In 2017, Actively Moving Forward, (AMF) became a HealGrief program. HealGrief continues to honor the founding AMF Board members, as well as those members instrumental in the development and execution of the program and agency's mission. For a full list of current leadership, click here to be re-routed to Healgrief.org

Prior to 2017, we honor:


Kiri ThompsonKiri Thompson, MS, TLPC, is the Director of Chapter Development for National Students of AMF.  Kiri has been volunteering as the Director of Chapter Development for the past two years and has now been hired on as an employee at National Students of AMF. She started out as a chapter leader in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Kiri stayed involved by volunteering for AMF and helping struggling chapters until she became the Director of Chapter Development. Kiri continues her work helping students support one another.  Kiri-AMF@HealGrief.org


David Fajgenbaum, MSc, is the former Executive Director and current Board Chair of National Students of AMF.  He is currently a MD/MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton School of Business, where he leads the UPenn chapter of Students of AMF. David is deeply passionate about the growth of this organization and would be thrilled to hear from you regarding any and all questions or ideas you may have for improving the support that we provide to our students. David remains active as a member of the HealGrief Board of Directors. david@studentsofamf.org



Ben ChessonBenjamin Chesson is the co-founder of National Students of AMF. He was primarily responsible for transforming the support network into a national, 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Ben also founded the second chapter of Students of AMF while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Through his friendship with David Fajgenbaum, Ben knew Anne Marie Fajgenbaum very well. Her heroic battle with cancer inspired him to honor her by helping students to cope with similar losses. In the summer of 2005, Ben took on the duties of director of outreach to help make Students of AMF reproducible on other campuses. Later, he used a Kauffman Grant from UNC to incorporate the organization and then took on all business and legal responsibilities. Today, Ben remains active as the secretary of the board of directors and member of the board’s Finance Committee.

Ben is currently an associate at Hedrick, Gardner, Kincheloe, & Garofalo LLP.

Benjamin received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was an editor for the Wake Forest Law Review. He earned his B.A. in political science and B.A. in public policy analysis, with a legal concentration, from UNC. While there, Ben was inducted into the Order of the Old Well, which recognizes students and faculty members of high character who have demonstrated outstanding humanitarian service and whose service has gone uncompensated and unrewarded. Ben remains active as a member of the HealGrief Board of Directors. benjamin@studentsofamf.org