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Our Staff

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Stephanie Kohler

Stephanie became the director of Lory's Place in January 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.


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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.


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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.  


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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 advance care planning facilitator for Lakeland Health and also volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 


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Laur Schaberg

Laur became the development officer serving Lory’s Place and Caring Circle in April 2018. She leads fund development and helps coordinate special event outreach. Laur thrives on the joy of uniting a donor’s desire to make a difference with the needs of our programs and services. For 20 years she has committed her career to non-profit leadership and fund raising. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University.


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Chris Roland

Chris began her time at Lory’s Place as a volunteer facilitator when the facility doors opened in 2004. She facilitated peer support groups for little mates and their families while completing her bachelor’s degree in family studies in 2014. Prior to joining Lory’s Place as family services coordinator, Chris volunteered in schools and the community with suicide prevention and support, as well as conducting home visits to provide child development education and support. Chris leads the suicide loss (adult only) peer support groups as well as facilitates several school groups.


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Denise Thomas

Denise first began her journey at Lory’s Place as a participant in 2016. Her time continued with Lory’s Place when she was hired as a family service coordinator in August 2018. As family services coordinator she facilitates school peer support and community outreach groups. Denise is also an active member of and serves on the advisory board of the Strong Women of Faith Breast Cancer Support Group. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Moody Bible Institute and continued on to obtain her Master of Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.



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