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Become a Volunteer

Get involved and help grieving families find hope and healing

Give A Donation

Help provide a measure of love, education and grief support

Adopt an Animal

Help provide care by symbolically adopting one of our rescue animals

Team

Grief Counseling and Research Team

Welcome to our Selah Carefarm Team page. Included in this section, our Grief Counseling and Research Team, which includes highly trained counselors and researchers in the trauma and loss field, as well as volunteers and interns who bring their valuable knowledge and experience to the table as they support our efforts.

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Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is a bereaved mother and the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international NGO that serves families whose children have died. She is also a tenured research professor and senior Wrigley Institute of Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University, spearheading the Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement. Her best selling book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, is a national award winning best seller that has helped revolutionize the way our culture thinks, and feels, about grief. She works with and counsels families from all around the world who have experienced catastrophic deaths. Dr. Jo, believing that current practices around food production are a social, ethical, and environmental justice issue, is a vegan and hasn’t eaten meat since 1972.  She also teaches meditation, mindfulness, and compassion and ahimsa practices to students and clients from around the world.  If you’re a provider seeking supervision or consultation, please contact us.

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Dr. Gorman is a geographer and professor at Exeter University in the UK with particular interests in health, care, and medicine, and how these intersect with human-animal relations and more-than-human worlds. Rich’s research at present has involved exploring the dynamic interrelations between health and place, particularly, the roles of animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, seeking to understand how human-animal relations can affect people’s and animals’ capacities to thrive and flourish.

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Roshi Genmitsu holds a Swiss masters degree in Adult Education, is certified in Psychosomatic Counseling and is a certified Provider in Compassionate Bereavement Care. She is an esteemed meditation teacher and specializes in Pastoral Counseling, mindfulness practices, and rituals.

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Paul has provided 30 years of leadership in NY and NJ developing quality, hospital-based and free-standing mental health programs for underserved populations. He was appointed as a team member to write treatment standards for the State of NJ on co-occurring conditions of mental illness and addiction. For the past 25 years he has had a private practice in psychotherapy specializing in trauma, and also is certified in Compassionate Bereavement Counseling. Additionally he is a pioneer in Zen Buddhism, known as Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, a Buddhist priest, a lineage holding Zen Buddhist teacher,  and co-founder with his wife, Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn, of the Zen Garland Order.

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Dr. Jennifer Huberty is a bereaved mother and a research professor at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. She is part of our research team, assisting us in data collection and analyses. She is also a yoga teacher and built Raine’s Space, a meditative and restorative space, on the Selah Carefarm.

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Dr. Kara Thieleman received her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2005 and her MSW from Arizona State University in 2011 with a specialization in adult health and mental health. She also completed ASU’s Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement in 2011. She has experience as a grief counselor for bereaved parents at the MISS Foundation and as a hospice social worker. In 2019, she received her doctorate in social work.

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Dr. Cheryl Pence is the MISS Foundation Clinical Director at the Selah Carefarm. She provides counseling sessions, therapeutic walks, time with the animals, guided meditations, yoga, and works with bereaved families and providers from around the world. She manages the carefarm’s family house where bereaved clients stay during their visits. She also supervises the interns and volunteers and assists in the development of new programs, group retreats, clinical training, grant-writing, and research.

Dr. Cheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), certified Compassionate Bereavement Care (CBC) provider, and maintains several other licenses and certifications. She left a tenured associate professor position at Western Kentucky University to join the MISS Foundation. At WKU, she taught, advised, and supervised graduate counseling students and coordinated their clinical internship placements. She served on regional and national counseling association boards and committees which included developing and publishing the nationally endorsed counselor wellness competencies. Her previous professional counseling experiences included working with terminally-ill patients and families in hospice; counseling clients and survivors at accident scenes, hospitals, or their homes through the Alachua County Crisis Center; and supervising counseling interns as the Co-Director of the Talley Family Counseling Center. In addition, Dr. Cheryl is a U.S. Navy veteran with 11 years of military service. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer onboard two ships (USS Yorktown and USS Essex) and a joint-military command. She received her master’s, specialist, and doctorate degrees in counseling from the University of Florida. She also completed her master’s in human resource management from Troy University and her bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

On a personal note, Dr. Cheryl lost her sister in 2014 after a long battle with substance abuse. She also struggled for many years with infertility and two pregnancy losses. Never able to have children, she expanded her family by opening her home to teenage exchange students from Norway and Germany and her fur babies. She loves animals, nature, hiking, and has been vegan since 2011 for health, compassion, and environmental reasons. She maintains her own contemplative practice, completed a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat, and is an ordained minister in an interfaith ministry where she is open to helping clients and families work from their own unique perspectives.

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Dr. Langridge is a volunteer who discovered Selah Carefarm after the loss of her teenage daughter Hilary, who was a student at ASU.  She has dedicated her career to supporting communities and organizations in creating sustainability programs.  She founded Sustainable Synthesis Limited as a public benefit corporation to facilitate collaboration to meet sustainability goals.  In addition, she is an active in a number of environmental and educational organizations.  Her time supporting Selah helps with her healing, and is personal validation of Dr. Jo’s work.

Team

Grief Counseling and Research Team

Welcome to our Selah Carefarm Team page. Included in this section, our Grief Counseling and Research Team, which includes highly trained counselors and researchers in the trauma and loss field, as well as volunteers and interns who bring their valuable knowledge and experience to the table as they support our efforts.

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Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is a bereaved mother and the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international NGO that serves families whose children have died. She is also a tenured research professor and senior Wrigley Institute of Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University, spearheading the Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement. Her best selling book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, is a national award winning best seller that has helped revolutionize the way our culture thinks, and feels, about grief. She works with and counsels families from all around the world who have experienced catastrophic deaths. Dr. Jo, believing that current practices around food production are a social, ethical, and environmental justice issue, is a vegan and hasn’t eaten meat since 1972.  She also teaches meditation, mindfulness, and compassion and ahimsa practices to students and clients from around the world.  If you’re a provider seeking supervision or consultation, please contact us.

RichGorman

Dr. Gorman is a geographer and professor at Exeter University in the UK with particular interests in health, care, and medicine, and how these intersect with human-animal relations and more-than-human worlds. Rich’s research at present has involved exploring the dynamic interrelations between health and place, particularly, the roles of animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, seeking to understand how human-animal relations can affect people’s and animals’ capacities to thrive and flourish.

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Roshi Genmitsu holds a Swiss masters degree in Adult Education, is certified in Psychosomatic Counseling and is a certified Provider in Compassionate Bereavement Care. She is an esteemed meditation teacher and specializes in Pastoral Counseling, mindfulness practices, and rituals.

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Paul has provided 30 years of leadership in NY and NJ developing quality, hospital-based and free-standing mental health programs for underserved populations. He was appointed as a team member to write treatment standards for the State of NJ on co-occurring conditions of mental illness and addiction. For the past 25 years he has had a private practice in psychotherapy specializing in trauma, and also is certified in Compassionate Bereavement Counseling. Additionally he is a pioneer in Zen Buddhism, known as Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, a Buddhist priest, a lineage holding Zen Buddhist teacher,  and co-founder with his wife, Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn, of the Zen Garland Order.

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Dr. Jennifer Huberty is a bereaved mother and a research professor at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. She is part of our research team, assisting us in data collection and analyses. She is also a yoga teacher and built Raine’s Space, a meditative and restorative space, on the Selah Carefarm.

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Dr. Kara Thieleman received her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2005 and her MSW from Arizona State University in 2011 with a specialization in adult health and mental health. She also completed ASU’s Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement in 2011. She has experience as a grief counselor for bereaved parents at the MISS Foundation and as a hospice social worker. In 2019, she received her doctorate in social work.

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Dr. Cheryl Pence is the MISS Foundation Clinical Director at the Selah Carefarm. She provides counseling sessions, therapeutic walks, time with the animals, guided meditations, yoga, and works with bereaved families and providers from around the world. She manages the carefarm’s family house where bereaved clients stay during their visits. She also supervises the interns and volunteers and assists in the development of new programs, group retreats, clinical training, grant-writing, and research.

Dr. Cheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), certified Compassionate Bereavement Care (CBC) provider, and maintains several other licenses and certifications. She left a tenured associate professor position at Western Kentucky University to join the MISS Foundation. At WKU, she taught, advised, and supervised graduate counseling students and coordinated their clinical internship placements. She served on regional and national counseling association boards and committees which included developing and publishing the nationally endorsed counselor wellness competencies. Her previous professional counseling experiences included working with terminally-ill patients and families in hospice; counseling clients and survivors at accident scenes, hospitals, or their homes through the Alachua County Crisis Center; and supervising counseling interns as the Co-Director of the Talley Family Counseling Center. In addition, Dr. Cheryl is a U.S. Navy veteran with 11 years of military service. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer onboard two ships (USS Yorktown and USS Essex) and a joint-military command. She received her master’s, specialist, and doctorate degrees in counseling from the University of Florida. She also completed her master’s in human resource management from Troy University and her bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

On a personal note, Dr. Cheryl lost her sister in 2014 after a long battle with substance abuse. She also struggled for many years with infertility and two pregnancy losses. Never able to have children, she expanded her family by opening her home to teenage exchange students from Norway and Germany and her fur babies. She loves animals, nature, hiking, and has been vegan since 2011 for health, compassion, and environmental reasons. She maintains her own contemplative practice, completed a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat, and is an ordained minister in an interfaith ministry where she is open to helping clients and families work from their own unique perspectives.

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Dr. Langridge is a volunteer who discovered Selah Carefarm after the loss of her teenage daughter Hilary, who was a student at ASU.  She has dedicated her career to supporting communities and organizations in creating sustainability programs.  She founded Sustainable Synthesis Limited as a public benefit corporation to facilitate collaboration to meet sustainability goals.  In addition, she is an active in a number of environmental and educational organizations.  Her time supporting Selah helps with her healing, and is personal validation of Dr. Jo’s work.

Emotional Health & Wellness Advisors

Our Emotional Health & Wellness Advisors are well-respected professionals in the medical, mental health and social work fields who are often called upon within their specialties as advisors for our team.

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Grace Jackson, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist who graduated summa cum laude from California Lutheran University with degrees in political science and biology, as well as a Masters in Public Administration.   She earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1996, followed by specialty training in psychiatry while serving in the U.S. Navy. For more than eighteen years, Dr. Jackson has approached her work from the perspective of a clinical toxicologist in recognition of the harmful effects of prescription drugs.   An avid researcher and occasional writer, she is the author of Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent and Drug Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime. Dr. Jackson’s professional experience has included national and international testimony as an expert witness, as well as clinical service in a wide variety of treatment settings.   As the interim director of the inpatient behavioral health unit at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Az, she acquired invaluable experience in geriatric psychiatry and dementia, experientially confirming the benefits of her philosophical approach known as PharmARRU: Pharmaceutical Avoidance, Reduction, and Responsible Use.  Dr. Jackson currently provides hospital and ER consultations to a wide range of healthcare systems across the country.

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Gabor Maté, M.D. has worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site for more than twelve years. With more than 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America. He has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. He is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a non-profit that focusses on addiction. Dr. Maté  received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Portrait of Dr. Beth Dupree, MD in Sedona, Arizona.

Beth DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.O.I.M., is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast, with additional board certification in integrative medicine. She is a nationally recognized breast cancer expert who has chosen to bring her 26 years of experience and surgical expertise to the Verde Valley. Dr. DuPree earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and her undergraduate degrees in behavioral neuroscience and the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her first book, “The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing,” was released in 2006 to excellent reviews by Christiane Northrup, M.D., and Bernie Siegel, M.D, among other well-known experts in the women’s health field. She has traveled throughout the United States and globally to train countless physicians in breast surgical oncology techniques.Her numerous honors include the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross for her ongoing contributions to the treatment of breast cancer. She was selected by her peers for Philadelphia Magazine’s TOP DOCS in Surgery in 2016 and 2017.

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Sarah, bereaved mom of Noah, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a practicing school social worker.  Sarah received her B.A. in English from the University of Vermont in 1997 and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2000. For the past 20 years, Sarah has worked with children, adults, groups, and families, in a variety of settings, providing therapeutic intervention, crisis response and support.  In her therapeutic work with those she serves, Sarah integrates expressive arts, mindfulness, and meditation.  Sarah has been a facilitator and volunteer for the MISS Foundation for several years and in 2014 became a Certified Provider of Compassionate Bereavement Care.  Sarah facilitates a MISS Foundation support group in Arizona for bereaved parents and grandparents.

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Terri Waibel, MSW, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified provider of Compassionate Bereavement Care®.  She has been working and volunteering in the field of social work for more than 14 years. As the founder and owner of the private practice Center for Compassion, LLC she specializes in providing therapeutic support to individuals, children and families enduring traumatic grief after a sudden, unexpected, or out of order death of a beloved family member. She is simultaneously honored and heartbroken to be present with grievers and proud to call herself a grief activist. In October 2018, Terri was recognized with the prestigious Athena award in the Young Professional category with the Greater Phoenix Chamber, being honored for her commitment to leadership, community service, and mentorship. Terri’s civic engagement and volunteerism extend to several local community organizations as she is an integral volunteer with the MISS Foundation serving bereaved parents and families, Justa Center as an Executive Board member, and ASU School of Social work as a Community Advisory Board Member. She also teaches advanced direct psychotherapy practice courses at ASU. She is a bereaved mother and bereaved sister and facilitates a MISS Foundation support group in Arizona.

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Matthew Klein, D.O. is a psychiatrist specializing in adolescent and young adult well-being. After graduating from medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Klein completed a residency and fellowship from the Maricopa Integrated System in Phoenix in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry. Prior to medical school, Dr. Klein worked for years in a youth substance abuse treatment center. During this time, he experienced the profound healing power of relationships and learned of the significant role relationships play in recovery and wellbeing. He continues to learn about and has become involved in integrative and alternative medicines to be able to provide as wholistic approach to care as possible.

Emotional Health & Wellness Advisors

Our Emotional Health & Wellness Advisors are well-respected professionals in the medical, mental health and social work fields who are often called upon within their specialties as advisors for our team.

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Grace Jackson, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist who graduated summa cum laude from California Lutheran University with degrees in political science and biology, as well as a Masters in Public Administration.   She earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1996, followed by specialty training in psychiatry while serving in the U.S. Navy. For more than eighteen years, Dr. Jackson has approached her work from the perspective of a clinical toxicologist in recognition of the harmful effects of prescription drugs.   An avid researcher and occasional writer, she is the author of Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent and Drug Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime. Dr. Jackson’s professional experience has included national and international testimony as an expert witness, as well as clinical service in a wide variety of treatment settings.   As the interim director of the inpatient behavioral health unit at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Az, she acquired invaluable experience in geriatric psychiatry and dementia, experientially confirming the benefits of her philosophical approach known as PharmARRU: Pharmaceutical Avoidance, Reduction, and Responsible Use.  Dr. Jackson currently provides hospital and ER consultations to a wide range of healthcare systems across the country.

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Gabor Maté, M.D. has worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site for more than twelve years. With more than 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America. He has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. He is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a non-profit that focusses on addiction. Dr. Maté  received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Portrait of Dr. Beth Dupree, MD in Sedona, Arizona.

Beth DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.O.I.M., is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast, with additional board certification in integrative medicine. She is a nationally recognized breast cancer expert who has chosen to bring her 26 years of experience and surgical expertise to the Verde Valley. Dr. DuPree earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and her undergraduate degrees in behavioral neuroscience and the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her first book, “The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing,” was released in 2006 to excellent reviews by Christiane Northrup, M.D., and Bernie Siegel, M.D, among other well-known experts in the women’s health field. She has traveled throughout the United States and globally to train countless physicians in breast surgical oncology techniques.Her numerous honors include the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross for her ongoing contributions to the treatment of breast cancer. She was selected by her peers for Philadelphia Magazine’s TOP DOCS in Surgery in 2016 and 2017.

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Sarah, bereaved mom of Noah, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a practicing school social worker.  Sarah received her B.A. in English from the University of Vermont in 1997 and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2000. For the past 20 years, Sarah has worked with children, adults, groups, and families, in a variety of settings, providing therapeutic intervention, crisis response and support.  In her therapeutic work with those she serves, Sarah integrates expressive arts, mindfulness, and meditation.  Sarah has been a facilitator and volunteer for the MISS Foundation for several years and in 2014 became a Certified Provider of Compassionate Bereavement Care.  Sarah facilitates a MISS Foundation support group in Arizona for bereaved parents and grandparents.

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Terri Waibel, MSW, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified provider of Compassionate Bereavement Care®.  She has been working and volunteering in the field of social work for more than 14 years. As the founder and owner of the private practice Center for Compassion, LLC she specializes in providing therapeutic support to individuals, children and families enduring traumatic grief after a sudden, unexpected, or out of order death of a beloved family member. She is simultaneously honored and heartbroken to be present with grievers and proud to call herself a grief activist. In October 2018, Terri was recognized with the prestigious Athena award in the Young Professional category with the Greater Phoenix Chamber, being honored for her commitment to leadership, community service, and mentorship. Terri’s civic engagement and volunteerism extend to several local community organizations as she is an integral volunteer with the MISS Foundation serving bereaved parents and families, Justa Center as an Executive Board member, and ASU School of Social work as a Community Advisory Board Member. She also teaches advanced direct psychotherapy practice courses at ASU. She is a bereaved mother and bereaved sister and facilitates a MISS Foundation support group in Arizona.

matt-klein-selah-carefarm

Matthew Klein, D.O. is a psychiatrist specializing in adolescent and young adult well-being. After graduating from medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Klein completed a residency and fellowship from the Maricopa Integrated System in Phoenix in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry. Prior to medical school, Dr. Klein worked for years in a youth substance abuse treatment center. During this time, he experienced the profound healing power of relationships and learned of the significant role relationships play in recovery and wellbeing. He continues to learn about and has become involved in integrative and alternative medicines to be able to provide as wholistic approach to care as possible.

Carefarm Team Members

Our amazing Carefarm Team Members include our interns, research assistants and fabulous volunteers who help us on a daily basis with our programs by providing physical, emotional, creative and administrative support.

Taylor Mae Dean was raised on a diet of pork chops, steak and potatoes. But as the Solvang, California, native started meeting people who didn’t eat meat and learned more about animal cruelty, she adopted a plant-based diet at age 14 in 2006.

“I wanted to minimize unnecessary suffering and acts of cruelty that are imposed upon animals everyday”.

As a teenager, she felt like it was a rebellious act as there wasn’t anyone in her town she knew of who was vegan or vegetarian. From there Taylor had to teach herself how to cook, to make herself vegan meals at home.

But her culinary roots run deep. Her mother has been a waitress for three decades. One of her first jobs? Scooping tapioca while her mom worked at the age of 4.

Following years working in California restaurants, Taylor relocated to Hawaii to study hands-on sustainable organic farming and eco-friendly living. Taylor worked on several farms on the Big Island over the course of 3 years. One is the Johnson Family Farm, which is the largest organic commercial farm on Hilo on the Big Island. Taylor returned to the mainland to work at Lotus Garden Meditation Center in Sacramento where she taught cooking classes and assisted with the meditation and mindfulness practices/ classes/ programs taught at the studio. Taylor decided to open her first business after moving to Sedona in 2017.

Since 2017 Taylor has solely run and operated Cooking with love Personal Vegan Chef Services in Sedona. Taylor is also a photographer, recipe developer, and shares her vegan recipes and healthy living tips and recipes on her website Taylormaedean.com and on Youtube. On her site she offers her chef services and free recipes. Services include: Private dinners, Retreat cooking, Food Photography and Recipe Development for Vegan Companies.

“My mission is to really give people a good sense that vegan food can be really delicious. Transitioning my diet, learning about where food comes from, connecting with animals and the land and finding a meditation practice has transformed my life in indescribable ways. I hope my food and recipes can inspire others to make those changes, and I can help others to discover the inner happiness that comes with these small changes”.

She says one of the common misconceptions about vegan food is that it’s unbalanced or lacking protein. But she’s here to let people know that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“When you compose a dish as a chef, you want to make sure foremost, if you’re being a responsible chef, that the meal is balanced nutritionally. Not only is it balanced, but it is also tasty. But I think it’s more important to make a balanced dish, flavor-wise and nutritionally-wise,” says Taylor. “Food is just pure nourishment. And it should just assist people in their life, and make them feel good.”

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Virginia Miller is a research assistant and grad student in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She is part of the research team and assists in data collection and analyses. Her thesis is centered on understanding the connections generated on the Selah Carefarm and what these connections mean to grieving families. She is interested in relationships between humans and nature and the interplay of impacts that humans, animals, and nature have on one another.

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Johanna is an intern with the MISS Foundation and a graduate student in her final year of a Master’s program in Social Work at ASU, with a focus on policy, legislation and community practice.  Having previously received her BA in Political Science and Gender Studies from the U of A in Tucson, she has always loved and felt a duty to take part in social and political activism. She is the Executive Director of a Central Phoenix-based victim advocacy nonprofit which focuses on working with victims of domestic violence and child abuse, and is honored for the privilege of working with these clients and their families.  Since meeting Dr. Cacciatore and experiencing the sacredness of the Selah Carefarm, Johanna was inspired to work with bereaved families and the MISS Foundation in the areas of grief-related advocacy, education and research.  Johanna strives to live deliberately every day, she is a lover of all animals, and inspired by Dolly Parton’s words, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

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Terri DeMontrond is our amazing HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR. She is the owner of DeMontrond Wellness and Consulting, has been supporting others in their journey toward a balanced wellbeing for over 20 years. The skills she has accumulated include Life Coach training with Martha Beck and studying Holistic Nutrition with Clayton College. She is a Yoga Therapist trained by Phoenix Rising and has extensive experience with DBT practices.  Terri recently completed the certification for Compassionate Bereavement Care. Her personal experience as a bereaved parent has led her to passionately endeavor to repurpose her own traumatic loss and grief into a source of presence, love and support for other families on that same journey. Terri is also a Hope volunteer within the MISS Foundation. Personally, Terri continues to seek awareness for wellness and spiritual growth. She loves her daily yoga practice, painting and writing. She is an avid reader, hiker and traveler. Most of all she loves to be inspired by people and their life experiences and to share inspiration with others. If you are traveling to Selah Carefarm and would like help planning your visit, please contact Terri.DeMontrond@MISSFoundation.org

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Martha is a volunteer who helps us give extra care to the equines two days a week. She received her BA in Psychology from Ithaca College, then moved to San Francisco for 3 years. She settled in  Boulder, CO where she lived for more than 40 years. The past 25 years, Martha ran a small horse property with 2 horses, Cheyenne and Hillary, for 20 years. She loved every minute of being in their company.  Being at the CareFarm allows Martha to continue being around these wonderful creatures. It’s been so rewarding to her!

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Madonna began her professional nonprofit career at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) in 2006. She joined the organization shortly after losing her brother Johnny to AIDS-related complications. She began her activism for women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community. She eventually moved to Washington, D.C., where she did grassroots work for marriage equality and volunteered at The NAMES Project – AIDS Memorial Quilt. From D.C., Madonna landed in New York City, and  continued to care for the community and her brother at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Her marriage equality work continued in Seattle before she moved to Los Angeles to work for APLA and as Executive Director of LA Pride.  Madonna strives to find projects that advance social justice through creativity and artistry. A long time vegan, Madonna relocated to the Verde Valley part time, where she now lives with her wife, Robin.

Liz Lord is a bereaved mother and volunteer at the Selah Carefarm. She is enrolled in graduate courses at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University with the aim of obtaining her Master of Social Work. Liz graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with her BFA in Studio Art in 2008. A student of life, Liz believes compassion has the power to transform families, communities, and ultimately- the world.

Carefarm Team Members

Our amazing Carefarm Team Members include our interns, research assistants and fabulous volunteers who help us on a daily basis with our programs by providing physical, emotional, creative and administrative support.

Taylor Mae Dean was raised on a diet of pork chops, steak and potatoes. But as the Solvang, California, native started meeting people who didn’t eat meat and learned more about animal cruelty, she adopted a plant-based diet at age 14 in 2006.

“I wanted to minimize unnecessary suffering and acts of cruelty that are imposed upon animals everyday”.

As a teenager, she felt like it was a rebellious act as there wasn’t anyone in her town she knew of who was vegan or vegetarian. From there Taylor had to teach herself how to cook, to make herself vegan meals at home.

But her culinary roots run deep. Her mother has been a waitress for three decades. One of her first jobs? Scooping tapioca while her mom worked at the age of 4.

Following years working in California restaurants, Taylor relocated to Hawaii to study hands-on sustainable organic farming and eco-friendly living. Taylor worked on several farms on the Big Island over the course of 3 years. One is the Johnson Family Farm, which is the largest organic commercial farm on Hilo on the Big Island. Taylor returned to the mainland to work at Lotus Garden Meditation Center in Sacramento where she taught cooking classes and assisted with the meditation and mindfulness practices/ classes/ programs taught at the studio. Taylor decided to open her first business after moving to Sedona in 2017.

Since 2017 Taylor has solely run and operated Cooking with love Personal Vegan Chef Services in Sedona. Taylor is also a photographer, recipe developer, and shares her vegan recipes and healthy living tips and recipes on her website Taylormaedean.com and on Youtube. On her site she offers her chef services and free recipes. Services include: Private dinners, Retreat cooking, Food Photography and Recipe Development for Vegan Companies.

“My mission is to really give people a good sense that vegan food can be really delicious. Transitioning my diet, learning about where food comes from, connecting with animals and the land and finding a meditation practice has transformed my life in indescribable ways. I hope my food and recipes can inspire others to make those changes, and I can help others to discover the inner happiness that comes with these small changes”.

She says one of the common misconceptions about vegan food is that it’s unbalanced or lacking protein. But she’s here to let people know that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“When you compose a dish as a chef, you want to make sure foremost, if you’re being a responsible chef, that the meal is balanced nutritionally. Not only is it balanced, but it is also tasty. But I think it’s more important to make a balanced dish, flavor-wise and nutritionally-wise,” says Taylor. “Food is just pure nourishment. And it should just assist people in their life, and make them feel good.”

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Virginia Miller is a research assistant and grad student in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She is part of the research team and assists in data collection and analyses. Her thesis is centered on understanding the connections generated on the Selah Carefarm and what these connections mean to grieving families. She is interested in relationships between humans and nature and the interplay of impacts that humans, animals, and nature have on one another.

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Johanna is an intern with the MISS Foundation and a graduate student in her final year of a Master’s program in Social Work at ASU, with a focus on policy, legislation and community practice.  Having previously received her BA in Political Science and Gender Studies from the U of A in Tucson, she has always loved and felt a duty to take part in social and political activism. She is the Executive Director of a Central Phoenix-based victim advocacy nonprofit which focuses on working with victims of domestic violence and child abuse, and is honored for the privilege of working with these clients and their families.  Since meeting Dr. Cacciatore and experiencing the sacredness of the Selah Carefarm, Johanna was inspired to work with bereaved families and the MISS Foundation in the areas of grief-related advocacy, education and research.  Johanna strives to live deliberately every day, she is a lover of all animals, and inspired by Dolly Parton’s words, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

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Terri DeMontrond is our amazing HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR. She is the owner of DeMontrond Wellness and Consulting, has been supporting others in their journey toward a balanced wellbeing for over 20 years. The skills she has accumulated include Life Coach training with Martha Beck and studying Holistic Nutrition with Clayton College. She is a Yoga Therapist trained by Phoenix Rising and has extensive experience with DBT practices.  Terri recently completed the certification for Compassionate Bereavement Care. Her personal experience as a bereaved parent has led her to passionately endeavor to repurpose her own traumatic loss and grief into a source of presence, love and support for other families on that same journey. Terri is also a Hope volunteer within the MISS Foundation. Personally, Terri continues to seek awareness for wellness and spiritual growth. She loves her daily yoga practice, painting and writing. She is an avid reader, hiker and traveler. Most of all she loves to be inspired by people and their life experiences and to share inspiration with others. If you are traveling to Selah Carefarm and would like help planning your visit, please contact Terri.DeMontrond@MISSFoundation.org

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Martha is a volunteer who helps us give extra care to the equines two days a week. She received her BA in Psychology from Ithaca College, then moved to San Francisco for 3 years. She settled in  Boulder, CO where she lived for more than 40 years. The past 25 years, Martha ran a small horse property with 2 horses, Cheyenne and Hillary, for 20 years. She loved every minute of being in their company.  Being at the CareFarm allows Martha to continue being around these wonderful creatures. It’s been so rewarding to her!

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Madonna began her professional nonprofit career at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) in 2006. She joined the organization shortly after losing her brother Johnny to AIDS-related complications. She began her activism for women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community. She eventually moved to Washington, D.C., where she did grassroots work for marriage equality and volunteered at The NAMES Project – AIDS Memorial Quilt. From D.C., Madonna landed in New York City, and  continued to care for the community and her brother at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Her marriage equality work continued in Seattle before she moved to Los Angeles to work for APLA and as Executive Director of LA Pride.  Madonna strives to find projects that advance social justice through creativity and artistry. A long time vegan, Madonna relocated to the Verde Valley part time, where she now lives with her wife, Robin.

Liz Lord is a bereaved mother and volunteer at the Selah Carefarm. She is enrolled in graduate courses at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University with the aim of obtaining her Master of Social Work. Liz graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with her BFA in Studio Art in 2008. A student of life, Liz believes compassion has the power to transform families, communities, and ultimately- the world.

Carefarm Advisors

Our trusted Carefarm Advisors include volunteers, bereaved parents, veterinarians and other professionals who offer their valuable talent and insight on topics including animal care, wellness efforts, carefarm programs, guest house operations, and more.

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Sarah Hauer graduated from Bellarmine College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and attained her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College.

She has earned a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, a National Board certification in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.  This board certification is awarded by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or NCCAOM.  Sarah is also licensed by the State of Arizona to practice acupuncture. Sarah has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for more than 20 years. She has owned two successful practices and has been practicing in Sedona, Arizona for the past 16 years.  She treats each person individually, using well honed skills of pulse and tongue diagnosis. Sarah has been voted “Best” by her community in both practices.  With 20 years experience and more than 18 years in private practice, she offers in depth, thorough, professional and caring treatment. The herbal pharmacy includes custom formulas, tablets, capsules, and granules. With over 1000 hours in Chinese herbal study, Sarah prescribes effective formulas that treat the branch (symptom) and the root (cause) of imbalance. In-depth interviews and follow-ups with herbal modifications are vital to continued healing. She practices with her husband of 33 years, Sig Hauer. They are an integral part of their community.  They volunteer! Mental health clinics, veteran centers, geriatric communities. They traveled to India and treated in Tibetan refugee camps, and developed a non profit to support their work.  Their experience is extensive.  Sarah and Sig are passionate about their work and helping people!

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Karla, bereaved mom of Theo, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), internationally certified yoga therapist, (C-IAYT), registered yoga teacher (RYT), award winning author, and a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider.  Counseling and supporting those living with traumatic grief and bereavement is her main focus of work. Her book, Yoga for Grief & Loss, is a wonderful adjunct to any practice. Karla teaches the Compassionate Bereavement Care-Yoga provider certification course with Dr. Cacciatore every year and she facilitates a support group in Richmond, Virginia for grieving parents.

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Jesse studied Human Development at Cornell University, and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She has spent the past decade working with babies and their parents, helping moms and dads enter into parenting feeling confident and supported.  Jesse also has masters degrees in both Non-Profit Management (Hebrew Union College) and Public Administration (USC). Her early career life was spent working within the Jewish community, strategizing and fundraising for numerous non profit and community organizations. Of all of her experiences, none has taught Jesse more about herself or the world than the sudden and tragic death of her youngest son, Gidi, at age 5.  Jesse lives in Los Angeles where she shares her life with her wonderful husband, her incredible two living children, and beautiful Gidi’s magical spirit.

Dr. Jim McDonald is a veterinarian with 35 years of practice experience in the Verde Valley. He is a third generation native Arizonan. He attended Northern Arizona University and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in microbiology and chemistry. He then attended Colorado State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1984. He met his future wife Jana at NAU and together they owned and ran a mixed practice in Camp Verde, Anasazi Animal Clinic until 2006. Upon selling that practice they established EIEIO Professional Services, a mobile predominantly large animal practice. In addition to his private practice, Dr. McDonald has been active in both state and national veterinary organizations serving on the board of directors and executive board of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association including serving as President of that organization in 2002-2003. He was the Alternate Delegate /Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association from 2009 to 2016. In 2016, he was honored to be inducted into the Arizona Veterinary Medical Hall of Fame for his service to the profession. Jim and Jana have three grown daughters who are fourth generation Arizonans and successful professionals in their own careers. He has been taking care of Chemakoh since his rescue, and now takes care of all the Selah Carefarm animals.

Carefarm Advisors

Our trusted Carefarm Advisors include volunteers, bereaved parents, veterinarians and other professionals who offer their valuable talent and insight on topics including animal care, wellness efforts, carefarm programs, guest house operations, and more.

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

Sarah Hauer graduated from Bellarmine College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and attained her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College.

She has earned a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, a National Board certification in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.  This board certification is awarded by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or NCCAOM.  Sarah is also licensed by the State of Arizona to practice acupuncture. Sarah has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for more than 20 years. She has owned two successful practices and has been practicing in Sedona, Arizona for the past 16 years.  She treats each person individually, using well honed skills of pulse and tongue diagnosis. Sarah has been voted “Best” by her community in both practices.  With 20 years experience and more than 18 years in private practice, she offers in depth, thorough, professional and caring treatment. The herbal pharmacy includes custom formulas, tablets, capsules, and granules. With over 1000 hours in Chinese herbal study, Sarah prescribes effective formulas that treat the branch (symptom) and the root (cause) of imbalance. In-depth interviews and follow-ups with herbal modifications are vital to continued healing. She practices with her husband of 33 years, Sig Hauer. They are an integral part of their community.  They volunteer! Mental health clinics, veteran centers, geriatric communities. They traveled to India and treated in Tibetan refugee camps, and developed a non profit to support their work.  Their experience is extensive.  Sarah and Sig are passionate about their work and helping people!

karla-helbert-selah-carefarm

Karla, bereaved mom of Theo, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), internationally certified yoga therapist, (C-IAYT), registered yoga teacher (RYT), award winning author, and a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider.  Counseling and supporting those living with traumatic grief and bereavement is her main focus of work. Her book, Yoga for Grief & Loss, is a wonderful adjunct to any practice. Karla teaches the Compassionate Bereavement Care-Yoga provider certification course with Dr. Cacciatore every year and she facilitates a support group in Richmond, Virginia for grieving parents.

Jesse-Zilberstein-selah-carefarm

Jesse studied Human Development at Cornell University, and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She has spent the past decade working with babies and their parents, helping moms and dads enter into parenting feeling confident and supported.  Jesse also has masters degrees in both Non-Profit Management (Hebrew Union College) and Public Administration (USC). Her early career life was spent working within the Jewish community, strategizing and fundraising for numerous non profit and community organizations. Of all of her experiences, none has taught Jesse more about herself or the world than the sudden and tragic death of her youngest son, Gidi, at age 5.  Jesse lives in Los Angeles where she shares her life with her wonderful husband, her incredible two living children, and beautiful Gidi’s magical spirit.

Dr. Jim McDonald is a veterinarian with 35 years of practice experience in the Verde Valley. He is a third generation native Arizonan. He attended Northern Arizona University and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in microbiology and chemistry. He then attended Colorado State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1984. He met his future wife Jana at NAU and together they owned and ran a mixed practice in Camp Verde, Anasazi Animal Clinic until 2006. Upon selling that practice they established EIEIO Professional Services, a mobile predominantly large animal practice. In addition to his private practice, Dr. McDonald has been active in both state and national veterinary organizations serving on the board of directors and executive board of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association including serving as President of that organization in 2002-2003. He was the Alternate Delegate /Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association from 2009 to 2016. In 2016, he was honored to be inducted into the Arizona Veterinary Medical Hall of Fame for his service to the profession. Jim and Jana have three grown daughters who are fourth generation Arizonans and successful professionals in their own careers. He has been taking care of Chemakoh since his rescue, and now takes care of all the Selah Carefarm animals.