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Ms. Heidi Snow

Founder and Executive Director

AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services

Direct Phone: (917) ***-****       

Email: h***@***.org

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AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services

1202 Lexington Ave, Suite 335

New York, New York 10028

United States

Company Description

ACCESS continues to provide long-term support to hundreds of grief-stricken individuals who have survived or lost loved ones in private, commercial, helicopter and military air disasters, including those aboard the four aircraft and on the ground in the W ... more

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Background Information


Member of the Sociological Honors Society
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Member of the Sociological Honors Society
University of Wisconsin


Harvard University

Mount Holyoke College

Tulane University



University of Wisconsin-Madison

Web References (54 Total References)

Our People | ACCESS [cached]

Heidi Snow Cinader, ACCESS Founder & CEO

Author, Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it

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Heidi Snow ACCESS Founder / Executive Director

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But Heidi never got that chance.

Heidi and thousands of loved ones of those lost were left in unspeakable grief and torment; their lives forever changed.
In the immediate aftermath, the American Red Cross, the airlines, and other organizations provided crisis intervention to families and friends of the victims. However the help was only temporary, and after a few weeks, the disaster teams disbanded. When the initial shock subsided, the agonizing process of grieving intensified and Heidi needed a place to turn. She and the others, now scattered around the world, felt abandoned and isolated with no organization to connect them. Like others affected by air crashes, Heidi found it hard to cope with what had happened.
Heidi was inspired by this first gleam of hope and immediately began working to set up an organization to connect the loved ones of air disaster victims to those who had survived similar losses years earlier. She vowed that no one would have to suffer the pain and loneliness she had experienced without of the support of others who understood. With the help of many, including the wonderful volunteers from the Pan Am 103 meeting, Heidi founded AIRCRAFT CASUALTY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (ACCESS) in the Fall of 1996.
Heidi raised the necessary resources through grants, capital campaigns, and fundraising events to enable ACCESS to grow.

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Heidi Snow ACCESS: Heidi Snow

Heidi Snow
Heidi Snow's world was forever changed on July 17, 1996 when her fiancé Michel Breistroff died aboard TWA Flight 800.
Heidi discovered however, as many do following a sudden loss, that she did not need to move on from the grief, but through it. She realized that what was missing was a long-term, non-political, non-denominational peer grief support network for victims and survivors of air disasters. She wanted everyone to have the opportunity to find support, and more importantly, hope for the future. So shortly after Michel's death, in the fall of 1996, Heidi founded the non-profit organization AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS).
Heidi was the "New Yorker of the Week" on the NY1 news channel in New York City, and has been featured in many news publications and appeared on major television networks including: The New York Times, People Magazine, Larry King Live, The Ananda Lewis Show,National Geographic Channel, A&E, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. Heidi has prepared and trained crisis response teams around the world including Southwest Airlines, Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways, The National Transportation and Safety Board, The New York City Medical Examiners Office, the American Red Cross, and also gave presentations at The Sixth World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping sponsored by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Annual Seminar.
Heidi earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin where she was a member of the Sociological Honors Society and Alpha Kappa Delta. She studied business administration and marketing and participated in continual education at Harvard University, Tulane University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to founding ACCESS, Heidi worked on Wall Street as a hedge fund trading assistant.

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Jack Grandcolas, Heidi Snow, Sean Penn & Rachel Courtney at

Heidi Snow, Founder of ACCESS, with President Clinton at grief center following TWA 800, July 1996
Eleanor Seaman, Heidi Snow, Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, John Seaman, Tom Gallagher at the ground breaking for the TWA 800 permanent monument, July 2000

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