Organization Leadership

Alan Pedersen
Interim Executive Director

Alan Pedersen attended his first TCF meeting in Littleton, Colorado in 2001, after the death of his 18-year-old daughter Ashley, who died in an automobile accident that year. Alan has been an active volunteer for TCF, having served on his local steering committee and as a member of the TCF National Board of directors in 2012 and 2013.

In 2003, the focus of his Alan’s professional life as a singer/songwriter and speaker changed as he began using his talents to help families grieving the loss of a child. In the past 10 years, Alan has performed music and presented workshops for countless conferences and events, including nearly 300 chapters of TCF traveling with his wife Denise (Sean Patrick Sullivan’s mom) as part of The Angels Across the USA Tour.

Alan is certified as a Grief Services Provider (American Grief Academy) and lives in Roseville, California.


Lisa Corrao
Chief Operating Officer

Lisa brings more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership and fundraising primarily with professional associations and performing arts organizations.

Throughout her career, she has raised more than $30 million, through both annual fund efforts and capital campaigns during her tenures with a host of prominent Chicago-area non-profit organizations. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Bar Foundation. Other past roles have included Vice President of Advancement for the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, Director of Development and Communications for the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls, and Director of Development for the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Lisa also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University.

In addition to being a non-profit executive, fundraiser and event planner, Lisa is also a private flute and piano teacher.


Terry Novy
Chapter Services Coordinator

Terry Novy has worked at the National Office for 17 years. For the past 13 years, Terry has worked as the Chapter Services Coordinator managing over 660 TCF chapters. She coordinates TCF’s Chapter Development Program and works hands-on with bereaved parents, adult siblings, and grandparents who are interested in forming a chapter. In addition she spends much of her time working with existing chapters to encourage, advise, and problem solve. Terry possesses a great knowledge of IRS regulations and chapter financial matters. Therefore, she lends those skills to facilitating the Financial Module at the Chapter Leadership Program held each year at the National Conference and participating in chapter teleconference calls. In addition to her Chapter Service duties, Terry is the Office Manager at the National Office in Oak Brook, Illinois.