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LauraCowan(Widower), Single mom of 3 children. A graduate of Bryant & Stratton College, working in the field of Information Technology at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority as their I.T. Technical Trainer; training CMHA employees at orientation and beyond, coordinating all computer labs on CMHA estates and conducting special resident educational classes.

Also, a trainer at the CMHA Police Department presenting classes on Domestic Violence to the new cadets and residence of CMHA.

An Advocate for Domestic Violence-and a survivor of Domestic Violence and abuse turned my personal experience into a tool to empowerment for other women.

Volunteer at the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland and a member of Peace In The Hood under Director Khalid A. Samad, as their Domestic Violence Advocate and coach and Black on Black Crime under Director Art McCoy.

(2010) was nominated by the Judging Committee for the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Awards and was selected as a finalist in the Hero Challenge of the Educational category for being an inspiration to many and educating the public about domestic violence.

(2010) was selected as one of the Plain Dealer’s community heroes. http://downtown.woio.com/news/community-spirit/community-hero-takes-her-life-back/56106

Member of:

Chairperson of:1000 Strong Campaign” for the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland. (2009)

Chairperson of:  “Family Violence Prevention” for the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland. (2010)

Member of: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) (2010)

Member of: DVCC: The Domestic Violence Counsel Committee of Greater Cleveland: Under Judge Adrine and

Witness/Victim Service Center-Janet Kronenberg. (2009)

Member of: Circle of Moms against domestic Violence (894 members strong) (2009)

Member of: The Family Justice Center Committee:  Co-Chair: Judge Ronald Adrine and Casey Gwinn, President National Family Justice Center Alliance

Domestic Violence Instructor: CMHA-Police Department-RPA (Resident Police Academy) Program. (2009)

Domestic Violence Advocate: Peace In The Hood, Under Director – Amir Khalid A. Samad. (2010)

Member of: Black on Black Crime: Under Director – Art McCoy (2013)

Follower of: Oppressed People’s Nation:  Under Director – Ernest Stewart (2013)

Member of: Women Moving from Victim to Victory: Under Director – Christine Wilson (2013)

Member of: Violence Against Women Coalition (Under the Department of Collateral Damage) Director – Twon Billings (2013)

Board Member of: Break the Silence of Domestic Violence (San Diego-2013)

GUEST APPEARANCES/INTERVIEWS:

*WERE 1490 radio: “Women Share” radio Personality: Lulu Woodruff (10/2009)

  http://newstalkcleveland.com/

*WJMO1490 radio: Basheer Jones and company” radio Personality: Basheer Jones (10/2009)

  http://newstalkcleveland.com/

*WKYC Channel 3 News: Interview with anchor: Eric Mansfield (9/2009)

  http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=123288&catid=2

*WEWS Channel 5 News: Interview with anchor: Leon Bibb /http://www.bibb@newsnet5.com

 (10/2010)

*WEWS Channel 5 News: Interview with anchor: Alicia Scicolone / http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/cleveland_metro/community-leaders-join-     forces-with-national-experts-to-help-domestic-violence-victims (2010) 

*“WOIO Channel 19 News: Blog Post: Tamu Thomas|Executive Producer  WOIO-TV / WUAB-TV (216) 367-7354 | cell (216) 310-3007 tthomas@woio.com 19ActionNews.com

http://downtown.woio.com/news/community-spirit/community-hero-takes-her-life-back/56106

*Los Angeles Times: (In person) Interview with reporter: David Kelly and photographer Irfan Khan (5/2009) & (10/2009) http://www.latimes.com

 {Multi-Media Piece Pending Editing}

*Panel Speaker: “Quest for Honor” Cleveland Film Festival, (3/2010). http://www.clevelandfilm.org/festival/films/2010/quest-for-honor

*Special Guest Speaker, Domestic Violence Summit: “From Victim to Victory” (10/2009)

 Judge Lauren S. Moore’s courtroom  http://clevelandmunicipalcourt.org/main.asp?tabid=civiltabs.asp&tabno=1

*Guess speaker at Massimo da Milano Restaurant for the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland’s Domestic Violence Awareness Kick-Off: (10/1/2009)

*Guess speaker at Tower City for the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland’s Purple Light Campaign Press Conference: (10/6/2010)

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/10/domestic_violence_deaths_heigh.html

*Special appearance as a DV survivor in the Family Justice Center Promotional Video: http://ja.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/family-justice-center-new.aspx (01/2009)

*Guess speaker at The Sanctuary CEC in Bedford Heights- Beyond Abuse workshop about domestic violence prevention and awareness: (10/30/2010)

*Panel Speaker: Women of Color Foundation: “Training and Leadership Development Institute and Awards Luncheon”

*Channel 5 interview:  http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/women-of-color-foundation-hosts-training-and-leadership-development-institute-and-awards-luncheon

*Key Note Speaker: “Sole of A Woman”  (2012)

*Anderson Cooper Live (11/2012)

*Anderson Cooper 360 (5/2013) http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/08/psychological-trauma-in-captivity/

*Panel Speaker: Violence Against Women Coalition: “Woman to Woman Safety Form” (10/2013)

*Key Note Speaker:  “I am Super Woman Event” (10/2013)

*Because I Said I would; Alex Sheen interview:  (2013)

http://becauseisaidiwould.com/locked-in-a-garage-and-beaten/

AWARDS:

 

“Girl On Fire Award” (2013)

The Powerhouse SARC: “Getting Smart in the Park Award” (2013)

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club: “Woman of The Year Award” (2012)

The Cleveland Urban League “Verizon Heroes Award” (2012)

American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland: “People’s Choice Award” (2010) http://www.clevelandheroes.com/

American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland: “American Red Cross Heroes Award” (2010) http://www.clevelandheroes.com/

Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority:  “On Sung Hero Award” {RPA} Residence Police Academy Training in Domestic Violence CMHA-PD (2010)

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Heroes Award for 2010” (2010) http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/01/community_hero_2010_laura_cowa.html

Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland: “Domestic Violence Training-Certificate of Completion” (2009)

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