Meet Our CEO
I grew up in a law enforcement family. As a young child, my father was a police officer, but as his career in law enforcement changed and evolved into higher levels of the professional security space, so did my level of education on the criminal justice system.
A very specific turning point in my life was a discussion I had with my father where he shared with me a particular case he worked in which a husband and wife were not only prostituting out their two young daughters, but were filming the assaults, and marketing them under the child pornography umbrella. That was the first time, in my young life, I became aware of the true evil that exists in this world. And for the first time in my young life, I had it on my heart to make a difference.
I graduated from college with a bachelor of science in Criminology and went on to receive my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Studies with a focus on sexual predators. I wanted as much education as possible to help my work in reducing the female victimization incidents that happen every day in our country. I went on to work for my father’s security consulting firm in the international travel intelligence arena. It was during this time that I saw just how great the need there was for victim advocacy not only on an international level, but right here in our backyard, in the United States.
We have tens of thousands of dedicated individuals around the United States who devote their life to upholding the judicial system, working to provide justice and to keep us safe. But because of the level of criminal activity and many times, limited funding, victims slip through the cracks after a violent crime occurs in respect to their “after care.” These victims need a plan and a voice so that re-victimization does not happen and the survivors lives can continue to thrive despite the trauma…
It was on that platform that Her Voice Foundation was born.
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Meet Our Board of Directors
Prior to assuming the Chief Executive position of Viollis Group International, Paul’s professional business resume includes: CEO of Risk Control Strategies; President & CEO of Corporate Risk Consulting; Senior Managing Director for Citigate Global Intelligence & Security; and Vice President at Kroll, where he served on their post-September 11th Threat Assessment Team. Over Paul’s storied career in both law enforcement and security, he developed a diverse base of skills in various areas of the criminal justice system, ranging from his position as supervisor for the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Court Unit, Security Specialist/Supervisor under the United States Space Command, and CO of a Florida State Police Academy.
He is a renowned public speaker and has served as a subject matter expert in private client security, workplace violence, behavioral analysis, workplace security, counter-terrorism threat assessment, and is a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist under the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board. Paul is the author and lead editor for Jane’s Publishing’s book “Workplace Security,” Contributing Editor for Jane’s “School Safety Handbook,” “Teachers Safety Guide,” “Crisis Communications Handbook” and co-authored his marquee book, “Silent Safety-Best Practices for Protecting the Affluent.” In addition, he tours yearly on the speaking circuit, presenting on issues ranging from terrorism and national security to private client security and cyber-terrorism. Paul is the Law Enforcement & Security analyst for CBS News as well as having been a regular contributor on FOX Business and FOX News, in addition to appearing on and in media outlets including CNN, INSIDE EDITION, MSNBC, Reuters, ABC, CNBC, CBS, ESPN, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal Radio, National Public Radio, CSO, Forbes, Robb Report, Worth, Business Insurance, and CFO magazine. Paul’s next book “Safeguarding America, the blueprint to protecting the American family” is due out in March 2021.
His professional affiliations include the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Florida Police Chiefs Association, lnfraGard, and Business Executives for National Security. Paul holds the distinction of Honorary Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.
Sherise Holden is the founder and President of She Rises, Inc. She is a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, and a former teenaged mother. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Maryland. She also possesses a Master of Science in Project Management, as well as a Master of Business Administration.
In her professional career as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), she manages multi-million dollar projects for the Federal Government. No stranger to philanthropy, Sherise has spent her life serving others. Using her areas of expertise in project management, college preparation, and career development, she has inspired, mentored, and coached young moms and women to rise up and shine.
A passionate brand storyteller with fifteen years of industry experience, Janelle has lead impactful PR and marketing campaigns for the world’s best known consumer brands. Currently, as the Senior Director of External Communications for Papa John’s International, she leads communication to the brand’s external stakeholders, product and brand PR; corporate news and media relations; corporate reputation and issues management; and strategic communications campaigns.
Janelle joins Papa John’s from global agency, Weber Shandwick, where she was a Vice President in the consumer practice. Her clients included iconic consumer brands like Diet Coke, Dasani, M&M’s and Absolut. She also led multi-cultural communications work for McDonald’s, TRESemme (Unilever) and Ben’s Original (Mars Foods). She is most proud of her work last year with Mars on the name change of Uncle Ben’s to Ben’s Original, which included global research with key stakeholder groups, unveiling of a new brand purpose and a series of brand actions including community investments and outreach. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Janelle spent 10 years at agencies in both New York and Atlanta. Her client portfolio included The Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens, as well as several fashion and luxury brands. She is also a diversity, equity and inclusion champion, having served as lead of DEI for Weber Shandwick’s Atlanta office as well as its black employee resource group, NOIR.
A New York native, Janelle moved to Atlanta with her husband five years ago. She is a mother of two young boys and loves to spend her free time perusing décor boutiques to feed her passion for home design.