Founder, Trainer, Facilitator, Grief Support Specialist, &
Jessie Kushner is the founder, provider, trainer and consultant for Collective Voices. She has worked with teens, young adults, families, and professionals for over 30 years through Outward Bound, the non-profit she co-founded, FLYY, and now with Collective Voices. For more on her professional and personal history, see the
Founder's History tab.
Jessie received a B.A. in Outdoor Education, mediator training from the UW-Wisconsin Continuing Studies, training as a Circle Keeper from many Relatives as well as the Minnesota Department of Education and Legal Rights Center, the Red Road Approach facilitator training from Generation Red Road, and Grief Support Specialist training from the UW-Wisconsin Continuing Studies. Additional training and experience comes from decades of first-hand experience living life and all that has comes with it. Her best teachers have been the hundreds of people she has met while on the road, and the youth, adults, and colleagues she has worked with. She is humbled and grateful for being able to walk together with people on their and her life journey.
Grief Support Specialist
Heidi Greengus offers grief support at Collective Voices. She has 25 years of teaching experience with children, teens, adults, seniors, and families. She has a B.S. in Education from UW-Madison, a Grief Support Specialist certification from UW-Madison Continuing Studies, and a Yoga Alliance 200-HR certification. She is passionate about bringing positive coping and stress-reduction skills to a diverse group people in the community from a wide range of socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.
Heidi combines verbal processing with experiential avenues of expression and self-care tools such as mindfulness, breath work, body awareness, and creative arts. Her support empowers individuals to identify unique and innate strengths in order to build emotional resilience, integrate loss and engage again in their lives. She assists in helping people work through the complexity of their grief so they may find acceptance, personal meaning, and growth out of their losses. Please click here to read testimonials about Heidi's work.
Clinical Consultant & Supervision
Christine Taylor is the owner of Heart Space LLC, a Madison, Wisconsin-based private practice providing outpatient psychotherapy, clinical supervision, mental wellness coaching, and professional consulting services. Christine is a licensed psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor who strives to foster a collaborative, compassion-based approach pairing therapeutic interventions with care coordination in community-based settings. Christine earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She has over 20 years of professional experience working in behavioral health and healthcare settings. She is an experienced behavioral health program manager, psychotherapist, mental health and substance abuse assessor, youth mentor, guest lecturer, and clinical supervisor. Christine's personal and professional areas of advocacy focus on increasing access to
community-based mental health services and support for underserved and marginalized populations.
~ Christine M Taylor, MSW, LCSW, CSAC