The Cupcake Network™’s founding team is:
FATHER SIMON, B.Th., M.Div.; is a Priest, Pediatric Chaplain and trained CISD responder. Simon is Founder of www.TheCupcakeNetwork.com, a pediatric specific relief agency that assembles the best resources and responds worldwide to intervene and advocate for the needs of children when war or natural disasters occur. A former Royal Air Force Officer (VR-UK) and currently holds the earned rank of Major in the Auxiliary of the US Air Force, serving as a Chaplain and Moral Leadership mentor. Simon has spent time debriefing servicemen and women who have returned from the theater of combat. Completing his Clinical Pastoral Education specializing in Pediatrics he was the Winner of the coveted 2011 Friend of Nursing Award at Children’s Hospital of Central California. He is widely travelled and has served in Kenya, Tanzania, Peru and Mexico as well as the UK and USA, Simon’s sense of humor and entrepreneurial spirit has made him friends all over the world. He is a staunch advocate for abused children, has given lectures on the link between forensics and faith. He has served on the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team in the Central Valley.
SAM D. BERNARD is President of Bernard & Associates, P.C., his private practice focusing on trauma-based clients both civilian and military. He is Ex. Dir. and Lead Clinician of the PAR Foundation a Chattanooga based firm specializing in Disaster Psychology and Crisis Response. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a focus on disaster psychology and crisis intervention. He completed a one year internship with Crisis Management International in Atlanta, GA and a one year residency in Disaster Psychology at Erlanger Healthcare’s Level One Trauma Center in Chattanooga, TN. He is certified in Homeland Security Level III and in Crisis Intervention through the American College of Forensic Examiners International where he serves on the Board of Critical Incident Professionals. He was a responder to New York’s lower Manhattan during 9-11 for 3 weeks; consultant to Georgia Emergency Management during the Tri-State Crematory event for two months, Deputy Incident Commander for the Florida State University based Green Cross Projects response to the 2005 Tsunami and US Hurricanes Katrina & Rita; service provider in Miami to returning responders to the Haitian earthquake. He is the clinical director of the Tri-State CISM Team; the Suicide Postvention Response Team, and the School Crisis Support Cooperative team– based in Chattanooga. Sam is a founding member of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and was voted the 2007 and 2008 Chair of the Governor’s appointed Advisory Board – TSPN.
The team would not be complete without the many volunteers on the ground in the Philippines including doctors, nurses Counselors, Pastors and Child Life experts. We are an affiliated 501C3 non-profit ministry.