Founding survivor

BROOK BELLO
FOUNDING E.D. + CHAMPION MENTOR

Dr. Brook Bello is the Founder and Executive Director of More Too Life, Inc., and a sought-after international speaker, preacher, and survivor champion. She has been recognized with countless achievement awards, and most recently was named a Google Next Gen Policy Leader. Dr. Bello is also the author of innovative root cause focused successful curriculum, RJEDE™ (Restorative Justice End Demand Education) a court appointed and volunteer course for violators of sexual violence, prostitution and human trafficking prevention and LATN™ (Living Above the Noise) educational mentoring curriculum for victims and prevention of sexual violence and human trafficking.  The diversity of Dr. Bello is her passion, In addition, to males, becoming the men of honor that God has created them to be. With books sold at Harvard Bookstore and 2 coming out in 2017/18 Brook’s passion for training and teaching men and young men as well with “The Legacy of Fatherhood Initiative because without men of honor we will fail.” as an author of three books and a vested member actor with the Screen Actors Guild and Equity Dr. Bello is also an artist.  She holds a PH.D in pastoral clinical counseling and accreditation in pastoral clinical and temperance based counseling and currently holds a bachelor in biblical studies, masters in pastoral clinical counseling  and two honorary doctorates one in humane letters, theology and biblical studies from Covenant Theological Seminary, National Christian Counseling Association, CICA University and Seminary and Richmond Virginia Seminary. Her dissertation defends the urgency in spirituality in mental health and the profound pain caused by shame. Bello is also a licensed chaplain and ambassador with CICA (Canadian Institute of Chaplains and Ambassadors, the only university accredited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, UN-ECOSOC and she is an alumni of the Masters Series of Distinguished Leaders by Skinner Leadership Institute. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 44th President of the United States and the White House in December 2016. She also received the advocate of the year in the state of Florida from the Attorney General Pam Bondi, Human Trafficking Council held by the A.G. and Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet.  Dr. Bello was chosen 1 of 10 national heroes in a series by Dolphin Digital Media and United Way Worldwide called, The Hero Effect.” Her expertise is evident in many ways. More Too Life is an anti-sexual violence, human trafficking and youth crime prevention organization that was named by United Way Worldwide as one of the best in the nation.

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Her innovative curriculum and direct and indirect services at More Too Life that affect thousands of victims, hundreds of thousands of national community, as well as prevention education to hundreds of youth and young adults annually has been said to be ground-breaking. More Too Life operates an Education and Assessment Crisis Care Center in Sarasota county with new services to 4 counties under the new sub-contract with Voices for Florida. Dr. Bello is a sought after motivational speaker, a keynote lecturer and minister whose story has been seen in ESSENCE and EBONY magazine with articles in over 100 magazines, newspapers and e-zines. Her speaking engagements include, the White House, Federal HHS, Regent University, Virginia Commonwealth, Miles College, Alabama University, USF, Ringling College of Art and Design, Shared Hope International, Wheelock College of Boston, Georgetown University, Festival Cannes, UCLA, Cal-State Dominguez Hills, Cal-State Irvine, Alabama’s UAB,  Miles College, United Way Worldwide, and various United Ways, the prestigious Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Frederick Douglass Family Initiative, Joshua Dubois-Values Partnerships, Rotary International Conference and so many more, with a passion, intelligence and grace from someone who has thrived far past the trauma.

Should you identify anyone as Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in our region, please complete our referral form which can be found at www.moretoolife.org or email Team@moretoolife.org.

Regardless of what we have been able to accomplish imagine what we could do with the help of those that will get involved and assist the life of just one child, teen or adult at a time, For more information please contact Dr. Brook Bello. Contact: Inspire@brookbello.com or brookbello@moretoolife.org.

LEADERSHIP

Shelli Freeland Eddie
Legal Counsel

Shelli Freeland Eddie has practiced law in the State of Florida since 2004, and opened her and her solo law practice, The Freeland Eddie Law Group, P.A. in 2012, practicing Marital and Family Law, Criminal Law, and Estate Planning. She is honored to provide pro bono legal services to More Too Life, and primarily assists our mentees in various stages of crisis, including domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, and those returning to the community from extended periods of incarceration. She received her Judicial Doctorate at the University of Kentucky College, as well as a Bachelor’s in Political Science.

Board of Directors

Chris Groeber
Board chair

DAVID ARKLESS

BOARD PRESIDENT

 

 

CHRIS GROEBER FULL BIO

Refreshed and renewed ready to tackle work culture that impedes maximum potential in human services organizations! Chris’s company, Gro and Co is collaboratively built and collaboratively run, meaning your organization is always at the table giving feedback to us on what your needs are at each part of the relationship. Gro and Co associates literally have over a century of experience! More importantly Gro and Co believes passion and pragmatism are the nexus for change! As part of Key Assets Kentucky is a part of the Fostering First International Company and its first opening in the United States of America (www.fosteringfirstinternational.com). Key Assets Kentucky has the primary goal of providing community, family based care for children and youth who have been living in institutions. Worked with state, federal and private funders to develop a training and support center for foster parents, adoptive parents, foster youth and professionals that provided innovative activities and education in the arena of out of home care. Wrote state and federal grants to provide cutting edge programming for child welfare staff and supervisors nationwide. Taught classes at both the MSW and BSW levels advised students and supported student activities. Provided facilitation, team building, program development, board and budget development and consultation across the United States in the field of human services and child welfare. Worked with state and private agencies to maximize revenue, evaluate programming and provide staff development. With an MSW from University of Kentucky and Bachelor in  Sociology and Biology from Anderson University, Chris brings a powerful passion to serve humanity. 

Innovative program development that produces outcomes in child welfare has been my career focus. I believe transforming vision into actual programmatic changes is key to a successful cultural metamorphosis. I believe child welfare and foster care in particular are due for a complete renaissance and I guess my vision is to see that happen and be a part of it. 

David Arkless is CEO and founder of his own consulting company, ArkLight Consulting Ltd. Between 1992 and 2013, he was employed at ManpowerGroup, and was president of global corporate & government affairs. Prior to this, he worked for Hewlett-Packard and thereupon founded his own consulting company, Caden Corporation.[3] Arkless is a regular advisor to the US Department of State, and various EU departments, also he serves as both board member and corporate committee member of CIETT, the international confederation of private employment agencies. Since May 2010, Arkless has worked as vice president of the China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations (CICPMC) in Beijing. As one of the founding members of the Global Agenda Council on the Skills Gap, Arkless is a regular participator in the World Economic Forum In 2011, he became president of the End Human Trafficking Now organisation.

DIRECTORS 

Bishop Carroll A. Baltimore, Th.D., D. Min.
Board member

Bishop Baltimore is a well respected global Interfaith Leader, Humanitarian, Missions Leader and Educator. He serves faithfully as the Senior Pastor and Leader of the International Community Baptist Churches, USA and the Philippines. Bishop Baltimore served with distinction as the 19th President of the ​Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) leading 2.5 million international members from 2010 to 2014. He was the first President of PNBC to serve from the State of Virginia. Bishop Baltimore currently serves as President/CEO of Global Alliance Interfaith Networks, LLC (G.A.I.N.) and C.A.B. Outreach International Ministries, Inc. He is the visionary and founder of the Carroll A. Baltimore Christian Academy, Inc. and the C.A.B. Southern Mindanao Theological Seminary. He serves as a leader with a number of diverse organizations including, The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, African American Outreach Advisory Council; Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion; Creative Ministries, Inc. on Global Warming; and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment; Shoulder to Shoulder; Sojourners and other religious and secular organizations dealing with global strategies, plans and opportunities. Bishop Baltimore’s leadership has spanned the globe and resonated with world leaders, executives and the grassroots. He is consistently sought to speak, lead and provide advice on issues that affect the lives and cultures of peoples throughout the globe.

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Dr. Rick Ver Helst
Board member

Dr. Ver Helst is the Chief Operations Officer and the Chief Information Officer for Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., a private, non-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility providing services, ranging from Sarasota to Ft. Myers. He has over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health care field, as well as its interface with information technology in the community mental health system. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Florida and also has experience in research and public speaking.

Jeanette Groeber
Board member

Jeannette Groeber is a licensed social worker (MSW) with 29 years of professional experience, most recently as the Director of Sterling Meadows, a new 30-bed assisted living facility located in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Previous to this, Jeanette was part of the faculty and regional campus director for the Morehead State University at Mt Sterling Social Work Program. Her passion is investing in the success and well-being of others, whether they are in elementary school or in their 90s. Jeannette is the wife of a fellow social worker, Chris Groeber.

Mechelle Wilder
Board member

Mechelle Wilder has been in the real estate business the past 14 years and has built herself an outstanding reputation in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding area. With her years of education and work experience, Mechelle endeavors to provide a professional, skilled and enjoyable experience for all of her clients. She serves on various other boards of nonprofits and church organizations in her area. She holds a BA in Communications from Samford University and has extensive marketing training from IBM.

Cynthia Iverson
Board member

Cynthia Iverson is a former police officer of 10 years, and currently works for United Airlines as a flight attendant out of Guam. She has served as a grievance chairperson for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and as a member of the Joint Negotiations Committee for the Association of Flight Attendants. She has had the tragedy of human trafficking directly impact her family, and therefore has joined the efforts of More Too Life to help bring an end to it. She feels very strongly about the services and can vouch for the positive impacts they have made on her loved ones.

Emily Lapchick
Board Member

Emily Pasnak-Lapchick has served as the End Trafficking Officer at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, where she lead a national awareness and advocacy campaign on child trafficking. Through her work, she has spoken on CNN International, at the United Nations and various international conferences, at over 25 colleges and universities. She is an Honors Graduate from Eckerd College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, and is currently taking a break from UNICEF while getting her Master’s in Social Innovation at University of San Diego.

Jay Berman
Board member

Jay Berman is a native of Sarasota, and is very involved in the community, having served on and started several boards of local non-profit and community organizations. He has been an impactful non-profit advocate his entire life, and was very instrumental in getting More Too Life on the Glasser-Schoenbaum campus. Professionally, Jay has been a financial advisor for over
20 years. His focus is on his client’s’ overall financial situation including investments, insurance, and estate and tax issues.

KEY TEAM

Chris Hill
Director of Development

Experienced Football Coach with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Football, Event Management, and Team Building.

DEREK THOMPSON
MENTOR | REGIONAL ADVOCATE

Derek Thompson is Victim Service Mentor More Too Life. He is passionate about MTL and its mission to change the way pop culture views sexual exploitation, while providing aftercare services to see victims go from victim to survivor, survivor to thriver, and thriver to champion. Derek brings prior youth development and mentoring experience to the role, as well as a passion for combating all forms of human trafficking. In 2004, after learning about human trafficking he has been an active participant in the anti-trafficking movement, using his skills and resources to educate the community, raise awareness and funds for victim care, and embrace and assist MTL’s already in place demand prevention strategies that address root causes. He is happily married and a proud father of his four daughters. Derek attended Fuller Theological Seminary between 2004-2007 and graduated with MA in Biblical Studies and Theology. During this time he took on a dual educational track to focus on “Children at Risk” and is nearly finished with his MA in Cross Cultural Studies. Derek received his BA in English at Palm Beach Atlantic College (1995-2000).

LAUREN WHITWORTH
SURVIVOR MENTOR

Lauren has a passion for improving quality of life and expanding human rights for the individuals that have been neglected by society. Lauren assists the More Too Life Team with her experience and knowledge in clinical social work, child welfare, victim advocacy, mental health treatment, group therapy, and various other therapeutic intervention techniques. She is excited to be part of the team and their innovative practices regarding human trafficking and the many approaches MTL uses to educate the community and eradicate the issue across the nation.

DAWN SAKES
MENTOR | CLINICIAN SOCIAL WORKER

Dawn comes to More Too Life with over fifteen years of professional experience connecting individuals and families to community resources, navigating complex systems of care and a proven track record of improving service delivery systems. Dawn recently spearheaded a street outreach program for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness as a Master Case Manager as part of the Sarasota YMCA’s School House Link. She engaged close to 150 youth through street outreach and empowered them to take steps to move forward as self-sustaining adults. Dawn made strong connections with community leaders and was identified as a Subject Matter Expert to expand services for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in Sarasota County. Dawn was honored to receive a Citizen’s Certificate of Merit from the Sarasota Police Department for her work with homeless youth. Dawn will enlighten MTL services with her broad range of knowledge in health and human services, ranging from child welfare, developmental disabilities, program management, community organizing to and advocacy on state and local levels. During her career, Dawn has served on numerous local and state committees and has been instrumental in the passage of key legislation relating to Medicaid buy-in for children, supportive employment and autism treatment. Dawn successfully secured funding from the city council to bring bus stops into compliance with ADA standards in Fort Collins, CO. Dawn is described as a strong advocate for the people she serves and is very passionate about social justice impacting our most vulnerable citizens. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston, a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas in Arlington, as well as an Associate’s in Mental Health and Youth Counseling.

LINDSAY SMITH
SURVIVOR MENTOR | COMPLIANCE

Lindsay splits her time working at More Too Life as a survivor mentor and compliance assistant, as she can easily adapt to different styles of communication and organization. She brings a passion in developing a healthy family structure with an emphasis on self-care, fitness and nutrition. She has previously been a mentor to women of family violence, and enjoys establishing connections for our mentees to local services and resources. Lindsay received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and is also a scientist specializing in marine life.

LANA POHLMAN
MENTOR | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE

After interning with More Too Life for a summer during her undergrad, Lana is excited to have joined the team full time after her graduation. Lana has always had a passion to help people in need, and desires to make an impactful change, in her local community and in the world. She assists Dr. Brook Bello in administrative tasks, while continuously learning about the issue of human trafficking and the associated risk factors. Lana received her Bachelor’s in International Relations from Florida International University, and is currently working on her Master’s in Public Administration.

SHAVON REED
MENTOR | REGIONAL ADVOCATE

Shávon returns to More Too Life serving primarily in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. She is trained to strategically identify potential victims, provides coaching and supports and establishes partnerships to strengthen awareness and resources. With a heart to inspire others, she enjoys working in a team-setting and is driven by the vigor to create change for a better society. Additionally, she is a passionate and skillful certified life coach who holds expert knowledge in personal and professional development. Shávon received her Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from University of Central Florida.

OUR VALUES

  • We believe in creating a “Love Culture” focusing on integrity and responsibility with those we serve and those we partner and collaborate with. We understand that our greatest asset on the planet is people. Even to modern economists – human beings are the greatest asset and we realize our greatest treasure.
  • We believe the concept of “Identity Discovery” is paramount to maximizing potential, and to discover it one needs the tools and power to transform their lives. We assert that all human beings need to understand the connectedness with the whole world and that they have a significant part to play.
  • We believe our words are important and all of our stories have transformational power. Therefore, we believe in teaching leadership, respect, honesty, integrity and accountability.
  • We believe in helping men find their honor and ending demand. The understanding that lasting change comes with the need for the legacy of fatherhood is something that belongs to all men and therefore violence prevention and restorative justice is an urgent necessity.
  • We believe in being resilience led and are focused to create social justice and lasting change in the lives of those we have the privilege to serve and those that we collaborate with. Therefore, healing, self-care, mental health, physical and dream building and goal setting is paramount to all we do.
  • We believe in inclusion: we serve all who come we are non-exclusionary although our main focus is specific to certain demographics. Therefore, we also believe in long lasting partnerships plus community and global relationships.