MEET THE TEAM
JENNIFER WILES, M.A., LMHC, BC-DMT
Director of the HEARTplay Program and Camp Erin Boston
at Good Shepherd Community Care
Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Jennifer has served as the director of the HEARTplay program and Camp Erin Boston since 2012. Under Jennifer's direction, these programs have expanded significantly; allowing her award winning programs to serve more grieving children. She is on the adjunct faculty of Lesley University's Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, and an approved site supervisor for their Field Training Program. Jennifer is on the Board of Director for the National Alliance for Children's Grief where she also chairs the Education Committee.
HEARTplay Services Coordinator
Katie serves as the HEARTplay Services Coordinator at Good Shepherd Community Care and as Assistant Director of Camp Erin Boston. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and 200-certified yoga instructor. Katie's experience includes palliative care, end of life, and bereavement work with children and families, work with adults living with challenges including memory loss, homelessness, and acquired/traumatic brain injury as well as teaching dance and yoga to children and adults. In addition to dance and yoga, Katie enjoys reading, baking, and spending time outside!
AUDREY LaVALLEE, LMHC, BC-DMT
HEARTplay Services Counselor
Audrey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Her experience includes work with elders and adults living with a wide range of challenges. She has enjoyed teaching and training therapists as adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Endicott College. She is passionate about dance and performs locally when she can spare time from her two young boys! She is continually fascinated and inspired by the capacity for movement to connect us to ourselves and to each other.
Jon has been a Professor at Berklee College for thirty-seven years. He was a certified Hospice volunteer for Aseracare Hospice. He has volunteered with various humanitarian organizations. Jon was a Pastoral Associate at First Parish Unitarian Universalist church in Brookline, Massachusetts, taught in the R. E. program, and is artistic coordinator for Peace by Piece, a community trauma outreach program in South Boston. He has run over forty-five marathons and one ultra. We are fortunate to have Jon bring his incredible experience as a musician and mentor to our HEARTplay groups.
KEN BARRINGER, M.A., LMHC
HEARTplay Parent/Caregiver Support
Ken is the director of H.E.A.L.I.N.G. (Helping Everyone Accept Loss Instead of Neglecting Grief) a program that works with death and nondeath losses. H.E.A.L.I.N.G. helps individuals, families, groups, schools, agencies and businesses to validate, normalize and educate their process through grief. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University Division of Counseling and Psychology and directs the Academy of Physical and Social Development.
ALEJANDRA SALAZAR, LMHC, R-DMT
Corazón a Corazón Group Leader
Alejandra is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Dance Movement Therapist. In addition to her work with HEARTplay she is also a Supervisor for South Bay Community services as well as an outpatient therapist. Her experience includes work with child bereavement and children and youth with various mental health diagnosis such as ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, and Depression. Alejandra enjoys dancing and spending time with her dogs.
Corazón a Corazón Group Leader
Sabrina has an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University. She is currently working towards her LMHC and BC-DMT. She has experience working in adult psychiatric inpatient, grief counseling, and outpatient therapy. She currently works as an outpatient therapist with children, teens, and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses. Her passion is working with children and teens through trauma-informed care that incorporates the expressive arts into the therapeutic space.
DARRELL V. HYCHE II
Darrell is currently in his final year at Lesley University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy. He joins us from St. Louis, MO where he danced professionally for 10 years. He has previously interned for the Boston Public School District, providing counseling and in-class interventions for the general education and intellectual/physical impairment strains. When he isn't dancing, Darrell enjoys cooking. He is excited to join the HEARTplay and Good Shepherd Community Care family!