Program Manager: Peggy Nielsen, MA, LPC
Peggy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with Ele’s Place in Lansing, MI and was Executive Director at Erin’s House in Ft. Wayne, IN. Peggy started SandCastles in 1997 and has built it up to the 8 sites we currently have today. Peggy was instrumental in creating the Healing Hearts Camp and then merging with The Moyer Foundation in 2009 to become Camp Erin Detroit. Peggy is honored to be working in and furthering the field of children’s grief support and to have had the opportunity to build and grow these programs.
Program Supervisor: Michele S. Kreft, MSW, LMSW-CM
Michele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with her certificate in School Social Work. She is a certified Trauma and Loss Consultant and School Specialist. She has worked at the Children’s Home of Detroit and Catholic Social Services. Michele started as a volunteer before being hired as staff in 1998. She worked as a Clinical Coordinator for five years before being promoted into the Program Supervisor role in 2003. Michele’s artistic background has uniquely influenced her work in healing families in their grief.
Kelly Beesley, MSW
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has a variety of professional experience in healthcare, subacute rehabilitation, hospital, and emergency room social work. In 2014, after six years volunteering as program facilitator in Livonia and at Camp Erin, she was grateful for the opportunity to join the SandCastles team. Kelly is honored to be present for children and families during this time in their life and inspired by their ability to support each other, and find hope and healing.
Kailey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theatre and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Social Work. She has worked numerous positions as a volunteer and a staff member at children’s summer camps, The Arc Shiawassee, and the Foster Closet of Michigan–all of which have helped to fulfill her passion for working with children in different ways. Prior to being hired, Kailey was one of the interns at SandCastles. She feels blessed to be able to continue working with the SandCastles families, and looks forward to watching the program and the families grow!
Krista Kirkpatrick, MA, LPC, NCC
Krista earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Oakland University, specialized in Child/Adolescent Counseling. She is nationally board certified and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. She has previously worked in cancer support services, runaway youth and family intervention, childcare services, and cognitive science research on children’s speech development. Krista was ecstatic to join the SandCastles team in 2016 after serving as a Rochester, St. Clair Shores, and Camp Erin volunteer since 2014. She feels privileged to be present with families in their grief and to witness their resiliency, determination, and hope.
Linda Van de Vyver
Linda joined SandCastles in 2003 as a Program Coordinator. Previously, Linda worked in banking as an International Banker Specialist. Linda’s love of working with children/teens came from her many years as a Youth Minister with her husband. Linda pursued further education in the field of Hospice. She is a graduate of Madonna University with a Master’s degree in Hospice and Palliative Studies. Linda enjoys working with the families to find hope and healing through this difficult time in their lives.
Jennifer Buell Haskamp, LMSW-CM
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Family and Children’s Services. She has worked with Henry Ford Health System since 1998, joining the SandCastles team in 1999 where she has served in many roles over the years. Additionally, she has experience working in an inpatient adult, dual diagnosis, psychiatric hospital setting. Jennifer is also a part-time faculty member in the Sociology Department at Schoolcraft College. Jennifer has a great passion for her work here at SandCastles and feels truly honored to walk this incredible grief journey alongside our families.
Lizanne Chisholm, MA, LPC, NCC
Lizanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in mental health. She is nationally board certified and also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. Lizanne has been with SandCastles since its inception in 1997, starting as a volunteer and then hiring in as staff in 1999. Additionally, she has a private practice in Lake Orion, MI where she works individually with clients of all ages related to trauma, grief, and other loss issues. Lizanne appreciates being a beacon of hope while helping to create a healing place for families with so many caring hearts at SandCastles.
Jaclyn DeSmet, LLMSW
Jaclyn holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, with a minor in Psychology. After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University, she worked with runaway youth as an Intervention Specialist at Family Youth Interventions. Prior to being hired in 2015, Jaclyn was a Wayne State University intern at our St. Clair Shores and Rochester sites. She is passionate in her work and feels blessed to work with children and families throughout their healing process at SandCastles.
Judy Hildre, LMSW
Judy has been with SandCastles since 2005. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. During her undergraduate program, Judy was an intern for SandCastles where she excelled and became a staff member after finishing her graduate program. Judy has previous experience working in private practice with individuals and families experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, and other mental health related issues. Judy enjoys being a part of the SandCastles team and working with the families on their grief journey.
Timothy Holmer, LMSW
Tim has been with SandCastles since its inception, starting initially as a volunteer and then as a Clinical Coordinator in 1997. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Wayne State University and a certificate in End-of-Life Care from Smith College. Tim has worked as a hospice social worker, volunteers his time, and is an artist.
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