Emily Murphy is a marketing and communications professional who has worked on brand and marketing strategies for organizations of all sizes across almost every industry. She has a BA in English and holds an MS in Communications from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Emily is a survivor of the TTI and spent 21 months at Cross Creek Manor, a former WWASPS program in LaVerkin, UT, from 2004-2005. She has been a member of TTI survivor communities for over a decade but became active in the fight to help dismantle the Troubled Teen Industry in 2020.
She currently resides in Texas, and in her spare time, enjoys traveling, adding to her vinyl collection, binging absolute garbage reality television, and learning to play the guitar (poorly).
“It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.” -Seneca
Marissa Linderman works with Unsilenced in Communications and as an Advocacy Team-Mate. She joined Unsilenced in May of 2022 because she wanted to turn her pain of surviving New Haven RTC in Utah, into a purpose. Marissa feels passionately about child advocacy, creating a brighter future for mental healthcare in the United States, patient rights, the well-being of children placed in the foster-care system, the rights of children placed in the juvenile justice system, and supporting survivors of the Troubled Teen Industry. Marissa holds the belief that all human beings deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, equality, and compassion – regardless of ability, size, gender, race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Marissa believes in the freedom of self-expression, and in breaking the stigma against those who manage mental health conditions and trauma.
When Marissa is not working with Unsilenced, she is a Yoga, meditation, and breath-work teacher, as well as a freelance photographer. She is also a former professional opera singer. Her hobbies and interests include: reading, singing, philosophy, hiking, concerts, nights at the opera, trips to art museums and art galleries, swimming, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, mixed martial arts, acting, film, surrealist art, local metal shows, comedy, poetry, and beach days. Marissa especially enjoys spending quality time with her Husband, friends, family, and her dog, Pepper.
Marissa is thrilled to be a member of Unsilenced because she believes in the organization’s values and mission – and she loves the Unsilenced community, and the culture of the organization. Marissa hopes her work with Unsilenced will help save the lives of children currently placed in a Troubled Teen Industry facility, and that her work will help prevent kids from being placed in Troubled Teen Industry programs in the future. She also hopes her work will help amplify the voices of survivors, like herself. Marissa believes that all human beings deserve agency over their own bodies, and that all people should have the right to choose what is best for themselves, and their healing journey. That’s why Marissa is proud to be a part of Unsilenced.
“There is nothing so delightful as the hearing, or the speaking of truth. For this reason, there is no conversation so agreeable as that of the man of integrity, who hears without any intention to betray, and speaks without any intention to deceive.” -Plato
Greg is a two times WWASP survivor and attended the Academy at Ivy Ridge in upstate NY. He was sent away for “behavioral” issues and substance abuse related to mental health struggles in his adolescence as his mother was promised “reform” and a new son on the other side of treatment.
Even though the Academy at Ivy Ridge is closed, Greg is a strong supporter to the mission of Unsilenced and fights to be sure that other children won’t have to suffer the abuse of these institutions.
Today, Greg is a survivor, sober, and on a mission. “If I can save one kid from experiencing the hell of these programs, then I have done my job.”