domestic violence, much of it, over 16 years, at the hands of  a serial, sex offender father. 

                    We will identify the problems but focus on the solutions.  Our theme is to

                                        "Educate, Motivate & Activate"

                           "I personally look forward to seeing you at the conference."

                                                                            Tony Nassif, President

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Iowa Preventing Abuse Conference

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley to Be Honored

August 22, 23, 2014

Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

To register for the conference please click the "registration" link

Registration is now 129.00 each at the door.

or call 323-851-3872

Date/Time:  August 22, 2014    7:30 AM to 8:30 A.M. Registration and Hospitality

General Session 8:30 A.M  to 4:30 P.M.

Date/Time:  August 23, 2014   7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. Registratiom and Hospitality

Gemeral session begins  8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Hotel room reservations only call Reservation Department at 319/848-8700 or toll free at 877-751-5111. Ask for the Preventing Abuse Foundation Inc. Block

Special group room rate:  $119.00 per night

Free Self Parking

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Tony Nassif
Preventing Abuse Foundation


Solutions and Protection

Human Trafficking

Child Abduction

Child Protection and Safety

Internet Safety


Foster Care



Law Enforcement

Victims and Survivors

Drug Cartels (in America)

   Speakers Include

Baz, former C.I.A. (Confirmed) (Doing deep cover rescues).  He risks his life to go deep to recover the abducted and missing throughout the world. His stories and presentation is compelling. You will hear the amazing stories of rescues.

Tim Winter - Parents Television Council

Tim Winter joined the Parents Television Council in 2003 as executive director, and he became president in 2007.  Prior to the PTC, Tim spent 15 years at the National Broadcasting Company where he was involved in the financial oversight of the network’s broadcast operations; program production; international and domestic cable; and digital media.  At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer he led the studio’s Interactive Division and online and video game publishing ventures. He also spent several years leading streaming media technology companies.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Principia College; and his JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

The Parents Television Council® is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity ontelevision and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

Dran Reese-  Salt and Light Ministry 

As President and Founder of The Salt and Light Council (SLC), Dran Reese heads a non-profit, non-partisan ministry that works to activate churches nationwide in the mission field of government. Churches in America have been depicted as “a sleeping giant” that could be the catalyst for great change in America. This describes SLC’s mission and vision.

SLC offers “a turnkey ministry in a box” that trains and activates congregations to preserve our culture through prayer, education and action with no added burden to pastors. Dran Reese and her team provide legally- and scripturally-vetted monthly materials emailed to pastor-approved leaders who engage the congregation in a variety of actions including postcard, petition and voter drives.

Ric Lumbard, Wind and Fire Ministry

Restoring victims to humanity.  WFM Missions Base – 2014 - Wind and Fire Ministries Inc. is a domestic and international Missions organization. The WFM Missions Base hosts two Missions Base properties, one in the USA and one in Central America with over 200 enlisted staff. These locations serve our three core mandates in 1) expressing a Place of Refuge and Restoration for people in crisis and need, 2) dynamic environments to Equipping People for powerful influence in the earth and 3) through the context of Night and Day Worship and Prayer, develop powerful and authentic lovers of the Lord

          This base serves host to the National Human Trafficking Restoration and Training Facility. The WFM Missions Base services hundreds of clients in various forms of distress per year, with trained staff ready to assist and advocate for those in need. In 2005 these values launched WFM into the Human Trafficking industry, building and deploying reproducible models and programs across the nation to repair the lives of minor and adult victims.  

Lyndsay Wrensen

An Atlanta native, earned her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology from The University of Georgia, and her Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She was awarded the Dan Mack Scholarship Award for exceptional performance in academia and in the field of Industrial Organizational Psychology and has several presentations/interactive poster sessions to her credit. After obtaining her Masters, she worked as a consultant for Sperduto & Associates, a corporate psychology/management consulting firm, and Cisco Systems, Inc. in California. She then attended Walden University for her doctorate in

Organizational Psychology and is the process of completing her dissertation. She is anactive member in several professional organizations in her field as well as involvement with the Junior League of Atlanta, where she conducted research on “childhood prostitution” before even termed “human trafficking”.

            Ms. Wrensen is a Licensed Minister through Logos Global Network, is very involved with the Church of 1122 in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a psychology professor. However,

her passion is fighting human trafficking, as she is a survivor. She has served as TheDirector of Victim Services for several nonprofits, and currently is beginning a new project in this realm and is a speaker in this movement. Finally, she is in the process ofcompleting her first book to be released in 2015. She also enjoys spending time withfamily and friends and surfing at Jacksonville Beach!

            Ms. Wrensen was a speaker at the recent Preventing Abuse Conference in Tampa, Florida last June 2014.  Lyndsay was just appointed , as the Executive Director of Operation Refuge, a national organization managed and owned by the WFM Missions Base. 

Linda Langston

Linda Langston was elected President of the National Association of Counties (NACo) in July 2013 and as such represents over 3,000 county officials nationwide. She was elected to the Linn County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors in 2002, one of five supervisors in the second largest county in Iowa. She has served as the chair of the local Metropolitan Planning Organization and is presently the Chair of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, a collaboration of six counties. She has been involved in other collaborative efforts in housing and transportation as well as being on the local board of health and liaison to emergency management. A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL, she also attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program for state and elected officials. She is a member of the Resilient America Roundtable for the National Academy of Sciences and also serves on the National Advisory Council for FEMA.

Linda has been a teacher, museum director, fundraiser and psychotherapist in private practice.  Personally, she grew up with familial abuse issues and is grateful to have had the help that allows understanding and healing.

Noreen Gosch--New Updates 

On September 5, 1982, Noreen’s son Johnny was delivering his Des Moines Register Sunday edition paper, when two men approached him. He was thrown into a vehicle and kidnapped. Noreen founded “THE JOHNNY GOSCH FOUNDATION”, a month after the kidnapping and developed a program called “IN DEFENSE OF CHILDREN”, which she has presented eight hundred speeches all over the United States, reaching thousands of people. She wrote the “JOHNNY GOSCH BILL”, which was passed into law in Iowa on July 1, 1984. A year later, Missouri as well as several other states adopted the bill and passed it into law. This law, which is still called “THE JOHNNY GOSCH LAW”, provides the immediate investigation. She has been featured in the following: Good Morning America, Today Show, Charles Kuralt Show, HBO Documentary Movie, Documentary for the Country of Japan, Phil Donahue Show, Joan Rivers Talk Show, Geraldo Rivera Talk Show, Gary Collins Talk Show, Leeza Gibbons Talk Show (3 times), ABC Morning & Evening News Specials, CBS Morning & Evening News Specials, ABC 20/20, Inside Edition, 48 Hours, Amicerica’s Most Wanted (five episodes), Sally Jesse Raphael Show, Lifetime/Vanished, Noreen was featured in articles in the following: New York Times, Washington Times, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Red Book, Missing, Newsweek and Time Magazines. In August 1984, Noreen testified at the “ORGANIZED CRIME SENATE HEARINGS”, with Senator Specter, during hearings she shared the information gathered by her and private investigators. She testified before the U.S. Justice Department the result was the Justice Dept. allocating the first ten million dollars to establish the “NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN” in Arlington, Virginia. Noreen was invited by President Reagan to the White House for the opening and dedication of the National Center. The State Department arranged for her to do a documentary on “AMERICA’S MISSING CHLDREN” for the country of Japan. This was shown throughout that and other countries over and 

17 Cathy first became passionate about fighting human trafficking five years ago while living in China, where sex trafficking was often out in the open. Having a Chinese daughter, this horrific crime hit close to home, as many orphaned girls in China end up on the streets once reaching adulthood, with little education and no family to protect them. Upon returning to the United States in 2011, Cathy joined Braking Traffik to eradicate this form of modern day slavery from the Quad Cities community and to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of American women and children who fall victim in our country each year. Braking Traffik is dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois. We strive to achieve this goal through: E ducation We provide training on sex trafficking to organizations which respond to and care for victims. We provide general awareness training to community, civic and religious organizations. Legislative Advocacy We work to continually strengthen Illinois, Iowa and federal laws which provide justice for victims. Community Partnerships We coordinate efforts among social service providers, medical personnel, law enforcement and faith- based groups to ensure victims receive the holistic care they need. Lenchen Raeside is the founder and president of Cedar Rapids Gives, an all volunteer, non-profit organization established in 2013. “Cedar Rapids Gives” endeavors to assist and protect those exploited by abuse with particular concern for, but not limited to, those involved in the human sex trafficking industry. “Cedar Rapids Gives” accomplishes this goal through: 1) “Rescue” - Providing aid to exempt organizations working to recover those who have been placed in harm’s way. 2) “Restoration” - Assisting those organizations and individuals committed to the compassionate work of bringing hope, healing and renewal to those traumatized by abuse. 3) “Education” – Helping to support exempt organizations (including Cedar Rapids Gives) and individuals who work to educate others regarding abuse and human trafficking. Mrs. Raeside has served as executive director of a women’s crisis center and most recently as executive director of House of Hope in Cedar Rapids. For more than 20 years, Lenchen has had the privilege of speaking to women at conferences and retreats. She and her husband Bob have three children, Emily, Charles and Joseph and a son-in-law, Paul Marshall. Bob and Lenchen have worked closely together in non-profit work, helping a variety of organizations get started as well as “re-booting” those that needed help.

Sharon Slater

Sharon Slater is the president of Family Watch International, a nonprofit organization in consultative status with the United Nations working to protect the institution of the family.  Sharon is a co-founder of and chairs the UN Family Rights Caucus and is a consultant to multiple UN member states on life, family, and sexuality issues.  She is the author of Stand for the Family: A Call to Responsible Citizens Everywhere and has authored numerous articles and policy briefs on family issues.  She also writes a regular column for “The Family Watch” an online publication read in over 170 countries.  She is a world-renowned speaker and has been a featured presenter at World Congress of Families conferences in the United States, Nigeria, Amsterdam, Spain, London, and Australia. Sharon also is the director of three widely-acclaimed documentaries including; The Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Impacts on Children, Family, and Society, Understanding Same-Sex Attraction, and Cultural Imperialism: The Sexual Rights Agenda. Sharon is also the founder and chair of the Families for Orphans project and is an advocate for international and domestic adoption.  Sharon was selected by American Mothers, Inc. in 2007 to be the Arizona Mother of the Year and she her husband Greg have seven children including three siblings orphaned by HIV/AIDS that they adopted from Mozambique. 

Vivionne Keli

Vivionne Keli is the Program Director for The Hope of Survivors World Headquarters Renewal Center in Bedford, Iowa.  She is best known as an author, inspiring speaker, and an active advocate for Preventing Abuse, Parents Television Council, Urban Christian Entertainment and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has been empowering individuals, organizations and churches dealing with difficult issues like Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Clergy Sexual Abuse, Incest, Occult, Depression, Rape and Drug Abuse for over 10 years employing her personal testimony.  Ms. Keli also teaches how to effectively triage your emotions.

Vivionne is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, clergy sexual abuse, rape, the occult and domestic violence. She suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cutting, Eating Disorders, and Suicidal Ideation because of the memories of her past. But when the weight of the constant memories became a mental prison and brought her to a point of attempted suicide, she decided to break free by forgiving; forgiving her abusers, her parents, and ultimately reconciling with her past.

“In 1996 I declared war for my mind and began my healing process.  I made a list of all of the people I needed to forgive.  On my list were the abusers, people who didn’t believe me, people who lied about me and turned the other way; including pastors, deacons, aunts, uncles, my parents, and grandparents,” Keli recounts.  “I dealt with each individual person one day at a time,” Keli stated.

“Many times I would sit in my living room and I would speak to an empty chair that I named and placed a picture or any items of the abuser. I would yell, scream, cry and talk from my heart how I felt and writing everything that I experienced. By 1998 my list was name free and I was free from my past.” 

Forgiveness was the beginning of Keli’s healing process and in her book, Awaken the Silence When Silence Isn’t Golden. Keli details her story and presents a step by step spiritual recovery plan to help others. 

In the midst of living out her passion, Vivionne is currently in a PhD in Clinical Psychology program, and working on her latest book, “Emotional Triage”.

Keli now tours the country speaking about abuse recovery and prevention because forgiveness was the key to her freedom.

Michele Lentz

Michele Lentz is the State Coordinator for Child Protection League Action where she educates, informs and motivates activists to protect children from exploitation, indoctrination and violence. Prior to that, Michele was the Legislative Assistant to Minnesota State Senator Sean Nienow.

With over 23 years’ experience in sales, marketing and public relations, Michele has proven her ability to make important issues understandable while moving people to action. She has a unique talent in connecting with her audience and engaging them to solution oriented action. This makes her work advocating for the protection of children particularly valuable and effective.

Michele knows the importance of the proper education of children and need for strong families in society. Her husband James and she have nine children ages 13 – 28 all of which have been home schooled. Michele believes the destruction of a society comes from the breakdown of the family, and the restoration of a broken society can only come through a strong moral foundation of faith and family.

Renée T. Doyle

In 2010, Renée Doyle joined the staff of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as her Legislative Assistant handling policy issues including the social issues of life, family, and children. Renée is now the Congresswoman’s Legislative Director overseeing policy and the office’s legislative staff.

In the late 1990’s, Renée co-founded a grassroots organization to repeal the radical Goals 2000 educational system that had taken over MN schools. As a school board member, she openly objected to the curriculum that moved away from education to indoctrination.

The grassroots organization, EdWatch, would grow to over 33,000 members in Minnesota, and eventually go national, until it was assumed by Education Liberty Watch when Renée went to work for the Congresswoman. It was during her work on education issues that she met Congresswoman Bachmann.

Renée and her husband, Guy, have been married for 38 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Lenchen Raeside

Lenchen Raeside is the Founder and President of Cedar Rapids Gives.  CRG is an all volunteer non-profit organization that exists to assist and protect those exploited by abuse with particular concern for those involved in the human sex trafficking industry.  (They accomplish this goal through assisting those who do the work of rescue, restoration and prevention education.  They are actively involved in prevention education with an emphasis on helping educate parents, teachers and students as well as the medical community.)

Lenchen and her husband, Bob, have been a part of founding and directing non-profits for the past three decades.   Most recently she served as Executive Director of House of Hope in Cedar Rapids.   

Cedar Rapids Gives Mission Statement

“Cedar Rapids Gives” endeavors to assist and protect those exploited by abuse with particular concern for, but not limited to, those involved in the human sex trafficking industry.

“Cedar Rapids Gives” accomplishes this goal through:

1)         ”Rescue” - Providing aid to exempt organizations working to recover those who have been placed in harm’s way.

2)         “Restoration” - Assisting those organizations and individuals committed to the       compassionate work of bringing hope, healing and renewal to those traumatized by abuse.

3)         “Education” – Helping to support exempt organizations (including Cedar Rapids Gives) and individuals who work to educate others regarding abuse and human trafficking.

Hysen Sisco--Morality in Media 

Hysen Sisco is a writer and editor, a graduate from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a degree in English. She is the Communications Coordinator for Morality in Media, where she started out as an intern and volunteer. As an advocate for human rights, Mrs. Sisco cares deeply about the issue of sexual exploitation and how porn has affected our culture, particularly the shift in how society views and treats women and children.

Ken Shaeffer

DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement    May, 2005-present            

Special Agent

  • ACAP and 8 USC 1326 prosecutions
  • Gang investigations
  • Child exploitation investigations
  • National security investigations
  • Narcotics  investigations, wire tap and search warrant affidavits
  • Human trafficking and smuggling investigations
  • OCHTTF Member, Agency community outreach officer for HT and HS
  • Defensive tactics instructor (2009)
  • Firearms instructor (2011)
  • Technical equipment specialist (DTA)
  • Rapid response team member
  • Received cash and time off awards 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Currently a member of ASAC RV-SBD Financial Group

Teresa Downing-Matibag, Ph.D.

Teresa Downing-Matibag is the Executive Director of the Network Against Human Trafficking (NAHT) and also teaches sociology at Iowa State University.  She is an expert in the areas of human trafficking and intimate relationships in young adulthood, and her research engages a human rights perspective in understanding the commercial sexual exploitation of women and youth, as well as the implications of the hookup culture for young people’s social, emotional, and physical well-being.  As a public sociologist and human rights advocate, she has given presentations on sex trafficking in the Philippines, Ecuador, Jamaica, and the United States, and has been instrumental in the advancement of anti-trafficking legislation in Iowa.  She has published her work in journals such as the Social Psychological Quarterly, the Journal of Family Issues, Qualitative Health Research, and the Psychology of Men & Masculinity.  Through her work with the NAHT, a statewide coalition of Iowa’s leading anti-trafficking organizations, she also develops specialized trainings on human trafficking intervention and prevention for diverse constituents.  Dr. Downing is also a member of the Iowa Office of the Attorney General’s working group on human trafficking, the Human Trafficking Enforcement and Prosecution Initiative; and serves as co-chair of the Central Iowa Services Network (against human trafficking).  She has been actively involved in creating campus-community partnerships to raise awareness about human trafficking and the importance of local communities’ organizing to combat this crime.  Dr. Downing earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University and has a background in research, teaching, consulting, and community-engaged program development. 

Representative Greg Heartsill

Iowa House District 28 (Serving portions of Jasper, Marion, Lucas Counties)

Representative Greg Heartsill is currently serving in his first term in the Iowa Legislature, representing House District 28 that includes portions of Jasper, Marion, and Lucas Counties.
During the 2014 Legislative Session, Greg floor managed legislation (House File 2254 and Senate File 2311) which increased penalties for human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.
He also floor managed Senate File 2211, which clarified the law for removing sexually violent predators off our streets.
        These pieces of legislation were signed into law by the Governor this year.  Greg was proud to have taken leadership on these issues...sending the message to those that would do harm, “Leave our young people alone!”
        Prior to being a citizen statesman, Greg worked in downtown Des Moines for 12 years in Information Technology, designing systems that dealt with various state and federal compliance issues.  In 2004, he left the corporate world and started his own custom fence building business in order to have more time with his growing family.  Greg and his wife Angie have ten children and live on a small farm in southern Marion County.
        Representative Heartsill will be remarking on the work that the Iowa Legislature has accomplished on human trafficking and on those that choose to abduct and abuse.  He will share some of the disappointments about legislation that failed and why it is necessary for groups like Preventing Abuse Foundation, The Family Leader, Concerned Woman of America and others to keep sounding the alarm so that society wakes up to the dangers of and learns how to prevent these types of crimes from happening.

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