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Those Left Behind, Surviving A School Shooting with Rachel Maurice.

In this episode Rachel shares about her experience surviving the Santana High School Shooting in March 2001. The impact is long lasting. Rachel shares the wisdom she has gained over the years and her inspiring journey to heal from this tragic event.

Rachel Maurice is a survivor of the 2001 Santana High School shooting, she was 16 year old junior and witnessed a 15-year-old classmate kill her friend, Randy Gordon, 17, Bryan Zuckor, 14 and wound thirteen other members of the school community. As a result, she decided to devote her career to the criminal justice field and has a passion helping other survivors of gun violence. She is a member of The Rebels Project and the Everytown Survivor Network both are peer support groups for survivors of violence. Rachel serves as a survivor mentor to the Students Demand Action group of High School aged students in her area. And volunteers her time working with youth by teaching Sunday School. In 2012 she earned her MBA from the University of Redlands & in 2009 her B.A. from California Baptist University. She is married with two daughters and their beloved dog Charlie.

Amy O’Neill is a Survivor of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Amy is a Stakeholder for the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center, a Licensed Professional Counselor and is newly in the OVC TTAC Consultant Network. Ms. O’Neill possess a unique combination of personal and professional experience with trauma recovery process when a victim of Mass Violence or Terrorism. As a Trauma-Informed, 25+ year mental health professional, survivor of the Boston Marathon attack and endurance athlete (3x Ironman Triathlon Finisher and 5x Boston Marathon finisher) Amy has an intimate understanding of adversity, resilience and how to work through challenges including the complicated trauma/survivor experience. Amy O’Neill maintains a private counseling practice and is an Adjunct Professor for the graduate Counseling Psychology Program at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA and the host of The Trauma Impact Podcast.

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