Meet Our Advocates

Advocates are the heart and soul behind Carson’s Village. They provide guided assistance to families who are navigating the myriad of tasks that must be completed when a loved one passes.


Chelsea T.

Advocate Coordinator

Chelsea is a graduate student at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Her education and career have always focused on her passion for supporting and empowering family systems. She uses her growing knowledge and skill set to inform services, to support, and to guide families through the Carson’s Village process. 

“I am dedicated to meeting families with empathy, identifying their needs, and advocating for them to ensure those needs are met.”

Cristina H.





Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Cristina has always had a heart for helping people. She started working with adolescents and families at the age of 19, and she knew it was going to be her life calling. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, while she worked as a case manager with homeless youth in the high school setting. She knew that she wanted to do more, and ultimately obtained her Masters in Social Worker from Arizona State University in 2015. 

She has worked in crisis response, school social work, and has experience as a bereaved parent after losing her firstborn son. She has a passion to help people, particularly in crisis response and navigating resources to get families connected. Her hope for being an advocate at Carsons Village is to help people feel supported as they walk through their grief journey and that they never feel alone. 

Hannah K.


Hannah Knox is from Queens, New York, and has lived most of her life in New York and CT. She spent 4 years in Dallas, Texas, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. She graduated from Fordham University with her master’s in social work.

Hannah is passionate about meeting new clients where they are and employing a strengths-based perspective in her work. She has previously worked in crisis intervention and individual therapy. Hannah is an animal lover and has 3 cats and a dog. She also loves to volunteer, has worked in wildlife rehabilitation, and currently mentors a middle school girl.  

Rachel M.

With a passion for helping others, Rachel attended Plymouth State University in her home state of New Hampshire where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health Education and Promotion. She currently lives in Maryland and has made many great connections that have helped her grow in her profession. Through educational and professional experience Rachel has learned a lot about helping people and she is passionate about her work.
Rachel’s philosophy is to lead with compassion and empathy. She uses these values as a guide to help people not feel alone as she helps those in need navigate the grieving process. Every situation is unique and Rachel uses an individualized approach with those in need.
Rachel loves to travel, to go to concerts, and to spend time with the ones she loves. She will always call New England home and intends to be living back there in the not-too-distant future.

Grace J.


Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Grace obtained her bachelor’s degree, in criminal justice, from Sam Houston State University. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. Married with three kids, Grace deeply understands the importance of family. Through Grace’s education and career history, she has been able to nurture her love of people and service to others.

Grace’s social work background includes work in crisis management, the foster care & adoption system healthcare, and mental health. This is the second time Grace has worked for a nonprofit, and she is passionate about all having access to resources. Grace hopes to use her personal and professional history in loss and grief to support families through advocacy. Grace’s motivation is to impact as many lives as possible during her time with Caron’s Village, and she is ready to assist in creating a village of support for all families she has the pleasure of interacting with. 

Hannah J.


Hannah was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She joined the Air Force as a medic in 2002. During her 11 years of Active Duty Hannah was stationed in Texas, California, Iowa, North Carolina, Nebraska, & Germany. Caring for fellow soldier’s physical, emotional, and psychological health was an honor and led her to continue serving the greater community. 

Hannah obtained her Bachelor of Science from UMUC and earned her MSW from Simmons College in Boston.  As a 2018 Veteran Legislative Fellow, Hannah advocated policy focused on suicide prevention and rural healthcare disparities.  

Hannah’s professional experience includes inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, case management, group therapy facilitation, community outreach, veteran homelessness, and SUD recovery programming.  

As an advocate for Carson’s Village, Hannah is grateful for the opportunity to support others through difficult moments and onward toward the healing that time & tomorrow holds. 

Jayne R.


Jayne is a licensed social worker based in Charlottesville, VA. She holds an MSW from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology from Barnard College. 

Jayne has worked as the unit social worker for the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at a Children’s Hospital, in school social work, and as a therapist. She is dedicated to supporting parents and families as they navigate difficult times. 

When she’s not working, Jayne loves to sing jazz, run with her dogs, and play board games. 

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