Board of Advisors
Greg was Eric’s stepfather. A mechanical engineer by training, Greg left the Aerospace world over 20 years ago to pursue a career in Business Process Improvement, based on training and implementation of Lean Six Sigma methodologies across a wide variety of industries, world-wide.
In 18 years as Eric’s stepdad he had the joy of watching Eric grow into a sensitive, fun-loving, adventurous young man, full of promise and big dreams. He also felt the frustration of watching the corrosive effects of Eric’s opioid addiction through repeated cycles of recovery and relapse.
Since Eric’s death, Greg has worked to comprehend what happened and try to find a way to honor Eric by doing something positive with his grief. He still has more questions than answers. He wrestles frequently with the concerns and guilt over what he didn’t do that he could have and did do that he shouldn’t have and the limitations, real and self-imposed, of the step parent’s role.
Carole Whittaker earned a doctorate in Chemistry at UCLA. Since retiring fron careers in teaching and science education and in agricultural businesses, Carole has been engaged in support adult spiritual growth. She has taught classes, led retreats, offered individual spiritual direction and developed programs at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Christian spirituality, contemplative prayer, personal development and faith formation.
Carole is certified through the Enneagram Professional Training Program with Helen Palmer and Davie Daniels as a teacher for the Enneagram of Personality Types. In addition to using the Enneagram as a teaching tool for exploring and enhancing personal development, Carole has developed and coordinated the presentation of an extensive curriculum of Enneagram programs for helping students understand and move beyond their personality type. For more information on Enneagram, click here The Enneagram Institute.
Jill is a licensed professional counselor who has focused on working with Survivors of Suicide since 2003. She was first introduced to those bereaved by suicide while working for The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, D.C. Jill says that she knew almost immediately that she wanted to focus her life’s work on helping Survivors. She appreciates the uniqueness and social stigma associated with this grief. Her goal is to provide a safe space for those struggling with this loss, and to help provide hope for those feeling confused, helpless and alone.
Jill provides local training on both suicide prevention, and Survivor of Suicide grief. She, and a co-speaker, have been invited to speak at the American Association of Suicidology national conference on several occasions, as well as the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention conference two years in a row. Most recently, she has presented as a speaker at the International Association for Suicide Prevention conference in both Norway and Estonia.
Dr Sandi Howlett is a Grief Specialist and has worked with Hansen Mortuaries for 13 years. Her interest in grief work began in childhood with a grandmother who lived across the street from a small town funeral home and regularly took her there as well as made home visits to bereaved families. She has both extensive experience and expertise in loss, grief and healing work. She has been the featured speaker at hospice retreats and celebrations, conducted grief workshops for hospice staff and volunteers, schools, corporations, and private groups as well as extensive 1:1 work.
Dr. Sandi holds a Doctorate of Education and Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech University. She has continued her studies in the areas of communication, facilitation, personal growth, grief & loss and spirituality. In 2012, she was awarded the Ray Lindy Award, a New Song Center for Grieving Children recognition for outstanding service as well as the Empty Shoes Award from Parents of Murdered Children. She is also an outstanding storyteller and finds that her stories remind her audiences of their stories – and that stories keep our loved ones close in spirit.
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Dr. Kathleen integrates her foundation as a Nurse Practitioner with numerous methods of healing such as Reiki, Meditation, Gong, Breathing Techniques training, Functional Nutrition, Visceral-neuro manipulation, Sat Nam Rasayan, Kundalini Yoga, Some of these modalities are discussed in group workshops and some are individual treatments. Kathy has a special interest in developing and supporting programs that help people heal from trauma and grief.
Dr. Denise Campagnolo received her Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School ( Rutgers). Afterwards, she completed a post-graduate fellowship and obtained her Masters Degree in Neuroscience . She practiced for 17 years in the neuroscience area. She is a recognized national thought leader in the field of Multiple Sclerosis, with a subspecialty Board Certification in Spinal Cord Medicine. She has co-edited a text book entitled Spinal Cord Medicine (Second Ed). Over the past 8 years Dr Campagnolo has worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry , where she has been involved in research and drug development for Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Campagnolo has taken a strong interest in EricsHouse with an emphasis on uncovering new approaches to finding cures for mental illness as a result of the loss of her son to suicide.