Our Training Team

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.

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

Marilyn Gallagher

holds a BA in Education and a MA in Special Education. She has over 35 years experience teaching children with special needs specializing in the early teens years. Ms Gallagher is the mother of twelve children. She brings a wealth of professional and practical personal experience to programs offered especially in relation to life transitions, learning and parenting.

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.

Paulina Rael Jaramillo

has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, San Bernardino and is registered with the Board of Behavioral Science as an LPC intern. She has taught parenting and child development classes and worked with families and youth in various capacities including crisis intervention and maintenance.

Her hands-on experience has given her insight into the importance of healing from loss in-order-to move forward. Two of her books, A Time to Heal: Grief Recovery Guide and Workbook and Life Interrupted, address the complicated issues involved in the process of healing due to loss. She organizes and facilitates workshops throughout Southern California based on her books.

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.

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!”