Our Leadership Team

Mary Beth Woll, MA, LMHC


Mary Beth facilitates grief groups for widows. Since Mary Beth and her husband Bob were music ministers for twenty years, she has a special love for “Ministry Widows.”

In 2015, Mary Beth co-authored with Dr. Paul Meier (of Meier Clinics) Growing Stronger: How to Turn Your Darkest Hour into Your Greatest Victory. Growing Stronger was written to help women experiencing all kinds of crisis, trauma, depression, or grief. Just four years later, she experienced the greatest trauma and grief of her life when she lost Bob, her dear husband of nearly 39 years. Though still believing for his healing, her brave Bob went with Jesus to Heaven on June 13, 2019 following a fierce, three-month battle with cancer.

Mary Beth joined The Widows Project in January of 2020. A year later, she was privileged to co-author with Linda Smith and Dr. Paul Meier, Don’t Lose Heart!: A Widow’s Guide to Growing Stronger.

Linda Smith


Linda facilitates three grief groups for widows and co-authored a book with Mary Beth Woll and Dr. Paul Meier in 2021. Don’t Lose Heart! A Widow’s Guide to Growing Stronger is a tool for processing grief, either in a group or individually.

Linda lost her dear husband Kirby on April 16, 2013. He had been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in July, 2010. Kirby and Linda raised their kids, Wendy and Tyler, at Philadelphia Church in Seattle until 1995. Then they moved their family to Westgate Chapel in Edmonds, where Linda is still actively involved.

Linda joined The Widows Project in February, 2020, right after she retired from a 20-year stint at University Prep, a private school in Seattle. Linda has had a variety of teaching experiences, both secular and Christian, from early childhood to college. She is also an organizer/administrator.

Bruce McCleod


Bruce facilitates a GriefShare group for widowed men and is co-authoring, with his friend Chris Taylor, Take Heart! A Growth Resource for Widowed MenTake Heart! is a second level workbook for processing the grief of being widowed from the male perspective.

Bruce lost his wife Cheri to cancer in 2017 after a five-year fight for her life. His work with TWP constitutes a return to his work as a missionary to the family. He and Cheri felt called to that work in 2000 and created ClearHeart Ministry to promulgate it. They worked at it consistently until a few weeks before Cheri passed.

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