Staff & Volunteers

CPTSD Foundation

Our Amazing Staff & Volunteers

Matthew Pappas

Matthew Pappas

Web Design - Daily Calls Co-Host

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 , by 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. 

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.

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.

Poppy

Poppy

Researcher - Moderator

Poppy is part of our research team. She does a tremendous job of curating trauma healing related content for our the foundation website, social media, and downloadable resources that are used by members and visitors to the site. She is also a moderator of the #CPTSDChat Monday Night Broadcasts on YouTube.

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

Mark Dylan

Mark Dylan

Creative Design

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. 

Rhonda

Rhonda

Social Media - Facebook

Coming across the Live Q&A YouTube videos, Rhonda joined CPTSD Foundation in 2017. Her desire is understanding CPTSD, increasing social awareness for non-professionals and professionals alike, decreasing stigma, and informing fellow warriors of a supportive community where they learn that they are not alone. By finding this supportive community herself, she was drawn to volunteering on the CPTSD Foundation Facebook page. She also co-hosts the weekly Healing Book Club with Sabra and looks for opportunities to speak on Mental Health.

Only through knowledge, will the dark unknown, break through to the light and understanding will rise.

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.

Trauma Recovery Newsletter

We will soon be launching a new weekly resource, Trauma Recovery Tuesday! Every Tuesday morning, you will receive information straight to your inbox from CPTSD Foundation, including articles, blog posts, videos, encouraging pictures & quotes, and a recap of the latest Monday night Q&A with Athena. 

Join us and be notified as soon as we get this helpful resource under way. 

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