Healing Hearts of Waukesha County is a 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 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 Waukesha County, Inc. which offers free peer-support programs for children and the significant adults in their lives who are dealing with loss due to death, divorce, substance abuse, 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.


Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT

Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT

Executive Director

Morgan Griffin

Program Director

Daryl Powers

Daryl Powers

Community Outreach Specialist

Cheryl Printz

Cheryl 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
Jill Thurow – Secretary, Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Pewaukee
Paul Bucher – Salem Methodist Church, Waukesha
Claire Beutler-Cruise – Redeemer United Church of Christ, Sussex

Marquita Cooper – Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Waukesha
Liz Kendellen – St. William Catholic Church, Waukesha
Sue Remfrey – St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Waukesha
Dave Wolken – Redeemer United Church of Christ, Sussex
Janet Yahnke – Catholic Community of Waukesha, Waukesha

Contact Healing Hearts at info.hhwc@nullgmail.com or call 262-751-0874