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Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to serve and support grieving children and their families.

In October, 2009, a group of concerned individuals representing six Waukesha Wisconsin churches and two funeral homes began meeting to address the need of a safe place for children and families to grieve.
This insightful group recognized that there are many types of losses and causes of grief and established Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. to offer free peer-support programs for children and the significant adults in their lives who are dealing with loss due to death, divorce, trauma, addition, abandonment, incarceration, deportation and other life other life altering events.
This birthed a wonderfully valuable organization that delivers validation, support, joy, and hope to an overlooked gem in our community: our grieving children.


Thaiz Soto

Thaiz Soto

Executive Director and Hispanic Program Coordinator

Katie Green

Katie Green

Program Director

Charyl Printz

Charyl Printz

Administrative Assistant


Our Board of Directors represent our Supporting Partners, community organizations that are committed to providing grieving families with a safe place to receive support and encouragement.

These leaders provide us with guidance and dedication to honor our mission and they are passionate about ensuring that no child grieves alone.

Courtney Stangl – President, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Waukesha

Cathy Brisk – Vice President, Randle-Dable Brisk Funeral Home, Waukesha

Tom Sherman – Treasurer, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Waukesha

Carol Huber – Secretary, Veterans Memorial, Hales Corners

Paul Becher – Salem Methodist Church, Waukesha

Claire Beutler-Cruise – Redeemer United Church of Christ, Sussex

Marquita Cooper – Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Waukesha

Janet Yahnke – Catholic Community of Waukesha, Waukesha

Jessica Schalk – Church & Chapel Funeral Homes 

Debbie Huber – Southminster Presbyterian Church, Waukesha

John Wellford – Kiwanis Early Risers and RR USA, Inc.

Contact Healing Hearts at or call 262-751-0874