Board Of Directors
Todd Nigro is a member of the Board of Directors and President of Ellie’s Way. After losing his daughter Ellie in January 2012, he has developed a passion for helping families navigate the valley of grief after a tragic loss. He is a member of Dogwood Church in Peachtree City where he is a co-leader of the GriefShare support group.
Todd has a diverse background including neural network research engineer, U.S. Air Force F-15E pilot, hedge fund manager, and mechanical engineer.
Todd graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Kristen Nigro is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Ellie’s Way. Kristen is the mother of three children, two teenage boys, and one forever six-year-old in heaven. She is a member of Dogwood Church in Peachtree City. Kristen spent seven years as a registered nurse working as a flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, oncology, neurosensory intensive care, home health, and hospice. She homeschooled her children for 10 years, and is now working as a nurse care manager at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Kristen graduated from Trenton State College in
1992 with a B.S. degree in Nursing.
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“As my daughter checked the mail today. I heard her yell, ‘Mommy, somebody got a package!’ Here at my house, we love packages! So we sat down and opened it, and each piece I pulled out was a blessing. All the information is what I need. I am struggling especially this week. And when I got to the tokens of love you sent. The stone, coin and metal mini plaque. They are so beautiful and it touched me so deeply. I will be honest, I unwrapped that pink paper and when I got to the end of it and I seen her face, her beautiful little face, I felt it…. I don’t think that I have felt that feeling in so long, it was like I saw her again. I was excited, it was that excited feeling you get when you haven’t seen someone in awhile, the one where you have missed them so much and you were so extremely elated to see them. Just for a second I had that feeling. Thank you you gave that to me even if it were just a second. That second was fabulous. So again, thank you. When I turned over the necklace and saw the I love you and angel wings, her face, daughter, in memory of. I can’t tell you how you have impacted me. Ellie has some wonderful family. She is so lucky. So is my daughter to have a heaven friend like Ellie. You are so amazing. From my soul Thank you so much. You have changed a part of me forever. All my love.”
“Went to check the mail today and received my package from Ellie’ Way. I was not expecting it at all. It really touched my heart in more ways than I can say. I have started reading the pamphlets. The necklace very touching and the stone also, thank you all.”
“It was far more then I could have ever hoped for, thank you! All the thoughtful pieces that went into the package from the sticky notes to the books, it was amazing and I can’t thank you enough.”
“I bought this as a Mothers Day gift to myself. I felt it was taking a huge step in my healing process. I love the necklace. It was heavy, just like my heart. It is simple but beautifully made with love and care. I needed it. It finalizes. I miss him dearly. I will cherish it, but not worship it or him. There is life beyond the grave. JESUS CHRIST the True Light by which we are saved. Thank God for Ellie’s Way and for all that they do in making it just a little bit easier.”
“The entire package was amazing! I loved the personalization of my son’s name and his pictures. I loved that it wasn’t just a thrown together thing that was the same for everyone. It was MY package for me and me only! It is a gift that will forever be cherished! Thank you soooooo much!”
“I can’t thank you enough for everything! The package was beautifully put together and the necklace was made with such love and I feel like someone really cared about my child. The booklets and journal are very helpful in so many ways. I have read and reread the booklets, they make me feel comfort when nothing seems to make sense. Again I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for myself and other families. I can never repay you for the love and kindness that you are filling this world with.”
“I received this in the mail today and I’m going to treasure it forever and always!!!! Thank you so much! Thank you so much for these beautiful keepsakes, we will love and cherish them forever! Thank for caring so much for others that you send the beautiful care packages out to parents everywhere! My husband and I thank you and appreciate everything! May God bless you all always!”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"
“Such an amazing gift, couldn’t have came at a more perfect time, this made my heart smile when I opened the box, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I will forever cherish this. Now I can wear my necklace and have my son close to my heart.”
“I do not know how to thank you. Today was a difficult day, full of emotions, sadness and the question of why. Upon arriving home from a crazy day of work and the endless emotional rollercoaster, I now call my norm, I was presented with Ellie’s Care Package. Inside I looked into the most beautiful eyes of a face of an angel, and beside her face I see many keepsakes of my son. Sometimes timing means a lot and today the package arrived in a time I needed it the most. After the insert about Ellie, I thought I was reading the life of my son. It brought tears, but at the same time an overwhelming comfort to see others walking this road and showing so much love kindness and support. Thank you so much, it made a difference!”
“Thank you so very much for the beautiful package. I received it today – it’s so amazing, I cried when I got it. The necklace is perfect and so unbelievably special to me. Thank you with all of my heart, it’s something I will forever cherish the rest of my life. You are beautiful people, with beautiful volunteers and a beautiful organization. Thank you again, for doing all you do for people like me. You make the world a better place and a difficult path a bit brighter.”
“This care package is awesome. When it comes and you open and see all the things inside, it makes you sad and happy at the same time! I am thankful that there are people like you around and even though you are going through a loss, you have the strength to help others. Bless you and your angel. Thank you again!”
“I received my care package today. I was in shock and had no idea it was coming so soon. My necklace is beyond perfection and now my daughter is on my heart…I am speechless and so happy…y’all are such a blessing.”
“I loved my care package. It brought tears to my eyes when I opened it, especially the necklace. Now I can have my angel baby close to me wherever I go. It feels good to know that somebody understands what we’re going through and actually cares. God bless you for all the work that you do to bring hope and a smile to bereaved parents. Thank God for people like you.”
“I received my beautiful necklace, along with many other joyous things today. Thank you so much! Bless you all for your great work!”
“Hello, I want to thank you for the most wonderful gift I’ve ever received. I donated last night a box in the name of my son. Thank you so very much.”
“I received my gift today and I found it to be awesome. I think it will be of great help in dealing with the loss of my daughter.
“Got this sweet gift in the mail today. Immediately one of my most prized possessions. Thank you so much!!”
“How God works through sweet precious Ellie and her father who has been given a heart to serve. I know that Ellie would be smiling and love overflowing, knowing how others are being comforted, strengthened and encouraged through her huge heart and example to all of us. I pray that as you continue to wholeheartedly seek God and His will for Ellie’s Way, He will transform many more lives in unimaginable ways. With love and gratitude for your family.”
“I just got the most amazing package in the mail!! With my daughter’s third angelversary coming up, it was so appreciated. Thank you!!!”
“I received the most beautiful pink package in the mail today! I am blown away by the little gifts inside as well as the books. Thank you for remembering our son, thank you for speaking out about child loss and helping all of us find the way through this journey of grief.”
“I received your care package yesterday. Don’t know if it was by chance or if you looked ahead and mailed the package to arrive on the anniversary of my son’s death or not. It is a struggle to make it through the day and the package was uplifting. The package means so much to me, especially the necklace and personalized items. I will cherish them forever. I can tell you put a great deal of thought, concern, and love into the package.”
“I received the most wonderful, heartfelt and touching package today that will help me to mourn and honor the memory of the son I lost. It is a wonderful source of comfort. A huge thank you to the founders, Todd and Kristen Nigro. You both brought me tears, smiles and yes, even some peace. ❤️I will light a very special candle to honor your beautiful angel Ellie.”
“I was taken back by how phenomenal this package was! You guys are truly amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Today I received an amazing care package from Ellie’s Way. They are an amazing non-profit that sends out care packages to families who have lost a child. I had seen friends also receive packages, and so also ordered one for a local mom who has an upcoming birthday in October without her son, who should be turning 3 years old. Please go check out Ellie’s Way!”
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“I received a care package from y’all and it has meant the world to me. I don’t know how you had the small picture of my son made, but I wear the locket everyday. Thank you so much.”
“I received my package today. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.”
“THANK YOU so much for my care package in memory of my son who died by suicide in 2007. I loved everything about the pink box and it truly was a blessing to me! I can’t wait to order one for another Mom who lost her child to suicide…I know it will bless her too. The teal journal is beautiful and with the helpful prompts, it will be very easy to use also. The necklace is amazing! Thank you for all you do for grieving parents.”
“I just received my package, and I’m so touched and grateful for the thoughtfulness of the ones who thought of me. Thank you so much.”
“My family and I received our package today. Words can’t even express how grateful we are! The gifts inside are truly beautiful! Ellie’s Way is really making an impact. I was in tears when I heard about the care package, honestly! Just the thought that others are thinking of you means so much during your period of grief. You are so wonderful!”
“I just received a package in the mail this weekend. When I got home Sunday, I opened it. It was awesome,beautiful, personalized. It literally took my breathe away and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, I love it.”
“Thank you so much for my care package! I loved it and it really helped lift my spirits! I SO appreciate the work you guys do!!”
“I loved the care and thought that was put into it, the personalized items, the feeling of love that I got when I opened it. This is one of the most amazing things I have received since my daughter’s passing.”
“We want to thank you guys soooo much for the AMAZING package we received this morning. It was soooo wonderful. I can not express how much I appreciate the bracelet and necklace. I will now be able to carry more of my son with me each and every day. It is by far one of the most special gifts we have received. You guys hold a very special place in my heart. Thank you very much!”
“Loved my care package! It lifted me up when I was missing my daughter so much and I’m the pit of despair. It brought me hope again.”
“Thank you! I lost my one and only son who was 17 years old and died as a result of a brain infection. He was a perfectly healthy young man all his life and suddenly on life support and now in heaven. There are many sad days, but the Lord sees me through. Today, I needed a little confirmation that God is with me to help me through my sadness and I came across your website so I thank you for sharing! May God continue to bless you and your family.”
“Thank you so much for this beautiful necklace. I love, love, love it!!! What you do for others is just amazing!! God Bless you all!!”
“We received our package today! I want to thank you so much, it touched our hearts forever. My daughter Ellie thought it was for her because it had her name on it. I explained why it had Ellie’s name on it, and she started to cry. I (We) will cherish this forever. God Bless you!”
“Thank you so much for my package! I absolutely loved it. I can see how much time you take in each package..making sure they are perfect for the moms and dads..it is so appreciated.”
“Amazing. I can not thank you all enough for the beautiful items you sent ♥”
“Today as I regularly checked my mail, I was dropped to my knees in tears. I received the most beautiful gift of love from Ellie’s Way. As it has been six years since I held my son, and six years since I had to say goodbye to him. This package has given me peace today. To be able to hold the stone with my son’s picture, to wear the necklace with his photo…this means so much to our family as he was only with us for three short months. Now I can carry him with me on the outside as well as inside for all to see my sun-shine. Thank you ever so much.”
“I received my Ellie’s Way package today and I can’t thank you enough! Now I can wear my angel with me everywhere and show her to everyone I meet.”
“I was looking through the internet trying to find info. On loss, grief, hurt. And I came across your web page I read the story on Ellie it brought a lot of peace to my heart when I was done reading her story. My story is the youngest of the family which was my brother was killed in very bad car accident recently. It has been very difficult for everyone dealing with his loss especially being the youngest of the bunch. Indeed he was an angel, he was living with my dear mother at home and taking care of her and the things around the house. It has been extremely hard for my mom. I would love more info or to talk to someone just to let it out. I have my moments when I have to be around people at work and I feel like I to have a breakdown. Please keep my family in your prayers. God Bless you and keep you all. Thank You!”
“THANK YOU for the wonderful package. It couldn’t have come at a better time!!! God Bless You all!!!!!”
“I received my care package today and I was speechless. What I found inside of the box when I opened it brought me to tears. What you do in memory of your sweet Ellie is amazing. She is looking down on you both with a big smile on her face. I cannot ‘thank you’ enough.”
“I just wanted you to know how much your care package meant to me. They are gifts I will always treasure and I will think of Ellie’s special gift. It helped me in seeing my son’s name. Much gratitude and love sent to you.”
“Thank you so much! Today I received such an amazing gifs honoring my son. It’s been really hard these past months since his passing. Thank you for the memory stone, personalized items with his name, books to cope with his loss, beautiful poems, a diary to write all my feelings, and that it’s okay to cry. Words could not ever express how grateful my family and I are for these gifts. They are a blessing! I love them all. Thank you for all your kind words.”
“Thank you guys so much for all your hard work and this beautiful gift I got today. I’m so in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
"Got my care package from Ellie’s Way today including my beautiful necklace with my baby angel’s name and picture on the back! It put me in such good spirits and wanted to say thank you to all the volunteers. Thank you and God Bless!!”
“I liked every single thing in this package! So beautiful in every way! It was so personal & inspiring! I am so in love with the necklace!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, absolutely beautiful.”