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.
Lisa Handley is a Monterey Peninsula artist and trained SoulCollage® facilitator with a passion for papercraft, collage and expressive art. She designs and handcrafts her own line of Plumeria Papercraft notecards and gifts inspired by nature and the whimsy, beauty and simplicity of life. As a cancer survivor and participant in Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s healing art program, Lisa discovered SoulCollage®’s intuitive, insightful and beneficial impact on her personal journey and was motivated to become a professional facilitator, offering experiences in the SoulCollage® process to others. She also offers a variety of adult workshops and elementary after-school classes including papercraft, collage and MeCards4Kids™, an adaptation of SoulCollage® for young children. In addition to Plumeria Papercraft and SoulCollage®, Lisa loves being a mom, volunteering at school, connecting with family and friends, dabbling in other art forms, beachcombing, hiking, writing (some of which she shares publicly on her blog, Paper And Ponder) and aspiring to live a grateful, mindful, healthy life. For more information, visit www.plumeriapapercraft.com.
Miriam is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2015, she joined Papillon as a facilitator and continues to work with drop-in groups, individuals and Good Grief for Kids. In her practice Miriam works with adults and children on a variety of issues. Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, Miriam was an attorney with Federal Government agencies and enjoyed helping her clients serve the public good.
Miriam has experienced significant personal losses and is grateful for the amazing support she received on her own grief journey. She brings to Papillon a desire to offer that same support to others in a safe and supportive environment, along with her personal and professional knowledge.
Zosia brings 43 years of experience and expertise as a neonatal nurse to her role as a volunteer facilitator for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support group at Papillon Center. In her nursing role in the nursery at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Zosia participates in the Palliative Medicine Team and has cared for many families who have lost a baby always with exceptional skill and devotion.
Zosia believes that every family has a right to grieve in their own way and time. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to give this kind of grief a voice and to expand the outreach of services to the tri-county area.
A longtime employee of Monterey County Social Services, Emily has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001. She spent over 15 years working in child welfare with birth parents experiencing the loss of their children through that system, as well as the loss by caregivers whose adoptive and foster children ultimately returned home to their birth parents. Since 2016, Emily has worked with Aging and Adult Services, overseeing the In-Home Supportive Services program for low-income older adults and people with disabilities.
Emily has studied mindfulness meditation for over 5 years and facilitates a weekly meditation group at her Salinas workplace. She has trained others in mindfulness through workshops and brings to Papillon her passion and dedication to helping others through the grieving process by using mindfulness techniques.
Associate Marriage Family Therapist #100133
I received my undergraduate from Fresno State in Health Science emphasis in Community Mental Health in 2010. While earning my Master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology emphasis in Depth Psychology, I worked with homeless adults with severe psychiatric disabilities around Monterey County. After graduating and beginning my journey to get licensed through the BBS in California, I joined Coastal Kids Home Care and Papillon in 2018 after working with Harmony At Home for 2 years in their school based program Sticks and Stones and Olweus providing trauma-based therapy to elementary and middle school aged children.