About Our Staff

Victoria Morgan Thomas - Founder and President

Ms. Thomas has worked as a Senior Market Reporter for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME Group for 34 years. She has five children and twelve grandchildren. Ms. Thomas has been trained in domestic violence, abuse intervention, crisis intervention, children and teen issues. Victoria’s vision and inspiration will give hope and healing to so many survivors, who have been living silently in the shadows of their abuse and abusers for years. Her courage and strength will give voice for freedom to all survivors. (Read more...)


Eric Morgan - Board Member

Eric Morgan is a valued member of the Board of Directors for Awaken, Inc. He has been with the company for a number of years, and provides valuable insight for the daily operations and logistics. (Read more...)


Garry Thomas - Vice President and Treasurer, Walgreen's Manager

Garry Thomas is a businessman currently employed as a Manger with Walgreen's Corporation. He has experience working with inner city youth programs in Chicago and has spoken to numerous high schools senior classes about careers in the business world. He is single, has one son and resides in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Read more...)


Carola A. Peterson-Gaines - Nurse, Outreach Program Coordinator

Carola A Peterson-Gaines is the Witness Project Evaluation Coordinator. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse; Carola also holds the title of Badger Care Plus Outreach Program Coordinator. Unity Health Insurance /UW Medical Foundation. Carola is married and has three children. (Read more...)


Dacia Dixon - Secretary, Education Specialist

Ms. Dixon has worked as an Education Specialist with the Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum/Instruction, Golden Apple Nominee several times. Teacher of the year and her classroom is a model used by CPS. (Read more...)


Angela Stepney-Wilson - M.D.

Angela knew from the start at a young age that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. Angela earned her medical degree at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN to become the first physician in her family. Dr. Angela is currently pursuing an MBA in health care Management. Angela is married and has one son. (Read more...)


Thomasetta Guiden - RNCST

Thomasetta Guiden is a RNCST, (Registered Nurse Certified Surgical Technician) for over 22 years. Thomasetta has one child, and lives in Blue Island Illinois. (Read more...)


Kathy Garrett - M.D./PPS

In her role as Director of nursing for supportive living facilities, she was an advocate for promoting quality of life for the residents. She enjoys building consumer knowledge and understanding of health issues. Above all, service was rendered in a manner that promised dignity without jeopardy of morality and legal practices. Passion for better living is her driving force. Kathy is married and has one child. (Read more...)

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