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.


Caitlin Koch

Clinical Director

Caitlin has a passion for journeying with children, adults and families through their grief experience. Her deep desire to promote resilience in those grieving the death of a loved one has evolved from witnessing profound growth in people bearing unthinkable pain. Caitlin has supported grieving individuals in various contexts, including work in palliative and hospice care as well as bereavement settings.

In addition to her Clinical Director role at The Healing Center, Caitlin is a Grief Support Counselor in Snohomish County. Caitlin’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in Child Life, and a master’s degree in social work. Professional affiliations include The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Association of Child Life Professionals, and the National Association of Social Workers.  Most recently, she worked at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Oregon.


Alicia Barry

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.


Ellen Rosen McGill

Program Therapist

Ellen comes to the Healing Center after years of working with adolescents and young adults coping with the dual-challenges of mental health and substance use disorders.  During her time working in both school and community mental health settings, she bore witness to individuals’ stories of loss and grief, and she came to appreciate the power of staying present to loss, and to the healing potential of groups. 

Ellen has a Master’s of Education (with a primary focus on human development) from Harvard University and–later in life–earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland.  She has advanced training in the treatment of trauma, and has a personal interest in mindfulness and somatic-based approaches to treatment.


Heather Thomson

Program Therapist

Heather is passionate about supporting people on their grief and loss journey, meeting them where they’re at. Heather believes that there is no right way to grieve a loss, and no set timeline for healing. In both her inpatient hospice work experience and in her time as a therapist, she’s continually inspired by individuals resilience, growth and capacity for healing. Additionally, Heather has also been fortunate enough to have had experience working in community mental health, behavioral health integration in primary care clinics and at a state psychiatric hospital. She received a BA in Foreign Languages (Spanish) and International Affairs at The University of Puget Sound and a MSSW in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Heather is looking forward to joining The Healing Center in its mission to support individuals and families through the grieving process. 


Mitzi Weiland

Program Therapist

Mitzi works from a client centered approach to support those on a journey of healing, and is dedicated to serving those grieving their loved ones. She believes that compassion, understanding, and trust are important to create a safe, comfortable, and supportive therapeutic environment. Mitzi has experience supporting grieving individuals and families in community mental health, assisted living, senior centers, and private practice. She is honored to be part of the Healing Center team. 

In addition to her work at the Healing Center, Mitzi has a private practice in Eastlake, is the Art Program Coordinator for the Wallingford Community Senior Center, and facilitates classes and groups around Seattle to promote death education. Mitzi has a BAFA in world religion and fine arts, and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Continuing advanced study in death education and counseling, Mitzi received her CT (Certified in Thanatology) designation in 2018 from the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She has dedicated her career to learning about about grief, loss, death, dying, aging, and transitions. 


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.