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.”

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Michelle T.


Born and raised in Wisconsin and completed my Bachelors in Social Work at Northern Michigan University and my Masters in Social work at The University of South Carolina-Columbia. 

We are a military family so I have had the opportunity to serve communities not only in Northern Michigan but also Charleston, SC, Oahu Hawaii, and now in Southern California. 

I approach every family, patient, and client with a person-centered approach. I strongly believe in meeting those in need where they are at and providing empathy, compassion, and support. I am passionate about advocating for others, connecting people with resources, and helping them find community where they need it. 

I am a dog-mom. In my free time, I enjoy reading, photography, crafting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Areli P.


Areli obtained her BSW, MSW, and Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement from Arizona State University. She has devoted her time to advocacy and education around youth mental health, including grief and trauma.

Through empathy and compassion, she hopes to meet families where they are and bridge the gap between their most immediate needs and support. Areli is also a foster mom, a dog mom, and enjoys practicing hot yoga in her spare time.

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. 

Gavin O.

Advocate Intern

Passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals and communities, Gavin is an Advocate Intern in his Generalist Field Placement Practicum. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Baylor University with the anticipated completion in December 2024.

With a commitment to the healing profession and a deep understanding of human behavior and societal issues, Gavin is driven to address the challenges faced by underrepresented populations during the process of grief. As a former Middle School Educator and College-Prep Program Manager, he has dedicated his work to his local community and is actively working towards a future where everyone has access to the support and resources they need to thrive.

Through this internship, Gavin is poised to make a meaningful impact in the field of social work and bereavement services, guided by a vision of a more equitable and compassionate society.

Michole B.

Born and raised in North California, Michole’s passion has been to advocate for those in need and be the voice for those who believe their voice isn’t heard. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Savannah State University and her Master of Social Work from Albany State University. Michole’s calling is to help people during hard times. She has worked with the elderly since 2019 and currently helps those in hospice.
Her saying is “You will never regret being good to others during their time of need.”
Wife, Mom, dog mom, enjoys eating and traveling.

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.

Aroe T.

Advocate Intern
Aroe obtained a double Bachelors degree in Spanish Linguistics and Social Work from Arizona State University. She then went on to obtain an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University. She has filled her academic and professional career with diverse social work and communications-based opportunities at various non-profit agencies.
She is currently an MSW student at Arizona State University and she is seeking to continue her quest of helping and empowering others through empathy, faith, and compassion.

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