Beverly Chantalle McManus

Beverly is our Open to Hope Senior International Calender Editor and lives in Northern California.  She is also the Vice President of the Open to Hope National Board of Directors.  She facilitates bereavement groups, and became very involved in the grief and loss world after her husband died, leaving her with two daughters to raise.  She has been an invaluable and integral part of the Open to Hope Foundation since it’s inception.


Lourdes Arauz

Lourdes Arauz is a first year graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University studying psychological counseling. She received her BA in psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Lourdes lost her mom to brain cancer in 2003 when she was 14 years old and has been inspired through her personal experiences to go into counseling psychology. In the future, she wishes to counsel children and adolescents that have experienced loss and abuse.



Julie Fu

Julie is currently completing her M.S.W at Columbia University.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology Social Behavior and Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to graduate school Julie spent several years working with adolescents struggling with eating disorders and dual diagnosis. Several years ago Julie lost her father to pancreatic cancer and since then she has been motivated to work with families dealing with life threatening illnesses, grief, and loss.