Reverend Becky Reno, CSM
“Tomorrow isn’t promised but we have a thousand yesterdays. Let’s make today a tomorrow we will be proud of” ~Reverend Becky Reno
As the Founder and President of the Foundation on Grief Death and Dying, and ordained Charismatic Christian Minister holding dual certification in Pastoral Studies and Ministerial Counseling, Reverend Becky Reno serves those of us traversing the Valley of the Shadow of Death, helping families navigate unmentionable loss.
Merging her decades of experience leading technology projects for the C-suite of Fortune 500 corporations, her 20+ years in full time ministry and the deep personal development skills honed by surviving the death of her only child, Rev. Becky Reno has dedicated herself to the physical, emotional and spiritual support to families navigating the many experiences of grief, death and dying.
Her decades of experience in the Corporate environment honing analytical, problem-solving, negotiation and organizational skills with the ability to effectively manage people; Rev. Reno has the uncanny ability to identify and prioritize key interpersonal issues, interpret the individual family members emotions and integrate it into a demonstrable and clear path for the family to gain strength during the time of sorrow and pain.
Her strength to effectively analyze needs and recommend alternative communication approaches enables her ability to drive results in the most emotionally sensitive and time critical event in the cycle of a family.
Remaining connected to her corporate roots, Ms. Reno excels in leading cross-domain, cross-functional leadership discussions to bring this sensitive and relevant subject of grief, death and dying to the workplace to assist in the development of policies and governance to support the most precious of all resources within a corporation – its people.
Christopher Phelan, LSSBB, CPBI, PMP, MAn (’19)
Chief Data Officer
The data initiatives of the Foundation on Grief Death and Dying provide a rare opportunity to produce information relevant to every human. We seek to increasingly provide evidence of what unites us during some of the most intensely personal experiences of our lives.
~Christopher Phelan, Chief Data Officer
Bringing a wide range of leadership experience, from nonprofit program management to Fortune 500 transformational data governance leadership, Christopher Phelan directs the data analytics initiatives of The Foundation on Grief Death and Dying.
He leads the team of data analytics professionals to execute data gathering initiatives and in-house research as part of a full-spectrum, professionally-managed data governance program.
For the last 7 years, Chris has specialized in implementing digital strategies and grooming organizations for progression into advanced statistical analytics.
A graduate from the University of Virginia with degrees in Economics and Urban and Environmental Planning, Chris is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Professional in Business Intelligence (CPBI). He is currently completing a Masters of Analytics from Texas A&M University.
Carla Jones, MSN, RN-BC
As a registered nurse with 14 years of hospice experience, Carla brings a depth of personal and professional experience to the role as Lead Researcher for Foundation on Grief Death and Dying.
Drawing on her years of working with patients and families through end of life, as well as the loss of her own parents, Carla shares insights into the grieving and dying process.
Carla is a masters-prepared RN, and is passionate about evidence-based practice, believing it is a way to validate the grieving process each of us experiences.
Additionally, Nurse Jones is nationally board-certified in nursing informatics and currently works with medical continuing education to ensure it reflects national quality standards.