Necole F. Turner, President of NLTFF, is a professor, legal researcher and writer, wife and mother of two from a small town in Alabama. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Having a curiosity and love of the law she then turned her focus to attending the Jones School of Law in the cradle of the civil rights movement, Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2002 and afterwards went to work as a law clerk for a firm specializing in criminal defense.
Her motto of “the best thing that we have to offer is the gift of knowledge to all we encounter” is something that applies in her everyday life. Her company “Innovative Butterfly” serves as a creative outlet for her writings and helps others develop strategies to empower themselves in life and in business. In addition, she serves as VP of Marketing and Recruiting at EX3 Books, “The Empowerment Publishing Company”.
While struggling personally in finding lasting, meaningful friendships with other women she became interested in journaling. She found that in journaling she could share her observations about the interaction of women with one another. Her thoughts ultimately became Reflections of the Butterfly: Affirmations for Empowerment which empowers others to “transform” into whom they were meant to be. Affectionately known as “The Butterfly”, Necole has been a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and presents on topics such as women’s empowerment, relationship building and creating a balance between life, love and work. Her passion and heart’s mission is to help young girls realize their inner beauty with her flagship program “The Beautiful Butterfly Project” and speaks to middle and high school girls in Atlanta.
Mona Bennett Johnson, Vice President of NLTFF, is a Georgia native, originally from Buford, Georgia. She is a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, advocate and friend to many. Mona’s educational background reflects her caring and artsy personality. Her studies include Healthcare Management, Psychology and Film Production. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years.
Mona is an award winning, published photographer with over 15 years of experience, with work that can be found in a variety of prints, books, magazines, films and social media outlets. She has most recently made use of her talents in film production by assisting in several short films. Two of which were used to bring awareness to domestic violence.
In her free time, when Mona is not creating visual stories with her lens or helping others, you can find her on the baseball field fulfilling her duty as a proud “Baseball Mom” of her teenage son. Mona’s mission in life is to serve others while promoting self-love.
Dana Perryman Roussell, Treasurer of NLTFF, is orginally from Augusta, GA but relocated to Atlanta, GA to attend college in 1995. It was not long after her arrival that she determined that Atlanta would be her new home. Dana has a B.S. in Psychology and is currently working on a M.P.S. in Organization Development & Change.
Dana is married to her husband, Demiere, and they are owners of a small business in Lawrenceville, GA. Their love of giving back and helping people has always been a focal area of their lives. It is not a rarity to find them both supporting a local neighborhood project or providing support to the children in their community. In her spare time Dana enjoys reading the most current novels.
Dana’s role as the Treasurer for the organization is one that she upholds with humility and a kind heart. Her mission and desire in life is to always be able to help those in need.
Jennifer Riis-Poulsen, Community Outreach Chair of NLTFF, is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Powerhouse Strong. She is from London, England and moved to the USA in 2004. She formed Powerhouse in November 2011 as a response to the ever-increasing statistics on the number of individuals that are emotionally, verbally and physically assaulted each year. She made reducing these statistics a passion and personal goal. The Powerhouse curriculum is based on her background in Psychology and 16 years of Martial Arts experience. The Powerhouse Program is designed to develop your Basic Human Skills to give you the Confidence, Courage and Ambition to live your life to its full potential, without unnecessary fear!
Breeze Morrison, Awareness Advocate of NLTFF, It’s been more than a decade since Mrs. New Mexico fled an abusive relationship but it wasn’t until her recent trip to compete for Mrs. International that she said she really found her voice.
As a domestic violence survivor, Breezee founded the “Confidence Is Beauty Movement” to promote positive living. Breezee believes despite life’s challenges we can be an inspiration to our family and community.
Breezee Morrison is a wife and co-pastor at Open Door Church in Phoenix, Arizona. After 10yrs as an In-Home Child Care Provider she closed her business and is now a Teacher’s Aide at her children’s school. Family means a lot to Breezee, therefore no matter what career choice she makes it’s important that she is available to her family. She and her husband have been married 13 yrs and is a blended family of 3. She and her family love to travel. Breezee believes traveling is a great way for her children to experience history and culture. In addition, Breezee enjoys cooking for friends and family. Being a mix of Hawaiian, Asian, and Puerto Rican descent she utilizes food to introduce culture to her family as well.
Her experience in a domestic violence relationship taught her the importance of living a purposeful and positive life. She is mindful not to fill her time with commitments that take away from what matters most to her; faith, family, food (cooking), fitness, and travel. All of which keeps her accountable from the darkness of her past. She travels and uses social media as a tool to break the silence of domestic violence. Domestic violence thrives in the shame of silence which is why Breezee speaks boldly of her testimony. Breezee has partnered the Confidence Is Beauty Movement with No Longer The Face Foundation as the Awareness Ambassador. Both organizations work to help bring awareness to the signs of domestic abuse and help those restore and heal from the abuse. Those in pain are stronger with the help from those who’ve experienced the pain and have been restored. She is passionate to empower
women and reminding them that confidence is your true beauty!
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Yolanda E. Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator of NLTFF, was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. At the age of 25 years old she left her home of New Jersey. Yolanda was employed with Verizon Wireless for 16 yrs and she is currently employeed with a local insurance company.
Yolanda is the proud mother of two young men 25 and 17 years old. She is a Survivor of domestic violence, and the sister of a murder victim. Yolanda also lost her Mother to breast cancer.
In June 2016 she graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Management as Summa Cum Laude. Yolanda is currently in school working towards achieving her Bachelors in Business Management and attending classes for Medical Billing and coding. She has a genuine love of working with others and donating her time. Yolanda is also in the process of writing a book about her personal journey.
In her free time Yolanda enjoys public speaking, swimming, modeling and playing kickball.