Dana Rutherford became a trauma advocate after surviving years of domestic violence and childhood crisis. She has worked and volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations including Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence and The Spring of Tampa Bay as a speaker, communications manager, blogger, and advocate. She is also a Certified Mental Health Coach who specializes in trauma recovery. Studying both psychology and sociology at the University of Florida, Dana has a wide variety of education and experience in advocating, public speaking, writing, coaching, and counseling in areas such as mental/physical health, crisis, eating disorders, domestic violence, post traumatic stress, etc. She is also a wife, mother of three, and stepmother of two.
Her husband, Tim, came along side of her in this journey after they married in 2020. He is a former police officer of 14 years with the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. In that time, he became trained in Crisis Intervention and Peer Support, lending a listening ear and coaching to fellow officers who needed it. He also recovered himself from the trauma that comes along with being a first responder and helps others in the field. He is a Certified Personal Trainer who is passionate about the physical health side as well as the mental side of trauma recovery. Together, Tim and Dana believe healing from trauma is a holistic approach of mind, body, and spirit, and both eagerly advocate due to their personal life experience and what God has done in them. They now work together to bring awareness and help others heal as they did.