Schrader and her daughter Amy Brown in 2014.
MA Program Director
Mary graduated from Concordia University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Primary Education. She began her teaching career as a primary school teacher, teaching first and second grades in both the public and private school systems. She also obtained a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University. In 2005, Mary joined Missouri Baptist’s Grief Support Program as an intern during a midlife career change while she was working on her Master’s at Maryville University. She was later hired as the Program Director for Missouri Baptist’s Program, in 2007, where she oversaw and trained a team of volunteers who supported and facilitated groups of children, teens, adults, and families. Mary has also worked with local universities placing interns and practicum students in the grief support program. After Missouri Baptist needed to close their program at the end of 2013, Mary was inspired to start her own non-profit to keep all of the groups in tact. In 2014, Healing Hearts Grief Support was founded, and Mary seamlessly continued the important work that began at Missouri Baptist in the years prior. Mary continues to companion individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one through group facilitation, as well as assisting her daughter Amy with the overall operation of the program.
MSW, LCSW, RPT-S Executive Director
Amy has over 15 years of counseling experience with children, youth, adults, and families. Amy obtained her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University in 2002. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Amy worked for Youth In Need for 12 years, where she developed and oversaw one of the largest teams of therapists in the region. In her previous role she was the Lead Educational Support Counselor and Agency Services Coordinator for the Wentzville School District. Amy has clinical expertise in grief and loss, trauma, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual assault/sexual abuse, and divorce/separation. Outside of Healing Hearts, Amy also operates a Private Practice Counseling office in Ballwin, as well as provides licensure supervision to new therapists.
Kira M. Collins,
MSW, LMSW Volunteer Group Facilitator
Kira has a passion for working with children, youth and families. Kira obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2010. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Kansas in 2014. She is a provisionally licensed Master’s Social Worker, as well as under supervision to obtain a certification as a Registered Play Therapist. Kira currently works for Youth In Need as a school-based Child, Youth and Family Therapist, providing individual, group and family counseling in elementary schools in the Hazelwood and Riverview Gardens school districts. In previous roles, Kira has also provided individual, group and family counseling to preschool-aged children and their families at the Therapeutic Preschool with Family Forward (previously Family Resource Center). Kira has clinical expertise in trauma, grief and loss, child development, and divorce/separation.