Staff

Theresa Prestwood, Executive Director

theresa.prestwood@katesclub.org

Theresa Prestwood, Executive Director is a passionate advocate, an accomplished development officer, and a trusted non-profit leader. Theresa proudly offers leadership to Kate’s Club efforts to to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.

With more than 21 years of experience concentrated in the non-profit sector, she has worked with a number of organizations that focus on children’s issues including The Giving Tree, Childkind, and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Additionally, Theresa has served on the board of directors for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, filling many roles over the past years including President, President Elect, Vice President of Education, Chair of the Interstate Conference and Chair of the Audit Committee. She also has served as a board member for Trinity Community Ministries and Georgia Advocacy Organization. Currently, Theresa serves on the board of trustees for Congregation Bet Haverim as VP of Finance.

Theresa graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received her Master of Divinity from Emory University, Candler School of Theology in Atlanta Georgia.

Theresa lives in Decatur with her family.

Lane Pease, Program Director

lane.pease@katesclub.org

Lane Pease is the Program Director of Kate’s Club. As program director, she oversees the quality of all programs offered to Kate’s Club members and their families, ensuring the programs are consistent with best practices in the field of childhood bereavement. She also leads KC Connects, the outreach program of Kate’s Club.

Before Kate’s Club, Lane worked as a counselor in hospice and as a volunteer facilitator at Camp Stars bereavement camp. Lane holds a BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University and a MS in Clinical Mental Health counseling from Mercer University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Lane’s passion for helping children and adults through their grief journey comes from her own experience with the death of her husband in 2000. At the time, with two daughters’ ages, 4 and 9-months, Lane uses this painful experience as fuel to help other grieving families. She lectures on the topic of grief to school staff, community organizations, mental health providers and others. Recently, Lane has become a National Training Associate with Boys and Girls Club of America. Her motto for those she teaches is “grief doesn’t end but it changes.” Lane is an Atlanta native and lives with her two teenage daughters in Alpharetta.

Debra Brook, Program and Volunteer Manager & Director, Camp Good Mourning

debra.brook@katesclub.org

Debra Brook is the Program and Volunteer Manager at Kate’s Club, as well as the Camp Director for Camp Good Mourning. She helps lead the daily execution of Kate’s Club programs. Debra has been working with children and adolescents as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist since 1996. She has experience teaching music, art, sports, and leisure education classes, and leading group initiatives. At Kate’s Club, she also helps implement special events for parents and families, coordinates volunteer activities, and develops relationships with community partners.

One of Debra’s goals at Kate’s Club has been working to create an emotionally and physically safe space for members to come where they can just be kids and work on an improved sense of self. She has learned most about the grief process through the experiences of our Kate’s Club families.

Liz Carson, Program and Outreach Coordinator

liz.carson@katesclub.org

Liz Carson is the Program and Outreach Coordinator at Kate’s Club. She works closely with the Program Director on KC Connects, the outreach program of Kate’s Club. As Program and Outreach Coordinator, Liz works to increase awareness of Kate’s Club within the broader Atlanta community, so that Kate’s Club can meet the needs of more grieving children in the Atlanta area. Liz also works directly with the members of Kate’s Club during the weekend Clubhouse meetings, creating crafty activities and providing attention to those in need.

Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Liz graduated from Emory University in May 2014 with a B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology. While enrolled at Emory, Liz was student director of the Emory chapter of Camp Kesem, a national organization that provides free camps for children coping with a parent’s cancer. She is also a graduate of Emory’s Community Building and Social Change Fellowship Program, where she worked within Atlanta communities on projects pertaining to asset-based community development. These experiences have made Liz a strong believer in the importance of peer support and community engagement.

Liz’ personal experience with death comes from two of her grandparents dying while she was in college. While volunteering with the members of Camp Kesem she became familiar with Kate’s Club and decided to continue on the path of engaging with families and working with kids as they cope with the death of a loved one. Since working with Kate’s Club, Liz has become more patient with everyone in her life understanding their needs through their emotions.

Rachel Ezzo, Director of Development and Communications

rachel.ezzo@katesclub.org

Rachel Ezzo has worked with KC since January 2012. As Director of Development and Communications, she works directly with the organization’s Executive Director and Board to set the fundraising strategy for the organization which includes cultivating individual donors, executing social media campaigns related to fundraising and donor campaigns, developing peer-to-peer fundraising activities, leading grant and foundational opportunities, and supporting volunteer committees in securing corporate sponsorships for special events. Rachel has proudly elevated the social media platform for Kate’s Club and their cause related marketing advocating for grief awareness.

Rachel joined Kate’s Club with over a decade worth of experience in budgeting, finance and development, along with strong technical acumen. Prior to joining Kate’s Club, Ezzo was the Director of Information and Prospect Research at Columbia Theological Seminary. Earlier, she worked for The Atlanta Opera as the organization’s finance and IT manager. Rachel received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Economics from Georgia State University.

Rachel shares a true passion for the work she does at Kate’s Club because she cares about the mission. Working at Kate’s Club has helped Rachel cope and express her own grief as she’s experienced some very personal death including the most recent death of her mother. The awareness she’s received working at Kate’s Club has provided the knowledge to help her nephews and son cope with these deaths in an age appropriate way. Rachel’s message for grieving families is, “You are not alone. People care about you but don’t know how to deal with your grief. You have to find people who can support you.” Rachel, an Atlanta native, and her husband Zack live in Ormewood Park with their son Adam.

Courtney Parsons, Development Coordinator

 

 

Therapists

Kate’s Club employs several part-time therapists who design and deliver Kate’s Club programs. They are fully licensed professionals who specialize in using art, music, creative writing, movement and activity to work with grieving children and families.

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