Our Goal is to reduce these statistics.
I’m an author, speaker, strategic thought leader, and a proud mother of Zack, my best work ever!
I’ve always gravitated towards assisting others and have continued in that vein throughout my life. As a visionary and a connector, I love to bring people together for common goals.
Being introduced to the world of child trafficking was far more than I thought I could handle, but I knew my heart was leading me to get more deeply involved. And, in whatever way possible to advocate for change & hopefully contribute to a solution.
We founded Awake & Bold in 2020 to educate people about this horrific industry. Our first goal is to spread awareness about life-saving hand signals through billboards and other marketing tools
We know these signals have saved lives.
After selling a successful accounting practice, Bonnie is devoting her time to humanitarian work to improve quality of life overall and end child and human trafficking.
In 2021, Bonnie moved cross country and was immediately taken in by Awake and Bold as an ambassador, working as part of a team to educate communities and be a part of the solution to end trafficking locally and worldwide.
Bonnie also works as a medium, crystal master, and spiritual guide helping clients to receive profound messages from loved ones who have past.
Vickie lives in and raised in western NC in the Great Smoky Mountain
71-year-old single woman who loves life and has never met a stranger
Son and daughter in their early 40’s and consider myself fortunate that they live in my same town. I have two beautiful and amazing grandsons ages 6 and 9 (you can call me Gemma)
LOVE to travel both nationally and internationally
My children are my most rewarding achievement, became a single parent in the early 1990’s
Received my Early Childhood degree in the 1970’s and worked my way up to becoming the head teacher and supervisor at Soco Day Care Center in Cherokee, NC, I was responsible for managing 40, 2-5 year old’s (with help of course) as well as overseeing the operation of the center. I LOVED my job and worked there for 7 years.
Trained to assist the elderly to enable them to stay in their homes and was successful in doing that for 10 years. Also did respite care in our local hospital for several years.
Last employment was at Harrah’s Cherokee as a Supervisor in the Total Rewards Department. I was employed there for 12 years and retired in 2013.
As you can see, I am definitely a people person!
Joined “Awake and Bold” (AwakeandBold.com) -(OpenYourEyesNC.org) the first part of 2022. The amazing team at Awake and Bold did not hesitate to welcome me into their group. We have kindled wonderful new friendships and have built up a tight knit group shining our lights for everyone to see. We are AMBASSADORS FOR CHILDREN; both here in the states and all over the world. We will not stop until the tables are turned and evil is removed from Mother Earth so that the babies can live lives of love, affection, comfort and safety that will allow their little lights to shine brightly! After all THEY ARE OUR FUTURE!
Motto is “See something, say something”. If you are aware of any form of child abuse please do not hesitate to contact us. We have resources which we use to get the information in the proper hands to initiate investigations and STOP THE ABUSE ANONYMOUSLY! Remember, we are the change we want to see in the world!
Karise began a lifetime of community involvement as a Red Cross candy striper volunteer for the elderly. She attended city council meetings and at 18, was chosen city manager for a day in her hometown.
An independent thinker from an early age, she researched and chose the responsibility to home birth and homeschool her children who were never vaccinated.
Conception of PlanetWiseWomen in 2009 led her to develop a number of healing retreats to support women’s spiritual, financial, and health education independence.
Karise has fought for social justice in numerous settings throughout her careers in education, business, finance and medical industries. For decades she has stepped forward to champion many causes. She knows what it’s like to get tear-gassed saying no to the Vietnam war, and walk many the picket lines most recently in North Carolina against mandated vaccines.
Now, more than ever, a line has been drawn in the sand, “We are at war! The children of the world are God-sovereign to be protected against any slavery and trafficking! Thus far and no farther!”
Hi, my name is Kathy. A dream I shared with my mom at an early age was that I wanted to have a horse ranch in Hawaii and have 12 kids. Well, my dream didn’t actualize exactly how I saw it in my head back in the ’50’s, however all the parts of it have happened in my life.
When my 3 kids were young, we were small dairy farmers in Wisconsin. We home birthed, we home schooled, we were involved in community children’s theater and for many years we welcomed black kids from Mississippi and more fortunate kids from Mexico and Central America into our modest farm homestead lifestyle. My life in northern NM included being part of an art cooperative teaching kids about the art of playing with clay. So my dream of 12 kids was easily fulfilled.
During that time I had no idea about child trafficking….in fact not until within the past couple of years. We just wanted our kids to become familiar with kids from all kinds of backgrounds. I believe that is vital to the health of “our” kids/all kids. The health and wellbeing of kids has been important to me.
I have been a lifelong organic, regenerative, biodynamic farmer….from dairy farming to farmers market vegetable growing to farm to table growing to hemp cultivation for CBD. For me, food is medicine and along with that having our hands and bare feet on the ground is very important to the health and wellbeing of us all.
With this in mind, what’s the vision for myself with Awake and Bold? Many things, however, and primarily, helping kids once they are rescued to come back to balance by bringing them into the garden…..guiding them back to nurturing, nourishing and loving themselves on many levels through nurturing and caring for all life in the garden.
Born and raised in NY.
Spent 12 years in the legal field, last four years as an eDiscovery Specialist for litigation cases.
After a long recovery from a car accident, she spent four years as an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher in a private school (which was the most rewarding work she has ever done).
Linda loves to learn, later in life she returned to school and graduated in 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Data Analytics, currently running her own marketing business.
Lives a positive life believing we can choose how to make each day great.
In 2021, Linda joined forces with Awake and Bold.
As a thriver, she is dedicated to help bring awareness to communities for keeping our children safe from predators and bringing awareness to know the “Save Me Signs”.
Linda knows all too well how in an instant, the life of a child and their family can change at the hands of a predator. She speaks on topics of:
Stranger Danger Today
Keeping your Children Safe – Online and Offline
Recognizing the Indicators that Parents and Teachers should know if a child is in danger and what actions to take.
Melissa was a publicist for 15 years. Before starting Stray Dog Media, she worked with literary publicist Joanna Hurley of Hurley Media.
Melissa has a television news and entertainment background and experience producing and hosting her radio show. Melissa knows what the media is looking for and how to approach them. Often, the editors she pitched hired her to publicize their books.
Stray Dog Media’s primary clients were literary works from the US, Europe, and nonprofits – working with Assistance Dogs of the West for ten years as their publicist.
After several years in retirement, Stray Dog Media came to life to help children through the influence of Hara Taicher and Awake and Bold.