Denise Brown, Chair
Denise Brown, PMP, Founder and President of Action Training International, Inc. excels in using her extensive corporate experience in culturally diverse management environments around the world to provide clients with a strong practical approach for defining and delivering results-oriented seminars. ATI, Inc. was founded in 1997 as a privately held corporation headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia. With credentials of PMP and an active member of the Project Management Institute, (PMI), Denise utilizes her experience of managing projects with budgets in the multimillion dollar range to successfully plan projects of varying complexity in order to meet clients’ needs. As a native of Dallas, Texas, Denise has acquired 15 years’ practical experience utilizing her communication, organizational and leadership qualities garnered from full-time employers such as Lockheed Martin IMS, Cambridge Business Solutions, Ogden Environmental, Frito-Lay World Headquarters and Jones Lang Wootton, U.S.A. Denise provides consulting and training to government entities such as GAO (General Accounting Office), DLIS (Defense Logistics Information Systems) and CSB(Chemical Safety Board). Long-term clients include RAND Corporation Headquarters and DC offices, General Dynamics-Virginia, and Infineon Technologies. In order to provide realistic application of theory to software development, Denise also provides training on the integration of various software packages in conjunction with project management methodologies and scheduling procedures. Denise has lived and worked around the globe in Guatemala, Thailand and Hawaii and speaks English and Spanish. Her international experience along with her knowledge and skills in project quality control processes, resource management, customer-interface and negotiation, along with a unique understanding of interdepartmental communication are essential factors in the prolific demand for her services. Denise donates approximately 20% of her travel time to skills enhancement training at crisis shelters and half-way houses throughout the nation. This provides opportunities of learning to those who wish to enhance and build their professional knowledge that might not have an opportunity to otherwise.
Rebecca Berry, First Vice Chair, Co-Founder
Rebecca Berry is the co-founder of Tree Climbers. A nurse by trade, she recently completed a year of service with Community Health Corps, the largest public health focused division of the National Americorps program, where she provided case management and care coordination for medically underserved populations. As part of her service, she created a program for children and youth with special healthcare needs, to provide more comprehensive and streamlined care across all disciplines. Through her work with Community Healthcorps, she discovered the importance of community engagement at the grassroots level to improve health outcomes. As a sexual abuse and rape survivor, she has always had a passion for helping other victims of trauma, and has volunteered with the YWCA rape crisis center as a victims advocate, and with the Nurturing Connections program at Bristol Hospital where she provided telephone outreach to new mothers. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Nursing at Excelsior University, with future plans of getting certified as a S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
Keira Jones, Second Vice Chair
Ms Jones is a volunteer director. Ms. Jones is currently serving in several organizations that support health, wellness and awareness. One in particular is also a non-profit organization where Ms. Jones helps to empower underpriviledged women and girls to control their own destiny and increase self-awareness through sport education. Ms. Jones retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service where she gained a myriad of experience and knowledge as a Mental Health Professional. She worked in areas like Substance Abuse Units, where she worked with individuals battling with alcohol and drug addictions; Life Skills Clinic, where she performed various duties from providing care for individuals needing assistance with enhancing their coping mechanisms to psychological testing; Inpatient Psychiatric Units, where she cared for patients needing special care for chemical imbalances, emotional and mental disorders; and lastly, the Family Advocacy Program, where she assisted families suffering from various levels and various kinds of abuse. It was no far stretch for Ms. Jones to have a heart felt desire to help protect children and expand awareness of child abuse. Her specific duties and responsibilities are listed in our bylaws and include attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions.
Roxine Behrens, President/CEO, Co-Founder
Roxine Behrens serves as President and CEO of Tree Climbers Inc. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), Roxine has made it her mission to educate others on the warning signs and symptoms of CSA. Through her experiences, Roxine has a unique understanding of how easy it is to ignore the signs and symptoms of CSA, particularly when it occurs in the family setting. Her personal experience combined with her varied educational pursuits have prepared her for this role to both lead the organization and to speak to other survivors. CSA cannot exist in the light of day and it is the goal of Tree Climbers to shine the brightest light on the culture that allows it to continue. Roxine served 9 years in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Hospital Corpsman/EMT and has held various administration positions in both higher education and industry. Her educational pursuits include an A.A. in History, B.A. in Literature & Linguistics, B.S. in Management and is currently enrolled in an MBA program. A lifelong student, Roxine plans on starting her Ph.D. in the near future.