Rebecca brings a wealth of experience in organizational leadership, philanthropy, public and non-profit program development, and community engagement. As with many Grief’s Journey staff and volunteers, personal experience drives her dedication to the work. Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University. Prior to joining Grief’s Journey in 2013, Rebecca was instrumental in growing community economic development in Nebraska City, NE, and West Branch, IA. Her work at the Iowa Women’s Foundation supported communities statewide.
Cathy became Grief’s Journey’s Program Director in 2010. She earned her Bachelor in Social Work at Creighton University and her Master in Social Work at the University of Nebraska Omaha. As Director of Operations, she is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of all Grief’s Journey programs, including support groups, day camps, teen retreats, school and library outreach programs, and professional training. She is passionate about supporting grieving families and continually strives to enhance programs to meet the community’s need.
Karen has been involved with Ted E. Bear Hollow since 2006. She has a background as a licensed investment manager, human resource consultant, and brings over 15 years of project and people management. Karen first came to Grief’s Journey as a family member dealing with the tragic death of her son, and quickly realized that this was the place where she wanted to give back. She began volunteering as a support group facilitator and jumped at the opportunity to become a permanent member of the staff when a position became available. She says this is “the job of her heart” and is thrilled to be a part of this caring and growing organization.
Grief’s Journey has been close to Ellie’s heart for over a decade. She received our services as a middle school student, served as a committed volunteer throughout high school and college, and became our practicum student in 2016. Her experiences in this role deepened her passion for the work done at Grief’s Journey and inspired her to pursue employment here. She is proud of our belief that ‘Together hope grows’ and looks forward to watching Grief’s Journey evolve. Ellie completed her Bachelor in Social Work and is pursuing a Master in Social Work degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
During her employment as a Bilingual Liaison with Omaha Public Schools, Sara became involved with Grief’s Journey in 2010 when a Spanish-speaking family signed up for grief support. From that moment, Sara developed a passion for providing grief support to the Spanish-speaking community. In 2015, Sara became an official member of the Grief’s Journey staff. In addition to her background serving Latino families within the Omaha Public Schools, Sara also worked as an immigration paralegal. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish and her Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
While attending California State University at Long Beach, Crystal found a passion for community engagement through various volunteer opportunities. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Sociology she relocated to Omaha where she is now working on completing her Master’s Degree in Urban Studies. Crystal has always had a desire to help others in their time of need. She believes that through supporting individuals, the community strengthens and the positive outcomes benefit society as a whole. She is excited to be a part of such an extraordinary non-profit that provides invaluable support and encourages collaboration among community members of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Stephanie joined the Grief’s Journey team in August of 2013. She brings a background in medical reception and earned a degree in Community Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is also a mentor, co-founder of Disabled Women Support Group Luncheons and Founder of a disability education group, Judged by the Cover. For six years Stephanie was a member of the Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council. Passionate about giving back, Stephanie has donated her time to several nonprofits including the Arthritis Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Susan G. Komen and Girls, Inc. Stephanie feels blessed to have found an organization where she can freely express her ideas and sees a clear path for growth.
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Kelly’s introduction to Grief’s Journey was over a decade ago. She felt a deep personal connection to the mission based on her own experience with death and grief. Kelly has stayed involved in several ways throughout the years: volunteer, Ambassador, fundraiser, committee member and support group member. The majority of Kelly’s career has been in outside sales and marketing, and she recently spent the past 18 months leading a sales team. Joining Grief’s Journey in this role in 2017 is a true calling for Kelly and fulfills her personal mission to help others along their path to hope and healing. She is ecstatic to be able to shine a light in the darkness.
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Melina joined the Grief’s Journey team in early 2017 as the Program + Administrative Assistant. She has spent her professional career supporting mission-driven, non-profit organizations in the Omaha area (although she did also enjoy a brief stint working on political campaigns.) Hailing from rural Iowa, Melina is an impassioned advocate for mental healthcare and is driven to make a positive impact on our community. She is proud to help with those “behind-the-scenes” tasks that make it possible to offer such critical services to anyone and everyone who may need a little help or healing.