As a founding Director of The Safe Children Foundation, Denise Balzano continues her more than 20 years of volunteer activities in support of child abuse treatment and prevention programs in Virginia. Professionally, she has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at Balzano Associates, Inc. She has served on Board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers for the past 5 years.
Jim Burns has over thirty years of technology and business process strategy, design and governance experience in the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience interacting with Board of Directors, and executive management across a spectrum of subject matters including; accounting, information technology, enterprise and operational risk, audit, information security and enterprise transformational initiatives.
Deborah Cochran, of Cochran and Allen, has 30 years of experience assisting individuals, families and small business owners with all of their estate planning needs. Debby has also been selected as one of the best Trusts & Estates attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America for the 2005-2018 editions. Debby graduated with honors from Franklin and Marshall College, and received her JD from George Washington University Law School, with high honors.
In 2015 Kris moved to Virginia after retiring from her 40+ year career as an LCSW-C in Child Welfare. Kris administered the Baltimore County Sex Abuse Treatment Program from 1983 – 2013, developing the Program into a comprehensive multi-modal treatment program serving all sex abuse victims, mothers, sibling offenders and adult incest offenders in Baltimore County, as well as conducting all state mandated investigations. Ms. Debye served as a Trainer in the Continuing Education Department of the UMAB School of Social Work as well as on the Clinical Advisory Committee. She was a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and served in the Maryland Children’s Alliance. She was a regular member in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and served as President of the Maryland Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
While serving as Administer for the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, she continued to serve clients directly, co-leading a Mother’s Group and a Conjoint Group of Mothers and Incest Offenders. She conducted clinical evaluations on adult incest offenders and served as an expert witness in court proceedings. In 1994 she co-authored a book with an adult survivor of childhood incest. Throughout her career, Ms. Debye presented at numerous clinical workshops locally, nationally and internationally.
Now that Ms. Debye is fully retired she is enjoying her passion for nature, and her newly discovered passion for art. Both she and her husband are combining their love of travel with their interest in nature, using art and photography as a new tools of expression!
In 2012 Bryan Gibson was the Supervisor of the Child Abuse Unit for the Fairfax County Police Department. In his role, he was instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition from the County’s first children’s advocacy center to SafeSpot CAC. During the first year of efforts to create SafeSpot, he led the police department in creating a forensic interview and observation rooms for use during the interim between the closing of the former center and the opening of SafeSpot’s first office. He ensured that the MOU was signed by all County partners, so that the new organization could become a member of the National Children’s Alliance and apply for its first grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services. His efforts brought recognition from the statewide CACVA. After retiring from the police department, Bryan began a second career with the Fairfax Counyt Schools, also protecting children from abuse.
Kara Hourihan grew up in Virginia. After college she moved to Chicago and later to New York City to work in marketing and advertising at such companies as BBDO and Merkley & Partners where she led brand planning initiatives and created marketing strategies. Following her return to Virginia in 2014, she engaged with SafeSpot by leading efforts to develop communication tools for the annual Bloomingdale’s Fashion Show and for the organization itself. Her passion for helping others, particularly children is reflected in the unique 2017 fashion show program book. She has served on the Marketing and Communications Committee for the past three years.
Kara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist University and later attended the Miami Ad School’s Account Planning Bootcamp. She lives in Alexandria.
Bootsie Humenansky is a founding Director of SafeSpot and is currently serving on the state Board of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Virginia, a member of the Fairfax County Blue Ribbon Committee and Allies in Prevention. She has been a long-time community advocate for children, especially those who have been abused or neglected.
Annette’s interest and charities have always been in support of women and children’s causes. Part of her 35 years in technology culminated as Director of Philanthropy for Cisco Systems where she researched the challenges in getting more girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career paths. In addition, she supported a project establishing 340 plus Cisco Networking Academies in Sub-Saharan Africa where a 30% female enrollment was a critical component in approval of an academy. From 2006 to 2016 Annette was a member of the INOVA Health Foundation where her interest was in the Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. She currently owns and runs Kerlin’ s Mid-Atlantic Dist. Inc. a certified Woman Owned Business.
Andy Klaff is an Executive Managing Director for Newmark Knight Frank, a global commercial real estate company. For almost 30 years, Mr. Klaff has provided corporate relocation services for a diverse client base, including technology, financial, non-profit, and government contract companies. In addition, he has represented numerous regional developers and institutions in marketing and leasing their Class “A” office projects in Northern Virginia. Mr. Klaff lives in Reston, Virginia with his wife, Christin and children, Ryan, Colin, and Annie.
Michelle Kingsley graduated George Washington University in 1981 with a degree in marketing. She lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband Todd. Michelle & Todd have been married for thirty two years and have raised three wonderful children: Sammy 27, Becca 25, and Jack 21. Over the years Michelle has been involved in both school and community events in different volunteer capacities. Michelle has had the privilege of being involved with SafeSpot since it’s inception and has Co-Chaired SafeSpot Champions4Children for the last two years.
Armen is currently the CEO of United Business Technologies, the largest independent Canon dealer in the Southeast Region. Armen stared with the Xerox Corporation and has spent thirty-seven successful years in the copier industry. Under his guidance, the company prospered into one of Canon’s top independent dealers. Armen graduated from Penn State in 1964 with a BS in Business Administration. He earned an MBA in Finance from Pace University in 1974.
Claudia Manoogian has lived in Fairfax County since 1978. She was active at all levels of her children’s schools serving on the PTA. She worked as a Recruiting/Hiring director for Capitol Office Solutions for 10 years before retiring and moving to McLean. She became a member of a local charity that worked to raise funds for primarily DC schools and Military families. Over the years the charity raised over 1M dollars. She continues to support children’s issues by serving on the SafeSpot Board.
Former CFO of ASG Security and long-time advocate for child abuse causes, Ralph Masino has been a part of fundraising efforts in support of SafeSpot since its inception in 2013. In 2016 he created and chaired the very successful ChampionsFOREChildren golf tournament. Once again this year he is co-chairing the golf tournament with fellow Board member Michelle Kingsley. The Washington Business Journal named Ralph a finalist for the CFO of the Year in 2009. Ralph’s 25+ years of financial management and business leadership experience will be a great benefit to SafeSpot.
Described as an “outstanding member of the Northern Virginia community,” Marge Odeen is a founding member of CharityWorks that provides money for education and child-related causes. Her endeavors on behalf of the Women’s Center, Fairfax Inova Foundation and child abuse treatment and prevention programs are marked by her desire to “give something back” to the community and to get others involved.
Phil Odeen is the retired CEO of TRW and has served on a number of corporate boards. He has been active with several Northern Virginia charitable and cultural organizations and currently chairs the Henry M Jackson Foundation and the Lost Tree Village Foundation. Phil and his wife Marge actively supported the Virginia Childhelp village and the Northern Virginia advocacy center. Phil also served on the national Childhelp Board.
Charlie Price is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Southern Management Corporation. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Leidos and a Managing Director at MorganFranklin Consulting. Charlie retired from the FBI, where he spent more than 28 years conducting a wide variety of investigations. Charlie is a nationally-recognized expert in interviewing and interrogation and, as an adjunct faculty member of the FBI Academy, he taught these subjects both domestically and internationally. In 2011, Charlie received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in HUMINT (Human Intelligence), the Bureau’s highest award, for interviews and interrogations he performed on classified national security matters while deployed to Afghanistan.
Dr. Clishia Taylor is the President/CEO of American Health Care Professional of Virginia. A co-founder of Bless My People Foundation that meets health care needs in the US and around the world, she has a commitment to making a difference in the lives of children who have suffered from abuse.