Our Staff

Leadership Team

Chase Huffman

Executive Director

Chase has been passionate about nonprofit missions from a very young age. His connection for mission-driven work has led him through multiple nonprofits, ranging from animal advocacy to theatre. Throughout his career, Chase has worked in nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and Seattle. Prior to joining The Healing Center, he worked for the YMCA as the Director of Operations for Advancement and Community Engagement. Chase received his Master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University and is currently working on his Doctoral degree from Seattle University.

Jen McCormick

Clinical Director 

Jen McCormick earned her MSW from the University of Washington in 2002. She began her career in community mental health and worked as a case manager for Sound Mental Health as well as a social worker at Harborview, UWMC, and Overlake on the inpatient psychiatric units. Jen served as an Emergency Department social worker at UWMC for several years and later moved on to work as a hospice social worker for Providence. During her time there, she volunteered at Camp Erin, a grief and loss camp for kids and adolescents. In 2013, Jen earned a post-graduate Certificate in Psychological Trauma Treatment from the University of Washington.

Jen most recently served as Clinical Director at The Healing Center, a grief and loss community support agency in Seattle. She currently co-facilitates groups for Separation and Loss Services, conducts training for Art with Heart, and is a social worker with the Journey Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, Jen has a part-time private practice with her dear friend and fellow UW MSW grad in the University District.


Alicia Barry Madden 

Operations Director 

A native New Yorker, Alicia fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired by a year of volunteering at the ASPCA, Alicia quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. Alicia graduated with honors from the State University of New York Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication and a minor in Art History. Before joining The Healing Center team, Alicia worked as the Senior Manager, Operations and Parent Education and Support Services at Ramapo for Children. 


Clinical Staff

Abby Lombardo

Intake Therapist

From volunteering at children’s bereavement camps in California, to coming alongside clients of all life stages in private practice here in Seattle, Abby has made it her profession to create space for grieving and healing in relationship. Abby is thrilled to belong to the clinical team at The Healing Center, collaborating and providing quality services for resilient clients and families. When Abby is not living out her professional calling, she can be found with a book or ice cream in hand investing time in the relationships and activities that sustain her.

Abby earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and has practiced in nonprofit/agency, school, community, and group private practice settings.


Kelsey Sawyer

Youth Therapist

Kelsey recently moved to Seattle to follow her passion of helping grieving individuals move through and process their grief in a healing way. Previously, Kelsey interned at a hospice organization leading and co-facilitating bereavement groups for children and teens. Kelsey has also volunteered at Camp Erin Boston as a Big Buddy, and has experience working with children in a variety of therapeutic settings. Kelsey graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy from Lesley University.

As a LMHCA and Registered Dance Movement Therapist, Kelsey can approach grief in a unique way due to the incorporation of movement and emphasis on the mind body connection that her groups entail. As the youth therapist Kelsey holds space for the children and families at The Healing Center to express themselves through art, movement, and connection. Kelsey is grateful for this opportunity and honored to be a part of The Healing Center team. 


Mollie Royer

Program Therapist
Mollie Royer earned her Masters in Education from University of California Santa Cruz and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. She began her career as an Elementary School teacher and taught in Oakland, California and Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a teacher she initiated programs that focused on the social and emotional development of her students and decided to change careers in order to follow this passion as a social worker. 
Mollie has been working with adults at the University of Washington Medical Center in the Emergency Department, Inpatient Psychiatry, and Womens and Children’s Department. Most recently she transitioned to the Center for Human Development and Disability working with families and children. Through her work at UW, Mollie has deepened her understanding of mental health issues, local resources, and humans capacity for resiliency in the face of loss, grief, and trauma. Mollie is honored to be part of the Healing Center and sitting with participants as they share their stories.


Portia Bajwa

Program Therapist

Portia earned her MSW at the University of Chicago, where she focused on clinical mental health and global social development. She has experience in clinical settings as a mental health therapist as well as practice in program implementation for international NGOs.

Portia’s interest in grief work originated when she was in high school and volunteered at Camp Willie, a grief camp for children up to the ages of 18. She believes in the power of healing through relationships. In addition to facilitating groups at The Healing Center, she works as a mental health practitioner at Consejo Counseling and Referral Services. 

Administrative Staff

Lisa Marshall

Administrative & Development Coordinator

Originally hailing from Idaho, Lisa is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations. She received a B.A. in Sociology at Scripps College, in Claremont, California. Prior to working at The Healing Center, Lisa worked for non-profit organizations in Washington, Idaho, and California.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys playing with her dogs, running races, doing craft projects, and hosting costume parties.

Lisa is enthusiastic to have the opportunity to support clients, staff and donors in her role at The Healing Center.


Our Founder

Kath McCormack, MS, LMHC


Kath McCormack, MS, LMHC, is the Founder of The Healing Center. Kath is a licensed therapist and has been in practice as a grief therapist since 1991. She was the Bereavement Coordinator with Group Health Hospice from 1991 until 1999. Prior to coming to Seattle, she founded a nonprofit outdoor-education program for children of diverse backgrounds, including inner-city and disabled youth. She served as Associate Director and Director of Education for a non-profit facility for disabled adults in Oakland, California from 1975 until 1989. Kath began developing her vision for The Healing Center soon after being widowed in 1989. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Service and Public Affairs, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Oregon.