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 about a month ago. I waited to the first angelversary of my son who died by suicide. I opened it on Mothers Day and it was the best gift ever. Thank you so much for this, it is greatly appreciated.”
“The lockets are beautiful and have brought joy to everyone who has received one. Thank you for doing what you do.”
“I loved the whole care package. It made me feel that Ellie’s Way cares for me.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
“So thankful for this care package we received yesterday. It means so much to us to know that people still care about us and aren’t rushing our grief. Thanks for all ya’ll do.”
“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.”
“God bless you for having the courage to help others in your time of sorrow. I received a package for my daughter and it is absolutely gorgeous. The reading material was a big help. Your kindness will help so many suffering this loss and her name will be remembered forever.”
“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.”
“No words can express what I was feeling as I was opening the wonderful gift you guys sent me! I love every piece that was in it! What your organization is doing is so amazing and helps so many people. Thank you so much for everything!”
“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.”
“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.”
“THANK YOU for the wonderful package. It couldn’t have come at a better time!!! God Bless You all!!!!!”
“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 just want to thank you so much for the amazing gift box that you you sent to me for my son! It arrived just in time for his Anniversary this Sunday. I love the way you personalized it just for him. Thank you!”
“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!”
“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!”
“Got this sweet gift in the mail today. Immediately one of my most prized possessions. Thank you so much!!”
“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 love the memorial necklace of my son so much and wear it all the time. It’s so perfect.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for the package. I especially loved then worry stone and necklace. You have helped me keep my beautiful daughter’s memory alive and for that I am forever grateful. Our babies are our life. Near or far.”
“I just got the most amazing package in the mail!! With my daughter’s third angelversary coming up, it was so appreciated. Thank you!!!”
“The package was absolutely beautiful! I could feel the love that went into making this package pouring out of the box as I went through it! My most favorite item in the box is my necklace. I wear it everyday from the time I get up to the time I go to bed! I will cherish it for as long as I live! I can’t possibly thank you all enough for my care package!!"
“Thank you thank you so very much for my beautiful package I received it right before Christmas. OMG when I saw the package I cried like a little girl. I LOVED everything inside of it. I cried even more when I saw the necklace and stone with my son’s picture in it. Its unbelievably PRECIOUS and means so very much to me. I don’t know how to thank you enough. I wore my necklace for Christmas day and everyone LOVED and asked where I got it. I told them all how special this organization is. Thank you thank you so very much from the bottom of my HEART.”
“The care package was great and brought tears of joy. Thank you for all you and your family do for us grieving Moms. My favorite was the necklace, it is beautiful and I haven’t taken it off since receiving…loved it!!!!”
“Keep being amazing! God Bless you. You are honoring Ellie and helping hurting families.”
“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!!”
“I just want to thank you so much for the beautiful gift box that you have given me for my son! It was so amazing and I cherish every part of it! May God bless you for the wonderful things that you are doing for others!”
“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.”
“One of the things I absolutely love about Ellie’s Way is that it is such a surprise. Random acts of kindness are the most humbling. To know that total strangers hear of your story and want to reach out is fantastic. Thank you for allowing us a way to give back to others, it is very healing.”
“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 care package and it just brought such joy to my day. Even though my son died over 5 years ago, the pain of his absence never goes away and is as fresh as the day it happened. Thank you for the beautiful treasures that I found inside the box. God Bless you for all you do.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but when I opened the package, I was completely caught off guard. It was truly amazing! Everything in there was inspiring, filled with love and thoughtfulness. It was the way you had personalized each gift. It was overwhelming and I could not stop crying. Everything you sent was absolutely beautiful. I felt connected with my daughter. I cannot thank you enough for this precious care package. Thank you so much for all the information too!”
“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 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 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.”
“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.”
“Loved my memory package! I extremely adore the necklace. Thank 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.”
“Thank you. I received my care package as a surprise and it’s such an overwhelming joyful present and I’m grateful to you and the sponsor of my gift. It has been a really hard 3 months since my my son passed at 36 weeks. Bless your hearts.”
“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!”
“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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“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!”
"Everything in the care package was filled with so much love!"