Resilient Futures is a women-owned non-profit with a central belief in the strength of creating meaningful partnerships that can collectively work to help individuals and communities thrive. As a commitment to our values Resilient Futures utilizes a person-centered approach to support schools and youth serving communities on their journey of becoming trauma-informed, culturally responsive and inclusive of all members.

At Resilient Futures, we think about adversity and trauma through the lens of resilience. Trauma is an experience that can leave one feeling hopeless and alone. The Phoenix flower, our logo reflects resilience through endurance, courage, and the ability to rise under difficult circumstances. This flower can be revived from a completely dehydrated state with just a few drops of water on a shriveled leaf. As an agency we believe in the power of compassion and connection as those drops of water and envision a world where resilience is fostered across all classrooms, schools and families.

Resilient Futures founding partners bring a range of experiences, knowledge and passion for working with children, adolescents and the systems that support them.

Megan Brennan, PsyD

Megan Brennan, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the areas of children and adolescent mental health, working in school systems, trauma-informed care, mindfulness, crisis response, cultural competence, supervision, program development and program evaluation. Working to advance systems transformation Megan has partnered with school districts, individual schools, grant funders and community partners with a focus on advancing trauma-informed, culturally responsive school communities.

Eleonora Cahill, PhD

Eleonora Cahill, PhD (Ellie) has worked with trauma-impacted families and communities for 25 years, first as a teacher, then as Director of a non-profit, and finally as a mental health clinician. Ellie passionately believes in the resiliency of the human spirit, the tenacity of community, and the unsurpassed capacity for healing. Ellie holds a strong anti-oppression lens and is committed to addressing race-based and cultural disparities. She has expertise in traumatic stress, grief and loss, family systems, adolescence, special education, curriculum development and integrated behavioral health.

Laura McArthur, PhD

Laura McArthur, PhD, brings substantive experience in the areas of children’s mental health, trauma-informed care and school practices, elimination of disparities in behavioral health, cultural and linguistic competence, developmental psychology and program evaluation. Laura has worked with numerous schools, funders, community partners, and community members to advance trauma-informed, culturally responsive environments that meet the needs of schools and communities impacted by trauma.