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“A PROGRAM Building & Protecting THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY!”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

POSITION HELD,  PhD
Director of International Relations,  Victims Terrorism

 

 

MAURINE KELLY, Psychologist, PhD, CGP, FIPA
Director of Mental Health
Maurine Kelly specializes in working with families, couples, groups, and individuals. She treats children as young as three, has experience with school phobia, adoption, blended families, gender issues, gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals, and the challenges of elderly. She is experienced working with psychoses, severe post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and problems of every day life. She has special expertise working with the LGBT population, with adolescents, sexual development, severe mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, physical illnesses.  Dr. Kelly is trained as a psychoanalyst and sees many patients up to five times a week with a focus on relationships, intimacy, fears and anxieties, depression, work and parenting issues, and most of all enriching one’s life, achieving life goals and achieving a sense of balance in one’s life. Dr. Kelly has been practicing independently full time for over thirty Years. Her experience is wide ranging, insofar as she has worked with all ages of patients, families, groups, couples and individuals. She is experienced with both short term crisis intervention and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

DEBBIE MCCABE, Director of Medical Practices
Debbie’s background includes 25 years of training in traditional, herbal, homeopathic and integrative medical settings. Studying and working in nutrition, herbal medicine and other CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapies. In 2005 she left a traditional urgent care center to open the first “green” Wellness Center on the Eastern Shore in order to devote full time her attention to Integrative Health and Wellness. To stay abreast of the ever changing medical environment Debbie attends continuing education conferences and workshops though the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, ILADS, Klinghart etc. With research and cutting edge modalities she takes the time  to explain the “how and why” of many current health conditions and empowers patients to become a partner in wellness taking control of their health. Debbie was invited to participant in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Critical Needs and Gaps in Understanding Prevention, Amelioration, and Resolution of Lyme and Other Insect Borne Diseases and the The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Integrative Medicine and Health Summit. As a knowledgeable practitioner, educator and speaker on the subject of Insect Borne Illness she presented at  Supervisor Herrity’s Fairfax County’s Town Hall Meetings for the state of Virginia as well as Monkton, Maryland’s Lyme Disease Seminar and numerous other groups. She has provided continuing education material for Medical professionals at the ILADS conference National Harbor.

 


LEEANN CONNER, Director of Technology, Media & Social Issues 

 

 

LEAH ROBERTS, Director of Environmental, Global & General Health Research
Leah Roberts is a professional with 13 years of practical experience in the health care industry. She studied Public Health at University of South Florida and has a graduate certificate from USF in Infection Control and Prevention. She graduated from Saint Louis University with her Master’s degree in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness and taught graduate courses there as a volunteer for another three years. In Fall of 2014, she saw the need to write a short book that described the biosecurity-important aspects of the Ebola outbreak that occurred in Africa and had it published in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Also in 2014, Leah began her independent research officially as a woman-owned business while working for Jacobs Dugway, UT location writing comprehensive geopolitical threat and vulnerability assessments and doing research in decontamination science. Her area of interest is broad and includes chemical and biological weapons, nuclear contamination, covert biological chemical and biological capabilities of other countries, intuitive and alternative sciences, environmental health and environmental contamination among others. She has an active Secret clearance.

PAULA RADLER ATLER, Director of Education, Anthropology & Sociology 

 

 

INVITATION BEING SENT,  Director of Legal Issues

 

 

 

INVITATION BEING SENT,  Director of First Response 

 

 

 

INVITATION BEING SENT, Director of Political Issues

 

 

 

DEBBIE CLOUD, Chairman of the Board
Dynamic Relationship Specialist (Limited Voting)  Debbie Cloud  comes from a long line of powerful, innovative healers, teachers and leaders.  For thirty plus years, Debbie has worked with people, their projects and businesses.  Through her experience, she brings her unique perspective, strategies and negotiating abilities to the table.  Over the years, she has run a variety of family businesses or worked for high-net-worth, individual owners of complicated ventures needing special attention to ensure successful outcomes. Debbie excels at using her unique personal skills to understand requirements in large complex situations with many small facets to find creative solutions that exceed goals.  Her highly-focused, professional skills allow her to work between groups of people to find common goals, execute directives, and navigate all logistics encountered challenges.  Debbie’s focus is on developing good, dynamic, authentic relationships and positive future outcomes.  As a problem solver, she works with others on challenges to clarify and evolve a situation into the better opportunity.  With her strong character, moral compass and work ethic, Debbie uses both intuition, strategic and analytical skills to produce results. With decades as an information analyst in large, complex operations, Debbie comes to the table to listen intently, envision the larger picture and define the missing elements to bridge the gaps and bring the project to completion. With her training in crisis intervention and many years in competitive equestrian 3-Day Eventing (strategic military training), Debbie understands pressure dealing with emergency situations with varied groups of individuals.  She believe the key in any situation is to know when to take the bull by the horns to make things right, or when to use kid gloves and finesse.   At the end of the day, the desired outcome is supporting holistic, sustainable, healthy lifestyles.  Debbie’s ultimate goal, what she really enjoys, is the empowerment people with passion, knowledge and purpose. 

& Four Inactive Board Members

GLOBAL ALLIANCE COMMITTEE

MAURINE KELLY, Global Member, United States
Maurine Kelly specializes in working with families, couples, groups, and individuals. She treats children as young as three, has experience with school phobia, adoption, blended families, gender issues, gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals, and the challenges of elderly. She is experienced working with psychoses, severe post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and problems of every day life. She has special expertise working with the LGBT population, with adolescents, sexual development, severe mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, physical illnesses.  Dr. Kelly is trained as a psychoanalyst and sees many patients up to five times a week with a focus on relationships, intimacy, fears and anxieties, depression, work and parenting issues, and most of all enriching one’s life, achieving life goals and achieving a sense of balance in one’s life. Dr. Kelly has been practicing independently full time for over thirty Years. Her experience is wide ranging, insofar as she has worked with all ages of patients, families, groups, couples and individuals. She is experienced with both short term crisis intervention and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

JHONABELLE BINA BIADO, Global Member, Philippines
Jhonabelle Biña Biado is a School Guidance Counselor of Gingoog City Comprehensive National High School in the Philippines for almost nine years now. It is a government secondary school located at the heart of the city, along national highway with a total of 3,288 Junior High School Students and 1,235 Senior High School Students coming from the 79 Barangays of Gingoog City holding the most populated and the biggest school in the entire division of Gingoog City. She studied BS Psychology and currently working on her MA in Guidance and Counseling. Previously, Jhonabelle worked as a Lead Counselor at the Healing House Philippines,Inc. A Non-Government Organization offering psychoanalytic psychotherapy for trauma victims and also offers an outpatient autism clinic for children headed by the President and CEO of the International Healing House, Inc., Dr. Eleanor Lisa Beyea Pomeroy, MPH, CHS. She is passionate not only in ensuring students become productive and well-adjusted individuals of tomorrow but also upholding the advocacy campaign in ending violence against women and children.

POSITION HELD, Global Member, Australia

 

 

 

POSITION HELD, Global Member, England

 

 

 

POSITION HELD, Global Member, British Virgin Islands

 

 

 

DEBBIE CLOUD, Global Chair
See Above

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

CHRIS & DEBBIE CLOUD, Co-Executive Directors
Chris and Debbie have developed a strong reputation as a “Dynamic Duo” capable of moving mountains to make things happen.  Both have come from family owned and operated businesses of Entrepreneurs, thus each understand business, operations and what it takes to get the job done.  Chris and his mechanical engineer background, his off-grid experience and yacht, estate and island management has provided a keen eye for properties, business and people.   Debbie, with her operational management and direct experience in business brings her unique strategies and negotiating abilities to the table.  She has run family operations or worked for high-net-worth, individual owners of complicated ventures needing special attention to ensure successful outcomes.  Together they have a half of century of worldly experience and expertise with the dynamic ability to handle the directives, the projects, the people involved to incorporate the final success.  

LAURA ABBOTT, Assistant Director of Advocacy & Victim Relations
Laura Abbott is a 46 year old mother of three great children ages, 25, 19 and 15. She is also a proud grandmother of one beautiful 2 year old boy! Laura is a survivor of violent childhood sexual abuse from aged 4-14. Her mother committed suicide when she was 15. Laura received no family support after reporting her abuser and was shifted between foster homes every few months. She held onto a strong conviction that her abuser (step father) not be able to plead to lesser charges so she could protect her younger siblings safety and security. Her efforts paid off and her step father was convicted of multiple charges and was sentenced to 23 years in prison after a trial in which she testified. Laura received her Associates in Science in Nursing in 2008 and after passing state boards became a Registered Nurse. Laura is looking forward to empowering and assisting victims/children/teens/families of sexual or domestic violence and emotional/mental abuse and to navigate successfully to receive the support and services needed. Laura is a strong critical thinker and a strong communicator both verbally and through the written word. Her goal is to provide confidence, assistance, information and tools to assist victims and families toward healing. She will also provide support and assistance throughout the court process if necessary. As an advocate, Laura is looking forward to the partnership that will form between herself and those who will become survivors in their own right. Through sharing perspectives, exchanging information and knowledge, we, as a team, will ultimately find the best course of action and plan. Laura believes that through trust, the victims dictate this relationship and the help he or she needs in their time of crisis.

DEBBIE CLOUD, Assistant Director of Finance, Operations & Strategic Planning
See Above

 

 

CHRIS CLOUD, Assistant Director of Public, Media & Donor Relations
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FOUNDERS

DEBBIE AND CHRIS CLOUD, Founders
Debbie and Chris have developed a strong reputation as a “Dynamic Duo” capable of moving mountains to make things happen.  People have longed to live the exotic and exciting lifestyle around the world.  Being home in Fauquier County their focus is to live the best possible life every day, dedicated to making the world a better place.  Where ever Debbie and Chris have lived in the world, they have invested in our community and building relationships.   Overseas they realized that back at home there is an increase in divisions, a rise in intolerance, injustices and concerns around hate.  The “split” is not normal and its harmful.  Both Debbie and Chris are systems minded, and decided to set up a Non Profit that would duplicate their own processing extending out into a model that could be duplicated.  With Global friends in a wide variety of fields and a tremendous amount of support,  they decided to move forward with the vision of a model that could truly make a difference. The GLOBAL FAMILY ALLIANCE, their Non Profit they started, is dedicated to promoting early detection and intervention for current rising cultural concerns, preventing family crisis that cause at-risk youth, and developing strong, empowered families within the community through advocacy, education, research and service. TO CREATE a Peer to Peer structure that can be repeated by those willing to dedicate to their own recovery, and the efforts of the Mission. TO SUPPORT the shared goal of Directors to connect  with Professionals, Government, Organizations and other Providers the shared information to support the expansion of research and interventions that are effective for this population.  Further to use a connecting structure for the different Resources to effectively work together as teams with the Peers to impact the concerns being faced.  This positive, collaborative effort roots out the concerns and provide real solutions. TO BUILD positive relations to empower survivors, children and communities to prevent further divisions and damage.  Debbie and Chris’ LEGACY is to create an organization that lives beyond them to be capable of moving mountains to make things happen, when the “Dynamic Duo” is gone.

 

ADVOCATE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

LAURA ABBOTT, Oversight Assistant Chair
Laura Abbott is a 46 year old mother of three great children ages, 25,  19 and 15. She is also a proud grandmother of one beautiful 2 year old boy! Laura is a survivor of violent childhood sexual abuse from aged 4-14. Her mother committed suicide when she was 15. Laura received no family support after reporting her abuser and was shifted between foster homes every few months. She held onto a strong conviction that her abuser (step father) not be able to plead to lesser charges so she could protect her younger siblings safety and security. Her efforts paid off and her step father was convicted of multiple charges and was sentenced to 23 years in prison after a trial in which she testified. Laura received her Associates in Science in Nursing in 2008 and after passing state boards became a Registered Nurse. Laura is looking forward to empowering and assisting victims/children/teens/families of sexual or domestic violence and emotional/mental abuse and to navigate successfully to receive the support and services needed. Laura is a strong critical thinker and a strong communicator both verbally and through the written word. Her goal is to provide confidence, assistance, information and tools to assist victims and families toward healing. She will also provide support and assistance throughout the court process if necessary. As an advocate, Laura is looking forward to the partnership that will form between herself and those who will become survivors in their own right. Through sharing perspectives, exchanging information and knowledge, we, as a team, will ultimately find the best course of action and plan. Laura believes that through trust, the victims dictate this relationship and the help he or she needs in their time of crisis.

WENDY ANN GREENE, Oversight Member
Wendy Greene is a fourth generation Human and Civil Rights activist, writer/advocate for the victims of autism and homelessness, and author of the up-and-coming book ‘Justice’. The Canary Stories are individual true accounts documenting the corruption and fraud of Child Protective Services and similar agencies, sent from around the world by parents requesting that their voices be heard. The ongoing reports are named The Canary Stories after the life-saving canaries that protected the coal mines. Today, The Canary Stories are also sounding the warning in an attempt to save children, families and even lives.  My story  “I am the mother of three amazing little creatures. My oldest son is autistic and violent. He was 12 when CPS legally kidnapped him. My two younger sons were 8 and 2. As a family, we were harassed by CPS for 6 years prior to them storming into our peaceful home and destroying it beyond all recognition. Due to the fact no matter how many times I have explained my son’s behavior due to his autism, we were always under a cloud of suspicion. The fact is, when your child expresses extreme behavior, it calls for extreme parenting.  Looking back, I can see exactly why we were always in CPS cross-hairs. Hindsight is always 20/20. The staff at my son’s schools always seem to blame our parenting for his behavior. This is a very ignorant point of view. We had several unfounded and closed cases over the years, but those were used against us in court for this case, as we had previous CPS intervention. Never mind the fact it was unfounded.”

DEBORAH CATLETT, Oversight Member

 

 

 

POSITION HELD, Oversight Member

 

 

 

DEBBIE CLOUD, Oversight Chair
Debbie is currently remarried to an amazing man Chris that is her partner in all things.  Without him, she would have died from stress, exhaustion and grief.  He saved her life.  They met during the worst time in each others lives.  Chris was in the process of dismantling a 20 year relationship.  Debbie and her children were suffering in a failed marriage in a crazy court action.  She could not find a way to resolve the marital issues and keep her now ex husband from causing their family so much pain.  Once her ex was nice. Then over time things changed.  None of the  concerns were direct.  Unknowingly, until hindsight and research much later, she was abused by the crazy cycle of coercive controls by a malicious, malignant personality.  Debbie was trained in working with personal dynamics and problems in business and life.  She is a straight shooter and always dealt directly, to the point of exhaustion, with each concern. In hindsight, her ex husband used the kids to control her in the marriage.  Further, he would sabotage the family business and all projects to keep her desperately seeking ways to make her family safe and okay.  Debbie did all the normal things a spouse could do for a problem marriage: she turned to family, friends, community,  church and schools.  There world spiraled smaller and smaller.  Debbie defined it like being in a black box with no windows or doors with this black hole at the bottom that tried to suck you out.  Desparately you would cling to the walls.  The children’s night terrors were a dark man grabbing the children away from their “Mama” and they were lost and gone, assumed dead.   Debbie spoke to domestic abuse hotlines, sheriff’s office, and even judges in closed chambers.   No one could define the situation, or move forward with any viable action.  They had multiple professional couples counseling.  None helped.  The second one ended with a divorce was the only options.  By the third co-therapy session during court, both counselors said Debbie was in real danger.   By that point there were police reports, emergency rooms, HAZMAT and safe houses.  Not one person still understand, yet there were no options.  Debbie was told time and time again, keep working at everything and all would be well.  Therapists and teams were put together.  He would not stop, so she told him to move out to help the children.  He called CPS and filed a crazy divorce demanding full custody, in his mind to “keep the family together” by threatening her back into an abusive marriage that was hurting the kids, or lose the kids forever and be destroyed.  Within 9 months, every item in the crazy divorce filing was happening, and everyone’s finger was pointed at Debbie.  Debbie was scared, and the kids were scared. Debbie had never dealt with CPS, The AG or the courts before.  No professionals could help. They would say Psychopath under their breath, yet would cringe and say dont dear repeat that to anyone.  Debbie’s internist, who treated both her and her ex, gave her a piece of paper with a book title written on it: Incest-Related Syndromes of Adult Psychopathology and told her to read that book.  Everything in that book was part of the family’s story.  The malice and malignant personality was a coercive control abuse the family endured for over ten years.  He was sexually abused as a young child, and his family denied it happen to him and all his brothers.  Only during the court action when he was threatened with losing his family did all his lies, manipulations and trickery for Debbie to see.  Things kept escalating.  In the end, the two eldest refused   to go with him, so they opted for the state care.  The two young children were given no choice and were forced to go with him.  Red flags for all abuses, except physical abuse was present.  The threat of real harm by him was reported by all.  The abuse in hindsight was emotional, psychological, financial, social and a threat of physical harm.  CPS, the AG, the professionals and the courts were no match for Debbie’s ex husband.  The cost of their inability to deal with this type of personality was the pain and suffering of the whole family.   in 2017 after Debbie and Chris returned home to Virginia and interviewing all the available services, even in 2012, there is zero way he could have pulled all this off in Virginia.  Debbie’s reputation and ties to the community plus the Virginia interventions in place at the time would have ensured her rights, the protection of the children and the denial of his right to abuse both Debbie and her children.  In Arizona, they had zero chance.   BOTTOMLINE, Debbie’s hands are tied due to the continued threat of harm by this malignant personality and a system that has zero way to stop him.  The only chance for Debbie, and so many other families like Debbie’s, is when President Donald Trump and his team finally are able to turn their attention to make American Families Great Again, by dealing with the family courts and all the agencies that do not have the tools to deal with cases of coercive control and all the associated abuses.  In the meantime, Debbie and Chris are moving forward with GLOBAL FAMILY ALLIANCE that will use local Family Alliance Networks working in collaboration with the established community and a Peer to Peer 12step Program to empower parents not to be trapped in coercive controlled abusive relationships and to educate and advocate for a system that understands this abuse of family being trauma informed and ensure that the criminal is stopped, locked up and the family is protected from their harm.  

This is a first world concern, and it needs to STOP.

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