Board & Staff
Founder and CEO, Destiny Grigsby, at a very young age, always had a passion for growing up and entering into a profession that would assist others to improve their lives. During her youth, it was repeatedly expressed to her the importance of accomplishment and education toward becoming the family attorney. The hope was that one day she would be one representing her biological father toward release from prison. During her second year of undergrad she realized her calling and the need to help vulnerable individuals who may have had little to no help. Continuing to pursue her education she will receive her Doctor of Social Work Degree, winter of 2022. Raised by a single parent of five, Bernice Grigsby (my mother), who is a survivor of Domestic Violence and the phenomenal woman who put five children through higher education obtaining their Masters, and Ph.D., our CEO Destiny Grigsby, knew her calling would be to tell her story when starting her very own nonprofit organization in 2016.
Hello my name is Lili Munoz and I’m very happy to be joining Our Place Healing Hearts Foundation this year! I’m from Orange County. Single mother of one beautiful daughter who means the world to me. When things aren’t closed... we love going to Disneyland, visiting museums, and watching movies together. I work as an LVN at Hoag Medical Group. I’ve been a nurse for 5 years. I’ve got a little background in different specialties including pediatrics, family, and internal medicine.
I have been very intrigued by the work that is done by Our Place Healing Hearts Foundation. Especially now, with the pandemic and domestic violence cases rising, it’s comforting to know and work for a foundation that addresses these issues. Together, I know we can make a difference. Empowering women holistically through the toughest of times, of which no one should ever endure. Reminding women everywhere, they’re never alone.
Secretary/ Events Coordinator
Jami Bell is the Secretary of Our Place Healing Hearts Foundation. She is the oldest of 7, a mother of 3, who was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. Currently, she resides in Hawthorne, CA. Being the oldest has taught her the true value of giving, caring, and the importance of being compassionate to others. In 2016, Ms. Bell started her journey with the organization as a dedicated volunteer. With her warm heart to give back within the community, she also hopes to reach some of her childhood friends who as well were victims of domestic violence. Her ultimate goal is to help women and children in hopes of providing them with the fundamental tools to move forward in all aspects of life.
My name is Rene Thompson. I've been a Massage Therapist for over 12 years. I've had the pleasure of gaining training and knowledge from 4 instructors who saw raw talent in me pertaining to this skill. I've worked at 5 different Massage Envies until God led to to walk out on faith and create my own business. Last year is when Rare Touch was birthed. I received no help. As I began to walk by faith every door I needed to open has opened for me. This skill is a passion for me. I look at massage therapy as a spiritual profession. Massage is really therapy. It not only brings healing to your physical being, but your spirit and emotional being as well. I believe that in massage therapy the body gets to say what the mouth won't say.
I am also a mother of 3 who believes that children are the future. I believe that it is important what seeds that you plant into a child that determines their growth as an individual. This is why I decided to become an Early childhood development educator. I teach preschool. I obtained my A.A. in child development and I am currently attending the University of Laverne for my Bachelor's Degree in Child Development.
Hello My name is Schaharazad Black and I have recently learned that Our Place Healing Hearts Foundation is looking for board members. I have always wanted to get involved and be active with a community to help my fellow peers. I have a strong connection with battered women and children as well. I also have a right and obligation to serve because I believe I owe it to women like myself. I would love to partake in the uplifting of women and children like myself.
I am a mother of two and have been placed in homes with women who were universally connected and shared a same goal. That is to be financially efficient and provide for our kids the best way we can with helpful tools and resources. This foundation has helped with so many developments in the neighborhood and already a big pillar of strength for women who don’t have a voice. I plan to bring more women together and share plans and strategies where we can all be empowered. Presently I am not active in my community due to the area I reside. This will change upon working with this group for I am already dedicating and brainstorming time to put in and work on effortless details concerning the help I can do here.
Shaleece Brown, Mother of 3 and business owner. Raised in Long Beach, CA. I am a survivor and advocate. I believe in the organization’s purpose and believe that I was connected with them to serve out my purpose of helping others. I was a teen mom and no stranger to struggle. The saying goes “Pressure makes Diamonds,” and here I am.. flourishing and free. I find that the support you can receive for an organization like this can be the start to someone else’s freedom.
It takes a special person to continuously uplift others in the community, I aspire to be that. Prior to estavlishing my own business in the beauty industry I knew for certain I wanted to help others, I just couldn’t figure out how. I studied sociology with a minor in child development. The jobs I had in that field didn’t quite fulfill my desire to help. I found the fulfillment in my business and I believe this organization will add to my ability to serve. I am excited and feel honor to join such a strong and selfless group of women!
My name is Chia-Chen Lin but I go by Jen. I’m going to be a second year at UC Irvine. I’m majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I have taken both AP stats and calculus in high school, and I received an 800 for my SAT math section. I love working with kids and have an passion to teach kids. I believe that there is always a fun way to learn math. My tutoring office hours will be Mondays for two hours: 7:30-9:30. k-2 7:30-8:00pm, 3rd-5th 8:00pm-8:30pm, & 6th-12th 8:30-9:30pm.
Christi McDaniel embodies the characteristics of a good leader. Raised by her grandparents and aunt, Christi knows the hardships of not having the “perfect family” all too well. Despite always feeling like something was missing from her life, Christi concealed her feelings and kept on a brave face to insure her younger sisters that eventually things would be fine for them. The grace and hope that she exuded to others fueled her to keep going on her own journey. Always willing to help others Christi has volunteered her time with many organizations such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters-LA, Aviva, and Athens Baptist Church where she served as a Youth Ministry Director for two years.
In March of 2013, Christi decided that it was time to move forward with her vision and CST was established. “These young children need the guidance and support to know that with or without the perfect family, CST will make a way to bring something special and significant to each and every childs’ life.” Today Christi continues to positively influence others by “maximizing the efforts,” of all those around her and is now so honored to be one of the newest Board Members to Our Place Healing Hearts Foundation. She effortlessly brings forth leaders that devote their lives to, “Helping our youth thrive!” Christi resides in Hawthorne, CA but spends most of her time changing lives in Compton, CA as well as our inner cities.
My name is Rebecca Steinberg, and I am a Junior at UC Berkeley. I’m currently studying English Literature and Human Rights, and I plan on going to law school once I graduate. I’ve been tutoring children of all ages and abilities for the past 6 years, specializing in reading comprehension, writing, and language arts. I’m extremely patient and kind, and I pride myself on being able to maintain the perfect balance between having fun and staying academically productive during my sessions. I am so excited and happy to be helping out your kids after school! My tutoring hours are as follows: Mondays: 6-6:30pm for Middle & High School Students Wednesdays: 7-7:30pm for K-2 grade students & Wednesdays: 7:30-8:30pm for 3-5 grade students.