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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“I received my care package today. I can’t explain the emotions I felt when I opened my box. What you are doing in memory of your beautiful daughter is incredible. There is no greater pain than losing a child. But it’s heartwarming to know that there are others that know the pain you feel and support your emotions. Thank you. I can’t say it enough.”
“Thank you so very much for this beautiful, meaningful website! I recently lost my brother to cancer (I am not a stranger to grief, but seem to have forgotten how painful it actually is), and was googling “grief”, hoping to find anything that would help ease my pain. And I stumbled upon your website, and just spent the last hour draped in comfort. Your words of wisdom have had such an impact. Thank you so very, very much. God bless you and your whole family as you make your way through your own grief, and God bless your beautiful Ellie! What a gift she is, and what a gift she just gave me!”
“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.”
“Look what I got today! This necklace is the BEST! Thank you guys so much for an absolutely incredible idea. What a great way to raise money for Ellie’s Way while helping others heal. It is beautiful!!! Thank you both for your continued ministry.”
“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!”
“I loved everything in the care package. It touched my heart so much! Thank you and God Bless.”
“The necklace is ABSOLUTELY beautiful and made me cry! Thank you guys so much. I’ve gotten many compliments and because of them was able to tell my daughter’s story.”
“Thank you so much!!! It has been 3 years since we lost our daughter to a heart defect. We were so thankful to receive the care package to help with the grieving process and we found it very helpful.”
“Amazing. I can not thank you all enough for the beautiful items you sent ♥”
“My family and I received our package today….words can’t even express how grateful we are! The gifts inside are truly beautiful! Thank you so much.”
“The care package was so thoughtful and perfect. I am so grateful to you.”
“Receiving a care package from Ellie’s Way was a beautiful experience. It really brought me lots of joy and it’s wonderful to see how they honored my wonderful son.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“The time you took and to personalize the package with my son’s name was fantastic! It has been 8 months that my son has been gone, but as time goes on, it feels like it gets harder and your package came and renewed some faith in God and gives me some hope! Thank you so much for the time you put into this gift. GOD bless you! I’m so sorry for your own loss of your daughter.”
“Our care package arrived today and we were over the moon. We weren’t expecting the necklace and charms with our son and daughter’s name on it. Thank you so much for all the books to read. May God Bless you as you reach out to many others in your own time of hurt. Thank you for all you do for us moms and dads and spreading the love of God, giving us hope in our time of pain. Rest in peace, little Ellie.”
“THANK YOU for the wonderful package. It couldn’t have come at a better time!!! God Bless You all!!!!!”
“The thought of someone caring enough to send me beautiful reminders that she is alive in spirit and that I am not alone was perfect. I cannot thank you enough. There are no words to express my gratitude.”
“Thank you so much for my beautiful custom locket, you do a great service for parents that walk the same path as you.”
“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.”
“I got the care package today and I can not thank you enough for it. I love the necklace and the other stuff. Thank you all so very much.”
“Received these in the mail today, what a surprise! Thank you so much! I’m going to start reading the books now. What a great way to honor your daughter.”
“I thank you for sharing your story with us and I am sorry for your loss. Ellie’s legacy will definitely live on through your testimony to hurting people. In this life we all will suffer loss at some point in our lives and it is good news to know that we are not alone. We have the Lord who will never leave us and each other. Resting in the peace of knowing we will see our fellow brothers and sisters in Heaven. May God continue to bless and use you for his glory.”
“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.”
“I received my beautiful necklace, along with many other joyous things today. Thank you so much! Bless you all for your great work!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 loved the whole care package. It made me feel that Ellie’s Way cares for me.”
“I received my Care Package this week and want to thank you so much for putting together this beautiful package. When looking through the items I could not help but cry over the loss of my precious 18 year old son. The personal items are so amazing along with every single item you provided. The books are great, music is wonderful and all the books on heaven I just love! Again as soon as I am back on my feet I plan on paying it forward and donate to this amazing fund. Again, thank you and may God continue to bless you and your work.
"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!!”
“Thank you so much for my Ellie’s package!! I LOVE it!!!❤️ It is very comforting to have my precious baby boy on a necklace I can wear everyday!! Thanks again!! God Bless!!”
“You all are such a blessing. I am so beyond thankful for what you all did for me. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.”
“Someone cared about ‘me’. This is the first thing in 13 years I have received about my son!”
“We received a care package when our only two children passed away in a tragic car accident. I wear the beautiful necklace every day and it brings me comfort. This package was such a treasured gift that we were not at all expecting. Thank you founders of Ellie’s Way.”
“I was taken back by how phenomenal this package was! You guys are truly amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“I received a Ellie’s Way Care Package today. I opened my package to find a beautiful Ellie’s Way memorial necklace for my son. In memory of Ellie, a precious little girl that touched many hearts during her lifetime. In my package I also received awesome grief resources, encouragement, comfort and hope. As I wear this beautiful necklace of my son, close to my heart daily, I also wear a piece of Ellie! Words honestly can’t describe my feelings at the moment. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Todd and Kristen Nigro. This is a wonderful gift you have blessed me with, and an awesome organization you have founded in memory, of your loving little Ellie!!!”
“I received my package today. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much.”
“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.”
“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 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.”
“My niece just received her Ellie’s Way box. It is lovely and she was touched by the many wonderful things that were in the box. Thank you for generosity. What a beautiful way to honor your daughter!”
“Keep being amazing! God Bless you. You are honoring Ellie and helping hurting families.”
“The necklace was absolutely beautiful, I can’t thank you enough. Yesterday we held a candlelight vigil to mark the 1 year angelversary of my son. He was murdered and having the necklace to wear was so very comforting. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, I cannot say it enough.”
“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.”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"
“The lockets are beautiful and have brought joy to everyone who has received one. Thank you for doing what you do.”
“I received my beautiful necklace today in remembrance of my son. Thanks so much. God Bless you.”
“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.”