About Us

Stephy's Place is a 501(c)(3) charitable 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 /

Mary Alcock
Kerry Batting
Karen Britton
Kathy Cesario
Elaine Chevalier
Raquel Falatico
Denise Gebrian
Kristine Gunningham
Amanda Hintelman
Eileen Hoey
Tony Iannacone
Kevin Keelen
Denise Kelleher
Allison LaRochelle
Maggie Lubke
Sheila Martello
Dan Mendoza
Nancy Niedemeyer
Cindy Panek
Megan Pelino
Marilyn Pozutto
Maureen Raisch
Christine Reynolds
Judy Schurgin
Trish Straine McGregor 
Jeanette Sheffer
Pat Swaroop
Victoria Thompson
Anne Preston



Office Caregivers

Kathleen Agresto
Trish Brennan
Tara Butler
Tony Iannacone
Darrah Kenny
Lissette Lynch
Mary Magee
Madeline Tripodi
Pat Wotton

Wellness Caregivers

Dr. Jean Hager, DSW, LCSW, LCADC

Angela Harris, Meditation Specialist

Ashley Hadar, Social Media Representative


Executive Board Members

President: Sheila Martello
Vice President: Pat Wotton
Secretary: Trish Straine MacGregor
Treasurer: Tara Butler

Board Members:
     Kerry Batting
     Dr. Jean Hager
     Peter Jarck
     Megan Pelino

Legal Advisor:
Christina Hardman O'Neal