A Butterfly's Journey
A Butterfly’s Journey (ABJ) has a mission to help individuals and families struggling with grief after the loss of a child, or other traumatic loss, to find hope and a new normal. We do that through grief recovery classes, through providing a comprehensive online Resource Center, and through our photo shoots to allow grievers to express themselves simply, visually and emotionally to spark discussion. We also provide assistance to other community, healthcare and grief support organizations through education and resources. Our founder and our board have all suffered traumatic loss and contribute in memory of their loved ones, in an effort to help others heal.
Barbara J Hopkinson
President and Executive Director
Barbara is the founder, President and Executive Director of A Butterfly’s Journey, responsible for overall operations. She has led families through the journey of grief for more than twelve years, following the sudden death of her 21-year-old son and two infants. Hopkinson founded The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport, MA, a local chapter of an international grief support organization. Her unique perspective from losing multiple children and intimately witnessing so many other bereaved families in grief form the basis of her books, found in the Resource Center with other useful information she collected. Barbara is certified in Grief Recovery Institute’s (GRI) Grief Recovery Methodology (GRM), used internationally for more than 28 years. Her background includes thirty years in international business, including ten years with IBM, as well as service on boards and many volunteer hours for other nonprofit organizations.
Marketing & Executive Assistant
Emily is a Worcester MA native and a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studied Sports Management, and public policy as well as pursuing a certificate of studies in Community Engagement and Service Learning. She knew she wanted to help people but she also knew she wanted to work in sports. Upon graduation she started with The Boston Celtics and has now moved on to work part time for The Boston Red Sox. She is very passionate about making a difference in peoples lives and is excited to have a career that does just that. She is excited to join the team and cant wait to bring her passion and ambition to the table!
Michelle Couto Correnti
Board Member - Event Director
As the Board member for Events, Michelle Couto Correnti will help A Butterfly’s Journey to raise funds through events and an expanded youthful community. Michelle runs operations for a credit union and has experience fundraising for breast cancer and other worthy causes.
Advisory Board, Strategic Marketing
As strategic marketing advisor, Christina Howe guides A Butterfly’s Journey in their online marketing strategy and site design as well as best approaches to social media and search engine optimization. Christina owns C-Change Consulting and has an extensive corporate background with IBM and others and currently runs her own business, C-Change Consulting.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
As treasurer, Maureen has responsibilities for bookkeeping, financial tracking & fiscal management, tax preparation, and fundraising, She has extensive nonprofit management experience, having run a human services organization for 25 years. In addition, Maureen was CEO of a large women’s networking business which she founded and of an ongoing business, A Debt Free Stress Free Life, to help women reduce debt and stress in their lives. She is a bereaved grandmother.
Director of Development
Michelle Meltzer was raised in Cambridge MA, spent summers in Germany as a child and speaks fluent German. Her education includes Ursuline Academy in Dedham MA and Boston College where she majored in business and minored in psychology. Business development for non-profits has always held a warm place in her heart. Her devotion includes working with churches, synagogues, and The Red Cross. The passion she has for helping others and compassion for those that grieve is reflected in her own journey of losses. She and her husband owned a jewelry store in Newton MA for 15 years. She is a well known Graduate Gemologist in the jewelry industry. Recently she has moved to Groveland MA and lives with her partner of 3 years. Max and Marcus are her two adult sons and are her continual priority. Michelle looks forward to helping those in need heal and reap the benefits of what A Butterfly’s Journey has to offer.
Joseph Santisi, Mind body Marketing
As A Butterfly’s Journey’s webmaster, Joe Santisi sets up the web site environment, including hosting, WordPress themes and created the structure of the web site, adds new or significant site portions and instructs ABJ on technical maintenance. He is owner of Mind Body Marketing.
Board of Directors, Fundraising & Events
On A Butterfly’s Journey’s Board – Cathy is helping with ideas, events and fundraising. She has been a nurse (LPN) for 38 1/2 years specializing in Geriatrics, Community Health and currently working in Home Care with young individuals with disabilities. In the past she has done volunteer work in a school for brain injured children. Cathy is also an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. She lost two of her three children, Justin and Kimberly, to catastrophic accidents at different times, and does this in their memory. She resides in Epping, NH and has a close relationship with her remaining son Michael.
Secretary, Board of Directors
As A Butterfly’s Journey’s Secretary, Maureen has responsibility for administrative and marketing support as well as fundraising. She founded the Newburyport Montessori School and ran it for more than forty years. Maureen is active on the board of multiple nonprofits, with several years of experience on those boards. She is a bereaved sibling.
Advisory Board: Fundraising
Marianne Pelletier joined ABJ board in an advisory capacity. She has over 20 years experience in design, development, and administration of programs targeting disadvantaged populations. She is adept at finding creative solutions to difficult situations; networking; curriculum development;, time and crisis management;relationship building; and working cooperatively with government, private, and educational institutions. Marianne also possesses professional experiences in training and workshop leadership at local, state, and national conferences. A graduate of Wellesley College with
a B.A. in Psychology, Marianne also earned a M.A. in Regional Economic Social Development
from University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her first act for ABJ was to set up a Shaklee nonprofit distributorship to raise money for ABJ.
Patti Rae Milliotis
As A Butterfly’s Journey’s staff photographer, Patti Rae does the photo shoots for ABJ’s Choose-To-Heal photos, which allow grievers to express themselves openly and visually, very cathartic for them. They write messages on their skin and are sent both a color and black/white photo of themselves in single, couple or group formats. The photo shoots are held all over the USA at events by ABJ or other organizations. Patti Rae is also an artist, jewelry designer and founder of Alex’s Team and Alexandria Arts in memory of her daughter Alexandra, lost to childhood cancer as a teenager.
Advisory Board: Planning & Fundraising
Socorro is a diverse artist and entrepreneur with a business and varied background at EBSCO, MA College of Art and Design and other areas in MA, CA, TX. She is on the ABJ board to provide a foundation for growth, build a foundational database as well as fundraising strategies. She does this work in memory of her only child, Becky, who she lost in 2009.
As A Butterfly’s Journey’s technical assistant, Neema Saberi loads resources into ABJ’s Resource Center for the benefit of grievers to browse ten categories of resources free, online, on their own schedule. He helps with technical and website assistance as needed. Neema is an honor student now attending WPI college in Worcester, MA. He is also a talented musician and violinist who resides in Westford, MA with his sister and his parents, when not away at college.
Ana Marie Viscarra
Advisory Board; Strategy & Development
As A Butterfly’s Journey’s Board Member and Development Director, Ana Marie has responsibility for business strategy and projects as well a fundraising. She has 10 years nonprofit management experience, having run a multinational nonprofit Foreign Language program (International Educational Systems (IES)) for the Westford schools for children in grades K-5. Her background includes twenty years in international business, including 14 years in the Pharmaceutical industry; in addition Ana Marie is active on the school boards and many volunteer hours for other nonprofit organizations.
Board of Directors, Events
As A Butterfly’s Journey’s Board member, Mel has set up and assisted with 50/50 raffles and the Hiking Hearts’ “Hike to Heal” event. He is a full time project manager for large construction projects in and around Boston, he resides on Salisbury beach. Mel’s daughter resides nearby; he does this work in memory of his son Travis, who was killed in an auto accident in 2014.