Andy McNiel, MA, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC). In his role as CEO, Andy serves the childhood bereavement field as a national fundraiser, thought leader, and ambassador for issues related to childhood bereavement support, traveling extensively throughout the United States. Andy has served as a non-profit manager and leader throughout his career, and has provided support and counseling to bereaved children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of support settings. He is a nationally recognized presenter and trainer, using a balance of humor, teaching, and facilitating on a variety of topics related to strategic planning, non-profit leadership, childhood bereavement support, adult bereavement issues, and group facilitation. He holds a BA in Religion and MA in Counseling.
Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT is a childhood bereavement consultant and adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. She is part of the national Training Corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Formerly, Pamela was the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children. She created and served as the Camp Director for Camp Erin, Palm Springs, a bereavement camp for children in Southern California. Pamela served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Formerly, she was the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Pamela earned her Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and was awarded the Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.