From Victim to Survivor, LLC

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Listed below are many of Melisa Mel's credentials.  
If you would like to know more about the Cargo Pants Girl, she is on Linked In and has a Facebook Page you can friend.
She loves to connect with others so feel free to reach out.
Melisa Mel posts regularly on Linked In with some of From Victim to Survivor's projects.  
Here is the link:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melisa-mel-4a606b28 

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October 2017, It was a pleasure to be Interviewed on the LizyT Radio Show in Toronto, Canada.  My work, as the CEO and President of From Victim to Survivor was honored and my writings, as an author, were recognized.  It was a great pleasure to speak with LizyT.  To hear the radio interview, one can go to the following link:


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wordshow/2017/10/13/the-lizyt-radio-show-with-author-melisa-mel

October 2017, The Foothills Focus featured me in their Arts Section.   The article was written by Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield in Vol. 15, No. 40 of The Foothills Focus.  Everything I write about, work around and/or prioritize in my life, is about supporting, advocating for, and/or raising awareness regarding vulnerability and abuse. This article celebrates me in many ways, and while I have gotten incredibly stronger over the years, I have never forgotten where I come from nor who I am. I am happy that my accomplishments are recognized mainly because in all my articles posted and books published, I try to pass on a tidbit of information about one vulnerable population or another. If people are reading these, then empathy is being encouraged. I could not strive for anything more.

August 2017, TopLink Publishing circulated a Press Release for my book titled “A Simple Love Story Between Me and Myself”. It is a book that is very fitting for the times we live in as transgender issues are at the forefront of many discussions.  The Press Release went out to over 400 media sources! 

May 2017, I was interviewed by ECHO Magazine regarding Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence and the work I do in our LGBTQ community.  It was very gratifying to have my work featured on the edition that came out right after PRIDE in Phoenix.

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April 2017, I was featured in the Apache Junction Local News Paper for my work in the community with mention of my "Triumph Over Tragedy" Award presented to me by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

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April 2017, I was honored to be featured on the FOX News Channel when I received the "Triumph from Tragedy" Award from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for my work as the CEO and President of From Victim to Survivor.  Copy and Paste the following to watch the News Clip at http://azgovernor.gov/governor/video/melisa-mel-honored-her-work-helping-victims-and-survivors

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January 2017,  I was honored to be listed on Page 73 in USA Today Special Edition Homeland Security.  They were commemorating National Human Trafficking Day and providing available resources to help combat this.


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July 2016, I felt very privileged to be included in the End Slavery NOW Resource listing.  Copy and paste this link to view that listing and resource list:  http://www.endslaverynow.org/from-victim-to-survivor-llc
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June 2016, I had the honor of being a spokesperson regarding the services provided by the Phoenix PRIDE Center.  Here is the link to the video:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0nHfaspGNxGUnNKOUhWZG1ySkU/view?usp=sharing
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March 2016, I took a very special ride in collaboration with Uber and One Community.  We were raising awareness to the fact that in Arizona one can still be fired, denied housing, or refused service simply for being gay or transgender.   Copy and Paste this link to view the video:  
 http://onecommunity.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=26c42007129ecd620ad1d3d92&id=910058314e&e=81e20e7f2a 
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Honors
          

    2017
-Presenting "Bullying in the Schools" at the Queen Creek Family Resource Center in Queen Creek AZ (Nov 2017)
-Sponsor of "Transitioning and Dressing with Style" in Phoenix, AZ (Nov 2017)
-National Ski Patrol Event Trainer on Mass Casualty and Altered Mental Status in Pinetop, AZ (Nov 2017)
-Panel Facilitator on Domestic/Sexual Violence at the Coolidge Police Department in Coolidge, AZ (Oct 2017)
-Workshop Leader for Sojourner and Jewish Family & Children's Service in Phoenix, AZ (Oct 2017)
-Interviewed on the LizyT Radio Show in Toronto, Canada (Oct 2017)
-Attendee at the "Bullies in the Workplace" Panel DIscussion by ASU Project Humanities in Tempe, AZ (Sept. 2017)
-Workshop presenter “Meeting LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Students in their Own Space and on Their Own Terms” for SAZAEYC in Tucson, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Attendee at the  AZ Adult Education Conference in Phoenix, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Attendee at "Life After Incarceration" Presentation by Sue Ellen Allen - Founder and President of Reinventing ReEntry in Tempe, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Guest Speaker on "Living Transgender in a Closed-Minded World" for Legislative District 18 Dems & Donuts event in Chandler, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Plaque Recipient of LGBTQ Sexual and Domestic Violence Victims article by ECHO magazine in Phoenix, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Attendee at the "Fiesta's Patrias - Corazon de Latinos Unidos" Festival in Eloy, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Attendee at the 10-year Anniversary Party for Raceway Bar & Grill in Maricopa, AZ (Sept, 2017) 
-Attendee at the Sixth Annual "Arizona Grandparent Ambassador Summit" in PHoenix, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Workshop Presenter of "Analyzing Criminal Minds from a Domestic Violence Perspective in Apache Junction, AZ (Sept, 2017)
-Attendee at the "Queens4Kids" Fundraiser for Project Jigsaw in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the "Walk 'N' Roll Special Needs Fundraiser in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the SilverTree Special Needs Planning Training in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the Western AZ Sex Trafficking Summit in Parker, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at Clinical Psychologist/Author Dr. Stanton Samenow's Conference in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the 2017 Inmate Programs & Reentry Summit in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the Dancing FOR One n Ten 2017 in Tempe, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the Celebration of Life for Department of Correction's Officer Coleman in Ahwatukee, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the Stand Up Live Comedy Club- Fundraiser for Soldier's Best Friend in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at Cenpatico's Suicide Prevention Training in Queen Creek, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the First Annual Doggy Drag Show to benefit the Arizona Human Society in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at the Big Freedia@Because We Care 2017 concert to benefit HIV & AIDS education, prevention, and awareness in Phoenix, AZ (Aug, 2017)
- Attendee at Arizona Talk: The Future of Public Education in Scottsdale, AZ (Aug, 2017)
-Attendee at "Honoring Trans Troops" Event at the UCC in Phoenix, AZ (July, 2017)
-Attendee at the Official Engagement Ceremony for Shirley and Daniel in Phoenix, AZ (July, 2017)
-"Meeting of the Minds" dinner meeting with Karyn Lathan the Interim Program Director of EMERGE in Tempe, AZ (July. 2017)
- Attendee at the Arizona Adult Education Services Training in Phoenix, AZ (July 2017)
- Presenter of "An Author's Walk" for the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers in Scottsdale, AZ (July, 2017)
- Attendee to the Open House for the Phoenix Starfish Place in Phoenix, AZ (July, 2017)
-Attendee at the Bliss ReBAR fundraiser for One n Ten in Phoenix, AZ (July, 2017)
-Attendee at the Annual Book Festival at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson, AZ (July, 2017)
-Attendee at the Tribal Human Trafficking Workshop at the Apache Behavioral Health Services in White River, AZ (July, 2017)
-Attendee at a meeting with the Phoenix Company of Arizona Rangers at Mel's Diner in Phoenix, AZ (July, 2017)
-Award winner for the Worst Bowling Team at the Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser in Phoenix, AZ. (July, 2017)
- Attendee at the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Event in Glendale, AZ.  (July, 2017)
 - Workshop presenter at  Pathways Spanish Domestic/Sexual Violence Support Group in Chandler, AZ (July, 2017)
- Attendee at the Sisterhood of Super Women in Scottsdale, AZ (July, 2017)
- Attendee at a Presentation by Pawsitive Friendships - Animal Assisted Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ (July, 2017)
- Visitor to Amberly's Place Family Advocacy Center in Yuma, AZ (July, 2017)
-Attendee at the Valley Against Sex Trafficking Task Force Meeting in Chandler, AZ (June 2017)
- Attendee at the Miss Gay Arizona America Pageant 2017 in Tempe, AZ (June 2017)
- Nominee for various of the 2017 Ninth Annual Phoenix PRIDE Community Spirit Awards in Phoenix, AZ (June 2017)
- Workshop presenter for the Annual Pinal County Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) conference in Florence, AZ (June, 2017)
-  Presenter on "Criminal Minds" workshop at Arizona State Prison in Florence, AZ (June, 2017)
- Attendee at the Truckers Against Trafficking Event in Tolleson, AZ (June, 2017)
- Attendee to Charlie's for the Commemoration of those killed in Orlando, Florida's gay bar - Pulse.  Phoenix, AZ.  (June, 2017)
- Attendee at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Training in Phoenix, AZ (June, 2017)
-  Attendee at training held by gun law expert and author - Alan Korwin at Arizona Rangers Phoenix Company in Phoenix, AZ (June, 2017)
- Attendee to Diva Divine put on by the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus in Tempe, AZ (June, 2017)
- Display author for "A Simple Love Story Between a Boy and a Boy" at Project Jigsaw Mixer in Mesa, AZ (June, 2017)
- Presenter on "Respect Begets Respect" for the Arizona Correctional Educators in Scottsdale, AZ (June, 2017)
- Attendee to Keynote Speaker Erin Gruwell - author of Freedom Writers, in Scottsdale, AZ (June, 2017)
- Presenter on "Sexual Violence Today" to Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence Support Group in Mesa, AZ (May, 2017)
- Guest Speaker and Resource Fair participant at the third annual LGBTQ Family & Friendship Picnic in Prescott, AZ (May, 2017) 
- Presenter in "Cycle of Hate" Professional Development Workshop at Men's State Prison in Florence, AZ (May 2017)
- Attendee at the Youth Scout Troop 451 Fundraiser on Armed Forces Day in Mesa, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the Sex Trafficking Summit in Phoenix, AZ (May 2017)
- Attendee at the  "Speak Easy Night for Life" Fundraiser Event for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Rays of Hope in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the Emerge Arizona Reception at Wrigley's Mansion in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Featured in Phoenix' LGBTQ Publication, ECHO Magazine, covering victimization in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the "Fibromyalgia and Invisible Diseases" Conference held at the ASIS Massage Education Center in Mesa, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the (Ink)arcerated: Creativity Within Confinement Art Show at the Unexpected Art Gallery in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the Pinal County Peace Officers Memorial Service in Florence, AZ (May, 2017)
- Presenter for the Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at the Tempe Improv Democrat Fundraiser in Tempe, Arizona (May, 2017)
- Witnessed the coming together of the Godward-Gabriel family in an adoption ceremony at the Maricopa Courthouse in Mesa, AZ (May, 2017)
- Featured in Partner Spotlight in the May ONE COMMUNITY monthly newsletter for my work with the LGBT community in Phoenix, AZ (May, 2017)
- Attendee at Trans Spectrum of AZ "Glitter and Gold" Trans Prom in Phoenix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Guest at the Rebecca Bender Initiative "A Night of Honoring Heroes" Gala in Tempe, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Presenter for "Sexual Violence and the Victim's Perspective" for the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office in Phoenix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Featured in the Apache Junction Local News Paper for my recent award from AZ Governor Doug Ducey in Apache Junction, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Attendee at the Relay for Life at Skyline High School in Mesa, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Attendee at the Trans Spectrum of AZ screening of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric in Phoenix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Guest Speaker for the AZ National Guard Ask Me About Respect 5K Trail Run/Walk in Tempe, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Guest interviewee on the Progressive Voices of AZ Radio Station in Apache Junction, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Graduate from Leading for Change Fellowship in Phoenix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Attendee at the Officer Documentary Premiere "Fallen" in Scottsdale, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Attendee at the "Second Chance Dance" Queer Prom at the ASU Tempe Campus in Tempe, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Attendee at the "Take Back the Night" event in Phoenix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Recipient of the 'Triumph Over Tragedy Award' by Governor Doug Ducey in Phoneix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Attendee at the Pinal County Law Enforcement Appreciation Event in Coolidge, AZ (Apr, 2017) 
- Worked the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce booth at the PRIDE Festival in Phoenix, AZ (Apr, 2017)
- Facilitated a Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence Awareness Panel at Coolidge Police Department in Coolidge, AZ (Mar, 2017)
- Recipient of the "Base Patroller of the Year" Award for National Ski Patrol in Pinetop, AZ (Mar, 2017)
- Attendee at the Villa Oasis High School 4th Annual Project Based Learning Event on Substance Abuse Awareness in Eloy, AZ (Mar, 2017)
- Joined the Pinal County Fatality Review Team in Florence, AZ (Mar, 2017)
- Attendee at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center Medical Suite Grand Re-Opening in Mesa, AZ (Mar, 2017)
-Participant in the Arizona State University Research Project: Transgender Experiences: How Transgender Individuals Navigate Identity Formation 
   and Decision Making, a Pilot Study in Tempe, AZ. (Feb 2017)
- Attendee at the One n Ten 8th Annual Fresh Brunch Fundraiser in Phoenix, AZ (Feb 2017)
- Recipient of the Beth McDonald Arizona Woman of the Year Award for 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ (Feb 2017)
- Trainer on "Dynamics of Sexual Violence" at the SanTan Behavioral Health Services Agency in Gilbert, AZ (Jan, 2017)
- Trainer on "LGBTQ/Gender Dysphoria Diversity Issues at the Phoenix FBI Headquarters in Phoenix, AZ (Jan, 2017) 
- Spoke and received donations in lieu of gifts at Karyn Lathan and Susie Thornton's wedding in Tempe, AZ (Jan, 2017)
- First AId Trainer for Webelos Troop #541 in Mesa, AZ (Jan 2017)

          2016
- Winner of Ugliest Christmas Sweater Award at the Department of Corrections Education Department in Florence, AZ (Dec 2016)
- Workshop presenter on "LGBTQ and Sexual Violence" at the Mesa Police Department Special Victims Unit in Mesa, AZ (Dec 2016)
- Workshop presenter on "Empathy" at Rebel & Divine in Phoenix, AZ (Nov 2016)
- Volunteer at LGBTQ Fall Festival for One n Ten in Phoenix, AZ (Nov 2016)
- Presenter on "Preparedness in the Case of an Incident Command System Activation" for National Ski Patrol in Pinetop, AZ (Nov 2016)
- Guest Panel Speaker on "Domestic Violence in the LGBTQA Community" for The City of Phoenix (Oct 2016)
- Attendee at the 4th Annual StreetLightUSA Masquerade Gala for Sex Trafficked Children (Oct 2016)
- Guest Presenter on "Domestic/Sexual Violence Awareness" at the Coolidge Police Department for those on Probation. (Oct 2016)
- Guest Presenter on "Sexual Violence among LGBTQIA Youth" for the FBI Offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Oct 2016)
- Named Advisory Board Member for EVAWI (End Violence Against Women International) in Addy, WA  (Oct 2016)
- Manned a National Ski Patrol recruitment booth at the Sunrise Ski Resort Special Junior Season Pass Event in Pinetop, AZ (Oct 2016)
- Workshop Leader of "Empowering Women" for the Pustynne Kaktusiki Polish Girl Scout Troop in Phoenix, AZ (Oct 2016)
- Guest Presenter for "Cops are Cool 'Cause They Care" Campaign for the Arizona Rangers - Phoenix Company in Phoenix, AZ (Oct 2016)
- Workshop attendee at "Unspoken: The effects of boyhood sexual abuse and inspiring men to overcome" in Phoenix, AZ (Oct 2016)
- Workshop Leader on "What Our Culture Teaches Us About Sexual VIolence" in St Johns, AZ (Sept 2016)
- Guest at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in recognition of KEZ Finalist Status as 2016 Woman of the Year (Sept 2016)
- Manned a National Ski Patrol recruitment booth at the Pinetop, AZ 2016 Fall Festival (Sept 2016)
- Interviewed on "Thank an Officer Day" by LeakedGlass Productions for "Cops are Cool 'Cause They Care" Campaign in Tempe, AZ (Sept 2016)
 -Workshop Leader on "Understanding and Working Effectively with Victims of Sexual/Domestic Violence" in Maricopa, AZ (Aug  2016)
- Guest Speaker at the Phoenix Capitol supporting the "Start by Believing" campaign in Phoenix, AZ (Aug 2016)
- Guest Presenter for "Cops are Cool 'Cause They Care" Campaign at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe in Avondale, AZ (July 2016)
- Trophy for WORST Bowling Team at BizBowl 2016 - Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (July 2016)
- Guest Facilitator for Female to Male Transgender Group at Trans Spectrum of Arizona (July 2016)
- Plenary Speaker at the JUST First Response Shared Hope International Conference in Mesa, AZ (June 2016)
- Presenter at the 14th Annual Arizona Public Defender Association Statewide Conference in Tempe, AZ (June 2016)
- Presenter at the 6th Annual Cenpatico Tribal Community Wellness & Awareness Conference in Casa Grande, AZ (June 2016)
- Spokesperson regarding services provided by the Phoenix PRIDE Center in Phoenix, AZ (June 2016)
- Presenter at the 5th Annual 'Let's Get Better Together' Conference in Tucson, AZ (June 2016)
- Presenter at the Domestic Violence Impact Panel at the Coolidge Police Department in Coolidge, AZ (May 2016)
- Key Note Speaker at the Graduation Ceremony at the Villa Oasis High School in Eloy, AZ (May 2016)
- Guest attendee at the White House LGBT Summit in Tempe, AZ (May 2016)
- Presenter at the City of Phoenix Infant Toddler Summit in Phoenix, AZ (May 2016)
- Guest to visit and tour the "Men's Gay Ward" at the County of Los Angeles Central Jail in Los Angeles, CA (Apr 2016)
- Presenter for "When Food is the Enemy" at Chrysalis - a domestic/sexual violence shelter in Phoenix, AZ (Apr 2016)
- Tabling participant for the AZ National Guard 2nd Annual Ask Me About Respect 5K Trail Walk/Run in Mesa, AZ (Apr 2016)
- Formal Letter of Recognition from Apache Junction Police Chief for volunteering 400+ hours during 2015 in Apache Junction, AZ (Apr 2016)
- Key Note Speaker at 6th Annual Victim Rights Symposium for Navajo County Attorney's Office in Showlow, AZ (Apr 2016)
- Tabling participant for Arizona State University event of Take Back the Night in Tempe, AZ (Apr 2016)
- Key Note Speaker for Maricopa's Diversity and Restoring Hope event at the Copper Sky Police Substation in Maricopa, AZ (Apr 2016)
- Award in Appreciation for Serving Victims for the Apache Junction Police Department in Apache Junction, AZ (April 2016)
- Award Winning March Qualifier and Finalist for the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Statewide Award (March 2016)
- National Ski Patrol Representative for Legislative Proclamation at the State Capitol in Phoenix, AZ (March 2016)
- Key Note Speaker at Workshop: What Does Our Culture Teach us About Sexual Violence in Telluride, CO (March 2016)
- Ski Base Patroller of the Year in Pinetop, AZ(2016)
- Key Note Speaker and Trainer for school wide event at Villa Oasis High School: Understanding and Conquering Hate in Eloy AZ (Feb 2016)
- Featured Author on XLibris Online Bookstore for "A Simple Love Story Between a Boy and a Boy Online Website (Feb 2016)
- Nominee for 2015 Three Heart Survivor THRIVE Award in Phoenix, AZ(Jan 2016)
- Nominee for 2015 East Valley Woman of the Year Award AZ in Gilbert, AZ (Jan 2016)
- Recognition for Outstanding Security Support at Boeing Leadership Event in Mesa, AZ(Jan 2016)
- Guest Speaker on Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Awareness in Tempe, AZ(Jan 2016)
          
          2015
- Guest Speaker on Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Awareness In Phoenix, AZ  (Dec 2015)
- Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking and Sex Trafficking in Arizona in Phoenix, AZ (Nov 2015)
- Guest Speaker at Batterers Intervention Impact Panel in Phoenix, AZ(Nov 2015)
- Guest Speaker for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-off Event in Pinal County, AZ(Oct 2015)
- Nominee for Domestic Abuse Service Provider Award for "Victims and Survivors 2" Nationwide Award (Sept 2015)
- Guest Speaker at the Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline Advocacy Summit in Phoenix, AZ (Aug 2015)
- Guest Speaker at ViVre - Women's Prison Transitional Recovery Program in Phoenix, AZ(Jan 2015)

          2014
- Nominee for National Crime Victim's Service Award for "Victims and Survivors" National Award (July 2014)
- Nominee for Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award for "The Great Wall of POPAT: A Journal of a lesbian's adventures getting through police     academy" on Online Website  (June 2014)
- Featured Author at Los Angeles Annual Times Festival of Books for  "The Great Wall of POPAT: A Journal of a lesbian's adventures getting     through police academy" in Los Angeles, CA  (April 2014)
- Featured Author with Pinal County School Superintendent Office  for "Mel's Adaptive Physical Education Program" in Pinal County, AZ (April 2014)
- Guest Speaker at Annual Social Justice Forum at Central Arizona College in Apache Junction, AZ(April 2014)
- Semi Finalist for GLSEN Educator of the Year National Award (March 2014)
- Guest Speaker for Domestic Violence Services in Mesa, AZ (Feb 2014)
- Featured Author in Shelf Unbound Feb/Mar Edition for  "The Great Wall of POPAT: A Journal of a lesbian's adventures getting through police   academy" on Online Website (Feb 2014)

          2013
- Guest Speaker for Gay, Straight Alliance Clubs in Mesa, Az (Nov 2013)
- Featured Author in ECHO Phoenix LGBT Magazine  "The Great Wall of POPAT: A Journal of a lesbian's adventures getting through police   academy" in Phoenix, AZ (Aug 2013)
- Nominee for Best Independently Published Book  "The Great Wall of POPAT: A Journal of a lesbian's adventures getting through police academy"  on Online Website  (Aug 2013)
- Guest Speaker Defending Civil Unions at Bisbee Town Hall in Bisbee, AZ (Apr 2013)

          2012
- Guest Speaker at Annual Student Council Leadership Event in Apache Junction, AZ (Sept 2012)
- Nominee for National Volunteer of the Year CLASSY Philanthropic Awards National Award (June 2012)
- Extraordinary Teacher Gavel Award for Apache Junction Unified School District in Apache Junction, AZ (May 2012)
- Guest Speaker at Annual Social Justice Forum at Central Arizona College in Apache Junction, AZ(April 2012)
- Finalist for GLSEN Educator of the Year  National Award (April 2012)
- Certified Employee of the Month in Apache Junction Unified School District in Apache Junction, AZ (Jan 2012) 

          2011
- Featured "Meet your Neighbor" Community Member in the Apache Junction Independent Local Paper in Apache Junction, AZ(Sept 2011)
- Guest Speaker at annual Student Council Leadership Event in Apache Junction, AZ (Sept 2011)

          2009
- Sponsor/Creator of School-wide Inclusion Awareness Contest in Apache Junction, AZ (Dec 2009)

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Higher Studies

Leading for Change Fellowship - Leading for Change (Certificate)
Integrative Wellness & Life Coach - Integrative Wellness Academy (Certification)
Police Academy - Chandler Gilbert Community College (Peace Officer Certification 1)
PhD ABD - Walden University (Major - Psychology)
M.A. - Arizona State University (Major - Special Education/Education)
M.A. - Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Madrid (Major - Teaching English as a Second Language)
B.A. - University of Maryland (Major - English)

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Recent Higher Training attended

Male Sexual Abuse (Trust, AZMen, Arizona Anti Trafficking Network)
Leaders Fellowship Class (Leading for Change)
National Victim Assistance Academy Leadership Institute (Office for Victims of Crime)
The Sharing Experience (Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence)
Victim Services Basic Training (Apache Junction Police Department)
Online Training Institute (End Violence Against Women International)
Beloved Community Summit (Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence)
Human Trafficking Awareness  (Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking)
Sex Trafficking Symposium (AZ State University, Tumbleweed, Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking)
Sexual Violence Core Advocacy Training (Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence)
Working with Secondary Victims of Homicide (Pinal County Attorney's Office)
Mandatory Reporter 's Training  (Pinal County Attorney's Office)
Dynamics of Sexual Violence (Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence)
Service Provision for Gender and Sexual  Minorities and Victims (Maricopa Association of Governments)
Crime Prevention and Response (AllliedBarton)
Cultural Diversity (AlliedBarton)
Master Security Officer  - Highest Level (AlliedBarton)
Speakers Bureau Training (Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence)
Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline Advocacy Summit  (Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence)
Advanced Domestic Violence (Prescott Valley Police Department)
Technology, Stalking, and Domestic Violence (Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition)
Armed/Unarmed Guard Certification (Special Security Force)
CPR/First Aid/AED (American Heart Association)
Summit on Sex Trafficking (Arizona State University)
National Ski Patroller/Instructor (National Ski Patrol)
Youth Mental Health First Aid (National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare)
Stewards of Children (Southwest Family Advocacy Center/Darkness to Light)
Sex Trafficking  Awareness for Parents, Caregivers, and Caseworkers (Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking)
Introduction to Sex Trafficking for Foster Parents and Caregivers (Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking)
Trauma Informed Care (Pinal County Superior Court)
Psychological First Aid (Jewish Family and Children's Service)
Positive Behavior Support (Raising Special Kids)
Understanding Maternal and Paternal Parenting Styles (Mesa Child Crisis Center Family Resource Center)
Drugs of the 21st Century (Mesa Child Crisis Center Family Resource Center)
Active Shooter for Administrators (Safe Schools)