Vicki Jay Chief Executive Officer
Deirdra Flavin Marketing & Development Director
Megan Lopez, MSW, LMSW National Program Director
Stephanie Gunner, MA, LPC
Vicki JayVicki 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.” E-Mail Vicki
Deirdra FlavinDeirdra Flavin joined the NAGC in 2019 in the role of Marketing and Development Director. After a decade in senior roles in marketing and sales, her work more recently has been in the non-profit sector and includes leadership positions in both development and marketing. Prior to joining the NAGC, Deirdra was the Executive Director at Kids’ Haven: A Center for Grieving Children. She graduated from University College Cork with a BA in English and an MSc in Marketing Management. Originally from Ireland, Deirdra currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia, with her husband and three children. Contact Deirdra
Megan LopezMegan 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. Contact Megan
Stephanie GunnerStephanie Gunner, MA, LPC joined the NAGC in 2012. 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.