Dr. Gloria Horsley, Ph.D., M.S. C.N.S.
Dr. Gloria Horsley is the Founder and President of the Board for the Open to Hope and is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over 20 years. Gloria co-hosts the syndicated internet radio show, “Open to Hope,” which is one of the top ranked radio shows on the Internet. She serves the Compassionate Friends in a number of roles including as a member of the Board of Directors, chapter leader, workshop facilitator, and media spokesperson.
Gloria has made appearances on numerous television and radio programs including The Today Show. In addition, she has authored a number of articles for professional journals and written several books including Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance; Real Men do Cry: A Quarterback’s Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss; In-Laws: A Guide to Extended Family Therapy; The In-Law Survival Guide; Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice; and Open to Hope – Inspirational Stories of Life, Loss and Love. Gloria earned her degrees at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University. She is the bereaved parent of Scott, 17.
Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS
Dr. Heidi Horsley is an internationally known grief expert, licensed psychologist, social worker and bereaved sibling. She lives in Tucson AZ, and co-hosts the award winning television series and radio show, Open to Hope. She is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, teaching online during the year, and teaching in NYC during the summer. Dr. Heidi speaks throughout the country, on finding hope following trauma and tragedy.
She has appeared on the ABC television show 20/20, has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, and has been on hundreds of radio shows and quoted in dozens of media publications, including: The Metro World News, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, and New York Daily News. She is also the author of numerous articles and academic book chapters. Dr. Heidi has received many awards, including the National Hometown Media Award, WAVE Award and CreaTiVe Award, for best public access T.V. series. She has also received the Soaring Spirits Service Award, Healing Hand Award, and First Candle Award for her contributions in the grief and loss field. She was featured in the critically acclaimed audio series Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One, and Walking Through Grief. She has been recognized as a VIP in the Marquis Whose Who of America, Madison Whose Who, and Whose Who of American Women.
Dr. Heidi is an award winning author, and has co-authored eight books, including the President’s Award Winner, Real Men Do Cry; A Quarterbacks Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression & Surviving Suicide Loss, the eLit Gold award winner, Finding Hope After Loss; Spouse Loss; Fresh Grief; Inspirational Stories for Handling the Holidays After Loss; Hope for Grieving Parents; Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding Support and Guidance; and Signs and Hope From Heaven.
Dr. Heidi serves on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends. She also serves on the National Advisory Boards for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS), the National Advisory Board for the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, and the National Advisory Board for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.
For ten years, Dr. Heidi was a principal investigator on a clinical research team with the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program, studying traumatic loss over time in families who lost firefighters in the World Trade Center.
Dr. Heidi has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Loyola University, in New Orleans, where she graduated with honors. She holds a doctorate degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco, where she was a graduate merit scholar, and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the sudden death of a sibling.
Vice President of the Board of Directors
Beverly Chantalle McManus
Beverly Chantalle McManus serves as Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Open to Hope, and heads the finance committee. She has over 25 years of experience as a marketing executive for professional services organizations, including some of the world’s largest legal, accounting, health care, architecture and engineering firms. She has edited and co-written numerous published books and professional articles across a range of topics. After the death of her husband Steve in 2003, she began focusing on grief and bereavement support, and for the past eight years, has been a bereavement facilitator and core team member of the Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey Workshops. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of loss and grief, and is one of the featured writers of the Open to Hope website. She has served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Waldorf School and is active in community, arts, and civic enhancement initiatives. She earned her B.A. from the University of California at Davis and M.B.A. credits at San Francisco State University.
Secretary of the Board of Directors
Christina Gallagher Nelson
Christina Gallagher Nelson is Secretary of the Board of Directors and heads the Legal Committee for the Open to Hope. She is a partner with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share and Hennigh, LLP, a San Francisco law firm specializing in estate planning, trust/probate administration, commercial and transactional expertise. Tina is a member of the American, California, and San Francisco Bar Associations and a former director of the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a liaison representative and active member of the USF Law Assembly and previously has served on the Board of Governors of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Tina graduated with a B.S. from the University of New Mexico, and J.D. with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was Editor of the the USF Law Review. Tina periodically conducts seminars on estate planning at the request of the University of San Francisco and government agencies.
Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Phil Horsley was the founder of Horsley Bridge Partners, a firm focused on managing private equity investments. Previously, he was vice president of investments at the University of Rochester. He serves on the Board of Directors of Paychex, Inc. and is president of the TCF Foundation, the endowment fund serving The Compassionate Friends. Phil’s son, Scott, was killed in 1983 in an auto accident.
Karla Wheeler co-heads the Public Relations & Marketing Committee for the Open to Hope. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she is Founder and President of Quality of Life Publishing Co., a national publishing firm specializing in grief support books and a growing number of publications to help hospices provide their multidisciplinary care. Quality of Life is the publisher of the physician newsletter, Quality of Life Matters; and booklets for families, “When Death Is Near: A Caregiver’s Guide;” and “When You Are Grieving: A Guide to Understanding Loss.” Karla is the author of grief support books for adults and children and bereavement columns for newspapers and magazines across North America. Several of Karla’s family members have experienced a “good death,” thanks to hospice, including her 54-year-old husband. Following his death, their daughter Jenny wrote a teen-to-teen book, Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve.Karla and Jenny enjoy bringing their messages of hope as a mother-daughter team traveling nationwide, speaking at professional grief conferences and to community groups. A longtime hospice volunteer in Southwest Florida, Karla has visited with hundreds of dying patients, providing bereavement follow-up care to grieving families.
Rick Haskins is the Executive Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy for The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation. Prior to joining The CW, Rick served as Executive Vice President/General Manager for Lifetime television.Previously, Rick helmed his own marketing consulting company, The Haskins Group, from 1996-99. He held a variety of positions for The Walt Disney Company from 1988-96, including Vice President, Marketing, Buena Vista Television and Director of Development, Reality Programming. From 1982-88, Rick was a brand manager with Procter & Gamble. A published author, Haskins co-wrote Brand Yourself in 2000. A graduate of Utah State University, Haskins has a bachelor of science in psychology.
Howard R. Winokuer, PhD, is the founder of the Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing in Charlotte, North Carolina where he maintains a full-time clinical practice. He is the co-editor of Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice that was published in 2011 by Routledge Press and the co-author of Principles and Practices of Grief Counseling that was published in 2011 by Springer. He completed his PhD in 1999 at Mississippi State University where he developed the first course in Grief Counseling Skills. As the founder of TO LIFE, a not-for-profit educational and counseling organization, he was the associate producer of seven PBS specials and helped pilot one of the first teen suicide prevention programs in the Southeast. He has taught numerous courses and been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities including: New York University, Rochester University, The University of North Alabama, Queens University, Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina.