In 2012 Tara Woodlee lost her 20-year-old daughter, Ashleigh Lindsey, and her unborn granddaughter Patience Lynn to a brutal act of domestic violence that made national news. Tara Woodlee shares the raw truth about domestic violence and gives audiences the opportunity to learn about the impact abuse has on families generationally. Tara, also a survivor, describes the journey from victim to survivor and then the impact her story made on her family finding out thru the death of her child of a 100-year-old history of this cycle of abuse within her family. This knowledge led her to found an organization in her child and grandchild’s honor called the Ashleigh’s Patience Project. Through the pain, Tara has fought courts and is working to raise awareness and change laws not just across the nation but worldwide. Currently, she is the President of the Board of Directors for a National Domestic Violence Organization called Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. Tara told Ashleigh’s story on Investigation’s Discovery Channel (Your Worst Nightmare) and was featured in an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine called Stop Calling It Domestic Violence It’s Intimate Terrorism, in the US. The U.K. shared her tragic loss in magazines untitled Pick Me Up and Full House. Lastly, Ashleigh’s story is used in the Moving Forward resource that is to help young women identify the signs of domestic violence in their current or future relationships in Queensland Australia. Tara travels the country as a national speaker and Tara’s role in activism has been recognized through the Awarding of the Presidents Lifetime Service Award 2021.
Megan Lee is a 37-year survivor of Domestic Violence and knew years ago that she wanted to help other survivors on their journey to thriving. She was not happy with the way the Army handled her dual military domestic violence case and that inspired her to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University and a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. She served a career in the Army as a Space Officer and retired after 21.5 years of active duty service in June 2016. She was also a sexual assault victim advocate for six years during her career. After retiring from the Army, she became a civilian with the Air Force and currently works as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the United States Air Force Academy, CO. Ms. Lee has more than 27 years of experience in the Department of Defense. She is considered a subject matter expert in domestic violence, sexual assault, and suicide prevention and as such, has provided thousands of hours of training in these subjects and has advised commanders at all levels of leadership. She began volunteering with Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence in March 2020. Megan has served on the Board of Directors for BTSADV for two years and has been the Vice President for one year. She is married to her husband of four years and has two grown children ages 22 and 24. She and her husband also recently adopted their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter from foster care. They have two dogs and one cat. Board Experience: Community Action Board (2 years at Goodfellow Air Force Base and 4 years at the United States Air Force Academy) Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence for 2 years Committee Served: Member of the Sisters in Arms Executive Committee at Ft Shafter, HI for 2 years
Ms. Davidson began as a volunteer with BTSADV 8 yrs ago as a blogger and social media volunteer. From there, she and the founder of BTSADV both discovered the need for a helpline based on the messages received through Facebook Messenger asking for help and referrals for various shelters. Once the helpline started—it was discovered through various conversations with our clients that there is a need for financial literacy assistance—how t o read a credit report, open a bank account, sort through debt, etc…after sharing these candid discussions others, a seed was planted to start a financial literacy program that will help survivors get on their feet, and it was named Grants of Hope. As a 17 yr survivor of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Ms. Davidson uses her experiences to constantly develop programs to help survivors move forward from survival mode to LIVING. Ms. Davidson is also a legacy daughter as she lost her mother to Domestic Violence 36 years ago when she vanished out of thin air. When it was reported to the local police in Yazoo County, MS. Nothing was done—making her case a cold case. She strives to educate how Domestic Violence and Missing persons cases are often intertwined, and being a woman of color, they often go unnoticed with no sense of urgency—she is currently working on educational partnerships to bring this issue to the forefront.
Audria Tamez Maltsberger is a born and raised Texas Veteran, wife, and mother to three children, and Domestic Violence Survivor & Advocate for 16 years. In 2018, Audria became a volunteer for BTSADV and began to use her voice and experience on their Supportline to equip and empower others to live a life free from abuse. Her experience includes public speaking events, volunteer training, crisis intervention, and education through her Healing for Damaged Emotions class at her local church for the past seven years. She is currently enrolled at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and is pursuing her degree in Pastoral Leadership. Audria was BTSADV's Volunteer of the Month in April 2019 and Volunteer of the Year in 2020. In May of 2022, she became a Board Member and is now serving as their Board Secretary. Audria believes in the vision and passion of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence and is honored to be a part of and continue to grow, educate and empower others to break their silence against domestic violence.
Deanna (Dee) is a survivor and knew 30 years ago she wanted to help others who ended up in abusive relationships. Dee finally made that happen and now is an LMFT and a LAC in the states of Colorado and Minnesota. Dee specializes in helping those with trauma and leading them to heal their past through EMDR (eye movement, desensitization, and reprocessing.) Dee loves her job and describes her clients as butterflies spreading their wings after leaving their cocoons of trauma. Outside of work, Dee is an animal rescuer at heart. She and her husband have four dogs and a few foxes who visit their house nightly. She enjoys feeding the many birds and watching the wildlife. She has two sons and one grandchild. Dee would tell you "my life is complete and the journey to get here was a rough sea leading to a beautiful paradise
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