Our Team

The MISS Foundation leadership includes a small but highly dedicated group of volunteers, advisors and staff to continue the important mission and vision of the nonprofit founded in 1996 by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Our leadership includes a Board of Directors and an Executive Director, along with support from our advisory board, research committee, bereaved parents advisory board and our hard-working staff.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Founder / Chairman

Kelli Montgomery

Executive Director

COUNSELING SUPPORT

Please contact the MISS Foundation Office for more information. Our Compassionate Bereavement Care® Providers are located in cities throughout the world. They receive specialized training in traumatic grief and compassionate care.

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Executive Board of Directors includes skilled, compassionate leaders from all backgrounds, many of whom have lost children, as well as others who simply support what we do.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Founder / Chairman

KD Frueh

Board Member

Alane Breland

Board Member

Mary Berg Torrez

Board Member

Steve Larsen

Board Member

David Decker

Board Member

ADVISORY BOARD

Our Advisory Board includes individuals with expertise in certain key areas related to policy, advocacy, research, and philosophy that relates to our mission.

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Member infinitas Ad perpetuam memoriam”

Dr. John DeFrain

Advisory Board

Dr. Trish Wonch Hill

Policy Analyst

Richard May

Advisory Board

Dorcas Guest-Nelson

Advisory Board

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Research Committee plays an integral part in studying the effects and outcomes of traumatic grief in an effort to identify treatment options that best serve bereaved individuals.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Founder / Chairman

Dr. Trish Wonch Hill

Policy Analyst

Dr. Rich Gorman

Researcher

Dr. Jen Huberty

Researcher

Kara Thieleman

Researcher

BEREAVED PARENTS ADVISORY BOARD

The Bereaved Parents Advisory Board is a group of amazing volunteer parents who have had a child (or children) die. They provide significant insight into developing our programs and services that only someone who has experienced this level of traumatic grief can truly understand.

Dr. Trish Wonch Hill

Policy Analyst

Sari Edber

Los Angeles Chapter Leader, Parental Advisory Board Member

Laurie-Beth Brennan

Medical Liaison

Karla Helbert, MS

Richmond VA Group Facilitator, Retreat and CBC-Y Leader, Advisory Board

STAFF

Our wonderful staff is small but mighty. With limited resources, our staff works around the clock to provide the best services possible to so many individuals needing support.

Dr. Cheryl Pence

Clinical Director

Genmitsu Kahn

Family Services Coordinator

Melissa Kaminskas

Counselor