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Our Staff

Christine Smith, Co-Founder and Board President

Christine J. Smith earned her Master’s Degree from Chestnut Hill College in Counseling Psychology and Human Services, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University and Gwynedd – Mercy College. She has received an advanced certification- Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling  .  Previously she had received her Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement.  She has a certificate as a  Bereavement Facilitator and an Advanced Bereavement Facilitation certificate from the American Academy of Bereavement.

Presently, Christine’s role at the Center is to work closely with the Center’s fundraising and development committees.  In order to maintain the highest quality of programs and services, Christine and Shirley, the founding directors, continue to collaborate regularly in order to maintain the highest quality of programs and services to fulfill our mission and vision at the Center.

Previously, Christine worked in community mental health, hospital settings and public high schools providing individual and group support with an emphasis on crisis intervention.  She also provided family education trainings to families at risk and conducted community grief and bereavement programs.

Christine is a member of the Montgomery County Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Bereavement, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  She regularly receives education and training in the field of death and dying.

Christine invites you to contact her by email at

If you are seeking counseling or group support please do not send an email to Christine – she does not provide counseling or support services nor does she schedule appointments. Instead, please contact Emily Vincent at or Shirley Elrod at for information on these services.