Our Team

Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT

Dr. Gabbay is a childhood bereavement consultant and part of the national Training Corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Formerly, Dr. Gabbay was the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children and served as Camp Director for a bereavement camp for children in Palm Springs, CA. She also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Dr. Gabbay served as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is the co-author, along with Andy McNiel, of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.

Andy McNiel, MA

Andy has served in leadership throughout his career in a variety of non-profit and bereavement support settings. Andy has provided executive leadership for The National Alliance for Grieving Children, The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, and Treasure Coast Hospice in South Florida. He has strong experience in fundraising, business development, building key relationships, and providing education and consultation in non-profit management. He is the co-author, along with Pamela Gabbay, of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals. He is a trainer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT

Dr. Schuurman currently serves as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Training for The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, previously serving as their Executive Director for 25 years. She conducts trainings nationally and internationally on children's bereavement issues, and is the author of Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent. Dr. Schuurman is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and the recipient of the Association for Death Education's Annual Service Award, and Clinical Practice Award. She is a Founding Board member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She lives in Portland, Oregon.