Roberta's House employs administrative staff, and a volunteer coordinator and contracts professional licensed social workers to manage programs for children and their families and specific focus groups around loss. The Interim Executive Director has conducted bereavement support groups for more than twenty-six years of experience serving and meeting the needs of the bereaved in Baltimore. Staff members hold professional 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.
Annette R. March-Grier, R.N., President/Executive Director
As the Acting Executive Director of Roberta’s House, she works tirelessly to increase the community’s knowledge of children’s grief and establishes relationships with foundations, social 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 presents 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 & Counselors, Trustee of Sheppard Pratt Hospital, A member of the Harbor City Chapter of Links Inc. and many other professional associations.
Kelli Tucker, Volunteer Coordinator
Kelli R. Tucker is the Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator for Roberta’s House Family Grief Support Center. Roberta's House currently has over 100 volunteers of which 65 are very active in programs. 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. As Volunteer Coordinator for Roberta's House she recruits and assist with the training of volunteers.
Her most important role is to assure 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.
Kim V. Holmes, LCSW-C, Program Manager, Homicide Survivors Transformation Project
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.
Darnelle C. Baylor, MS Ed, Rehabilitation, Program Manager, "Changing The Game"
Darnelle 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. Darnelle 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 ConsultantR
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.