Angela Williams (Chair)
Angela Williams is the founder and CEO of VOICE Today. She received a bachelor of arts in journalism from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. Angela is a trained facilitator for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs, the author of “From Sorrows To Sapphires,” co-author of “Pathway to Healing” and “Tough Talk To Tender Hearts.” She is a tireless child advocate, and an international speaker on child sexual abuse prevention and healing. As a survivor of 14 years of sexual abuse as a child, she is passionate about breaking the silence of child sexual abuse and saving the next generation of children. She received the 2011 Woman of Influence Award by the Life Changers International Club and honored as the 2013 Honorary Unsung Heroine on behalf of Saving Our Children & Families (SOCAF). She has appeared on CNN’s Headline News, In Session TV, NPR, AFR and many other local and national media outlets. She also serves in an advisory role to the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy.
Dr. Scott Friedman is a psychologist at Atlanta Area Psychological Associates, PC. He has been practicing psychology since he received his doctorate in 1983. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and earned his Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He trained in a psychiatric hospital, an outpatient psychiatry clinic, a day treatment program for adolescents and at a university student counseling center.
He is a licensed psychologist in Georgia. He has a diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Friedman is a Member of the American Psychological Association and a Member of its Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He has a certificate from the Management Development Program from the School of Education, Harvard University.
Dr. Friedman has extensive experience providing counseling and psychotherapy to university students. He directed two university counseling centers and was director of training at a third institution where he had responsibility for the training of psychology and counseling students. In addition to his work with college students, Dr. Friedman has provided psychological services to pre- adolescent, adolescent and adult clients experiencing a broad range of personal and career related issues. He has helped numerous clients work through traumatic events from childhood or situations that occurred in their recent lives. He works from an interpersonal-psychodynamic framework, understanding that our problems in living often have to do with our relationships, past and present.
Dr. Friedman has taught graduate students at several universities and has published scholarly work in the area of interpersonal psychotherapy research. His research was associated with the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nancy E. Grabe is a Christian Counselor and Therapist, Advocate for Special Needs Students, and Parent Mentor for the Marietta City School System. Nancy received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work in 1986 and her certificate as a Chaplain from Logos University in 2012. She has worked in several Schools for students at risk for being placed outside their homes.
Nancy worked weekend coverage in the Emergency Room of an urban city hospital. She is a certified facilitator for HOPE Workshops for Adults and H2H Workshops for Teens. In her private practice, Nancy is all about healing the Broken Hearted and helping people overcome the pain, so that they can live Abundant Lives. She lives in the Marietta Area and is the mother of two grown sons.
God has lead Nancy into her work with Voice Today.
Deborah Griggs is CEO of Sharing & Caring Events. She is the coach and leader of Victory World Church’s Active & Enjoy Program. Griggs is also the author of “No Greater Wisdom than Experience.” She has a passion for VOICE Today, not just because she is survivor of child sexual abuse but a victor with unspeakable joy.
Lillian Johnson has more than 20 years experience in program/project coordination and management. She is a professional relationship and training specialist offering cumulative experience in sales, marketing, client services, human resources, community service and outreach. Lillian’s work experience includes IHG/IBM, Wellspring Living, Marriott International and Designer’s Original. Concurrently, she has worked tirelessly in the service of her community embracing, enabling and enhancing the lives of the underserved in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
David Perrie earned a BBA in 1978 and MBA in 1982, both from the University of Georgia. He also earned a JD Diploma from Georgia State University in 1998. David is a founding partner of Perrie & Perrie, PC., Perrie & Cole, LLC and Perrie and Associates, LLC. and has led Perrie and Associates, LLC since 2006. David is a Member of Cobb Chamber of Commerce and also worked as an auditor for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia from 1980 until 1981. David brings a wealth of business experience in the real estate industry. He is active in the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia and has served on its Board of Governors. He is and active member of the Cobb Board of Realtors.
Jaye Pniewski, has been a successful make up artist for over 25 years in Film and Television in the Atlanta and Los Angeles markets. She is a licensed master cosmetologist, and has worked on numerous, high profile projects with celebrities from every area of the business. She is also an accomplished commercial director, shooting projects for various organization including Voice Today, as well as other non-profit groups in Georgia. Jaye has an extensive background in the entertainment industry and brings a wealth of passion and energy to the mission of Voice Today. As the mother of three daughters, Jaye is a child advocate who hopes to make a positive impact on issues dealing with any injustice against children.
Founding member and Head Coach of Inspired Business Services LLC and Inspired Multifamily Services. Cynthia founded Inspired Multifamily Services, LLC in 2011 to launch her new professional firm that focused on the multifamily industry. Inspired Business Services LLC was established in 2012 to facilitate business development outside of the multifamily business sector.
She and her business partner work together as a team to provide coaching and consulting services to businesses in the metro Atlanta area to help clients improve their foundational processes. Cynthia has a passion and is inspired and equipped to empower her clients to reach their goals and dreams.
Prior to founding Inspired, Cynthia served as Vice President, Advisory Services for a large rapidly growing technology company where she built a $2.5 million dollar portfolio during her 10 years with that company. This experience was the foundation for the growth of Inspired Multifamily Services. Cynthia’s background also includes the launch of two other successful businesses, one of which was public, within the optical market place where she managed the operational aspects of the public company.
Her background uniquely positions Cynthia to understand the executive challenges of launching a start-up business as well as the challenges and opportunities of managing a successful and motivated team. Cynthia is currently in the research phase of writing a book that focuses on the impact that leaders have on our work and personal lives.
Cynthia serves as a HOPE Mentor at Watermarke Church in Canton, Georgia. Watermarke Church is a campus of Northpoint Church Ministries. As a HOPE Mentor she walks alongside women in a one-on-one caring relationship when they find themselves in the midst of hurting times. She also serves on the Host Team in Waumbaland, the pre-school environment at Watermarke Church.
Pamela Schmiedeberg holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Kennesaw State University and is currently completing the requirements for her masters of science degree. Pamela is a middle school teacher for math and gifted science classes. She is a founding Board of Directors member, having joined the VOICE Today board in 2008.
Mialeeka Williams is an accomplished attorney, IP transactions strategist, CEO of No Other Council, LLC and owner of No Other IP. She has over 17 years of technical and legal experience.
She has extensive experience in the commercialization, procurement, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including drafting and negotiating various types of global intellectual property agreements. Her experience encompasses all phases of technology portfolio management, including IP commercialization, innovation development, technology licensing, patent and trademark procurement and dispute resolution. Her experience includes a diverse range of technical fields, such as design, chemical, biotech, mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and business methods. In addition to expertise in all areas of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright), Ms. Williams has experience in general business law, including privacy, anti-trust, unfair competition, employment and commercial transactions.
Ms. Williams has previously served as Innovation Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company. where she was responsible for global intellectual property transactions, patent strategy development, and managing a substantial global patent portfolio that included packaging, food service, juice and dairy products. Her accomplishments included delivering breakthrough technology initiatives, such as FreeStyle® packaging, PlantBottle®, the Grip “To Go” bottle and the contour aluminum bottle.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, she worked as In-house counsel for Rhodia Inc. (previously Rhone-Poulenc). While there, she worked on various global commercial and intellectual property transactions. Ms. Williams has also practiced law as an associate at Dickstein, Shapiro, LLP and Shanks & Herbert. Prior to becoming an attorney, she served as a U.S. Patent Examiner; a Process Development Engineer for Proctor & Gamble Cosmetics Company; and a Technical Sales Engineer for Nalco.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Howard University. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, Virginia State Bar, Maryland State Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She is also a registered Patent Attorney.
Phillip Williams holds a Bachelors of Science degree in finance from Georgia Southern University and is an insurance agent who is licensed in 52 states. He is President and CEO of Covenant Insurance Services and Independent Contractors Servicing Group. Williams is a founding member of the VOICE Today board of directors.
Phil Williams has owned and operated a Health and Fitness studio for the past three years. He is an entrepreneur having built several businesses over the past 25 years. His expertise is in business development, implementation, risk management and growth in various professions brings a wealth of business management knowledge to The Well. His insight and dedication to customer service will greatly benefit the client experience.
Theresa Harvard Johnson
Theresa Harvard Johnson earned a BA in Public Relations and News Writing in 1995 from Fort Valley State University; and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Theology from Liberty University. She is the founder of Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International, a nonprofit organization, where she mentors Christian writers globally, and has authored The Scribal Anointing book series and curriculum. Over the course of her journalism career, she has earned writing awards from the Georgia Press Association, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the Associated Press for outstanding print news writing and reporting. She has worked in public relations and executive communications within the university system of Georgia, the governor’s office and numerous nonprofit organizations.
Theresa has also served as a program director for a south Georgia branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America where she ran gang prevention and abstinence awareness programs; and has hosted and held numerous community outreaches in Clayton and Henry County to strengthen families and children. Her most rewarding endeavor is the pursuit of her faith and belief with her husband, Leonard, and her two children; and helping others achieve wholeness from the effects of sexual abuse.
Natalie Teuton is a Certified Executive and Business Coach. She is the Chief Analytical Officer and Partner of Inspired Business Services LLC and Inspired Multifamily Services. Natalie joined Inspired Multifamily Services, LLC in January 2012 to partner with Cynthia Samuels. Inspired Business Services LLC was established in 2012 to facilitate business development outside of the multifamily business sector.
She and her business partner work together as a team to provide coaching and consulting services to businesses in the metro Atlanta area to help clients improve their foundational processes. Natalie also has an incredible passion to inspire, equip and empower her clients to reach their goals and dreams.
Prior to joining Inspired, Natalie served in a number of capacities for one of the largest chemical company’s globally. For the past 25 years she worked in a number of roles. Her most recent position was Commercialization Specialist working cross-functionally with several business groups to facilitate market introduction of new technologies for the past 11 years.
Her background uniquely positions Natalie to understand the intricacies of working in large corporate settings where resources are at a minimum, yet performance expectations continue to be expected.
Kelli Owen began her career in law enforcement in 1996, after graduating from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Basic Agent Candidate Course. Owen initially worked as a Narcotics Agent for the GBI. In 1997, Owen was promoted to the rank of Special Agent, where she worked at the State Health Care Fraud Control Unit, the Atlanta Regional Office, and the High Technology Investigations Unit. While assigned to the Atlanta Regional Field Office, Owen conducted numerous high-profile criminal investigations.
When she accepted the position of Child Abuse Specialist for the Atlanta Regional Office in 2002, Owen discovered her true passion; investigating child sexual and physical abuse cases. As one of only 15 specialists throughout the state, Owen was responsible for working all of the child abuse investigations for nine metro-Atlanta counties. Owen was also certified as a Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Interviewer through CornerHouse. Owen also served as a member of the GBI’s Body Recovery Team, which assisted in the body recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina in 2005
In 2007, Owen transferred to the High Technology Investigations Unit, where she served as a member of Georgia’s Internet Crimes against Children Task Force. In this capacity, she was responsible for conducting proactive and reactive investigations involving child pornography and the use of computers to facilitate the sexual abuse of children. That year, Owen was instrumental in developing Georgia’s inaugural Missing Children’s Day, which helped to raise awareness about Georgia’s mission children. To further raise awareness about crimes against children, Owen conducted numerous community and civic presentations regarding internet safety and the prevention of child abuse.
Owen accepted a position as the Internet Crimes against Children Coordinator with the Henry County Police Department in 2007. In this position, she investigated all forms of child abuse, and continued the mission of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force through proactive and reactive computer investigations involving the sexual exploitation of children. While employed with Henry County PD, Owen became a sworn Deputy United States Marshal for the FBI’s Safe Child Task Force.
After getting married and starting a family in 2009, Owen took a short break from law enforcement. She returned in 2011 as a Public Safety Instructor with the Georgia Police Academy. In addition to her instructional duties, Owen serves as the GPSTC Coordinator for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children training, which is now mandated by Georgia law.
Owen is active in her community, focusing her energy on raising awareness about child abuse. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for the criminal justice program at Southern Crescent Technical College. Own is married to Jeff Owen and they have three children, Becca, Jeffrey and Sam.