To build healthier communities, Papillon Center for Loss and Transition provides professionally led, compassionate services for individuals, families and children experiencing loss and transition.
Board Members & Staff
Willow Aray grew up in North Carolina and in the rugged mountains of Colorado. She moved to Monterey in 2009 to pursue her MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies where she studied International Development, Global Policy, Non-profit Management and French. Passionate about social justice, she has been serving Monterey County’s most vulnerable populations for the past ten years, always utilizing a healing-informed approach when addressing systemic inequities that cause individual and societal trauma. This heartfelt work inspired Willow to more fully engage in her own journey of healing from loss and navigating transition as she came to recognize theses times as not only difficult and isolating but truly sacred as well. As the Executive Director of Papillon, she is honored to stand guard over those profoundly transitional experiences that leave us forever changed.
She spends her free time creating art, training her dog, dancing, playing her Ukulele, raising her son and exploring all the vast and beautiful landscapes that California has to offer.
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.
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 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.
Board Member and Facilitator
Amelia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Fiduciary.
Her therapy practice focuses on helping people prepare for and meet the challenges of major life changes, particularly loss. She has been a volunteer facilitator for various hospice bereavement groups as well as for Good Grief for Kids. Her work as a professional fiduciary helps to support those who can no longer manage their own financial affairs as well as supporting them and their families through the difficult transitions through end of life. She is a founding board member of the Compassionate Care Alliance which focused on providing education and improving access to a quality end of life experience.
Amelia brings to Papillon her dedication to helping those experiencing life transitions guided by both her own experiences of loss, her professional training, and her skills developed through her work as a therapist.
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.