Shelly Pinomaki

Shelly Pinomaki lost her sister at the hands of a murderer during Christmas 2011, and witnessed the additional trauma inflicted upon her family from well-meaning friends, families — even professionals — because they had no idea what to do or say. Pinomaki became impassioned to help others who wanted to help those in emotional pain, and founded SeekingHope. She also began volunteer work with Trauma Intervention Program, a national support service; trained with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation; and became a credentialed chaplain and board member with CAREForce. Pinomaki also serves as a chaplain with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.