Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for survivors. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon. For the last 25 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and state-wide.
Trauma-Informed Care Consultant
Nan Silver joined the Trauma Healing Project in 2018. She was hired as a consultant working on the Trauma Informed System of Care contract. Prior to THP, she was the Child Welfare Program Manager in Josephine County. Before moving to Grants Pass she worked with Child Welfare in Lane County. She has worked at multiple social service settings in Lane County, including the Commission on Children and Families and Lane County Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. She has a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Montana and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.
She moved to Oregon in 1993 because of the proximity to the ocean, the mountains, and the rivers and takes full advantage of them whenever she came. She is a long-time environmental advocate as well as committed to inspiring community health and resiliency.
Healing Arts Program Coordinator
Dawn McIlwain first connected with the Trauma Healing Project as an artist, and then as a volunteer Reiki practitioner. In 2014 she joined the THP staff and is now the Healing Arts Program Coordinator. Dawn brings with her a passion for being of service and considers it a privilege to work with others on their healing journeys, whether this means listening, witnessing their healing process, or being able to work directly with participants. Dawn is a Usui & Holy Fire Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, cross-cultural Shamanic practitioner and multi-media artist. She is also a certified Dancing Mindfulness facilitator and offers a monthly class here at the Trauma Healing Project every 4th Friday of the month.
“I love being able to work with the participants, who are some of the strongest and most resilient people I have ever met. It is also a joy to work with staff and practitioners who bring their passion and compassion with them every day.”
Austin Walker is the Administrative Assistant at the Trauma Healing Project offering support to the Program Coordinators and stewardship to the facilities. Coming from a predominantly corporate work history in construction, pyrotechnics and building maintenance, he joined THP in March of 2021, inspired by its vision and goals to raise awareness and support for personal and collective healing in the community and is grateful to be a small piece of this organization’s work in collaboration with community partners. Austin has a deep passion for helping others discover their personal healing and life purpose. A transplant from Los Angeles, he finds home in the woodlands and other features the Pacific NW has to offer. As for leisure, he primarily enjoys singing and walking in nature as well as playing games of all kinds. Finding new ways to live and eat sustainably, while caring for the earth in a regenerative way are at the forefront of his learning.
Q- If you could do only one thing to live healthier, what would it be?
A- For as long and as often as able, I would go barefoot outside to find a calming place to sit, breathe and observe the wildlife, immerse in nature and allow my mind to be emptied of bothers, and for my heart to be filled with the love that extends through all life around us.
Training & Consultation Coordinator
Jill Reece joined the Trauma Healing Project team in 2016 as the Administrative Coordinator and took on the role as Training and Consultation Coordinator in 2020. Her work consisted of supporting all the departments in their administrative needs, exploring her creative side in the creation of a biweekly newsletter, making community information available and generally trying to make others’ lives easier with the behind-the-scenes tasks. As Training and Consultation Coordinator, that behind-the-scenes work still applies in her support of our trainers and managing training registrations. As an incurable introvert, she thrives in the day-to-day background work that is necessary in a busy non-profit.
She comes to the THP with a BA in Spanish, an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies and a Minor in Food in Culture and Social Justice. She spent eight years working in the field of English as a Second Language, teaching beginning English and helping with class registration administration. During those years, traveling to Spanish-speaking countries such as Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Spain only reinforced the idea that no matter what language we speak, we all have value as human beings. For that reason, she has an unusual obsession with trying to remember people’s names.
As a native Oregonian, she loves the outdoors and explores the Northwest hiking trails often and has climbed the South Sister twice.
“Whole, nutrient-dense food and movement truly are the best medicine, along with great friends, sunshine and fresh air. It’s my goal to see all our participants leave here with the tools they need to find their healing and to feel like they truly matter.”
Fiscal and Operations Coordinator