Marsha Morgan, MPA

Marsha retired from Truman Medical Center (TMC) in February 2016. There, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for Behavioral Health for 23 years. During her career of 45 years, she was always an advocate for people with mental illnesses and disabilities. Marsha has been involved in creating trauma-informed and resilient organizations since 2009. TMC was one of the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s early adopters for trauma-informed care and a participant in the National Council of Community Behavioral Health’s first trauma-informed learning collaborative.


Marsha’s work at TMC included creating a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders specialty service, and bringing trauma-informed practices to primary and medical specialty clinics. At her direction, grant funding was secured to initiate several innovative community projects. These projects include: training community mental health providers, developing secondary trauma training for first responders, and trainings to create trauma-sensitive schools.


Her community involvement includes being a co-founder of Trauma Matters KC and serving on the following community boards and committees where she consistently promoted creating trauma-informed and resilient communities: Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare, Chamber of Commerce Healthy KC Behavioral Health Committee, Community Network for Behavioral Health Care, and Metro Council of Community Mental Health Centers. Marsha has provided training and consultation to a variety of organizations that are committed to becoming trauma-informed.


Marsha was the Kansas City team lead for the 2015 Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) meeting which was convened to advise SAMHSA on ways to create trauma-informed communities. She was a presenter at the September 2015 Federal Partners on Trauma National Dialogue where she presented on trauma-informed schools. She was also the team lead to a SAMHSA session that focused on developing outcome measures.


Since retiring from TMC, Marsha created her company, Resilience Builders. She has co-facilitated learning collaboratives in Missouri, facilitated trauma-responsive training for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, supported Trauma Matters KC grant implementation, and is working with the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice, a National organization promoting trauma-informed policy and practice across the nation.