I became a crime victim as a survivor when my 25-year-old son Tom was murdered in July of 1993.

I  became a member of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. in 1993 after my  son's murder, serving as a Chapter Leader and Board of Director's  member.  I attended Leader Training at POMC's National Headquarters in  Cincinnati, Ohio in 1998.

I  am a past member of the Advisory Board of Directors for two California  based victim's organizations - "Justice for Homicide Victim's" and the  "Nicole Parker Foundation."

I  served as a charter member of the Los Angeles Police Department's West  Valley Division crisis response team.  I also graduated from the 10 week  LAPD's Community Police Academy.

I  graduated from a 40 hour crisis response team training course sponsored  by "NOVA" (The National Organization of Victim's Assistance) located in  Washington, D.C.  

I  was a volunteer speaker for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's  Office of Victim's Assistance.  I have given speeches to wards (inmates)  of the California Youth Authority's Norwalk and Ventura, CA facilities  about the impact their criminal actions have, not only on their victims,  but also on the survivors and the entire community.

As  a crime victim survivor, I served as a member of a Juvenile Crime Task  Force committee established by former Los Angeles County District  Attorney Gil Garcetti.

I  was appointed by California Congressman Brad Sherman as Chairman of a  Youth Violence Task Force and traveled to Washington, D.C. with the two  essay winners for a conference on teen violence.

After  the murder of my won, I started writing poetry as an outlet for my  grief and have since become a published author of three novels and am  currently writing a fourth one.  Writing has become a diversion for my  grief.  I just finished writing a book about the history of the Cordata  Neighborhood Association as narrated by Co-Founder Julianna Royal Guy.   The book will be published by local publisher Village Books in  Fairhaven.  I donated my time and efforts at no charge to the Cordata  Neighborhood Association.  I also serve on that organization's Board of  Directors.

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