Wellness House of Annapolis is fortunate to have dedicated, qualified professionals on our staff. In addition, we are extremely grateful to our team of over 200 selfless volunteers!
Click below to learn more about the individuals who make our vision a reality.
Mary Jermann joined Wellness House as Executive Director in the summer of 2019. Prior to Wellness House, Mary was Director of Volunteer Services at Hospice of the Chesapeake. This important work, similar to ours, diligently served the needs of hospice patients, caregivers, families, and friends. Mary’s background also includes decades of experience in corporate and non-profit organizational leadership. She has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to team leadership, business administration and management, fundraising, and creative direction. Mary holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, is a certified mentor with Get Clients Now™, and is a certified life coach with the Martha Beck Institute.
As Executive Director, Mary’s depth of compassion and experience serves as a powerful connection to the heart of our mission at Wellness House. Under her leadership and encouragement, our strength-giving support and services are made possible with the help of our amazing volunteers, at no cost to the community.
Program & Development Director
Terri Fevang joined the Wellness House of Annapolis team as Program & Development Director in the summer of 2020 to support the enhancement and development of our adult, child, and family support programs. Terri brings with her a passion for innovation and creativity in redefining the healing journey. She has extensive experience in Healing Arts management and integrative care. Her work in the Healing Arts, and particularly music in medicine, has partnered her with the University of Maryland Medical Center Greenebaum Cancer Center, UM Center for Integrative Medicine, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Hospice of the Chesapeake and Gilchrist Hospice. Terri is also a music composer and certified music practitioner (CMP)/therapeutic musician, and a graduate of The Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), a certification program that trains musicians in the art and science of using the transformative healing power of music at the bedside of the sick and dying.
Prior to discovering the power of music in medicine, Terri was an award-winning television and film composer with credits in national and international television shows and documentaries, corporate videos, tv and radio commercials, and web-based content, and a television producer with Maryland Public Television. At the Wellness House, she is a valuable addition to the team, working to grow Wellness House’s program and service offerings, and support the development activities that keep our offerings free of charge to the community.
Sally Sellman, NCC, LCPC, HTCP
Consulting Clinical Therapist
Sally Sellman is a Consulting Clinical Therapist at Wellness House. She is a Towson University graduate with additional education from University of Maryland’s School of Social Work in Baltimore, and a Masters’ Degree from Loyola University in Education with a concentration in Counseling. Sally is also a Healing Touch practitioner, and volunteers her time to provide these services at the Wellness House. She has extensive work as a professional counselor in private practices, a school counselor, and as a teacher.
At the Wellness House, Sally provides individual counseling to individuals and families, and facilitates our Advanced Cancer, Survivors, Men with Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, and Cancer Loss Bereavement Support Groups. She also is instrumental in helping to support the development of our Adult Clinical Program policies and procedures, and interviews and provides orientations for our volunteer practitioners and clinicians.
MEMBER & vOLUNTEER MANAGER
Kris Zyla joined The Wellness House transition team in the Fall of 2020. She has over 30 years’ experience in human service and health care administration. She is currently interning at John’s Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with the Association of Clinical Educators (ACPE) program.
Kris currently maintains a nationally certified geriatric health care training curriculum she developed with the National Association of Hospice and Homecare, medical ethics in a technologic age studies, and world-view history early education curriculum from her education career.
Kris worked for the Anne Arundel County Human Services Office, providing non-profit program auditing and oversight, Hospice of the Chesapeake, Serving People Across Neighborhoods, and Severna Park United Methodist Church among other non-profit and health care providers over the last few decades.
Previous experience includes direct care, curriculum development, instruction, grant writing, development, and auditing, volunteer recruitment and management, code enforcement, program development, and team building projects as well as community outreach, advocacy and program communications.
As part of the volunteer transition team striving to elevate the mission and vision of Wellness House of Annapolis, Kris is working to connect and communicate with key stakeholders, members, volunteers and the community. She prioritizes key program components to stabilize and bolster the structure and integrity of programs at Wellness House of Annapolis.
Kris also operates, with her husband, a quick lube retail business in Salisbury, Maryland. Together they have four children and a grandbaby on the way.
Nikki Malatesta joined the Wellness House transition team in the Fall of 2020. Nikki brings her passion for process improvement and efficiency to the Wellness House, with hopes to “make life easier” for everyone, especially our Members.
Nikki has over 15 years of administrative experience working in healthcare, human resources, office management, volunteer management and program coordination. Her can-do attitude makes anything seem possible, because if there is a will there is a way!
Prior to Wellness House Nikki was Volunteer Services Manager at Hospice of the Chesapeake and led their We Honor Veterans program. She recognizes the importance of support and understands that compassion is an invaluable gift.
Megan Cannone, LCSW-C, OSW-C, OPN-CG
Psychosocial Services Manager
Megan Cannone is the Psychosocial Services Manager at the Wellness House. She is also a Western Carolina University graduate with a Master of Social Work, a licensed clinical social worker, certified oncology social worker and an oncology patient navigator certified generalist. As a social worker for over ten years, she has spent most of her career working in hospice care before transitioning to oncology.
Megan supports the Wellness House mission and vision and strongly believes that anyone impacted by cancer should have a place where their psychosocial needs can be met. As part of the Wellness House team, she will be overseeing the development and implementation of adult and children’s programs, providing direct counseling support to patients and families, leading support groups, as well as participating in community outreach.
She is an active member of the Association of Oncology Social Work, Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators, The Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland and the Maryland Cancer Collaborative. Megan is the proud wife of an active-duty Air Force pilot and mother to three children and two dogs.
Child and Family Program Consultant
Meghan Siegel is a Certified Child Life Specialist with over 10 years of experience. Meghan developed and expanded the child life program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s emergency department and has worked throughout the community assisting children and families through challenging situations. Meghan has a passion for helping children and families and her goal is to always “make hard things a little easier”!
Meghan joins our Wellness team as the child and family program consultant. She will infuse therapeutic play based therapies with education, development and emotional support to assist children and families in building positive coping skills.
Meghan is honored to be a part of this community and is looking forward to working with the members of the Wellness House and assisting families who have been affected by cancer.
Diversity and Outreach Consultant
Ashley Johnson joined Wellness House of Annapolis in 2021 as a Diversity & Outreach Consultant. She coordinates and attends meetings with potential partners, such as churches, colleges, and other community resources. Her objective is to improve awareness by making connections within the community so that more people can become familiar with the Wellness House mission and services. Ashley became interested in the healthcare field after serving as a caregiver to several of her grandparents. In 2017 her paternal grandmother was diagnosed with cancer after a routine mammography. During this time, Ashley lived in the same apartment building as her grandmother, which allowed her to provide daily care, while balancing her own life. It required many worthwhile sacrifices, long nights, and a ton of faith and love.
Ashley takes great pride in being an advocate for exceptional care. Prior to working for Comfort Keepers, an in-house senior care service, she was Lead Community Health Worker at Maryland Primary Care Program and Program Coordinator for a local non-profit serving older adults in Anne Arundel County. Ashley graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Masters in Management of Aging Services and brings several years of experience from working in the fields of human services and aging. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid, First-Aid and CPR. In her free time, Ashley enjoys traveling with her friends and family.
Volunteer: Licensed Graduate Counseling Professional, Clinical Intern
Janelle Swartz is the Licensed Graduate Counseling Professional at the Wellness House of Annapolis. She is a Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania graduate student working towards her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her bachelor’s in health science, with a focus on physical therapy, from LHU. Janelle has a background in Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy and has worked throughout the community assisting children and their families through challenging situations. Janelle applies person-centered therapy to her passion of working with children, adults, and families. She wants to meet individuals where they are on their journey and encourages positive thoughts, behaviors, and coping mechanisms.
Janelle moved to Annapolis in 2020, and she recently moved onto a boat with her boyfriend and bulldog, Slider. She enjoys sports, hanging out with friends, fishing with her boyfriend, hiking, paddle boarding, going on long runs, doing cross fit, baking, and cooking.
Sherry Cormier, PhD
Volunteer: Psychosocial Support
As part of the transition team Sherry Cormier, PhD joined Wellness House of Annapolis as a volunteer. Sherry is a psychologist, and certified grief and bereavement trauma specialist as well as a grief survivor, having lost her husband and her family of origin in the last decade. Before moving to the Annapolis area, Sherry was a Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at West Virginia University and in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee.
Sherry is also a Reiki Master and a student of yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. She has produced over 100 training videos for Cengage Learning and has been on numerous podcasts speaking about surviving grief and loss. She coordinated the Womens’ Wellness Retreat for Camp Letts in Edgewater while serving on their Board. Her areas of expertise include wellness and self-care, stress management, and healing from grief and loss. She is a public speaker, consultant, and author of several textbooks and a new self-help book called “Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness after Loss and Grief.”
Volunteer: Member Support
Teri Jacobson joined The Wellness House of Annapolis as a part of our transition team in the Fall of 2020. She is a Conscious Living Coach/Educator, Sacred Passage Doula and Advanced Care Planner. In addition, she works with those living with dementia in a senior care community and provides spiritual, physical, intellectual, cultural and emotional programs. She volunteers for Hospice of the Chesapeake (HOC) providing patient care, aroma therapy, and comfort touch modalities as well as workshop leader and trainer.
After several deaths of loved ones, Teri recognizing the significant need for additional support and guidance before, during, and after death. Teri received her certification as a Sacred Passage Doula and Best Three Months Coach through the Conscious Dying Institute. She received her End of Life Doula Certification from Doulagivers.
A doula provides non-medical holistic emotional, spiritual, practical, and physical support for patients and care takers/families during end of life. She not only assists families facing the end of life now but also educates those who are focusing on wellness. With the knowledge and wisdom, she skillfully promotes creating a plan for living well through the end of life.
Before becoming an EOL Doula, Teri worked in global mobility as a counselor for families moving worldwide. She opened her own company as an acclimation and transitions counselor for corporations and individuals in 2005. In 2015 she left the corporate world to focus on conscious living programs.