Meet The Team


International Grief Institute was founded in 2017, and is dedicated to investing in community resilience by helping professionals, organizations and individuals develop and execute programs and services that have a positive impact on their community and those who lose someone they love.

Lynda Cheldelin Fell


Lynda Cheldelin Fell is founding partner of the International Grief Institute, and international bestselling author of over 35 books including the award winning Grief Diaries series. With her background as a firefighter/EMT, Lynda specializes in trauma, grief, compassion fatigue, and holds a national certification in critical incident stress management. A popular keynote speaker and educator, she is a member of the continuing education faculty at Whatcom Community College where she teaches classes on resilience, managing grief in the workplace, and compassion fatigue. To research grief’s impact on society, she has interviewed people around the world including societal figures such as Martin Luther King’s daughter, and Heaven is For Real’s Pastor Todd Burpo. She has earned six national literary awards and five national advocacy award nominations for her work.

Rev. Roland H. Johnson III

Rev. Johnson is an ordained minister and a retired sociology professor with a substantial background in academia, sociology and religious publications. He is past head of Sociology at Blinn College in Texas, and was a member of the teaching faculty at Texas A&M University and Texas State University. Now Honorary Chaplain of the Galveston Police Department, he served as both a crime victim liaison and as Head Chaplain for a number of years. Johnson holds multiple certifications and memberships including the American Sociological Association and International Conference of Police Chaplains.