Therese is a former early education director and elementary school teacher and brings years of compassionate care to her position as the new Executive Director of Rick’s Place. She is honored to support families as they manage their grief integration journey and to serve as an ambassador to the broader community about the impacts of grief on children and their families. Therese holds a Masters in Leadership and Negotiation, is a member of the Patient/Family Advisory Council at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a Board Member of Treehouse Foundation, and a Special Education Surrogate parent.
Charisse is a Doctoral Candidate in the Psychology program at Springfield College. She began volunteering at Rick’s Place in 2018. As a volunteer, she helped run groups in schools and on-site, plan programs and activities, and create a curriculum. She is a community-based therapist working within homes and schools to meet individual, family, and community mental health needs. Her therapeutic background includes work with individuals across the lifespan and she is most enthusiastic about working with families to foster healing and wellness. She is honored to support and advocate for the children and families at Rick’s Place through their grief integration processes.