2016 was easily the worst year of my life. It began with the unexpected end to a relationship that left me feeling like my life was over. But as the year went on, with the help of my incredible friends and family (especially my mom), I healed.
As part of the healing process, I signed up to run the NYC marathon. Although extremely daunting, it was so helpful to me to set a goal and have something to dedicate myself to throughout the spring, summer and early fall.
Ten days before the race, a package from my mom arrived containing a Tiffany key chain with the race logo, the date of the marathon and my initials engraved on it. As I opened it, tears streamed down my face because the gift was such a perfect symbol of my upcoming accomplishment, and I felt so lucky to have such a supportive family. But then four days later, I received the worst kind of phone call that is anyone’s worst nightmare – my brother from the ICU sobbing uncontrollably telling me to get on the next plane home to Cleveland, where I grew up.
My mom was unexpectedly in critical condition and it was unclear if she would remain stable. Within seconds, my co-workers booked my flight and took me in a cab to the airport. I blacked this entire experience out and remember very little of it because all I could think about was that my mom had to be okay – there was no other option.
STUART, FL, July 24, 2017- Following a formal, multi-sector, nation-wide search, the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Vicki Jay as Chief Executive Officer effective September 1, 2017.
“I am elated to join the NAGC team”, shared Vicki Jay. “I recognize this opportunity as a privilege to serve a mission that is near and dear to my heart. Being part of this movement is truly an honor and a blessing, and I will strive to fulfill the role of CEO and be an advocate for those we serve.”
Stuart, FL, April 12, 2017 – After over five years leading the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), Andy McNiel will be departing from the Chief Executive Officer role at the end of July, 2017. Andy will continue to lead NAGC during the transition, and work with the Board of Directors and a Transition Committee over the next several months to transition the organization and plan for onboarding of the new CEO.