Our Staff


Stephanie Kohler

Stephanie became the director of Lory's Place in January of 2018. Her own family’s experience as participants in 2004 led her to attend facilitator training and become an active volunteer. Discovering a new passion to support others in their grief journey, Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a communications concentration and a certificate in thanatology from the National Center for Death Education at Mt. Ida College. She joined the Lory’s Place staff in 2007 as a family services coordinator and later as a family services coordinator leader. In addition to overall program responsibility, she continues to administer several support groups, as well as lead community collaborations.


Mary Nell Rosenboom

Mary Nell’s beginning at Lory’s Place was as a student intern in 2012. Before that, she was an active volunteer with hospice for over three years. Mary Nell stepped into her role as a staff member and family services coordinator at Lory's Place in May of 2013. She is now leading the first mates (elementary) peer support group and various school outreach groups. She has a Master of Social Work from Andrews University.


Amanda Iliff

Amanda came to Lory’s Place as an intern from Andrews University in 2015.  Her awareness of the importance of grief healing originated with her background in animal care, where she often worked with families pre and post pet loss.  In 2016, after completing her internship and receiving her Master of Social Work, Amanda accepted the role of family services coordinator at Lory’s Place. As a FSC, she oversees the capadores (middle/high school) and suicide loss support (adult only) peer support groups.  In addition, her responsibilities include facilitating several school groups and community outreach.  


Trisha Pickett

Trisha joined Lory's Place in 2006. As a bereavement and donor support coordinator, she provides executive administrative support for various departments at Caring Circle and Lory's Place. She also works with the Lory's Place fundraising committees and volunteers were she facilitates and organizes events. Trisha has an associate degree in sales and marketing from Southwestern Michigan College.

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Angela Schlaack

Angela first visited Lory's Place as a participant. In 2016 she became a trained volunteer facilitator and later accepted the role of family services coordinator. She administrates the admirals (adult) peer support group as well as several school groups. She has an associate degree in art from Lake Michigan College and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in community and human services. She is a certified volunteer advanced care planning facilitator for Lakeland and also volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 


Jim Wilson

Prior to accepting the position of family services coordinator at Lory’s Place,  Jim was responsible for providing bereavement support through our Hospice at Home Buchanan office. He administrates the suicide loss support peer support group, as well as various school groups and community outreach opportunities. He has a Master of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has completed the death and grief studies certificate from the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

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Jody Bender

Jody Bender became the Development Officer serving Lory’s Place and Caring Circle in June 2016. She connects supporters to the joy of philanthropy by leading fund development and helping to coordinate special event outreach. A Midwesterner since 1990 and Michigander since 2015, Jody has more than 25 years of experience as both a nonprofit staff member and community volunteer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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