Dr. Cheryl Novas, M.S., Ph.D. (c), EAGALA Certified Mental Health Professional has served in social service leadership for over twenty-five years. Coming from a multi-generational military family, her focus has been on advocacy for veterans, active military and their families. Her masters thesis explored PTSD, combat stress disorder and secondary PTSD. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the experience of family caregivers for combat disabled veterans.

As a lifelong horsewoman and animal advocate, she deeply understands the spirit of the horse as well as the impact of invisible wounds of war including moral injury on our nation’s heroes. To understand the issues facing first responders she successfully completed the Hoffman Estates Citizens Police Academy in 2015 and has served on the Hoffman Estates Veterans Memorial Commission since 2013. She lives the ethos of selfless service and is honored to serve as a consultant to the board of directors and as a team member of the Veterans R&R EAGALA program.