About Us

Stephy's Place is a 501(c) 3 non- profit organization. 

Some years ago, I met a woman named Stephy Hardman Kaminoff. Stephy had been recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Even with this tragic loss confronting her, knowing that she would eventually lose her life, not to mention the thought of leaving her three precious children behind, she had a resolve that was amazing. She made me believe that she might be the “one” to beat this disease.

After meeting Stephy, I was moved by the devastating loss that she knew her passing would create. Several years prior I had lost my husband to the horrific events of September 11th and my loss seemed to pale in comparison to what Stephy was experiencing. Stephy’s grief was unimaginable. I reflected on how lucky I was to have had the support of our “New Life Support Group” and how we had a place to go. The upper room at Holy Cross became “Our Place" where we would meet Tuesday mornings at 9:30. This was a place where we felt safe. I was determined that someday, with the help of my friends from our New Life Support Group, we would provide a place for people who are grieving. People who are suffering from loss, any loss. They too, would have a Place.

On April 2, 2014 Stephy passed on, leaving her three children in the care of her wonderful sisters.

In the Spring of 2015, I brought Stephy’s story to our New Life Support Group, where I expressed my desire to open a place for all who suffer the loss of a loved one, and I wanted their help. There was no hesitation. We would start this endeavor. Stephy’s Place: A New Life Support Center for Grief and Loss officially opened September 1, 2015. At Stephy's Place, we offer Support Groups and mindful meditation free of charge.

Stephy's Place is a Non for Profit, 501(c)3 organization.  Please consider us in your charitable giving.

Sheila Martello


Facilitators /

Kathy Cesario
Elaine Chevalier
Ken Feldman
Denise Gebrian
Kristine Gunningham
Eileen Hoey
Kevin Keelen
Denise Kelleher
Maggie Lubke
Sheila Martello
Patty Milano
Nancy Niedemeyer
Cindy Panek
Megan Pelino
Marilyn Pozutto
Ann Preston
Mary Reidy
Christine Reynolds
Wendy Sefcik
Judy Schurgin
Trish Straine 
Jeanette Sheffer

Office Caregivers

Liz McNally
Trish Brennan
Lola Shaud
Pat Murphy
Lissette Lynch
Tara Butler
Tony Iannacone
Jen Ninger
Kathleen Agresto
Mary Magee

Wellness Caregivers

Angela Harris, Meditation Specialist
Judy Banks, Stress Management & Mindful Lifestyle Coach
Kristin Gould (Ivoti) 
Ashley Hadar, Social Media Representative
Dr. Jean Hager, Professional Caregiver
Gerri Weber, Massage Therapist

Executive Board Members

President: Sheila Martello
Vice President: Liz McNally
Secretary: Trish Straine-MacGregor
Treasurer: Tara Butler

Founding Director:
Sheila Martello

Director of Public Relations:
Pat Wotton

Director of Marketing/Events: 
Megan Pelino

Director of Fundraising:
Kristin Sweeney

Legal Advisor:
Christina Hardman O'Neal