We are honored to have the following professionals serve on our training team as Life Loss Educators:
The director of The Stephan Center is Victoria Stephan. Ms. Stephan holds an MA in Counseling and brings 35 years of experience in the field of children’s and social services to the agency. She has been instrumental in defining the agency’s infrastructure, developing the training components, assisting the Board in appropriate decisions and direction, and in coordinating trainer interaction. Ms. Stephan represents The Stephan Center at community collaborations.
Joyce Forest holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an abundance of experience teaching adults, focusing on adult learning styles and interest. She has also served as a college professor at the local Community Colleges and University. Additional experience includes soft skills trainings to after school staff and professionals in the foster care system.
Magdaline Harris holds a Master Degrees in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). She has experience counseling children, adults, couples and families, with extensive knowledge of the foster youth population. Ms. Harris has also trained individuals on topics related to building trust and rapport with children in foster care, and has led workshops and support groups related to grief and loss.
Deborah Jones is an ordained minister and holds the degrees of Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Sociology and Business Administration, Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Clinical Ministry. Deborah has extensive experience working with hurting women, youth, corporate and hospital chaplaincy, grief recovery and aftercare, and crisis intervention
Deylyne McCampbell is an ordained Minister and holds the degrees of Master in Counseling, Doctorate of Philosophy, and Doctorate of Christian Counseling. Pastor McCampbell has extensive experience in the areas of individual, family, and marriage counseling. He has worked with the homeless, in the foster care system, and with professionals in the field of social work. Pastor McCampbell is well versed in the area of bereavement, and in supporting families in crisis.
Eufemia Reyes has specialized training in Grief and Loss processing and family counseling. She is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) with extensive experience and knowledge with the Latino communities and cultures. Ms Reyes offers programs in Spanish and provides translation expertise for all program materials.
Jesse Victoriano: Pastor Victoriano holds a degree in theology and has worked with youth, immigrants and those in need. He brings special skills in understanding the loss adults and children experience in a variety of life experiences. Pastor Victoriano provides educational programs and service in Spanish.
Our trainers are direct, to the point, and easy to understand. They share the information that helps anyone dealing with life losses, or working with others who are going through transition. The feedback from our previous training sessions gives us the confidence to move forward with this important program, with the goal of making the knowledge and techniques available to anyone active in the fields of bereavement ministry, social work, counseling, and education.
Response to our trainings:
“Good active learning techniques – Gained great understanding of grief and loss.”
“Excellent handouts – Great learning tools – Best training I have attended!”
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”