Our Mission: To provide organizations and businesses with quality educators leading the discussion of domestic violence, social change, and equality.
With a combined effort of over 35 years of service and thousands served, our speakers have had the honor and privilege of educating men and women about the dangers of abuse worldwide. Our members were exclusively selected to serve on our Speakers Bureau because of their commanding presence, quality performance, and high demand from educational institutions throughout the country. Break the Silence against Domestic Violence gives you access to the industries top speakers!
Kristen Paruginog, DV Expert & Visionary of BTSADV
Kristen Paruginog is a social changer, educator, internationally acclaimed storyteller and the visionary of national nonprofit organization, Break the Silence against Domestic Violence.
Her advocacy efforts have been featured on People, Glamour Magazine, HuffPost, MIC, Investigation Discovery, American Red Cross, ESPN and more. She recently served as an expert advocate for content featured on DomesticShelters.org, TIME and New York Post to further the conversation of domestic violence beyond social media.
Kristen has pioneered a new wave of social change by inspiring thousands of men and women to join together to combat abuse. In 6 years, BTS has impacted millions of lives across the globe because of her courage to break the silence.
Terry Josiah, Visionary of MusicLifeChange, Veteran & Former Abuser
International Songwriter, TerryJosiah is the Founding and Chief Executive Officer of MusicLifeChange – a creative agency cultivating social revolutions through the power of music. He is a Father, a Combat Veteran & a Philanthropist. In 2012 TerryJosiah was introduced to Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, where he kick-started his journey for advocating against abuse. He shared his story of overcoming both abuse & being an abuser by shedding light on a different understanding of domestic violence – and encourages men to join the movement. He uses his past relationships and behaviors to educate about the warning signs of abusive traits, as well as using gratitude as the foundation to live a healthy life.
In 2014 he created MusicLifeChange to be a positive voice for this generation. With a timeless sound, the music produced has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His message gives a complete understanding of how to live the best life possible by becoming a beacon of light for the world. With a daily practice of gratitude, he has learned to live with happiness on autopilot.
“Gratitude is the virtue that sustains the temperature of our happiness…” ~ TerryJosiah
Audrey Mabrey, Transformational Life Coach
Audrey Mabrey is a survivor and an advocate against domestic violence. She travels nationally and internationally educating students and adults about domestic violence and the power of forgiveness. After separating from her husband and father of her two boys in 2009, he brutally attempted to take her life by bludgeoning her with a hammer and setting her on fire in the garage of the home they once shared. She sustained third degree burns to 80% of her body, spent 6 weeks in a coma and another 6 weeks in the hospital. She has appeared on Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, 48 Hours, I Survived, Inside Edition, ABC Action News Primetime Special on domestic violence, and many other television shows as an advocate, advisor, survivor and woman of inspiration. Additionally, she has been the face and voice of 3 public service announcements for ending domestic violence in her local community. Her awards include the Community Hero award from the National Hockey League team, Tampa Bay Lightning, the John E. Stross Victory over Violence award, and the ABC Action News Bravery award. Currently she writes a monthly column titled Ask Audrey for a local magazine called Panache Vue.
“Mama” Tammy Willett, Grieving Mother against Domestic Violence
Tammy Willett is a survivor of life. Overcoming drug addiction, numerous suicide attempts, and a criminal record due to the tragic loss of her 22-year old daughter – Tammy became a fighter with a message. “Mama Tammy” as thousands worldwide call her has become a beacon of hope for families grieving with the loss of a child or loved one due to domestic violence. Tammy also is a survivor of abuse and is using her testimony to be a voice for those struggling with life, existence, and fitting in. She has been featured on numerous Texas media outlets and has been featured in Chat magazine in the United Kingdom. Her message has grown from a small town in La Grange, Texas to the hearts of thousands worldwide.
Doris Rivera-Black, Former Police Officer & Board Member
Doris Rivera-Black is an award winning activist and survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence who has chosen to take her tragic experience to help others. Doris has ten years of prior law enforcement experience from serving in a jail, patrol, parole and instructing at a law enforcement training academy.
After her experiences, she made it her personal mission to help educate the community on the issues of SA & DV, help advocate for victims and bring hope and healing to others. Her journey on speaking on these issues began when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to share her story in 2007. Doris has since founded NEVER a Victim, a program where women are taught situational awareness, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault awareness and avoidance paired with simple self-defense techniques and has co-founded All Hope Restored, a faith-based domestic violence support group. She has also been passionately involved with TESSA of Colorado Springs, serving in their auxiliary & speaker’s bureau and the Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault’s Survivor Task Force in an effort to be a voice for victims and help eliminate violence against women, and Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, a national organization that provides education on domestic violence issues. Doris is also a National Victim/Survivor Impact Consultant with the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
Doris is an avid public speaker who, because her impactful story of being an overcomer, has been often sought out by numerous media outlets such as Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast, and several organizations to include non-profits, for-profits and faith-based communities. Doris is the author of, Clothed in Strength, where she shares her story of experiences and how she overcame. She will earn her BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University in December of 2016.
Amy Olsen, Mother on a Mission
Amy Olsen is a true survivor in every sense of the word. She has overcome childhood sexual abuse and neglect. While witnessing abuse throughout childhood, she ended up in an abusive relationship in her adult life where she encountered all forms abuse in her marriage. Without her knowledge she was married to a murderer who was determined to take her and her children’s lives if she attempted to escape from the grips of the abuse. An overcomer of suicide attempts, complex PTSD, drug, and codependency.
Lupe Moreno, Founder of Building Resilience and Strength
Lupe Moreno is certified as a Breakthrough Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach, and Resilience Trainer of Trainers. She has been recognized by the United States Army for her contribution and dedication to the U.S. Army Family Readiness Group and was awarded the National Engaged Leader Award in 2014 by the National Society of Leadership and Success. After experiencing every type of abuse possible in more than a 30-year period, she found herself struggling as a single mother with three children. However, it was her faith in God that gave her the resilience and strength to go on. Lupe’s life is now barely recognizable from the young girl who once lived daily in fear. She is a national speaker who uses her experience in teen dating abuse and domestic violence to educate others about the various types of abuse, as well as provide hope to other survivors. She is attending DeVry University and working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.
Tara Loo, Board Member & Domestic Violence Advocate
Tara made it her life’s purpose to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault after she almost lost her life by the hands of her boyfriend. Tara’s abuser was a “best-friend” from high school, one that she reconnected with fourteen years after graduating. Within six short months after beginning their relationship, he brutally attacked her – nearly taking her life. Unbeknownst to her, Tara soon learned that he had a long history of abusive behavior, going back to when they were in high school together. After learning this it became especially important to her to stop abuse at an early age and made it a mission to speak to teenagers about the dangers of teen dating violence, and sexual assault and how to recognize the signs of abuse, as well as the importance of healthy boundaries and relationships. She has spoken at high schools and colleges throughout Colorado, has led group victim advocacy trainings, presented at multiple domestic violence conferences, and facilitated adult and teen psycho-educational domestic violence empowerment groups. Tara has been a guest on the Dr. Phil show, has been featured numerous times on multiple news channels about her experience with domestic violence and sexual assault, and has had articles written about her experience in local newspapers, The Gazette and The Independent. She was employed as a confidential victim’s advocate with TESSA, and continues to work closely with them as a community advocate and Chair of a Survivors Advisory Panel. Tara’s story is featured in a coffee table book titled “Survivor’s Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence.” Tara is very active with the organization Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, the National voice of domestic violence. She is co-chair for the fundraising committee and serves on the Board of Directors. Tara’s passion for speaking out and putting an end to domestic violence has been passed on to her two teenagers daughters who often advocate with her to help raise awareness and to put an end to domestic violence.
Devine Kelly, Spoken Word Artist & Educator
Devine Kelly is a lover of life. A positive, down to earth soul who keeps it real. After starting her healing journey, Devine broke her silence to the world and decided that this was going to be apart of her life purpose, to help individual’s alike. She found that studying domestic violence was not only a passion of hers but a way to wrap her brain around the abuse. She dedicated her senior year in college to advocating, raising awareness, thinking of programs for young girls, and studying DV. She actively advocates and speaks on campus to be a voice for those who have been silenced.
Jennifer Gardiner, Journalist & Educator
Fueling her desire to educate others, Jennifer Gardiner decided to go public with her story in 2013. Jenn’s determination stemmed from two abusive marriages, one that ended after a brutal assault by her ex-husband left her with a shattered nose, multiple broken bones in her face and permanent strangulation nerve damage in her neck. Jenn’s message continues to inspire thousands of victims and survivors worldwide to find the courage to speak out and understand they are not alone. Her strength has been recognized nationally on Huffington Post and locally on ABC4, FOX13, KSL5 and Deseret News. After speaking at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition’s 2015 annual conference, Jenn turned her concentration on public speaking in an effort to educate others on intimate partner abuse, the affects domestic violence has on children and how to survive after leaving abuse. Jenn obtained her degree in criminal justice in 2017 and now works for the ABC television news station in Salt Lake City and as a journalist she hopes to continue to help change the way domestic violence stories are presented to the public by the media.
Request a copy of the Return of Social Change
The Return of Social Change is an impactful way to teach your audience about the harsh realities of domestic violence. The 45 minute traveling documentary captures 11 powerful stories of women who were traumatically affected by abuse. This film has been showcased at many academic institutions, workplaces, community events, and households across the country. Available by donation. 100% of the proceeds raised will support our education efforts and provide survivors with financial stability. Here is a preview:
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Relationship violence isn’t ever an easy topic to talk about with anyone. When planning your event, it’s crucial to think about how to keep the audience engaged during the duration of your program. We believe in spicing up the conversation by adding live entertainment and spoken word. This fun and interactive presentation will inspire your group to talk about your event months later!