Raising Awareness One Story at a Time

Christine O’DonnellJournalist/Host
Featured Episode(s): 1 & 2

On and off camera, Christine is on a mission to empower others and make people smile. She’s all about wellness and finding new tech that makes life more fun! Before joining New For You, Christine spent 10 years as an accomplished on-air journalist. One of her crowning achievements was when she helped a woman find her long-lost sister of 40 years.

Dr. David PerrodinSafety Expert | Expert Witness
Featured Episode(s): 3, 10, 11, 12, 17

David Perrodin, Ph.D. worked twelve years as a Director of Student Services before exiting the profession to focus exclusively on researching school safety and high-stakes decision-making in conjunction with his doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Perrodin is a school safety litigation expert witness with The Expert Institute and works with Sprigeo as a user-interface design researcher identifying best approaches to creating a bullying reporting system that can be accessed by students with special needs.

Crista MillerParent Advocate
Featured Episode(s): 4

Crista is a Parent Advocate from Fort Wayne Indiana. She began speaking publicly about the growing problem of Human Trafficking in Indiana when the issue affected her family in April of 2016. Through school and parent programs, she gives insight on how to create an open dialogue about the internet and phone apps, as well as how to help pre-teens and teens protect themselves from predators. Her message is that of GRACE while promoting an understanding of the world teens live in today.

Alicia “Kozak” KozakiewiczActor | Model | Motivational Speaker | Survivor
Featured Episode: 6

Alicia "Kozak" Kozakiewicz is an internationally-acclaimed and highly sought-after motivational speaker, author, and actress who has inspired millions through her powerful on-screen and in-person appearances. Passionate and straight-from-the-heart, Alicia motivates her audiences to transcend life’s challenges, pursue their passions and discover their purpose. Alicia ’s extraordinary life story exemplifies the strength of the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity and to deny defeat. To provide a deeper understanding of victimology and predatory crime, Alicia has earned a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dottie LasterHuman Trafficking Expert | Film Maker
Featured Episode(s): 7, 8, 9

Dottie Laster is known as Human Trafficking's Unlikely Angel. Dottie is the Executive Director of the Heidi Search Center in San Antonio, Texas. She trains law enforcement and other organizations on the issue of human trafficking. Dottie has been featured as an expert on Vanity Fair Confidential, Discovery Investigates, CNN, CBS, and many more national and international news media channels. She is now a filmmaker with her company Live and On Scene. Dottie is available for public speaking, training, and film appearances.

Dianne GrossmanMother | Parent Advocate | Motivational Speaker
Featured Episode(s): 14, 15

Mallory Rose Grossman, 12, of Rockaway, NJ, was an avid gymnast, cheerleader, and lover of all things outdoors. Her character at the young age of 12 making her more inspirational than the average adult. She was a compassionate, selfless, kind, and loving old soul. She enjoyed competitive gymnastics and cheerleading, teaching her determination and humility at a very young age. She loved summer weekends at her favorite campgrounds with her family where she would admire the simple pleasures of nature.

Nancy WillardM.S., J.D. | Director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age
Featured Episode(s): 18

Nancy's vision is that young people will provide leadership throughout the world to embrace civility and foster positive relations! "But to empower young people to accomplish this, I need to empower caring adults who work with kids and teens. That is what the resources on my site are all about. I entered the field of “bullying prevention” by writing the first book ever published on cyberbullying. I approach issues of youth risk based on a digital age perspective. Key insight related to this perspective is that the “authoritarian mindset,” which assumes that adults are in control, is not well founded." - Nancy Willard

Danielle MatthewLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Bullying Expert
Featured Episode(s): 19

Danielle Matthew is an LMFT who treats bully victims and their families with The Empowerment Space Bullying Therapy Program. Author of Amazon Best-Seller, The Empowered Child, Danielle educates and consults about the bullying epidemic. Featured in Huffington Post, Thrive, Parents Magazine and, Danielle has appeared on FOX, ABC and CBS Morning Shows and Mom Talk Radio