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Heather Mosley | SBJ

2023 40 Under 40: Genevieve Nelson

Lost & Found Grief Center

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For school districts in need of professional grief development, Genevieve Nelson is at the top of their call list.

After serving as a national board member for the American School Counselor Association, she was named by the organization as on-site trainer for grief and loss work.

That made Nelson, 35, “the first person to offer the specialization for ASCA, and the first person to be called if any school district across the country requests professional development on grief work from the national association,” she says.

The former school counselor now works for Lost & Found Grief Center as program director. She succeeded her mentor, now-retired Lost & Found co-founder Karen Scott, in the role.

“She saw potential in my passion and encouraged me to learn and explore beyond the boundaries of my role as a school counselor,” Nelson says. “I was blown away when I was chosen for the position, and I carry my gratitude for her mentorship with me daily.”

What about your job would shock people? Even in grief work, there is joy and laughter. When you work in the grief field, you live differently. You find appreciation in smaller things; you laugh when you can, and you tell your people you love them more often.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “Your advocacy is your excellence.” – Sue Arvidson.

Favorite food item to order in the Springfield area? The Crazy Monkey Roll from Ocean Zen.

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