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MEET THE TEAM

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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.
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KATIE McGRAIL, 
LMHC, BC-DMT

HEARTplay Services Coordinator
Katie is the HEARTplay Services Coordinator at Good Shepherd Community Care and 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 working with children and families including those with complex medical challenges and living with a variety of disabilities in pediatric palliative care, at end of life, and in bereavement. She also has experience teaching dance and yoga to children and adults and collaborating/performing with local choreographers and dance companies in the Boston area. Katie also enjoys reading, baking, and spending time outside!
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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.
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JON HAZILLA

HEARTplay Percussionist
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.
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KEN BARRINGER, M.A., LMHC

HEARTplay Parent/Caregiver Support
Group Leader
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. 
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ALEJANDRA SALAZAR, LMHC, R-DMT

Corazón a Corazón Group Leader
Alejandra is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist.  In addition to her work with HEARTplay she is also a school counselor. 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.
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DARRELL V. HYCHE II

HEARTplay Intern

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!

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SELINA NIEVES

HEARTplay Intern
Selina is in her final year at Lesley University pursuing Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance Movement Therapy. She is a Boston transplant, originally from Connecticut. Selina has a background in ballroom dance and is a ballroom dance instructor. She also served as a City Year Americorps member, mentoring 6th graders in a Chicago school. Selina joins HEARTplay after interning with Michael Winward's Steps in Time program where she sparked joy by partner dancing with the elderly in various settings. In her free time, Selina enjoys karaoke and latin dancing. She is elated to join the HEARTplay family and Good Shepard Community Care!
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