Officers/Board of Directors:
Karletha Gundy, Co-Founder and President
Valecia Battle, Co-Founder, Vice-President/Treasurer
Vickie Cook, Co-Founder and Secretary
Chestin Jones, Board Member
April McAfee, Board Member
NaSasha Shelton, Board Member
Deanna’s Voice is a 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy organization against violence. The organization’s primary purpose is to bring awareness, education and encouragement to our communities. On August 17, 2012, the Cook family lost a daughter, sister, and mother of two young daughters to domestic violence. Shortly after this tragedy occurred, the family established a foundation in her name.
Deanna’s Voice has been organized as a nonprofit organization to serve as a voice for the voiceless victims of domestic violence and to help build an educated community that takes all forms of violence seriously. In order to accomplish these purposes, Deanna’s Voice:
- works to improve coordination among agencies, the police, 9-1-1 call centers, the courts, and members of the community in matters of family violence and abuse;
- serves as a voice for victims of domestic violence who are often ignored;
- promotes effective prevention, intervention and treatment techniques, which will be developed based upon research and data collection;
- works with organizations to improve the response to domestic violence and abuse so as to reduce incidents thereof;
- encourages the coordination of existing public and private resources in the best interest of the men, women, and children impacted by domestic violence;
- promotes changes in societal attitudes and systemic problems that prevent meaningful improvement and resolution of the problems associated with domestic violence;
- promotes the availability of public and private services needed by the perpetrators and victims of domestic violence;
- works to obtain and provide scholarship assistance to families of domestic violence; and
- educates the general public and professional community about the need to end domestic violence and the need for law enforcement and other agencies to be more responsive.
Deanna’s Voice Foundation has identified three (3) principal areas of focus for which donations are needed.
- Education/Public Awareness
Enlightening the public and abuse victims about what domestic abuse is, who it affects, and how to break the cycle is critical. Donations will allow volunteers and officers to educate the public on the importance of eradicating domestic violence. Funds will also be used to ensure that everyone understands the dire need to have well-trained and well managed 9-1-1 call centers and the devastating consequences of 9-1-1 system failures. Donations allow the Foundation to reach the public through printed publications, speaking engagements, educational seminars, video productions, Public Service Announcements, and covers expenses to local and national conferences.
- Training and Professional Development
Donations allow our officers, trainers, volunteers and others to pay for training and certification expenses. Donated funds will also be used for continuing education expenses as well as facilitating personnel to attend professional development conferences and events.
- Scholarship Assistance
Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. This has demoralizing consequences on the families, especially where deaths occur from the violence. Donations to this Fund will provide educational funding for surviving children of domestic violence victims to pay for school tuition and miscellaneous accompanying expenses. Scholarships will be awarded by the Board based on financial need, without regard to gender, race, or sexual orientation.