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
Jodie Sneller is our new Executive Director! Jodie first came to WinterSpring through her own experience of loss. She joined the Board of Directors, serving for two years, and also co-facilitated grief support groups as a volunteer. As the Board and staff got to know Jodie, it became clear that she would be an excellent choice to succeed Julie Lockhart, who served from 2011 to 2017. Jodie has a clear passion for the mission, excellent leadership skills, and a clear vision for how the organization can grow stronger in our community. The Board of Directors voted unanimously for her to be our next ED. Prior to Jodie’s association with WinterSpring, she was a practicing family law attorney in Portland, Oregon for eight years. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Oregon and Washington and became a named partner and shareholder in her firm in year three of her practice. Jodie will be a wonderful new leader for WinterSpring, with a diverse set of skills to continue to build the organization’s support for the bereaved in our community.
Chi Young Kim, WinterSpring’s Adult Program Manager, started working with us in September 2015, starting in youth programs. 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 Manager, 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. On October 14, 2017, Steve will celebrate four years with WinterSpring!
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 (Vice President) 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. Before retiring, she worked as the Office Manager at Douglas Snider, Architect. Jan is also active in the community, currently serving on the board of the Gordon Elwood Foundation.
Angel DeShane 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.
Carolyn Shaffer (Secretary) 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!
Cindy Parks has a Masters in Nursing and undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Biology. She works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Ashland Family Practice. She worked at Ashland Community Hospital for almost 20 years as an ER nurse then as Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit. Cindy brings us her medical and management experience and a belief in the value of Winterspring. Her personal connection with Winterspring began with the loss of her husband in 2001. She participated in a Winterspring grief support and her two young girls went to the children’s program. Now that her girls have grown into adults she is now excited to give back to the organization.
Janine Twining moved with her family to the Rogue Valley from Portland in 2015, and they happily now call Ashland home. She currently works as an Audio Describer for blind and visually impaired patrons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Janine sees her involvement with WinterSpring as a perfect way to honor the memory of her son Oliver who died in 2003, by supporting WinterSpring’s important work in the community, and utilizing her skills as former development and fundraising professional. Janine enjoys time with her family, travel, theatre, and all things Japanese. She also recently unearthed a passion for being a maker of things and enjoys creating in her home studio.