Jean Cooper

Executive Director

Jean Cooper

Positively impacting the psychosocial and emotional health of children, families and vulnerable populations is my why.  Joining CLDR alongside the dedicated Board of Directors, the most inspiring co-founders and a village of child life specialists around the globe is an honor. I’ve had a few stops along my career journey which began as a pediatric hospice child life specialist in Detroit, MI, following my graduation from Michigan State University.  During my 5 years with Henry Ford Health System I had the opportunity to help create and grow SandCastles Grief Support Program.  After receiving my MSW from Wayne State University, I joined the team of social workers at Rochester Community Schools (RCS).  In 2005, I co-authored Supporting Students with Special Needs Following a Death or Traumatic Event through the Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. 

I love speaking and educating school professionals and mental health providers locally, at a state and national level on grief and loss, anticipatory grief, self care and compassion fatigue.  In 2010, I traded in my snow boots for cowboy boots and relocated to North Texas. I spent 6 years with Make-A-Wish North Texas creating and developing an award winning medical outreach program with the goal of giving every child with a life-threatening medical condition the opportunity to have a wish. It was during those 6 years that I dove head first into the world of marketing and community outreach. 

As the first full time Executive Director of CLDR I am able to combine skills that I’ve gathered over the last 25 years and pour them into growing CLDR.  When I’m not working, you’ll find me cooking, driving a carpool, helping with homework, enjoying a glass of wine with my husband or on the sidelines watching one of our three kids compete.

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