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Dr. Mark Pitstick, Lynn Hollahan, Elizabeth Boisson, Irene Vouvalides, Kathy MacMannis, Patti May, Rosanne Norris

Dr. Mark Pitstick, Lynn Hollahan, Elizabeth Boisson, Irene Vouvalides, Kathy MacMannis, Patti May and Rosanne Norris will be meeting with current and prospective Affiliate Leaders and current Caring Listeners, on Thursday from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.


Dr. Mark Pitstick

Mark Pitstick, MA, DC, has over fifty years’ experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers and private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology studies majoring in pastoral counseling, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic health care. Mark has extensive post-graduate training in clinical nutrition. He also has provided suicide prevention counseling and education to many people.

Mark founded The Caring Listeners and provides clinical support for them and Affiliate Leaders. He also has worked with Helping Parents Heal for many years as a Board Member and columnist for the monthly newsletter.

Visit for his free articles, radio shows, and newsletters. Articles #2, 4, 93, and 109 are especially designed for bereaved parents and family members.

Note: He is not a Caring Listener but will respond to your questions with brief suggestions, information, and resources. You can email him at

Lynn Hollahan

I am the mother of two beautiful children, Devon and Kelsey.  In November of 2009, we received a telephone call which changed our lives: Our son Devon had gone missing in Frankfurt, Germany.  After a month-long search, our worst fears were realized when his body was found in the Main River, downstream from Frankfurt.  Devon began to make his presence known through mediums and signs.  These amazing and unmistakable signs proved beyond any doubt that not only was Devon NOT gone, he was, in fact, very present in our lives! 

My connection to HPH goes back almost to the founding of the group when my husband Jeff and I  were introduced to Elizabeth Boisson and Mark Ireland.  We are blessed to have had our journey become part of the book, Still Right Here, by Suzanne Giesemann, and we are eternally grateful for the miraculous bonds we have formed with other HPH members! 

Through Devon’s continued antics, we have found joy, peace and comfort.  Our fondest wish is to be able to help you achieve the same.  Here’s to moving forward together, living our best lives! Lynn is a Founding Member and a Co-Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Scottsdale Book Club.  She is also the point of contact for our Caring Listeners.


Elizabeth Boisson 

Elizabeth has four beautiful children, two of whom are in Spirit: Chelsea, who passed when she was two days old in Montpellier, France, and Morgan, who transitioned at the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Tibet while on a university exchange program when he was 20 years old. She also has two beautiful daughters: Alix, 30, and Christine, 28. Elizabeth is the President and Co-Founder of HPH, the Affiliate Leader of the Phoenix/Scottsdale group and the Newsletter Editor. She attended and taught at UNC - Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and graduate school and the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France. Elizabeth is the author (with other members of Helping Parents Heal) of Life to Afterlife - Helping Parents Heal, The Book. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches healing yoga.  

Irene Vouvalides

My best friend, my only child, my beautiful 24 year old daughter Carly Elizabeth Hughes passed to esophageal-gastric cancer on February 17th, 2013. Like so many of us who have had this devastating experience my daughter’s passing sent me on a spiritual quest. I have found friends and comfort through this remarkable group Helping Parents Heal. In the short time since Carly’s passing I have had definite proof that consciousness survives physical death, that Carly is well, and with me always. I have been fortunate to speak with mediums who were able to provide absolute evidence of the afterlife, indisputable information relayed bringing comfort and helping to lighten the heavy weight of grief. With family and Carly’s friends we have created a foundation in her honor- Carly’s Kids A Foundation For Education.  Please visit Carly’s Kids

Irene is a Caring Listener, the Affiliate Leader of Helping Parents Heal - Hilton Head/Bluffton, HPH - All Our Children/Only Child, and 'Chat with Irene and Kathy,' as well as our Vice President and Conference Director.

Kathy MacMannis

Kath's husband Andy was raised in Billings, NY. He graduated from Penn State University in 1985. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps the same year. Andrew served as an Infantry Officer for 30 years retiring at the rank of Colonel. Kathy was raised in Mamaroneck, NY. In marrying Andrew, Kathy married into the extended Marine Corps family. This was the perfect fit for Kathy as it filled 2 passions she had, travel and helping others. This started what she called her job as a “Professional Volunteer”. They lived in many locations around the world.   They were blessed with 3 beautiful and energetic boys, Conor (1993), Jack (1996) and Aiden (1998).

In March of 2013 their youngest, Aiden, died by suicide at the age of 15. Eight months later their oldest son, Conor, died in an accidental fall while attending Penn State University. This started a journey in not only the deepest grief and pain a parent can experience, but also an extraordinary awakening and enlightenment that came in the form of signs, messages and real-time communication. All of this has led them to know that Conor and Aiden continue this journey with them. They are still very present and together they have much work to do!

Patti May

I am a mother of 3 wonderful children and have been married to their father for 30 years. I lost my son Adam in 2006 in a tragic auto accident. Since Adam’s passing I have had afterlife signs that have helped me. I began to search for like-minded parents to share our experiences. I came across the wonderful group Helping Parents Heal and asked if I could start a group here in Canada.

Rosanne Norris

My name is Rosanne Norris. I am the proud mother of five children and six grandchildren. On January 9, 2018, our middle son, Lee, age 30, left this earth plane due to a carbon monoxide poisoning in his home.

Out of this most unimaginable pain was born a seeking of the truth which lead me to Helping Parents Heal. I want to dedicate my life to helping other parents suffering from the crushing loss of their child. Together, we will support and guide each other on our journey to becoming shining light parents. Rosanne is the author of Beleeve - the story of her beautiful son Lee's transition and eventual communication with Rosanne.  

Mark, Lynn, Elizabeth, Irene, Kathy, Patti and Rosanne will be holding a meeting of our Helping Parents Heal Affiliate Leaders and Caring Listeners on Thursday afternoon.


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