Who We Are

HERE this NOW recognizes the trauma-informed movement as a cultural revolution.  The work of integrating brain science into the diverse settings where people are served, i.e. education, healthcare, justice system, health and human services, etc., is emerging as the most pressing work of our time.  

Because the research and science is informed by varied disciplines, the need for shared understanding and consistency in how the growing base of knowledge is applied is vital to successful cultural change.  No one voice or perspective can achieve this work. For these reasons, founder Emily Read Daniels builds strong relationships with colleagues who are also working to usher in this change. Researchers, practitioners, survivors, educators, sacred healers, artists, and change consultants are the varied disciplines, knowledge, and experience represented in HERE this NOW.  

Through collaboration with other professionals engaging in this work, HERE this NOW is helping to establish shared understandings across sectors and bringing a unified language and mission to trauma-informed practice and culture.

Join a HERE this NOW event to work and learn with one of our consultants or contact us about customizing a professional development offering for your setting.   

stephen bradley

Stephen is an accomplished individual and family therapist and educator with 28 years of clinical experience and a commitment to integrating social justice into his work.

Stephen graduated with his Bachelor of Arts, High Honors in 1989 – and went on to complete his M.Ed. in Counseling in 1992 – both at UMass Amherst. He worked as a child and family therapist in agency settings and as an Outward Bound instructor until the late 90’s when he volunteered with Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea.

Stephen is a lifelong learner, completing extensive post graduate training in Narrative therapy before returning to get his MSW from Smith School for Social Work in 2002. During the following 10 years, he worked in agency settings as a supervisor for MST (Multi-Systemic Therapy) and IICAPS (Intensive In Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services) teams in Hartford, CT and as a Residential Program Director in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In 2010, Stephen began as an Adjunct Faculty at the Smith College School for Social Work where he has since taught. His classes have included Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Intern Seminar for Field Students, Family Therapy Theory and an elective that incorporates NMT™ (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) Core Principles, Wraparound and Cultural Humility approaches.

In 2014 Stephen transitioned into full time private practice and consultation. Since then he
has become certified in Phase I and Phase II levels of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, NMT™ and is in the process of becoming an NMT™ Mentor.

Stephen integrates NMT™ into his work with families, agencies and schools, providing
assessment, training, consultation and advocacy for families and children (particularly
adoptive families). He also uses NMT™ principles in his work with couples where one or
more of the partners has been affected by childhood trauma.

Stephen has an ongoing commitment to applying NMT™ in the context of understanding
and working with traumatic forms of oppression including racism, homophobia and

ROSE Carey

I have studied healing arts for 26 years with various teachers both traditional and spiritual, shaman and medicine elders. I have been blessed with mentoring by gifted teachers who saw potential and desire in me. This process has enriched my life in untold ways and grown me in directions that greatly augmented my traditional education. I continue my study of Native healing and spiritual traditions from indigenous cultures in America, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, the Philippines and Tibet.

During my four years of attendance at the Sun Dance Ceremony, the most sacred ceremony of the Lakota People, I was initiated in some of the ways of The People, among them the Sweat Lodge, the Sacred Medicine Wheel, and Talking Circle. I hold these wisdoms as holistic healing tools and community builders.

Licensed Massage Therapist
Arizona; 1991—present; License# MT02952P New Hampshire; 2012—present

Bachelor of Natural Theology in Sacred Healing
Healing Light Center Church (1991—2007)

Ordained Minister of Healing
At Easter in 2007, I became an Ordained Minister of Healing with the Healing Light Center Church founded by Rev. Rosalyn L. Bruyere. At that time, I also received my Bachelor of Natural Theology in Sacred Healing. This marked the culmination of 15 years of study, of deepening my knowledge of healing through professional practice and personal development.

Certified NeuroMuscular Therapist
International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies (2006)

Human Energy System
Indigenous wisdom teachings for repair of the body’s electrical system, chakras and meridians. CJ Whitedeer (2007—2012)

Certified Cranial Release Therapy CRT

Pressure Point Balancing
(2011—present) Skeletal realignment using pressure points and kinesiology, self-developed from my 26 year practice of body therapies.


Emily Read Daniels

 Founder and Principal of HERE this NOW. 

Emily Read Daniels has 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth.  She holds a Master’s of Education in School Counseling and a Master’s of Business Administration in Organizational Sustainability.  She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) in training.  She is trained in SMART™ (Sensory-Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy) and has trained with Dr. Tina Champagne in Trauma-Informed Sensory Modulation.  She is also a trained Reiki practitioner and trained in the Penn Program  for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Much of Daniels’ career was spent as a public educator and school counselor – developing programs and interventions to serve at-risk youth (pre-K – grade 12) and hardworking staff. 

In June of 2017, she resigned her position as a student-assistance counselor to launch her own consulting firm.  Her firm, HERE this NOW, provides training, consulting, and coaching to those seeking to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.  Daniels also developed her own approach to trauma-informed teaching called, “The Regulated Classroom: ‘Bottom-Up’ Trauma-Informed Teaching.” 

Daniels’ consults locally and nationally and has presented at numerous conferences around the country.  She has provided training and/or consultation to more than 25 school districts in New Hampshire and numerous non-profit such as NH NAEYC, NEA, YMCA Keene, Families First, NAMI NH, along with state agencies such as the NH Public Defender’s Office and the City of Nashua’s Department of Public Health.  More information about Daniels at

Dawn Daum

Dawn Daum is co-editor of Parenting with PTSD. She is also a founding member of the annual #FacesofPTSD social media campaign, helping to raise awareness for trauma survivors living with PTSD. She spends her work week as a mental health Care Manager for a non-for-profit organization in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is currently leading the agencies’ initiative to implement trauma-informed practices into all services provided by the organization.

Dawn has provided talks on parenting with high ACEs, ACEs and trauma science, and is currently working to provide workshops on parenting with PTSD for both parents and service providers. Dawn is also co-facilitating the Becoming Trauma-Informed & Beyond: Resilience in the Workplace community on


Mona Delahooke

Mona Delahooke, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting educators, providers, and families of neurodiverse and vulnerable children, adolescents and adults. She is a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

 Dr. Delahooke holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM). She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organizations, schools, and public agencies. Dr. Delahooke has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based neurodevelopmental interventions for children exposed to trauma and those with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning differences.

She is the author of Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges (PESI, 2019), and Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention: A Skills Guide for Working with Children (PESI, 2017). Her popular blog, at covers a range of topics useful for caregivers and childhood providers.


Lara Kain

Lara Kain is an experienced educator, consultant, and national speaker on implementing ACEs science and trauma-informed practices into schools and communities, with a focus on building holistic trauma-responsive systems.

She brings over two decades of experience at the local, state, and national level. Before joining ACEs Connection, she developed trauma-informed community schools in Los Angeles, worked for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction supporting school improvement and as the state homeless coordinator, and — her first love — teaching ‘at-risk’ youth.

Her wide range of experience — from supporting individual teachers in the classroom to designing a trauma-informed schools pilot currently being implemented in 20 schools across the country leads — her to understand the macro and the micro. She has worked both as a teacher and administrator putting the science of building resilience into practice. She has a bachelors degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masters in public administration from The Evergreen State College. 

As a trauma survivor and ‘at-risk’ youth herself, and then an educator for ‘at-risk’ youth in Washington State, this work is deeply personal. She is a mom to two adopted boys, which greatly personalizes her understanding of developmental trauma and what it takes to overcome. Lara originally hails  from the Midwest; she spent over a decade in the Pacific Northwest, and now lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and two sons. The beach is her happy place.

James moffett
James Moffett was the principal of Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, Kansas. Throughout his career, Moffett has taught various demographic groups, observing the differences and similarities in effective instructional and behavioral strategies. Ultimately, James realized what we all know, meaningful relationships enhance behavior and academic success. Moffett often threw around the words “grit” and “perseverance”, but after viewing Paper Tigers, it came full circle. Since then, James worked to create a trauma-informed environment at Derby Hills Elementary, encompassing safe spots, mindfulness, self-regulation and an explicit SEL curriculum. 

James recently resigned his position as principal to take on full time consulting work. He launched JM Educational Consulting in April of 2019 and is looking forward to sharing the trauma informed message around the globe.

Jim Sporleder 

Jim is internationally recognized as a trauma-informed schools pioneer.  Most widely recognized for the work he accomplished as a principal at Lincoln High School in Walla, Walla, WA.  His success is featured in the award-winning documentary, Paper Tigers.  

He also co-authored with Heather Forbes, The Trauma-Informed School – Step by Step Guide to Implementation.  


Beth Tener

Beth is the principal of New Directions Collaborative.  She is a seasoned facilitator and strategy coach who works with collaborative initiatives that bring together business, government, and the social sector to address complex challenges, such as transitioning to a clean energy economy and revitalizing communities. She helps organizations working on similar issues find their shared purpose, align their work, and create networks for collaboration so they can achieve greater impact. Her work weaves together strategic planning, facilitation with high levels of interaction and participation, network thinking, and leadership skills. Her skills in clear communications and graphics help to convey and communicate the clarity and alignment a group has reached .

Her work is informed by broad experience in how change happens, systems thinking, equity and environmental/social issues, gained through work with over 150 companies, government agencies, foundations, and non-profits. Examples of client projects include working with MA Global Warming Solutions Project, United Way of Greater New Bedford, Success Boston, Great Neighborhoods Network of MA Smart Growth Alliance, New Hampshire Farm to School, Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and Farm to Institution New England.

In her previous role as Executive Director of Sustainable Step New England, she trained hundreds of people in principles of sustainability and how to put these into practice in their work. She helped internal “change agents” take leadership within their organization to adopt green practices and facilitated networks of change agents from government agencies, businesses, and non-profits. She also convened dialogues between sustainable business leaders and government about how government policies could help advance sustainable practices. Prior to that she was a Senior Consultant at Arthur D. Little, where over nine years, she consulted with dozens of companies in diverse industries to help them create strong internal management systems to deliver on their sustainability goals.

Beth is on the faculty of the Marlboro College MBA program in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and a M.S. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London. She also has a Permaculture Design Certificate (principles of ecological whole-systems design.) She was awarded a fellowship with Center for Whole Communities to participate in Whole Thinking Retreat exploring how diverse leaders in the social justice and environmental movements can find common purpose.




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