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, Award Winning Social Changer, Former Pageant Queen, and Founder of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence
Featured on major publications because of her courageous and bold stand to combat domestic violence, Kristen Paruginog is truly one of a kind. Domestic Violence Survivor and Internationally Acclaimed Educator, Kristen transformed her journey from pageant queen to fierce social activist after leaving an abusive relationship at 22-years old. Her strength as a survivor and groundbreaking social change initiatives have been recognized on dozens of major publications such as: Glamour Magazine (Inspire a Difference Everyday Hero Recipient), ESPN (Advocate for Christy Mack), Investigation Discovery (National Recognition), HuffPost, Mic, Bustle, New York Post, and many more. Her burning desire for social change led her to becoming one of the nation’s youngest founders of a national domestic violence organization and also serves on the National Advisory Board for the leading resource for domestic violence victims, DomesticShelters.org.
In 2014, Terry Josiah founded The Gratitude Group, after receiving a B.A. in Music History and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. Born into an unstable family life, he quickly learned how to react in a chaotic world; writing became paramount, music became an essential piece of his joy and gratitude transformed his life. At 30 years old he applied his passions to reach, connect and inspire like-minded millennials. Three days after his 18th birthday, Terry Josiah made a decision to create positive change in the world and decided to enlist into the United States Army to defend his country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Sep 17th, 2001 – just 6 days after the terror attacks on 9/11 TerryJosiah was sworn in. He served twotours in Iraq and was an integral member in the Battle of Fallujah. After an honorable discharge, he attended UTEP where he received his B.A. and within two years. He is an honored member of The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the fraternity of achievement – Kappa Alpha Psi. He has been published in the poetry publication, Chrysalis, with his poem titled “In Her Eyes”, and his music is published through distributors such as: iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, & Apple Music. Some of His awards include: The Army Commendation Medal, College Songwriter of the Year, & The Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
“I use my life experience and stories to inspire and educate audiences about fundamental life practices and personal development.” – Terry Josiah
Audrey Mabrey, Award Winning Advocate and Globally Recognized Speaker, President of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence (Located in Florida)
Audrey Mabrey is a believer in Jesus, 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. She is also the Board President of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence and most recently a graduate with her Associates.
“Mama Tammy” Willett, Grieving Mother against Domestic Violence (Located in Texas)
Doris Rivera-Black, Award Winning Activist, Former Police Officer, and Survivor of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (Located in Colorado)
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, Overcomer of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence. Ex-Wife to Convicted Murderer (Located in Arizona)
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 (Located in New York)
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, Domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, educator, and speaker
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.