Founder of HOPE Beyond Trauma, CEO, author, speaker, mentor, life coach, caregiver, military spouse, mother and grandmother. Janie Smith, has faced and triumphed over a number of traumas in her life. She takes you behind closed doors after Tanya, her teenage daughter, sustains severe injuries in an automobile accident. From life and death decisions in the trauma unit, to the harrowing rehabilitation process; Janie discloses how her daughter’s unpredictable violent episodes tore through the fabric of her family.
Years later, Janie watches Terry, her youngest son, deploy to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for six combat tours. He returns home full of anger and rage; becoming a walking time bomb. Janie fights to keep her family together while everything around her is falling apart…including herself.
From mountaintop experiences to the very bowels of hell, Janie reveals how her family played a vital role in her own survival. She will share with you the lessons she’s learned along the way. Her story is compelling and inspirational.
Today, Janie’s passion is about guiding others on their journey. She founded HOPE Beyond Trauma and wrote her book, HOPE Beyond Trauma…a mother’s journey to mentor those who want to move beyond trauma…to hope, triumph and inspiration!
Janie earned a B.A. degree in Physical Education & Health from Cedarville University and taught preschool through high school in the United States and Germany. She was a Hospital Recreation Worker for the American Red Cross stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. working with wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam. As an Activities Director, she worked for the Department of Defense developing programs for active duty soldiers and children of military and civilian personnel living in Germany.
After her husband retired from the US Army, they moved to Vacaville, California, (located between San Francisco & Sacramento) where she founded a travel agency for people with disabilities and played an integral role in starting several brain injury support groups. She taught “back to work” and “life skills” to adults with brain injuries with the California Department of Rehabilitation. She held administrative positions and trained personnel in a community integration program for developmentally disabled adults exhibiting extreme behaviors in the San Francisco Bay - Napa Valley - Sacramento areas. Janie served on the organizing committee for brain injury conferences in the Napa Valley.
She is a Life Coach and Strategic Interventionist studying under the highly acclaimed teachings and mentorship of Anthony Robbins alongside Cloe Madanes, who is an internationally regarded innovator in family therapy. Cloe is the author of six books that are classics in the field. Janie earned certifications from the Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention in Marriage Education and Divorce Prevention, Breakthrough Specialist and Working with Women. Her basic life coach certification was earned from Coach Training Alliance.
Janie currently resides in Copperas Cove, Texas (close to Fort Hood Army Post), with her husband of 45 years, Richard (First Sergeant, U.S. Army Retired) and their dog, Rudy. They are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.