Brianna Michelle is on a mission to bring more awareness to the epidemic of sexual assault, and refuses to turn a blind eye to an act that has already affecting so many lives.
A brutal rape and kidnapping while in college woke up a sleeping giant that said,”NO MORE” to sexual abuse and she began using her voice as power. For so long she was silenced by molestation as a child, now there is no holding her back from telling her story.
Being that most sexual assault goes unreported, Michelle aims to tackle the taboo issue of sexual assault and give a voice to men, women, and children around the world.
Brianna had her wings clipped by adversity, but she has still been able to thrive and work toward goals; graduating college, studying/living abroad, traveling the world advocating, and pursuing a career as a model and spokesperson. Her pain has now turned into ambition, and she is determined to make a name for herself in the modelling/acting industry. She is inspired to change laws, empower others, and build one of the world’s most effective organizations in dealing with sexual assault/abuse.
Her mission is to bring sexual assault/abuse to the forefront of our society, and inspire survivors to be empowered by their individual stories of sexual assault/abuse and healing.
Bob Roach is a financial services and operating company executive with extensive experience in investments, finance, compliance (SEC & FINRA), and capital raising/investment banking. As a Chief Financial & Compliance Officer, Bob has established and maintained financials, financial reporting and compliance policies, overseen regulatory filings, reviewed marketing collateral, and managed infrastructures for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and investment funds as well as their respective clients.
Mr. Roach has been a licensed Series 24 principal since 1996 and a licensed Aeries 2 FINOP since 2003. He possesses extensive experience as a broker-dealer principal, CFO, FINOP and Chief Compliance Officer. In this capacity, in addition to financial oversight and regulatory (FINRA) filings, Bob’s experiences include: raising equity & debt capital for small/middle market businesses, private placements, mergers and acquisition advisory, and oversight of investment banking and fund wholesaling broker-dealer businesses. Mr. Roach holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 28, 66, 79, 87 & 99 licenses.
Mr. Roach holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Curtisha Thomas stands out in all that she does in philanthropy. She is a woman who is dedicated to ending the cycle of sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence. Curtisha knows first hand about the effects of abuse and is using her experience, skills, and passion for this area to make sure that Voices Beyond Assault (VBA) conquers its mission in empowering survivors.
Curtisha is a highly analytical thinker and excels in identifying, scrutinizing, improving, and streamlining complex work processes. She has proven experience in relationship-building and a compassionate heart, which VBA is elated to have on their team.
Lorward is a Southern California native, who left to play collegiate tennis for a small private Christian school in North Carolina. Here, Lorward faced a myriad of challenges and experienced his first sexual assault. Lorward then completed his education in business and moved back to CA, taking a position where he assists in supply chain planning. On his off time, Lorward seeks to steward the dismissed; whether through thrifting, gardening or sewing. He hopes that by doing so, he will create a more beautiful future for all.
Freddy Piedrahita was born in Tulúa, Colombia on November 5, 1961. Lived in Medellin until he was 21 years old when he immigrated to the United States. He’s attended many classes, seminars, and workshops about personal development. Has read many books from personalities such as Napoleon Hill, Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, and many more. Those mentors have equipped him with the tools and knowledge to take action and begin making real changes in his life. Freddy is the author of the book “Sed De Venganza” (Thirst for Revenge) and offers his investigations and experiences to those who are in the healing path and desire to transform their suffering into their strengths. He is a Certified Strategic Intervention Coach, TRR Practitioner, and is the director of VocesUnidasTV.com.
Veronica was born between two countries, two cultures and two languages, the United States and Spain. She likes to describe her childhood as “on the road” having lived in multiple cities. At the age of 19, she moved to Paris, France as a fille au pair. Having been in love with the French language since she was three, she could now also fall in love with the culture and the city. She graduated from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne with a bachelors in History, where she also did her first year of Masters in History of international relations. She has been able to finally find a place to call “home”.
She believes in the importance of mental health and breaking the stigma. Having been a storyteller all her life, she also believes that using one’s voice and sharing stories can help others. Veronica is a survivor.
August Sanger is a social media influencer who believes strongly in the power of finding your voice. August kept his sexual assaults secret for a long time, too afraid of what any repercussions could look like. One day, he realized the weight of those repercussions were never his to carry and now he wants other survivors to have that same realization too. He wants other survivors to know there are people who are listening and believe them.
Kris Pedretti is dedicated and passionate about finding our voices and uniting as one. Speaking up and speaking out about sexual assault is how we can provide support, encouragement, education as well as debunking what we have all been taught. Silence. Shame. Blame.
The Golden State Killer assaulted Kris in 1976 at 15 years old. It was not spoken about even within her own family. After 42 years of silence, he was captured through DNA technology. It was that day that she realized she had been experiencing the trauma and isolation for so many decades without any understanding, support or love.
Kris mission is to provide a safe place where sexual assault victims can feel heard, accepted, and loved. Sexual assault is valid and the trauma is real. The only person responsible for rape is the Rapist. It is time we give back the shame and the blame to the Rapist. No longer will we be silenced.