Breanna Trygg has been volunteering with grieving children for over 10 years, and considers grief support her “heart work”. Breanna is an organizational consultant, supporting environmental education, natural resource and non-profit organizations. She has an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the Organization Systems Renewal Program at Pinchot University. She is passionate about creating community though authentic connection and building networks within organizations that will have the creativity and resilience to face the complex challenges of our time.
Jim Cubbage was initially drawn to grief support work through his own mother’s death at age 10. Jim has facilitated grief support groups for Sound Care Kids through Providence Hospice for 9 years. He has been a big buddy (camp counselor) for Camp Erin, a grief support camp, for 8 years. Before that he was a volunteer at the Thurston-Mason Crisis Clinic for 9 years and taught crisis intervention to new volunteers and staff for 5 years. He has been on several boards including the Crisis Clinic, Cascadia Research and Nisqually Reach Nature Center. He is an avid backpacker and is a Wilderness First Responder. His past careers include being a marine biologist for 10 years, an environmental scientist for 9, and he is currently a software developer and owner of a software company.
Bobbi has been a volunteer in the hospice community since her beloved husband Dave passed away in 2007. As a child Bobbi lost her parents and found her niche supporting and facilitating kids grief groups.
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MJ got involved with grief work after a close family friend died of breast cancer leaving four children under the age of 12. This experience led her to Sound Care Kids (SCK), a Providence St. Peters program for grieving children. MJ has facilitated teen grief groups with SCK for 10 years & has been a Teen Girls Big Buddy at Camp Erin for the last 5.
Karen Kirsch has been volunteering for eight years as a facilitator for children grieving death of a family member. She is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, and a registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She has a Masters in Somatic Psychology and training in many mind/body disciplines. Karen brings the power of movement and play into every group she leads, fostering self understanding through expression and connection.
Linda Sisson is committed to supporting youth through building stronger families. She has spent her adult life providing parents with tools and support so they can in turn provide the best parenting they can to nurture their own children. She has worked with parents whose children have special needs or are in the foster care system. She assists with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding and runs several breastfeeding support groups. She helps families navigate the experience of domestic abuse and other traumas.
She works for the Family Support Center and teaches a monthly parenting class at the Hands On Children’s Museum. She has guided many parents through their own grief while parenting children who are grieving the death of a loved one. She has volunteered for Sound CareKids for five years. Resilient families start with resilient parents and all parent can use support on the incredibly fulfilling and difficult task of raising our future generations.
Michelle has been working in the grief and loss field since 2002. She was the coordinator of the SoundCareKids Family Grief Support Program for 7 years, then worked at BRIDGES: Center for Grieving Children, for 2 years. Grief work is Michelle's passion. She has trained hundreds of volunteers and community members on how to support grieving children and families. Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Children's Mental Health Specialist and a Mental Health Professional.
Rachel relocated to Washington state in 2018 to support her family in their grief journey. As an avid hiker since childhood, Rachel has a deep respect for our country’s wild spaces, and is passionate about helping everyone experience the healing power of nature. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and since has worked in the nonprofit sector as a health educator and program manager. She is both thrilled and honored to join the Wild Grief team! Rachel honors the memory of her dear brother Tim, who passed in 2018, through daily commitment to his words of wisdom: “Dear Sissy, be happy. And do fun things.”