Erin Spalding, LCSW
My name is Erin Spalding and I have known that I wanted to work in grief and loss since I knew there was such a thing. After having lost my Dad to a heart attack when I was nine and losing the mom I knew to a stroke when I was 17 (she never fully recovered); I knew that I wanted my education to support my future goal of helping others deal with devastating loss.
I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. In my first graduate class at UT, I was shown a video of The Christi Center’s Kids Who Kare program and I knew I had to find a way to do an internship for this wonderful organization. I completed my Masters internship at The Christi Center in 2007 and was hired on as Program Director in 2008. Though I work on everything from evaluation to strategic planning in my role, my passion is the work I do helping those in grief embrace their strengths and find hope. I do this through facilitation of the teen and young adult groups, community trainings on grief and loss and by supervising upcoming clinical professional interns who provide much of our services to the school system.
Of course, one of the things I always tell the members, volunteers and interns – self-care is an important piece of helping others too. To that end, I anything outside when it’s not too hot and a regular yoga practice. Being around animals of all kinds is probably what brings me the most joy. Though, my Looney Luna, the yorkie, and Toby, the fat cat, are my favorites.
Christi Neville, LPC
Peer Support and Kids Who Kare Coordinator
My interest in grief and loss began in 1997, when a tragic accident claimed the love of my life, and catapulted me into a humbling journey of healing. An intern counselor at the time, I was astounded to realized our culture’s lack of understanding of grief, and as I committed myself to my own personal growth, my thirst for knowledge led me into professional realms as well. After graduating with my Master’s in Counseling from The University of Denver in 1999, I began a holistic private practice in Colorado devoted exclusively to grief, and from that foundation, have led support groups for children, for surviving family members at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and have run several hospice bereavement programs. After relocating back to my native Texas, I was lucky enough to find The Christi Center, and am excited to contribute my blend of personal and professional experience as I support the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of loss. Outside of work, I enjoy music, meditation, and spending time outside with my super-duper son, who reminds me daily to stay present to the magic and wonder of life.
Crime Victims Advocate
My name is Kellie Daniel and I'm a graduate student in the counseling program at Texas State University. My bachelors degree in psychology and the beginning of my graduate studies were completed at the University of Texas at Tyler. I'd like to continue helping folks along their grief journey after I receive my degree. In my spare time, I am part of a medieval and renaissance education group in which we recreate the dress, crafts and fighting styles of the pre1600 world. My personal focus is painting, calligraphy and cooking.
Hello! I am the financial associate for The Christi Center. My past work experience includes non-profit bookkeeping, but my goal is to be a social worker. I have a BA in Psychology from UT, and in May of 2016 I will graduate from UT with a masters in social work. I came to The Christi Center with the goal of using my bookkeeping knowledge while also obtaining experience in a social service that focuses on grief and loss, one of my interests. On the rare occasion that I'm not studying or working, I enjoy being outdoors and especially biking!
Community Engagement Director
I'm the Director of Community Engagement at The Christi Center--so my job is all about communicating. A lifelong bookworm, I have a BA in Visual Anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia. When I'm not helping to tell the stories of The Christi Center, I dabble in gardening, running, and playing with my husband Alan and our adopted and adorable cocker spaniels Angus & Thor.