Staff & Volunteers

CPTSD Foundation

Our Amazing Staff & Volunteers

Matthew Pappas

Matthew Pappas

Director of Operations

Matt is a Certified Coach and NLP Master Practitioner. He joined CPTSD Foundation in 2015 when he came across the Monday night video broadcasts while searching for survivor support groups.

He now works with Athena, monitoring and managing all foundation websites, coordinating team member projects, and co-leading the daily recovery support calls.

Lisa Hemmingson

Lisa Hemmingson

Free Safe Groups Coordinator

Lisa has been with CPTSD Foundation for several years and is a vital part of our team as she coordinates all of our free, safe group membership signups. Her work is an integral part of the foundation, ensuring that each new member is placed in the best group for them, and each group always remains a safe place for all members to come and heal together.

Sabra Cain

Sabra Cain

Healing Book Club Leader

Sabra joined CPTSD Foundation in 2017 and has become the Healing Book Club call leader. She does a tremendous job leading the discussion each week and researching future resources for not only the book club but for all of CPTSD Foundation.

She is also currently working towards her MSW, and will be working with survivors, helping them navigate their own healing journey.

Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis

Staff Writer

Shirley J. Davis is a freelance writer, public speaker and grant writer who loves life, and hopes to help others to do so as well. Shirley lives with a severe mental health condition known as dissociative identity
disorder but has made huge strides forward through many years of hard work and the help of a wonderful therapist. Her philosophy in life has become that life is not just an empty journey to simply survive and then die, rather it is a wonderful adventure to savor and enjoy.

Poppy

Poppy

Researcher - Moderator - Social Media: Facebook

Poppy is part of our research team and social media team. She does a tremendous job of curating trauma healing related content for the foundation website, newsletter, and Facebook Page. She is also a moderator of the #CPTSDchat Monday  Broadcasts on YouTube.

Her talent for creating inspirational meme’s and GIFs is well known in the survivor community circles.

Charlie

Charlie

Social Media - Pinterest

Charlie Jaxx is part of our social media team and administers the Foundation Pinterest account. She joined CPTSD Foundation in 2018 and is one of the original members of the Daily Recovery Support Calls.

Charlie is a dedicated advocate for suicide prevention and active with her local chapter of “out of the darkness” which offers resources and support for suicide prevention in the central PA area. She shares her survivor experiences online, through blogging & social media.

Leslie Rochelle

Leslie Rochelle

Social Media - LinkedIn

Leslie is a Certified as a Trauma Recovery Coach on the Initial level and is planning to become Advanced Level Coach. She is a trauma survivor who specializes in working with survivors of cult abuse and teaches life/trauma management for this demographic.

Also, Leslie is a Certified Aromatherapist, Licensed Esthetician, Massage Therapist and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Psychology. 

Ashton

Ashton

Editor - Email Assistant

Ashton has a strong drive to stand, speak, and advocate for sexual assault victims. She adores, and finds healing in, making music, art, and poetry.

She’s a proud Irish lass, and is always down for potatoes (of any kind), beer, and a well made Irish Soda Bread!! She willingly admits that her sense of humor is quite robust, however, she seeks depth in a relationship all the same. She firmly believes in the simplistic healing of laughter, and therefore plays the role of “class clown” in her daily life (though it can be hard to fit this into a professional setting… It’s worth trying)

Monica Shields

Monica Shields

Researcher

Monica is a holistic personal trainer and health coach, helping others heal and thrive, body, mind and soul. She enjoys nothing more than using her empathy and intuition to understand, validate and encourage others to stay true to their own authentic journey.

She is one of the incredible team of researchers who helps find and curate content that is used here on the CPTSD Foundation website.

Suzanne Magi

Suzanne Magi

Research Team

Suzanne joined CPTSD foundation in 2019. She is part of the research team, helping to curate trauma-informed resources for the foundation, and responding to those seeking support in their local area.

Suzanne Magi is a former foster child dedicated to learning as much as possible about CPTSD She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two teenagers.

Bienna Lapuz

Bienna Lapuz

Research and Outreach

Bienna is a recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. She works as an Operations Coordinator at an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) company for children on the Autism spectrum. Her passion for working with children has lead her to the world of C-PTSD, where she hopes to help spread awareness and develop resources. Another area of interests includes Activism in Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities and hopes to connect the two passions together.
When she’s not working, she’s probably in bed reading up on articles regarding PTSD, Psychology, and many other subjects or watching artsy Youtube videos. 

Mark Dylan

Mark Dylan

Creative Design Lead & Social Media: Twitter, Instagram

Mark is a writer and aspiring foodie. He is learning to outgrow his anxieties and live each day with gratitude.

His bucket list includes; jet skiing across the Atlantic and setting a world record for the longest text message.

He is also a wannabe singer, a civil engineer and the biggest fan of The Simpsons.

Blessing

Blessing

Creative Design Team

Blessing is a proud mother and wife.

She loves to watch goofy home videos and she swears that sheer laughter has seen her through some of the most difficult times. 

Thomas Powell

Thomas Powell

Video Editing

Thomas (Tom) Powell is a freelance video editor. Since making videos for his YouTube channel, Tom began to grow a passion for it. Originally taking on contract work part-time, he has now fully moved his freelance work full time. Editing anything and everything using Final Cut Pro. Tom enjoys taking on new challenges and having the opportunity to broaden his knowledge.

Dimitrios Papadimitriou

Dimitrios Papadimitriou

Video Editing

Dimitrios has been editing video since 2006.  He is always trying to expand his graphics and editing know how. 

Dimitrios loves God, Family, Cats, YouTube, Anime, Video Games, and Taco’s.

Athena Moberg

Athena Moberg

President and Founder

Athena Moberg is an author, speaker, and advocate working in the field of Complex Trauma Recovery.

With a deep passion for helping those who have been impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), she and her staff of dedicated volunteers reach thousands of survivors weekly in over 180 countries.

This foundation is her life’s work. 

She’s proud to work in tandem with expert practitioners and treatment centers, offering daily touchpoints to anyone currently in trauma therapy or who wants a safe place to come, feel heard, and validated between therapy appointments.

Athena resides in Hawaii with her husband Jim. Her son Jordan is a Marine Corps Veteran utilizing his GI Bill benefits to pursue a degree in Neuroscience with hopes of transitioning to graduate work, either a Ph.D. candidacy or Medical School. Her daughter-in-law Christina is a Second Lieutenant in the US Army while attending Veterinary School.

With 3 published books, Athena speaks publicly every week and firmly believes compassion is a priceless gift we can all give.

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