The Hidden Battles Team

Scott Hyder, Founder

Hidden Battles is a non-profit organization that strives to help preserve the healthy minds of veterans, fire fighters, police officers and first responders through treatment and counseling for depression, suicidal tendencies, and PTSD.

Our founder, Scott Hyder, is a Disabled Veteran who served 10 years in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer. In 2004, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. During his military career, he was deployed to Kosovo during the Balkans conflict, as well as Kenya and Panama for peace keeping missions.

On June 10, 2012, after not hearing from his brother Nick for a few days, Scott drove to his house only to discover the horror that Nick had taken his own life. Hyder recalls the struggle he faced in the aftermath. “I'm not sure if there is one word or one emotion to describe the feeling over this loss. I was devastated, confused, torn up, sad for Nicky, sad for his children … angry.” Scott was emotionally falling apart and eventually reached out for help.

Scott's therapy helped him to see that his brother struggled with depression and PTSD. Always appearing upbeat, happy and smiling, but inside Nick was silently fighting a demon and ultimately lost his inner battle.

Scott and Nicky

Scott and his brother Nicky

After Nick’s suicide, Scott began to work with a local suicide prevention and awareness team. As a member of Team Forever Young, Scott and his teammates participated in numerous Out of The Darkness Walks sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Team Forever Young became AFSP’s national top fundraising team, raising over $250,000 to date. Scott has publicly spoken on many occasions to people of all ages about suicide, suicide prevention and awareness.

Although he finds fundraising to be a vital part in raising awareness and prevention, Scott didn’t feel it was enough, so he decided to make it his mission to help those struggling.

Scott personally feels that Veterans, Police Officers and Fire Fighters need more. “As a community of defenders, we need a common ground to speak about what is tearing apart the hearts and minds of these heroes. A place where we can speak freely with other like-minded professionals about the daily toll these professions take on our minds, our souls and our family lives.”

Hyder has personally experienced the effects of war, traumatic injury and homicide. There were times where he felt alone, like there was no place he could feel comfortable speaking about the internal turmoil. He wanted to speak with people just like him - relatable individuals who would not judge but would listen.

Also, Scott has seen the devastation left behind with the surviving families. “Suicide is not openly spoken about and many people still find shame in admitting that they lost loved ones to suicide.” Hyder started this foundation with the hopes of providing not only those individuals suffering but also their families with a safe, non-judgemental environment for healing and coping.

Leslie Cregg-Hyder, Event Director
Christopher Hurst, Director of Marketing
Michelle Hyder, Chef Instructor

Our Board of Directors

Donna Gitschier

Donna Sheehan

Board Member
Christina Liakos

Christina Liakos

Board Member/Scholarship Committee
Head of Systems Administration, Eagle Investment Systems
Ernie Lopez

Ernie Lopez

Board Member/Program Advisor
VP of Customer Service Operations, Pango Group
Kris Lopez

Kris Lopez

Board Member/Marketing Team
Chief of Staff, SecurityTrails
Dawn Chandonnet

Dawn Chandonnet

Board Member/Scholarship Committee
Clinical Nurse Educator, Lowell General Hospital

Janice Carroll

Board Member/Family Programs
Assistant Project Manager Multi-Family Development
Matt Ayers

Matt Ayers

Board Member/Peer Support
Army Veteran/FireFighter
Daniel Houston

Daniel Houston

Board Member/Peer Support Operations
Retired Law Enforcement
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Danielle Wilson

Board Member/ Equine Programs
Health Sciences

Karen DiRienzo

Board Member/ Clinician
Mental Health Clinician / Co-Responder, Law Enforcement Agency
Aaron Chapple

Aaron Chapple

Board Member/ Peer Support Operations
Marine Veteran/ Retired Law Enforcement

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