an emphasis on Psychological Trauma Studies. Carolyn is the coordinator of the OUR HOUSE School Program and coordinates in-house children’s groups for the West LA office. She collaborates with school personnel and district officials to continue to grow the school-based grief support program and deepen school partnerships. Carolyn also maintains a small therapy practice with adult clients in West LA, and prior to joining the OUR HOUSE team, she volunteered with Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) in Portland, Oregon, supporting children and families facing medical hardship through creative arts.
Josh oversees all grant application and reporting processes, as well as a portfolio of foundation relationships. He completed his BA in History at UCLA, MA in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and MPhil in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Josh is honored to advocate for OUR HOUSE’s important grief support mission and serve the Los Angeles community in this meaningful way.
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.
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.
Haylie is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She received her BA in Music Therapy from California State University, Northridge, and her Masters in Social Work from Walden University. Over the course of her career, Haylie has provided music therapy and psychotherapy to a wide range of individuals including adults and children with developmental disabilities, hospice patients and their families, and those with mental health and substance use disorders. Throughout her time working in hospice, she developed a passion for supporting people and their families through the end-of-life process and noticed a need for continued bereavement support. She is thrilled to be part of the OUR HOUSE team as the Associate Clinical and Volunteer Coordinator and be part of the mission to deliver this vital service to the community.
Julia Miele is the Executive Director of OUR HOUSE and brings to the team over 20 years of nonprofit experience in the fields of public health, human services, and the arts. Prior to joining OUR HOUSE, Julia served as Executive Director of Everybody Dance LA!, an arts nonprofit providing high-quality in/after-school dance education to underserved youth in Los Angeles. Her previous work with AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles leveraged capabilities from her HIV/AIDS, family planning, and maternal and child health work with Population Services International in Washington, DC and India. Most recently, Julia served as the Executive Director of #MEAction, a national public health advocacy organization fighting for research funding, medical education, and public recognition of myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
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.
Talya is a clinical social worker dedicated to supporting children, adolescents and families. Talya completed her undergraduate studies in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience as well as Community Action and Social Change at the University of Michigan. She then received her MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Children and Youth in Families and Society, and a minor in Human Services Management. During her time in the MSW program, Talya was a clinical intern at the University Center for the Child and Family providing individual and group psychotherapy. Talya’s excitement for working with children and adolescents grew from her years as a camp counselor and division head. Prior to joining the Our House team, Talya worked as a medical social worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the Bone Marrow Transplant team.
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.
Emily is a social worker dedicated to serving youth and families. Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Services at Michigan State University. She then went on to complete a Masters in School Psychology at Winthrop University and a Masters in Social Work at University of Denver. Emily has therapeutic experience working in a diverse range of settings including juvenile detention facilities, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers, elementary and middle schools, as well as private practice. Emily has a passion for providing therapeutic work with animals, specifically therapy dogs, as she has experienced first-hand the immense mental and emotional benefits the human-animal bond can provide.
Elsa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive work experience in acute medical settings both as a line social worker as well as a leader. She has been in management since 2002 and was on the Board for the Society for Social Work Leadership in HealthCare – Southern California. Elsa understands that grief is an integral part of living, with direct impact on one’s quality of life. As such, she is eagerly anticipating her work with OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center staff and volunteers in supporting them, as well as establishing effective processes to ensure delivery of best practices for all who come through the doors of OUR HOUSE.
Victoria has a diverse background of community work in homeless services, educational equity, and grief support. She completed her BA in Sociology with a Certificate in Peace and Social Justice Studies and a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach. Victoria is passionate about the work OUR HOUSE does and is looking forward to contributing to the mission of creating spaces that foster connection, support, and hope for grievers.
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.