About Good Grief

Good Grief builds resilience in children, strengthens families, and empowers communities to grow from loss and adversity.
“Without Good Grief, I’d probably be lost and so would my family.” Clara, 16-years-old

WHO WE ARE

Good Grief started in 2004 with a group of concerned volunteers who believed grieving children lacked advocates. In those early days, we began by educating teachers and community groups. In 2007, Good Grief started providing direct programming to children and their families. The need and response was tremendous, requiring Good Grief to grow our programs each year. In 2012, Good Grief responded to the emerging need of families traveling long distances to Morristown by bringing Good Grief programs to Princeton. In 2017, we launched our first satellite location for urban youth through our In Community program in Jersey City, which expanded to include Newark programs in 2019. In 2017 we also launched Routes to Resilience,  a social-emotional learning program that is based on over 15 years of education and programs. In 2020, Routes to Resilience became part of a larger offering, Good Grief Schools, which consists of four programs developed specifically to create a healthy and supportive environment for students, educators, and parents. While we are best known for the thousands of lives we have impacted through our direct programming, our comprehensive education and advocacy efforts throughout New Jersey and across the nation have acquired notoriety and prestigious partnerships, including Sheryl Sandberg’s Optionb.org, KIPP NJ, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters Essex, Union, and Hudson county, Arizona State University, Duke University, Scholastic, National Funeral Directors Association, Outward Bound Adventures, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and more.


Take a Tour

Members of the community can get an introduction to our mission, programs, and facilities by attending one of our impactful open houses. If you are considering finding a way to get involved with Good Grief, whether as a volunteer, donor, or advocate in the community a tour of our center is the best way to find out more, ask questions, meet staff, and become a part of our community. Open houses are approximately 75 minutes long and offer a quick, but thorough introduction to all things Good Grief!

To sign up, visit our calendar!

Individual and group tours can also be arranged by contacting info@good-grief.org or 908-522-1999.

 NOTE: This tour is not for interested peer support program participants. Please contact one of our Family Coordinators to learn more about enrolling in our programs.


Staff

Theresa Shubeck is the CEO of Good Grief. She possesses a comprehensive background in all aspects of non-profit management including strategy development and execution, philanthropic campaigns, and staff and volunteer leadership training. Her entire career has been mission-focused, advancing the vision and priorities of organizations that serve others. Theresa has worked closely with a diverse group of social service, education, healthcare, faith-based and arts organizations in diverse communities around the country. Following the death of a family member, Theresa participated in personal bereavement counseling, subsequently trained as a bereavement group facilitator, and was a volunteer hospice presenter. As an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, Theresa majored in English and Psychology, with a focus in early child development. She received a Master of Letters from Drew University, is a frequent presenter at conferences of non-profit professionals, and has published articles on volunteer and donor engagement and stewardship. Theresa received the Professional Fundraiser of the Year Award from AFP-NJ in 2008 and is a dedicated volunteer and board member in her own community.

Theresa A. Shubeck, M. Litt
CEO
Email: theresa@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999 x8011

As the Director of Development, Joanna works with the team to move Good Grief’s mission forward by connecting with our community and raising funds through a variety of different avenues. Joanna’s non-profit career has been centered around mental health where she believes passionately about building resiliency through growing programming for children navigating adversity. Joanna is excited to be a part of such a dedicated team working to change the lives of so many children experiencing grief.

Joanna Green
Director of Development
Email: joanna@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999 x8010

Evelynn is responsible for Good Grief's education programs in the external community. Through education and advocacy, Good Grief is working to transform the environments that grieving children inhabit on a daily basis like schools, community and faith organizations, other nonprofits, and more. Good Grief uses workshops, curriculum, and coaching to increase community awareness and competency in providing support to grieving children and their families.

Evelynn grew up in New Jersey and she is a third generation Rutgers graduate where she studied Anthropology. She received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University. Prior to arriving at Good Grief, Evelynn worked in the creation, training, and implementation of Social Emotional Learning, Mentorship, and Comprehensive Sexual Education programming in schools throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond. When not at work, Evelynn can be found spending time with her partner and their daughter or working on her parenting podcast.

Evelynn Moon
Director of Education
Email: evelynn@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999 x8013

Jesse is responsible for Good Grief's education programs in the external community. Through education and advocacy, Good Grief is working to transform the environments that grieving children inhabit on a daily basis like schools, community and faith organizations, other nonprofits, and more. Good Grief uses workshops, curriculum, and coaching to increase community awareness and competency in providing support to grieving children and their families. Jesse grew up in Washington state and made his way out to New Jersey for graduate school, earning a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. While at PTS, Jesse focused his studies on ethics, spirituality, and counseling. Jesse joined Good Grief after completing a graduate internship, working first as a Program Director before taking on this educational role. Jesse's favorite thing about Good Grief is the incredible community of families, volunteers, and staff who inspire him with their stories and desire to wrestle with life's big questions.

Jesse W. Bassett, M.Div
Head of Curriculum & Training
Email: jesse@good-grief.org

Ariana has a B.A in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services from Montclair State University. Ariana is a Certified Child Life Specialist and comes to Good Grief with experience in the hospital setting and mental health setting. Ariana was a previous facilitator at Good Grief and holds a safe space as she welcomes all new families to Good Grief.

Ariana Locascio
Family Services Manager, Morristown
Email: ariana@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999 x8012

Susan started her journey with Good Grief as a volunteer facilitator and is now the Program Manager in the Princeton Family Support Center of Good Grief. After many years as an English teacher and high school guidance counselor, Sue uses her experience in education and counseling to help the wonderful families who come to Good Grief for support and the generous volunteers who give their time and compassion. She is grateful to be a part of this wonderful, magical place.

Susan Laird
Program Manager, Princeton
Email: susan@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999 x8008

Camara Epps
School Partnerships Manager
Email: camara@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999

Jeremy Schiff
Development Manager
Email: jeremy@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999

 

Kim Burrows
Program Manager, Morristown
Email: kim@good-grief.org
Phone: 908.522.1999

Lynne DeLade
Photography and Graphics Consultant

 

Special Thanks to our 200+ Nights of Support Volunteer Facilitators

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the strategic brainpower of our mission. These exceptional leaders not only have extraordinary resumes and life experience, but they also have unwavering passion for and commitment to this mission. This hardworking team of leaders moves Good Grief forward each and every day.

2022 Board of Directors

Mark Durham – Chair, Managing Partner, Strawn Arnold & Associates

Guy Langford – Vice-Chair, Partner, M&A Transaction Services, Deloitte

Andrew Dinnhaupt – Treasurer, Portfolio Manager/Research Analyst Global Financial Services, Franklin Mutual Advisers, LLC

Dr. Jody Stowe, Secretary

Danielle Blank Adest, CFO, Planned Parenthood

Joseph Catanzaro, Head of Ads Optimization, Walmart

Conor Dolan, Commercial Real Estate Advisor, CBRE

Jean Frydman, Esq., Corporate Compliance Director, Aquestive Therapeutics

Bill Hector, President, William Hector & Associates

Christopher Karambelas, ToneyKorf Partners, LLC

David Kushner, Author and Journalist

John McDermott, JD, Group Managing Director, Senior Strategic Regulatory Advisor at UBS

Robert Meirowitz, MD, President of Princeton Gastroenterology Associates

Ryan Pirchio, President, Terabyte Consulting

Nicole Shellenberger, Regional Account Manager, Biomatrix Specialty Pharmacy

Alain Van Loo,  Founder, Assetive

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Where You Can Find Us

Morristown, NJ

Princeton, NJ

Where You Can Find Us

Morristown, NJ

Princeton, NJ