Every morning children, teens and adults wake up in the Rogue Valley with an ache inside because a loved one has died. Sometimes people run from that ache. Sometimes they meet it heart first. People overwhelmed by loss often don’t believe healing is possible. But they don’t have to wait until the pain gets unbearable to call WinterSpring. When they call, they discover people who will be allies in facing their loss for as long as it takes to embrace life again.
WinterSpring is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We help children, teens and adults, who are experiencing the pain of loss, to embrace life again.
We offer compassionate phone support, assessment, group grief support, individual peer support, resources, referrals, and education. It’s through stories, connection to other grievers, and tools for healthy grieving that we can all find healing for our losses. Call our program staff for support today! 541-552-0620
Julie Lockhart is our Executive Director. Because of Julie’s own story of loss, she is passionate about our mission and committed to revitalizing WinterSpring in ways that best serve the Rogue Valley and beyond. Julie has significant leadership background for managing the operational, financial and outreach aspects of the organization. Her previous experience in higher education has gifted her with the love of educating people about grief. Before moving to the Rogue Valley in 2008, she was the Chair of the Department of Accounting at Western Washington University (2002 – 2008) in Bellingham, where she spearheaded a successful donor relations and fundraising initiative and implemented a new graduate program. She has two accounting degrees from the University of Illinois.
Anya Neher is WinterSpring’s Program Manager for Adult Grief Support. She coordinates bereavement support groups offered to adults in the Rogue Valley and answers the client line, conducting intakes and assessments and connecting clients with resources. She oversees WinterSpring volunteers and helps plan and present bereavement skills trainings and educational outreach events. Anya is truly gifted in working with grieving clients. She has over five years of experience as a Hospice volunteer in California, along with two years as a volunteer with the Threshold Choir in Southern Oregon, which sings at the bedside of people who are dying. Before coming to WinterSpring in March of 2011, Anya was a career counselor and adjunct faculty at Southern Oregon University and a career development specialist with the Santa Cruz City School District. She earned her B.A. degree from Macalester College in Minnesota.
Chi Young Kim, WinterSpring’s Youth Program Manager, started working with us in September 2015. Chi (pronounced like the letter “G”) came to us as a volunteer in 2014 and quickly impressed us with her gift for working with grieving people. She has her bachelors degree in psychology and sociology, as well as additional training in psychotherapy. Her past experience includes public relations management for New York fashion companies, which clearly shows in her elegant style.
Amanda Constable, WinterSpring’s Youth Coordinator, first came to us in September 2015 as an intern from SOU’s BS in Psychology program. Prior to going back to school, Amanda owned Traditions Elder Care where she managed a challenging residential care business, cared for adults during the end stages of their lives, and helped families with grief. Amanda brings all of this great companioning experience to our work with children, teens and families. After seeing how great she is at facilitation, we couldn’t very well send her off to find a different job, and got some funding to help hire her!
Steve Del Valle is our Office Manager. He received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from USC in 2003. He brings an attention to detail as well as an ability to trouble-shoot and create new ways of doing things. He’s got a delightful balance of heart for our mission and “geek” for the work of keeping us on track! He makes the functioning of the office smooth and efficient.
We have amazing volunteers at WinterSpring, who give over 3,000 hours of their time every year. It would take pages and pages of our website to introduce them all. Click to find out more about volunteering!
Judy Hilyard (President) practiced critical care nursing for over 40 years. She started her career at the bedside of critically ill patients, moved into administrative and educational positions in that same specialty, and then finished her career back at the bedside. During that time, she earned two Masters degrees – one in Nursing and one in Administration. She also practices Anam Cara care, which helps people in the dying process with emotional and spiritual support. Since June, 2014, Judy has jumped into the role of board president with two feet, and also volunteers as a group facilitator and with one-on-one support.
Jim Titus (Treasurer) will tell you that WinterSpring saved his life after the death of his wife from cancer. He believes that: “Living with loss is the best fuel for awakening to our true humanity.” Jim will talk about grief and the depth of his learning with anyone who asks. He is a former professor and now that he’s retired spends his time golfing, traveling, hiking and being a grandpa. He also facilitates groups.
Jan Murphy has been with WinterSpring since its inception. She knows the history and she knows the people in this valley, which is such a gift to the organization. She works as the Office Manager at Douglas Snider, Architect.
Angel DeShane (Secretary) loves WinterSpring and has served many roles over the years, including Office Manager, Bookkeeper, and now Board member and Children’s Program Lead Facilitator. If we need food for an event, Angel is our gal – her culinary skills and creativity have made our events truly special. Angel currently works as a bookkeeper and computer tutor. You might also find her at Fred Meyer serving customers with the greatest care she can offer!
Adam Marx, our Vice President doesn’t always dress like a superhero for WinterSpring board meetings, but he trains people to bring out their inner superhero. His professional experience is wide-ranging, from small software start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, and entrepreneurial ventures. He currently works for Plexis in Ashland. He is a coach and NLP practitioner, and brings vision and enthusiasm to his work on the board.
Carolyn Shaffer has worked as a hypnotherapist, Passion Test facilitator and community-builder. She guides clients to the answers and strengths they already have and may not be noticing in their current challenge. A published author, she is also writing a book about her husband’s dying experience. Carolyn loves to bring people together toward a common goal, which is a great skill for a board member!
Jodie Sneller came to WinterSpring in 2015, two years after the death of her husband. She is the proud mom to two young boys. She moved to Medford from Portland, where she had been attending the Dougy Center/The National Center for Grieving Children and Families. She has a deep appreciation of the vital role that family-centered grief support has played in helping her family understand, survive, and eventually thrive after such profound loss. Grief support not only eases pain, it saves lives. A family law attorney, Jodie does her best to support the mission of WinterSpring in any way she can.
Lucinda Macrory Weatherby is an author, counselor, and former Program Coordinator at WinterSpring. She has written a book about her grief experience with the death of her infant son, called Five Hours. She and her husband Mark bring a wealth of experience and enthusiam to our board.
Mark Moeglein is an engineer and inventor for Qualcomm and has a knack for financials. He brings an entrepreneurial and strategic perspective to the leadership of WinterSpring.