Our Story

The Center

Hannah’s Family Center envisions a world where strong families enable children to thrive and communities to prosper. Since 1988, we have helped San Diego families navigate significant adverse changes, trauma and loss. As experts in co-parenting, Hannah’s Family Center knows that early intervention is the key to preserving the family;

and that caring adults co-parent all children with love in their hearts. Today we serve all families who find themselves vulnerable or in crisis when the unexpected occurs. Hannah’s Family Center unites with each family we serve to enhance strengths, heal traumas, and rebuild family bonds in a new positive way.

Our Namesake

Hannah is the namesake of our organization and the continued inspiration for our work. She reminds all of us, every day, of the importance of a safe and secure routine for the children of divorce and separation. And she inspires us to protect children from the trauma she suffered.

Hannah was two years and four months old when her father abducted her. She was gone for almost exactly four years. During that time Hannah’s mother and two sisters struggled with fear, depression and despair. They tried to cope with the alternating hope that Hannah would be found and the grief that she was lost to them forever.

Hannah had to go through dramatic changes when she was abducted, on the run with her father for four years, and again when she was finally found. Everything about her life kept changing, with no warning, and she had no say in it and no control over it.

Upon her return to her mother’s home, Hannah showed a remarkable resilience as she struggled to accept and understand what was happening, and what had happened, to her. And she did so with the loving support of her mother and sisters, as well as a supportive relationship with a psychologist who worked with Hannah as she worked to adjust to her new life.

The Team

Since 1988, when we first began helping families amid separation and divorce litigation, clients frequently said, “I wish we had found this Center sooner.” The reason? Our amazing team! Hannah’s Family Center highly trained professional staff have almost 33 years of experience providing comprehensive services designed to help families in crisis safely navigate the transitions of parental separation, divorce, substance use, and domestic violence. Our Team is united today in serving even more of our community families who find themselves vulnerable or in crisis when the unexpected occurs.

Board of Directors

Hannah’s House is fortunate to have a team of Board of Directors to support our work. Our Board is comprised of volunteers from the community who serve 3 year terms and work together to govern the business of this vital social impact organization.

Stephanie McGinty

PRESIDENT

David Storch

Vice-President Secretary

Daniel Torres

DIRECTOR

Marilyn Stowell

Director

Josh Maher

Board Treasurer

Executive Staff

Our staff provides professional and thoughtful service delivery in family situations which demand the highest standards. Each staff person has specific training that meets and exceeds professional standards established for each of our disciplines.

Susan Griffin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura Weston

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Dodson

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Ana Ferreira

Social Media Relations

Staff & Volunteers

Our team has over sixty years of combined experience creating and nurturing an environment in which families in transition find loving and peaceful new structures for their children.

Cheyenne Bugbee

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Emily Schiffer

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Jessica Ayala

2 Home Kids | Quality Assurance Director

Julian Soares

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Katelyn Briney

Transitions | Transitions Clinical Counselor Trainee

Talia Webster

Transitions | Transitions Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

Marnie Hutcherson

2 Home Kids | Client Services Manager

Melissa Barton

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Sara Antos

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Michelle Watson

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Nicole Reppucci

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Selina Da Luz

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Sierra De La Torre

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Tilly Sirota

2 Home Kids | Professional Provider of Supervised Visitation

Alexis Schillinger

Transitions | Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

Ariana Rivera

Transitions | Marriage Family Therapist Trainee

Blanca Lugo

Transitions | Clinical Supervisor

J.G Mohr

Human Animal Bond | Program Director

Katie Kirgiss

Transitions | Program Manager

Animal Staff

Our Animal Staff is unique! Reptiles, amphibians, bugs, and spiders! Children tend to love them and grown-ups more often than not a little stand-offish or just plain scared 🙂 The children absolutely love handling the animals and teaching their parents all about them.

Success Stories

My family was struggling with too much screen time by our children. We signed up for a program to help us create a healthy screen time policy that would work for our family. The first thing my partner and I discovered was the problem with our own use!!! Not the most pleasant awareness but vital for us to make the changes we needed to make if we really wanted to make positive and connected changes in our family. A huge thank you to Susan and the team at Hannah’s Family Center for helping us truly unite in a more constructive and fun-filled way!

Patrick

BLENDED FAMILY

My wife left me because of my alcohol problem. I had been in denial for years and could deny it no longer. A very good friend of mine referred me to Hannah’s House for counseling. Ten years later, I am still sober and have an absolutely incredible life that I could never in a million years have imagined. I am so grateful for the wisdom and support I gained during my experience with the counselor at Hannah’s Family Center. It saved my life.

James

Alcoholism Recovery Story

“I can’t express enough the stress that they saved me from. It was truly a pleasant experience. My life and the lives of my family are better because of Hannah’s Family Center.

Rico

Adult Children of Divorce Stories