NAGC Staff

Vicki Jay
Vicki Jay
Chief Operating Officer
Megan Lopez
Megan Lopez, MSW, LMSW
National Program Director
Kathy Wisnefski
Kathy Wisnefski
Chief Development Officer
Stephanie Gunner
Stephanie Gunner, MA, LPC
Creative and Technical Coordinator
  • Vicki Jay
  • Megan Lopez
  • Kathy Wisnefski
  • Stephanie Gunner
  • Vicki Jay

    Vicki Jay serves as CEO for the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Ms. Jay was founding director of Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center in Midland Texas. Her nineteen-year hospice career included End-of-Life Community Education Director and ten years as Founder and Executive Director of Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center. She is recognized for her role in children’s advocacy and for her strengths in public speaking and community education. Jay has received many awards and recognitions for her work with nonprofits and in the field of bereavement, including the National Jefferson Award for Community Service, a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public voluntarism in America. Recipients are “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” A graduate of Texas Tech University, Jay currently resides in Midland, Texas. In addition to her professional and community roles, Jay cherishes her role of wife, mother, friend and recently “Nana.”

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  • Megan Lopez

    Megan Lopez joined the NAGC in 2014 and serves as the National Program Director. Megan has served as a Social Worker and Program Leader throughout her nonprofit career, and has provided support to children, teenagers and families in a variety of settings. Megan is an experienced presenter and trainer using an interactive style in her teaching and facilitating on a variety of topics related to program management, childhood bereavement support, grief in the school setting, and group facilitation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Texas Tech University and Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington. Megan resides in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two children.

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  • Kathy Wisnefski

    Kathy has served in the nonprofit community for more than 20 years. Before joining NAGC, she served as Executive Director of the Funeral Service Foundation, project manager and consultant for a non-profit consulting firm, development director for a youth center where, over three years she increased gift revenue by 10 percent annually and established a planned giving program that closed seven gifts the first year. A highly skilled administrator, Kathy understands all aspects of a comprehensive development program including grant writing, corporate sponsorships and effective database management. She champions best practices, especially financial transparency and careful stewardship to build and sustain donor relationships. Kathy chaired the Recruitment Task Force for the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) and served as President for the Wisconsin chapter.

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  • Stephanie Gunner

    Stephanie Gunner, MA, LPC joined the NAGC in 2012 and serves as the Creative and Technical Coordinator. Stephanie provides support to the NAGC’s website and social media platforms. She oversees the set-up, use, and maintenance of the organization’s software and creates layouts and designs of marketing collateral, and other published materials in print and online. Formerly a grief counselor, she was the Groups and Resources Coordinator at the Amelia Center in Birmingham, AL where she provided individual and family counseling to bereaved children, parents and families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and four children.

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  • Vicki Jay
  • Megan Lopez
  • Kathy Wisnefski
  • Stephanie Gunner