To build healthier communities, Papillon Center for Loss and Transition provides professionally led, compassionate services for individuals, families and children experiencing loss and transition.
Helen Grady MA, MFT, MBA
Board Member and Facilitator
Helen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Master Executive and Life Coach. In practice since 1995, Helen has expertise in grief and loss, life transitions, parenting issues, stress management, crisis intervention and communication skills. She created and implemented Good Grief for Kids, a children’s bereavement program, for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
Prior to her career as a therapist, Helen was the financial controller for an agribusiness in Southern California.In 2011, Helen’s husband died of cancer. Helen brings to our organization her professional skills, personal experience and compassionate presence.
Joy Smith RN, MSN
Board Member and Facilitator
Joy is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist with 35 years of experience educating and coaching people with cancer and their families. Most recently, she has worked as the Oncology Nurse Educator at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and was instrumental in establishing the Palliative Medicine Service in addition to Cancer Center professional and patient programs.
Joy brings to Papillon her commitment and expertise in providing high quality comprehensive services and educational programs regarding loss and bereavement.
Donald J. Rose
Donald J. Rose graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, after completing his military duty as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He graduated with a degree in Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture. As a licensed Landscape Architect, he was the Director of Landscape Architecture in a multi-disciplinary firm consisting of Engineers, Planners and Landscape Architects before starting his own company, in which he practiced Landscape Architecture for 40 years throughout California and Nevada. His projects ranged from high end residential, to multi-family developments, to master planned communities. He retired in 2008.
In August 2015 his 25-year-old daughter, Madison was killed in a car accident. Papillon Center for Loss & Transition came into his life letting him know he was not alone. He and his wife, Jenny were offered comfort, knowledge and a place for his family to understand the loss of Madison.
Don became part of the Board of Directors because he sees the real need for Papillon Center For Loss & Transition in our community and wants to help spread the word. Papillon is here to help anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
Solomon Terry has a new passion — Papillon. His vision is to see Papillon expand and grow to reach the needs of many more people who are in loss and transition. He gets joy out of seeing people happy, and feeling better and more empowered.
Solomon grew up on the Monterey Peninsula, attended locals schools, and had a 35 year career working for Safeway. He met and married his wife Kathy and lived a very happy and fulfilled married life with her for 33 years. Unfortunately Kathy died of lung cancer in 2014. During the three years of being her caregiver during her illness, Solomon learned many skills that he has now chosen to pass on to others in similar situations with a warm smile and big heart full of caring. Solomon was awarded the Caregiver of the Year by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
In his spare time he enjoys writing poetry, serves as an usher at St. Angela’s Church in Pacific Grove and spends time with his daughter Megan.
Michael Momboisse brings over 35 years of financial and legal experience including serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President-Legal of a national environmental consulting company listed on NASDAQ, as Executive Vice President of an early stage venture capital firm, and as a Partner in the Corporate Department of a boutique Silicon Valley Law firm.
Throughout his career Mr. Momboisse has specialized in guiding early stage companies through their growth and development phases.
Gilda came to Papillon in 2018 after the sudden loss of her mother, a profoundly strong woman who immigrated from Cuba with a young family. Gilda found the support at Papillon invaluable and is delighted to be part of the board!
Professionally, Gilda earned her engineering degree at Stanford and enjoyed her careers in Silicon Valley, first in Robotics Engineering and then in Software Engineering Talent Acquisition. No longer encumbered with a day job, she now spends her time traveling, kayaking, dining with friends and hiking with her only slightly neurotic hound, Scarlett.