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Jennifer Crumpley


Jennifer Crumpley is one of our group and individual counselors. She received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hunter College and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.  She completed Advanced Clinical Social Work in Family Therapy at Hunter College School of Social Work. She has held leadership positions as an administrator in organizations serving children and families in need of mental health services.  Highlights of Jennifer’s professional career include serving as Director of the Youth Counseling League of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Division Director of Mental Health Services for the Educational Alliance, and Director of Collaborative Initiatives for Turnaround for Children.   Jennifer has been a trained family therapist and a leader in the field of social work for more than three decades. She volunteered with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services Trauma Task Force at Pier 94, after the September 11th tragedy.  She worked with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Specialist after Hurricane Rita. She was a volunteer hospice worker at Beth Israel Hospital and currently volunteers as a co-leader of a hospice children’s bereavement group.  

Novella Lawrence


Novella Lawrence is one of our counselors running adult bereavement groups. She is a Board Certified Chaplain. She has served as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Care Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Hospice and Palliative Care (formerly Pax Christi  Hospice of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers) for seventeen years. Rev. Novella has provided both spiritual care and bereavement care for  hundreds of patients and families both individually and in support groups. She Facilitates  Bereavement Support Groups and serves on the Board of the Cross Road Foundation, and the Pregnancy Resource Center where she provides spiritual care for the mothers and mothers to be. She has contributed to the Staten Island Advance articles on the subjects of;  End of Life Care,  the Grieving Process, Bereavement Care.  She has developed and presented several Bereavement Conferences and workshops for Clergy and Bereavement Professionals .Novella is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, the American Academy of Bereavement, the NAACP, Staten Island Branch and the Staten Island Council of Churches.   

Kristin Bermudez


Kristin Bermudez is our Administrative Assistant. She graduated from The College of Staten Island with a Major in Social Work. She has over twenty years of experience working with the physically and mentally challenged and Autistic population. Kristin completed her undergraduate internship with the Department of Education providing individual and group bereavement and at risk counseling to students, ages 5-15. Kristin has also been dedicated to assisting Karen Goldman in her grief arts, activities and education throughout the years.

Karen L Goldman, Founder / Executive Director, Emma's Place-Staten Island Grief Center

Karen L Goldman is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Psychotherapist specializing in Bereavement Counseling. She is the Bereavement Coordinator for the local Hospice and was the founding creator and the Clinical Director of Camp Good Grief of Staten Island (2009-2013). Karen serves the community through various institutions: schools, church groups, hospitals and private practice. Karen runs adult and children's bereavement groups and counsels individuals, couples, children and families, guiding them through loss, depression/despair and life's transitions. Karen has been dedicated to the treatment of grief for over twenty five years. She has recently founded Emma's Place, the only not-for-profit grief center on Staten Island.

Dr. Carolyn Oglio-Taverner

Dr. Carolyn Oglio-Taverner is our Vice President and is one of our counselors running both children's bereavement groups and individual counseling.
She is a counselor and educator working on Staten Island. She has a background in psychology, including a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychopathology from Columbia University, Teachers’ College and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the City University of New York. She is, currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at both Wagner College and the College of Staten Island, teaching courses including Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology and Death and Dying. She is also privileged to facilitate the Little Angels Children’s Bereavement group at St. Joseph St. Thomas Parish and is a New York Registered Director for Rainbows, Inc., an organization which works to guide children through the losses in their life. She has acted as a consultant for the Archdiocese of New York to help establish additional children’s groups and train others to do this rewarding work.

Stacey Cohen


Stacey Cohen is our Creative Arts Director. She is one of our counselors running our children's creative art's therapy groups and volunteer trainings. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College where she earned a B.S. in Psychology, a Masters in Education, and an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology. She has worked as a school psychologist in the New York City Public School System in both elementary and junior high schools, and has provided grief counseling to students.Ms. Cohen has volunteered for Hospice in Staten Island where she created and facilitated a children’s bereavement group in 2007, and also designed and conducted one-day bereavement workshops for children. At these groups and workshops she utilized art therapy activities which she developed. In addition, Ms. Cohen has also provided a portion of the bereavement training for new volunteers at Hospice and other local arts and activity programs. Currently, she is employed by the NYC Human Resources Administration as an Employee Initiatives Coordinator.

Staten Island Grief Center is based on the belief that our family' s needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. We are made up of Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, PA's and trained volunteers working in area schools, hospitals and local businesses. Our program is growing leaps and bounds throughout the Staten Island community. 
Referrals and donations are always appreciated and welcomed. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best in quality professional care and education. 

Donation checks may be

written and mailed to:

​Staten Island Grief Center

1076 Forest Avenue

Staten Island, New York 10310

We greatly appreciate your generosity!

​347.850.2322