1015 Grace Avenue, Unit C
Panama City, FL 32401
Angel House Bereavement Center was founded January 12, 2015 by Christina Cassani, Denise Montford, Janice Chavers and Lisa Herring.
Janice Chavers has been a business woman in the Panama City community for over 30 years. In first Furniture Mart, then A Little Bit of Country, Janice oversaw bookkeeping, payroll and customer service. She is currently Secretary/Treasurer and Office Manager for Angel House Bereavement Center.
Lisa Herring, M.S. holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Interdisciplinary and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University. Lisa is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern for licensure and has 4 years experience in grief counseling. Lisa is Vice- President and Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Angel House Bereavement Center.
Denise Montford, LCSW holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Social Work from University of South Carolina. She has been a social worker for 29 years and licensed as a clinical social worker since 1994. Denise's career has included mental health counseling in inpatient, outpatient and long term care settings, child welfare case management, hospital based social work, 18 years of bereavement and education services for a local hospice serving Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties in Florida, supervision of social work and counseling student interns, and clinical supervision for social work and counseling interns pursuing licensure. Denise is also an instructor in the Social Work department at Florida State University, Panama City. Denise is currently President and Executive Director for Angel House Bereavement Center.
Christina Cassani, M. S.
Co- Founder and
President and Executive Director
Of Angel House Bereavement Center
From January 2015 - October 2017
Angel House Founders: from left: Christina Cassani, Denise Monford, Janice Chavers and Lisa Herring
Christina Cassani, M.S. held a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Troy State University and a master's degree in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University. Her career included 18 years of specializing in the treatment of extreme trauma and the supervision of specialized clinical teams in Louisville, KY. Christina was the bereavement specialist for a local hospice serving the Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties of Florida for 9 years. Christina’s outstanding career which focused on healing those in the deepest despair, culminated in co-founding Angel House Bereavement Center in Panama City, Florida. Additionally, she served as its first President and Executive Director from January 2015 to October 2017. Christina was a beacon of light and her beautiful spirit touched the lives of countless children, adolescents and adults. She will be forever loved and missed. Her legacy of love and healing lives on in the work and mission of Angel House Bereavement Center.
Angel House Bereavement Center a non-profit 501(c) (3) was established to help children, adolescents and adults struggling with the pain of life-altering loss from either death, trauma or significant life change. We are among the only providers of clinical grief counseling in Bay and Gulf counties. To date we have accomplished the following:
Provided clinical counseling to 550 children, adolescents and adults in Bay and Gulf counties suffering from the pain of loss.
Partnered with Healthy Start a State of Florida Health Department Program providing services to families with perinatal and infant loss in our community.
Provided Free Community Healing Through The Holidays’ Workshops and over 60 Grief and Loss Presentations for community and mental health professional groups.
Provided 11 Six-Week Grief Support Groups with a clinical counselor helping individuals in need in our community.
Provided 12 Mom’s Who Have Lost Children Support Groups bi-monthly that are overseen by a clinical counselor.
Provided 25 On-Going and 50 Moving On Grief Support Groups giving bi-monthly follow-up and social care for the continued supported healing of participants.
Provided Grief Educational Encore Programs at the Gulf Coast State College Bay and Gulf/Franklin Campuses educating approximately 115 students on Grief and Loss,
Provided clinical internships to social work and master’s level students educating and providing real grief and loss work experience for these future professionals in our community
Provided 2 Continuing Education Units (CEU) Workshops on grief for mental health professionals seeking licensure.
Receiving on-going referrals of individuals in need of clinical counseling from the Bay County Sheriff’s Victim Advocate, Children Advocacy Center, Life Management Center, Emerald Coast Hospice, local physicians etc.