Julie Lockhart and the WinterSpring Board are excited to announce our new Executive Director, Jodie Sneller.
Medford, OR—WinterSpring announces the upcoming retirement of Julie Lockhart, who has been Executive Director since 2011, and has helped lead the organization through significant growth and increased stability. We are pleased to announce that Jodie Sneller will be replacing her as Executive Director on October 2, 2017.
Jodie Sneller 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, Julie, and her staff got to know Jodie, it became clear that she would be an excellent choice to succeed Julie. 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 succeed Julie. 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.
WinterSpring, a local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, helps children, teens and adults, who have experienced the pain of loss, to embrace life again. Since 1989, WinterSpring has supported grieving people though a peer-to-peer companioning model. Children’s Program supports grieving kids, ages 6-12, and their families. WinterSpring supports teens with groups in the local schools, and offers Camp WinterSpring in the summer. Adult programs are offered depending on the type of loss. In addition, WinterSpring educates school staff and other organizations affected by deep loss. The Bereavement Skills Training is offered twice per year, with the next one on September 23.