Ginger moved to Austin in June 2014 and volunteered for several Austin nonprofits- including Ronald McDonald House, Capital Area Food Bank, Aids Services of Austin, Susan G. Komen, and Impact Austin.
Although Ginger’s background and degree from the University of Texas at Austin is in Advertising and Marketing, she earned her Certificate in Nonprofit Management in Dallas in 2007.
After graduating from UT Austin and returning to Austin, she lived in San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles and Dallas. She worked for various advertising agencies, Frito Lay and for People and InStyle magazines. Along with her work she was a very active volunteer as an Executive on loan to United Way, a Big Sister, a high school mentor, and co-founder of the Corn Dog Festival (which raised money for a no-kill shelter in Dallas).
On the weekends Ginger heads west to Wimberley with her partner Mark to enjoy her hobbies of cooking, making fused glass and just looking at the stars.
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
I’ve been an intern at The Christi Center since September, 2014 and am so thankful to be placed with this wonderful agency. After graduating from San Diego State with my BA in Women’s Studies and Counseling, I became involved with a few nonprofit organizations serving at-risk families and clients with end-stage illness. These experiences inspired me to seek higher education and I am now attending the University of Southern California, working toward my Masters in Social Work. My concentration is children and families, and I sub-concentrate in military populations. I am very excited to graduate in August and I hope to continue providing direct services to children and their families as they cope with trauma or life transitions. My ideal job would incorporate therapeutic animals because nothing makes me happier than being around furry friends! When I find free time I like to head outdoors, paint, or play with my favorite little monster, Bosco.
I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree (graduated May 2014) from The University of Texas at Austin and am finishing up my Master of Science in Social Work degree (anticipated August 2015) from the same university. Upon graduation, I will begin work as a clinical social worker at a non-profit agency, helping a diverse population of clients with a variety of presenting problems. I came to intern at the Christi Center with an interest in bereavement and different types of losses. I took a Grief & Loss class at UT as an undergraduate and was immediately drawn to that field of social work. I would like to be able to incorporate my knowledge about bereavement into my future work. When I’m not here at the Center, I like going running, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends.
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.