Meet the Team


Stephanie Kohler-Pagan

Stephanie became the director of Lory's Place in January 2018. Her own family’s experience as participants in 2004 led her to attend facilitator training and become an active volunteer. Discovering a new passion to support others in their grief journey, Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a communications concentration and a certificate in thanatology from the National Center for Death Education at Mt. Ida College. She joined the Lory’s Place staff in 2007 as a family services coordinator and later as a family services coordinator leader. In addition to overall program responsibility, she continues to administer several support groups, as well as lead community collaborations.

Lory's Place team member Jenine Lewis

Jenine Lewis

Jenine worked in the emergency room and as an EMT before joining the Lory's Place team. In her time in those positions she witnessed many families begin their grief process. Jenine began her journey at Lory’s Place as a facilitator and has also experienced significant deaths in her life. She has always wanted to be that person she needed or wished she had in her life during those tough times.

Jenine is now pursuing her passion for social work. She is currently studying at Southwestern Michigan College, set for graduation next summer. After graduation she plans to attend Western Michigan University to obtain her bachelor’s degree with a masters in social work being her final goal. Jenine additionally volunteers with the Victim Services Unit with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.


Trisha Pickett

Trisha joined Lory's Place in 2006. As a bereavement and donor support coordinator, she provides executive administrative support for various departments at Caring Circle and Lory's Place. She also works with the Lory's Place fundraising committees and volunteers where she facilitates and organizes events. Trisha has an associate degree in sales and marketing from Southwestern Michigan College.

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Angela Schlaack

Angela first visited Lory's Place as a participant. In 2016 she became a trained volunteer facilitator and later accepted the role of family services coordinator. She splits her time between Lory's Place and Caring Circle as a Bereavement Coordinator. She has an associate degree in art from Lake Michigan College and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in community and human services. She is a certified volunteer advance care planning facilitator for Lakeland Health and also volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Photograph of Denise Thomas

Denise Thomas

Denise first began her journey at Lory’s Place as a participant in 2016. Her time continued with Lory’s Place when she was hired as a family service coordinator in August 2018. As a family services coordinator she facilitates the adult and various school and community outreach groups. Denise is also an active member of and serves on the advisory board of the Strong Women of Faith Breast Cancer Support Group. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Moody Bible Institute and continued on to obtain her Master of Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.

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