NGH Headquarters Staff
Our headquarters staff have all taken the NGH certification course and are Certified Consulting Hypnotists. We instituted this training at their request, so they would have a better working knowledge of the profession when working with our members. Our staff members have been with us anywhere from five to twenty years, and all have a personal interest in helping our members and our profession to grow. We are very proud of them and want to introduce them to you.
Dr. Dwight Damon, DC, DNGH, OB
A founding member of the National Guild of Hypnotists in 1950, Dr. Damon started his career with Dr. Rexford L. North at the Hypnotism Center in Boston. A charter member of NGH and IHA, he is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books on hypnotism and motivation. He has also maintained very successful careers as a Doctor of Chiropractic, television personality, motivational author/speaker and theatrical entrepreneur. President of the Guild, Dr. Damon is Editor of the Journal of Hypnotism, Hypno-Gram, and Hypnosis Today. He is also President of NFH 104 OPEIU, AFL/CIO/CLC.
Don Mottin, NGH VP, CMI, DNGH, OB
Vice President of the Guild and a busy Consulting Hypnotist, writer and instructor, Don, for the past twenty years has traveled extensively bringing continuing education programs to Guild members around the country, and Canada. After a hitch in the Marine corps where his interest was first raised after attending a stage hypnotism show he was working in a local police department and had the opportunity to get involved with forensic hypnosis. Don’s most recent book, Raising Your Children With Hypnosis, which was published by the Guild has sold extensively to hypnotists and parents through the Guild and also on Amazon.com. He has been writing for the Journal of Hypnotism since 1993, and has developed numerous programs such as Pediatric Hypnosis, HDR, Removing Imprints, Smoking Cessation, Weight Management, and many, many more. Don and Brenda, his wife, enjoy swimming, jet skiing and riding their ATVs.
Melody Damon-Bachand, BCH
Melody has worked at the NGH for the past twenty years in several capacities. She started out as office manager in what was a one computer office. At that time there were less than 100 Guild members. Today the NGH has a full staff and over 18,000 members in 100 countries. She is the Executive Director of the NGH and oversees the operations of the National Guild of Hypnotists and all departments, maintaining smooth operation of the organization. The entire staff strives for efficiency in serving our members. Melody is an NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist and is also NGH Board Certified. She has been around hypnotism since her childhood. She is married to Steven, an emergency room Registered Nurse, and has two grown children, Christopher and Jereme, six grandchildren & a great-grandchild, 2 dogs. Melody’s hobbies are scrapbooking, reading and all types of hand-made crafts. She also collects key chains.
Dawn Huard, CH
Membership / Member Services
Dawn has worked at the NGH for over 20 years and is an NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist. She has been around hypnotism since childhood. Starting part-time, she eventually became full-time and handles membership certificates, member cards and all membership packages. You can meet Dawn at the NGH Convention Bookstore. She is married to Kevin and has one grown son, Damon, grandchildren, Jade, Damon & Jayce, and a cat. Dawn’s hobbies: bingo, scrapbooking and her granddaughter & grandsons.
Jereme Bachand. CH
Jay has worked full time at the NGH for over fifteen years. He has been around hypnotism since childhood and has an interesting story about hypnosis and his time as a High School wrestler. He is an NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist. He handles all the incoming/outgoing e-mails and maintains the NGH website. Jay also does our videotaping and editing. You can meet Jay at the NGH Convention or NGH Solid Gold Weekend. He is single and his hobbies include camping, poker and working in the family entertainment company. Jay’s passion is wrestling. He is head coach for the Merrimack Middle School.
Eric Newhall, CH
Member Services / Editing
Eric has worked full time at the NGH for over ten years and is an NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist. He handles orders, phones and video rental orders. He also does videotaping and editing for the NGH. You can meet Eric at the NGH Convention Bookstore. His hobbies include camping, poker and sports.
Julie Hazen, CH
Publications / Member Services
Julie has been with the NGH full time for over ten years. An NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist, she handles referrals, and chapter meetings, and inputs, edits and formats publications for pre-press. You can meet Julie at the NGH Convention Registration. She is married to Richard and has two grown children, Stephanie and Rick, a granddaughter Alexa, two cats, a frog and two Boxers. Julie’s hobbies are gardening, reading and her granddaughter.
Julie Bachand, CH
Mail & Shipping / Member Services
Julie has been with the NGH full time for seven years. She is an NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and handles all outgoing mail and shipping. Meet Julie at the NGH Convention Bookstore. She is married to Chris Bachand. Julie’s hobbies are scrapbooking, girl scout leader, boy scouts, sports and being with her children & granddaughter.
Sharon Morris, CI, BCH
NFH 104 Sec/Tres
Sharon joined the NGH staff full time in 2006. She is an NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Certified Instructor and is NGH Board Certified. She handles NGH membership, and member services, and processes orders. She is also Sec./Treas. for NFH Local 104. Meet Sharon at the NGH Convention. She has two cats. Sharon’s hobbies are crafts, scrapbooking and gardening.
NGH Florida Convention Office
Elsom Eldridge, Jr.
Certified Instructor Services
Elsom’s first exposure to hypnotism training was as a teen-age student of Dwight Damon in 1950. He has been with the NGH since 1986. Elsom and Dr. Damon were the hosts for the very first convention in 1988, which was held in Danvers, MA, and he has devoted hundreds of hours to assuring the success of our annual convention. He works diligently putting together the schedule, manual, and catalog prior to the convention, which has grown to be the largest hypnotism convention in the world. Meet Elsom at the annual convention. He is married, has three children, nine grandchildren, and four dogs. Elsom’s hobbies are magic, music, his grandchildren and his dogs.
Florida Office Facilitator
Jean is the right-hand person in the Florida convention office. She has worked side by side with Elsom Eldridge for the past seventeen years to maintain the excellent convention schedule and printed materials that we enjoy every year. She is married to John Truax, and they have three dogs. Jean’s hobbies are crossword puzzles, reading, and bicycling.