Sheila Martello - Founder - Executive Director
Sheila Martello moved to Rumson 20 years ago with her husband Jim and their two boys, James & Thomas. Less than two weeks later, Jim was killed in the tragic events of September 11th.
Forced to face her "New Life" she found comfort by attending the New Life Support Group at Holy Cross in Rumson. Together, with others that had suffered similarly, Sheila traveled through her grief journey for 3 years attending her support group once a week. In 2012, Sheila met Stephy, a terminally ill woman who touched her heart. After meeting Stephy, Sheila was determined to provide a place for people who are grieving. Sheila came to the realization that she, as well as the others in their New Life Support Group, were given a gift. A gift of love and support that is not afforded to just anyone. That day, she vowed that someday she would open a "Place" for anyone suffering the loss of their loved one.
On September 1st, 2015 that vow became a reality. Stephy's Place, A Support Center for Grief and Loss officially opened.
Sheila is a Certified Grief Services Provider and a Radical Living Coach. She is mentored by Dr. Alan Wolfelt of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sheila is the co-owner of a Jersey Mike’s Subs, no matter whether she is companioning a bereaved person, or making a sub, her goal is to make a difference one person at a time. Sheila is re-married to Jim DiOrio and is the mother of 3 sons, James, Thomas & Nick and step-mother to Jen, Matt & Jimmy. Sheila loves to bake, read, knit and spend time with her family.