About Us

Hope Allowed is a non profit organization with the vision to nurture and inspire hope and healing. Learn more about our mission here.

Meet the Team

Sue Mocker

Founder and Executive Director

Sue Mocker is a teacher, mentor, and lifelong learner. She is the author of the inspirational book The Hope Factor. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope Allowed, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women permanently break the cycle of abuse by untangling distorted views abuse attaches to love. She is also the founder of A Day of Brave™ retreats, conferences, and workshops bringing awareness, validation, and empowerment to those who are survivors of adverse childhood experiences. Sue loves “aha moments” and sharing the meaning of Hope. 

Sue has a teaching degree as well as a Spanish minor. She has taught in elementary and middle school in the Midwest where she grew up. After having her 2 children, she became a teaching assistant for preschool children. That is when she discovered that while making a difference in the life of a 3-year-old was satisfying, making a difference in the life of her mom would be more impactful for the child. Knowing that when someone invests in the life of a mom, they able to invest in their children in a much more positive and healthy way. It was around 1993 when the seed was planted for the Hope Allowed nonprofit to be formed. It achieved a 501(c)3 status in 2018.

Board of Directors

Gena Peth

Vice President and Treasurer

Gena Peth is currently the Board Vice President and Treasurer for Hope Allowed. She has lived in Western Washington all her life and currently lives in Lynnwood.

Gena is A Day of Brave™ Retreat Alumni; she has been working through her childhood trauma and enjoys mentoring others who are on the same journey to wholeness.

Gena currently provides data management and technology development services for a Seattle based Company named Third Sector Intelligence (3SI). 

Gena has over 20 years of data systems experience in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors.  She is a successful Data Systems Manager with data management, and she holds a passion for data analytics. Gena has extensive experience with a variety of technologies used to analyze, design, manage, and implement data systems. She has built data collection tools for the nonprofit sector to help them prove their social impact, tell their story, and provided data for fundraising purposes.

Martha Young

Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator

Martha Young is currently the Secretary for Hope Allowed. Her hometown is Alamogordo, New Mexico. She currently lives in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  Martha is A Day of Brave™ Retreat Alumni, she too is on a healing journey from past Domestic Violence. 

Martha graduated from college with a Bachelor’s in Science in History, Education, and a minor in Sociology from Black Hills State University, Spearfish South Dakota.  Her work history includes retail management in Bookstores, and Training Revision Specialist for American Greetings. Field and Lab Technician for the South Dakota State Archeological Research Center (SARC). Martha is also a former teacher. 

Previous board experiences include:  The American Red Cross, Guam USA, Job’s Daughters, Rapid City, SD, STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math) outreach and programming a grant awarded to SARC, Rapid City, SD.  South Dakota Archaeological Society, Rapid City, SD and Black Hills Regional Ski for Light, Rapid City, SD.  She served on numerous Committees for The Journey Museum, Art Gallery Committee, Volunteer Coordinator, Archaeology Lab supervisor and Black History Committee. Most recently with the Seattle Skeptics, presenter and outreach.