LUBBOCK, TX, December 2, 2019- Following a nation-wide request for nominations from child bereavement field professionals and an election by the membership of the organization, the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) announced that its membership and Board of Directors has elected Cristina M. Chipriano, Mary Robinson, and Brennan Wood as members of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Their term of service will begin January 2020.
Cristina M. Chipriano is the Director of Spanish Programs and Outreach at Bo’s Place, a bereavement center in Houston, TX. She oversees the programming for and outreach to the bereaved Hispanic/Latino community of Houston. Cristina has also developed trainings/workshops for peer bereavement centers across the country that are seeking to provide culturally competent, bilingual grief support for bereaved families and education and training for professionals to support Hispanic/Latino populations. She helped develop a grief and bereavement specific Spanish-language training that is offered at Bo’s Place for those providing services to Spanish-speaking families. Cristina also co-facilitated a quarterly program call for members of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) who had an interest working with the Latino bereaved community. In addition, she oversaw the translation of the NAGC’s “When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book”. Cristina will be overseeing the NAGC Latinx Work Group whose purpose will be to develop a best practice guide and tips on “How to work with the Latinx Bereaved Community”.
Cristina also provides psychotherapy within a clinical social work practice setting; primary specialization in grief therapy with children and adults, individuals and families. Cristina is serving on the Content Advisory Board for the WPSU Public Broadcasting Station/National Public Radio: The Grief Initiative Project. She previously served on the Executive Board of the Latino Social Workers of Greater Houston and continues to be a member of the Advisory Board for the network.
Cristina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate Collage of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with supervisor status (LCSW-S) and formerly worked as a medical social worker in the Houston Medical Center. Cristina has been a social worker for 7 years.
Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is the Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss located in Mountainside, NJ and the Founder and former Executive Director of Good Grief located in Morristown. She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, and training expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Leaving the corporate world in 1997 to volunteer and work full-time in the field of children’s grief support, Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient and grow up emotionally healthy. Working and volunteering in the field of children’s grief support grew out of Mary’s own personal experience of loss as a child. Her commitment is to ensure that no child grieves alone and that children in grief grow up emotional healthy, resilient and able to lead meaningful and productive lives.
Mary has a BA in English, an MA in Applied Psychoanalysis and is a Certified Thanatologist. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis.
Prior to working in the field of children's grief support Mary spent 14 years at Prudential Financial, first as a System Analyst and then for five years worked in Corporate Community Relations where she managed the company's volunteer programs and helped give money to nonprofits as Chair of the Employee Grant Making Committee for the Prudential Foundation.
Brennan Wood has been a staff member at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families since 2004 and became Executive Director in October 2015. She previously served as the Chief Development & Communications Officer and fundraising to support grieving children and families is her passion.
Brennan first walked through the doors of The Dougy Center in 1987 when she was twelve years old and her mother had died. She believes that her experience at The Dougy Center shaped her life and she has strived to help provide the same opportunity that she had to other grieving children and families in her community, across the country, and around the world ever since.
One of Brennan’s most notable accomplishments is having led a team of staff and volunteers in completing a 4.2 million dollar capital campaign to rebuild The Dougy Center’s home after a devastating fire in 2009.
Brennan is a member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and Willamette Valley Development Officers where she served on the Board of Directors. She was a WVDO Star Bright Award Finalist and a United Way Speaker of the Year.
Brennan is a graduate of the University of Montana with a B.A. in Psychology, and prides herself on creating dynamic relationships and always striving for courageous leadership.
The National Alliance for Grieving Children is honored to have Cristina, Mary and Brennan join our mission of serving bereaved children and their families and help ensure that no child grieves alone.
About The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through the collective voice of our members and partners we educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement.
The NAGC is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families. For more information, visit: www.ChildrenGrieve.org.