Roberta's House employs administrative staff, and a volunteer coordinator, Family Services Case Manager, Youth Services Coordinator, Survivor Program Supervisor, and contracts professional licensed social workers to manage programs for children and their families and specific focus groups around loss. The President has conducted more than twenty-six years of bereavement support groups and has a natural calling for serving and meeting the needs of the bereaved in Baltimore. Staff members hold memberships with professional associations that support their training, development and utilization of best practices. Professional staff are members of the National Association of Death Education of Counselors and the National Alliance of Grieving Children.
Annette R. March-Grier, R.N., President
As the President of Roberta’s House, she works tirelessly to increase the community’s knowledge of children’s grief and establishes relationships with foundations, social service agencies and other mental health providers. She networks to expand their services to families in need. Annette received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 1982 and worked for Johns Hopkins Hospital until 1985 when she joined her family business, March Funeral Homes. She attended Catonsville Community College and obtained an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. In 2001, she was certified as a funeral service practitioner through the Academy of Professional Funeral Services.
Annette founded the Roberta’s House Family Grief Support Center and is a bereavement counselor. She has facilitated bereavement programs for 26 years. She has presented numerous workshops on grief, stress, and holistic healing in various churches, schools, community centers as well as hospitals. She presents and organizes annual holiday bereavement seminars and training workshops. Currently, Annette along with the March Family, is the leading force to build a dedicated family grief support center in Baltimore City.
Roberta’s House will provide a confidential setting to facilitate the emotional, physical and spiritual healing for grieving children and their families where grief can be expressed and experienced safely. She is member of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, Trustee of Sheppard Pratt Hospital, a member of the Harbor City Chapter of Links Inc. and many other professional associations. In 2014, Annette was selected as CNN Top 10 Hero. www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/04/24/cnnheroes-annette-march-grier.cnn.html
Veronica Land-Davis, LCSW-C, Executive Director
As the Executive Director, Veronica Land-Davis, is responsible for the overall health, safety and operations of the program and services. She is responsible for establishing and fostering positive working relationships with community service providers and constituents in order to educate the community on grief and loss and offering programs at Roberta’s House that promote a safe place for recovery and healing from the loss of a loved one.
Veronica, a licensed certified social worker-clinical, comes to Roberta House with thirty years of experience working with children, adults and families in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Educated in the Baltimore City Public School system and a graduate of Western High School, she received her Bachelor’ s of Science Degree in Sociology/Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1983. Veronica attained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in 1989. In 2001, she completed The Head Start-Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Veronica has served families in roles of both a clinician and a manager in many settings such as residential treatment centers, child prevention agencies, treatment foster care, Head Start and home health care. Advocating for children and families is essential for her and this is evident as she has served on several Statewide committees such as Maryland State Interagency Advisory Council and Maryland Universal Pre-K Task Force.
Kelli R. Tucker, Volunteer Coordinator
Kelli R. Tucker is the Volunteer Coordinator for Roberta’s House Family Grief Support Center. Roberta's House currently has over 300 volunteers of which 100 are very active in programs. As Volunteer Coordinator for Roberta's House she recruits and assist with the training of volunteers. Her most important role is to staff all of the programs at Roberta's House with dedicated volunteers. Her jovial personality and warm spirit encourages the wonderful support that Roberta's House receives from its volunteers. She also develops appreciation activities and awards for outstanding volunteers annually. Kelli also organizes community exhibits and outreach programs to increase the community awareness of grieving children.
Kelli has over seven years of Human Services experience. She has worked primarily with Families and Children providing a variety of services from Childcare to Case Management Services to homeless families.
Kim has more than 20 years of experience as a social worker and is currently employed full time as the Director of the Baltimore City States Attorney's Office , Family Bereavement Center. She provides therapy/crisis counseling to both children an adults who have lost a loved one to homicide. Aside from her full time position, Ms. Holmes is the Program Manager for Roberta's House Homicide Transformation Project and coordinates and facilitates group and family counseling sessions.
Darnell C. Baylor, MS Ed, Rehabilitation, Program Manager, "Changing The Game"
Darnell has been a Mental Health Counselor for more than ten years and has years experience with individuals who have been incarcerated, convicted substance abusers, individuals in recovery and juvenile delinquents. He has experience with supervising mentor programs, developing and facilitating prevention groups and job placement programs. Darnell facilitates and assist in the development of the DJS programs for youth 14-17 years of age with Roberta's House.
Michael Jemmott, M. Div., Q.M.H.P., B.S. Ed Spiritual Consultant
Rev. Jemmott is a seminary graduate, has Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management training as a minister. He has pastoral experience with various congregations and has served as Senior Staff Chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, he has had a plethora of ministerial experiences which includes working in Prison Ministry, working with the HIV/AIDS and homeless populations. Rev. Jemmott is also a Grief Consultant with Mental Health Therapists and Substance Abuse Counselors providing grief support for adult clients with co-occurring disorders as well as being a local and nationally known speaker and workshop presenter. Rev. Jemmott is also a member of the National Association of Death Educators and Counselors.