Beecher Grogan, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Beecher Grogan is the Director of Lucy’s Love Bus and the mother of our founder, Lucy Grogan. She has two other beautiful children named Jane and Eli. Beecher lives in Massachusetts with her children and her chihuahua, Big Papi. Beecher is a featured writer in the book, 'Twelve Breaths a Minute', a series of essays that has been highlighted on National Public Radio. She has also written a book for children with cancer called 'A Lion Inside' that is now available for purchase from our online store. Beecher’s boundless enthusiasm and drive are only matched by her passion to deliver comfort and quality of life to children with cancer. She has made it her purpose and personal mission to do everything possible for pediatric cancer patients around the country. Beecher is available for speaking engagements at schools, service clubs, and corporations to share Lucy's story and her message of hope, humor, and inspiration. For more information, or to book a speaking engagement, please call our office at (857) 277-1984 or email Beecher at Beecher@LucysLoveBus.org.
Jackie Walker, Director of Programs & Marketing
Jackie holds a B.A. from Northeastern University and began working for Lucy's Love Bus full-time in September 2013. Raised in Baltimore, Jackie has come to love the coastline and mountains of New England, and enjoys exploring the area with her fiancé and their dog, Barley. With parents who met while working in the pediatric oncology unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a sister who is a Child Life Specialist, Jackie believes that working with and for children with cancer must run in the family. She hopes that her deep belief in and commitment to the mission of Lucy’s Love Bus will help ensure that pediatric cancer patients are able to receive the comfort and quality of life they deserve. Jackie is the main point of contact for Love Bus families, offering support and connecting them to integrative therapists in their area. Please contact Jackie with any program-related, website, or marketing inquiries at Jackie@LucysLoveBus.org.
Patrice Baker, Manager of School Programs & Development
Patrice is the Manager of School Programs and Development, and she comes to Lucy’s Love Bus with an extensive background in education and a passion for helping children and families. She has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Simmons College. Patrice has worked as a teacher, advisor, and advocate for students in elementary school through graduate school, and she has also been an active volunteer and board member for several non-profit organizations in New Hampshire. Patrice believes that getting involved brings a deep sense of purpose and joy into our lives. She is committed to engaging young people in using their talents and energy to help others because the benefits are tremendous—both for our young philanthropists and for our Love Bus children and families. Patrice and her husband, Tony, have three children—all out of the house now—and her daughter, Haley, was a friend of our founder, Lucy Grogan, when they were fourth grade classmates and pals. Patrice is the point of contact for Lucy’s LoveSquad™ school programs and can be reached at Patrice@lucyslovebus.org
Melissa Locher, Administrative Assistant
Melissa was Lucy and Jane's babysitter when she was a teenager, and loves being able to support Lucy's mission fifteen years later through administrative support, data management, and communication with our monthly donors. Melissa is now the proud mother of 3 rambunctious boys and one sweet and spunky little girl. Melissa recently received her Bachelor's degree from Merrimack College. Please contact Melissa with any updates to monthly donor or address information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barley, Chief Happiness Officer
Barley is Jackie's 4-year-old, 18lb rescue mutt. It's been speculated that he is some sort of Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier/Pomeranian mix, but it's anyone's guess! His favorite activities include chasing squirrels and chewing on sticks 4 times his size. He naps in the office and gives cuddles as needed. He hopes to one day settle down and become a trained therapy dog for Love Bus children around New England, but is currently enjoying being a foster brother for other rescue dogs for now.