Depoe Bay, Oregon, United States www.survivethriveptsd.com
Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, eventually retiring from Nortel Networks in 2002. Steve served in the US Navy as a Radioman (RM3) and was honorably separated in 1965. He earned a BA in Management from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. Steve is married to Judy Lee Sparks and living in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Steve’s family includes 3 adult daughters, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. His passion and life work is mentoring and improving the education of K-12 kids. Steve served on the board and as vice chair of www.neighborsforkids.org for 6 years. He was elected in 2014 to a four year term as City Councilor, Depoe, Bay, Oregon. Steve works part-time as a professional services business and strategic planning consultant and leadership coach. Steve’s creative outlet is as a non-fiction author and blogger who writes about his roots as a post WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Steve & Judy love to travel America, explore new places, and play golf. Mexico is another favorite destination.
My greatest passion in life is to make a difference as an advocate for Post Trauma Growth (PTG). PTG frames the global problem of post-traumatic stress around healing, personal growth, solutions, and in helping others. What is PTG? “It is positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis or a traumatic event. Although we coined the term post-traumatic growth, the idea that human beings can be changed by their encounters with life challenges, sometimes in radically positive ways, is not new.” From the Post-Traumatic Research Group, Department of Psychology, UNC, Charlotte
I’m honored to be part of the PTSDchat.org team, and look forward to doing the good work of kindred spirits on a mission to stamp out the stigma of mental health.