TRACC 4 MOVEMENTS ORGANIZERS
Teresa P Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200
TRACC Co-Creator & Project Coordinator
Teresa P Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200 is a graduate of NYU's School of Clinical Social Work where she graduated in 2007. She spent nearly 10 years working with combat veterans and survivors of military sexual trauma at the Vet Centers, a branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work there informed her knowledge and practice modalities for treating and healing trauma. While at the VA she received the NYU's Recent Alumna Award for integrative approaches for trauma treatment for programming she created to heal trauma utilizing trauma-conscious yoga, creative arts, and equine-facilitated psychotherapy. Her work with combat and war trauma has extensively informed her understanding and response methodology for movement trauma - as she has seen a parallel between the symptoms and manifestation of both kinds of trauma and trauma response.
Teresa's work with trauma and crisis response for movements has included education and trainings for activists, healing care providers and spiritual care providers. She provided trauma response care at Standing Rock and in Charlottesville, VA following August 8th. She has also provided consultation and support for a variety of other movement, action and protest-oriented healing care response.
Teresa is also the author of two books on trauma and trauma healing:
You can learn more about Teresa and her work at www.teresapmateus.com.
Zachary Moon, PhD
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples). He is the author of two books, Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families (Chalice Press, 2015) and Warriors Between Worlds: Moral Injury and Identities in Crisis (Lexington Books, 2019), and has published broadly on moral injury, military service, and the role of faith communities in meeting the challenges of post-deployment reintegration. He previously served as a chaplain resident in the VA hospital system, as a chaplain in a residential treatment facility for combat veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and as a military chaplain with Marines and sailors.
TRACC TEAM MEMBERS
Alissa Catiis, LCSW, RYT
TRACC Team Member
Alissa Catiis, LCSW, RYT is psychotherapist and yoga teacher who specializes in working with trauma survivors. Currently, Alissa works at the Howard Brown Health Counseling Center in Chicago and at Womencare Counseling Center in Evanston. She enjoys integrating art, literature, movement, and writing into her clinical work as a means of building relationships and exploring how life transitions and challenges lead us all towards rich, complex life journeys. Her clinical interests include working with people from diverse and marginalized communities and understands that identifying as a trauma survivor leads to additional marginalization in society. She believes that each person's path towards healing and wellness is unique and is prepared to offer a variety of interventions. She teaches trauma-sensitive yoga as well as contemplative practice to both her clients and to other clinicians. Alissa is most proud of bringing a multi-cultural, anti-racist perspective into the western-dominated fields of education, social work, and healthcare.
Rosey Puloka, LCPC
TRACC Team Member
Rosey Puloka is a dance/movement therapist, counselor, and restorative yoga teacher currently working at Howard Brown Health in Chicago. She specializes in working with trauma from a relational and embodied place. Rosey weaves breath, movement, music, literature, art, and spirit into her therapeutic work with young people and adults. Rosey is a queer, cis, biracial daughter, sister, and auntie. She loves orcas, comfy blankets, and humor.
Meet some of the healers, teachers, and facilitators in TRACC TEAM. More bios coming soon!
Alexis Francisco, MSW
TRACC Program Coordinator
Alexis Francisco received a Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is engaged in community organizing that aims to improve the material conditions of Bronxites and shift the dynamics of power and oppression in New York City. Alexis has a variety of experience in organizing and grassroots community work in a variety of areas including alternative to incarceration programs, equitable economic and community development, health justice and police accountability.