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DANICA JOAN FIELDS, MEd Executive Director/Curriculum Author Phone: 863-686-1221 Email: danica@danicajoan.com I have been a television producer, scriptwriter, graphic designer, photographer, video editor, college professor, elementary school teacher, curriculum author, executive director, business owner, anger management/domestic violence specialist, traffic school […]

DANICA JOAN FIELDS, MEd
Executive Director/Curriculum Author
Phone: 863-686-1221
Email: danica@danicajoan.com

I have been a television producer, scriptwriter, graphic designer, photographer, video editor, college professor, elementary school teacher, curriculum author, executive director, business owner, anger management/domestic violence specialist, traffic school instructor, family mediator, waitress, receptionist, and even an ordained minister.

If you read my resume, you’d probably think, “wow, this woman has done everything,” and yet the insecure little girl hidden underneath the achievements is really who drives me to be who I am. I just want to make my trip around this big blue marble mean something.

I grew up being raised by my very strong and determined mother. She had a tough upbringing and was determined to make it different for her children. My father traveled most of the time, so it was like living in a single parent home in many respects. My mother was always overworked, and frustrated that she had to do it alone. Yet, we saw our father as the knight in shining armor, because when he came home, for a day or two, everything was perfect. We resented our mother and adored our father with no justification other than feelings.

By 2001, I was the mother of five adoring sons, yet extremely miserable in my marriage and feeling terribly unaccomplished. I had spent a decade trying to fill many roles in my list to please my husband in hopes that I could feel good enough for myself. One day I woke up and I decided to take a turn from this predictable dysfunctional future that lay ahead for my family, so I left the marriage. The door that I walked through at that very moment would transform me into the lifelong family advocate I am now. Little did I know the hell I would stir up.

I have endured arrest, been on welfare, accused of child abuse, alienated from my children and ostracized by my community. I have overcome a husband’s infidelity, parented drug-addicted step children, and in nearly half a million dollars in tax debt.

All of which I have survived and overcome.

Education Affiliations and Certifications:
Master of Education – American Intercontinental University
Bachelor of Fine Arts – American Intercontinental University
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
Florida Guardian Ad Litem
DCF Certified Co-Parenting Instructor
Family Stabilization Parent Education Curriculum Author
Anger Management/Domestic Violence Specialist
Strategic Child Custody Coach
Corporate Trainer/Public Speaker

 

KELLY FORD
Director of Advocacy
Lifeskills/Parenting/Co-parenting Coach
DCF Certified Co-Parenting Instructor
Anger Management/Domestic Violence Specialist
Public Speaker

Kelly Ford has been in the business of breaking destructive cycles for two decades. She started serving others in urban ministry back in 1998 by working with her professors and local clergy to start Neighborhood Ministries. This ministry offered after school support to children and youth in the community by providing a healthy snack, tutoring, life-skills, counseling and ancillary support to families in crisis free of charge. This ministry is still in existence today.

She was flying high in her career when the heartbreak of divorce, mental illness and poor decisions took Kelly to a place that forced her to look at herself and change. This change took years to realize and many agonizing and lonely self-revelations later we have arrived at Kids Need Both which has turned into her passion and purpose.

Kelly brings not just her education (Psychology/Behavior Modification), but also life experience, sharp wit, keen insights, straight talk and tangible take-aways for individuals and families that are drowning in uncertainty and hurt. Healing is possible. We can do it together.

 

Karen Hays
Director of Education

A recent MBA graduate from Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, FL layers onto Karen’s undergraduate degree from Rollins College in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Business.

Education:
BA- Organizational Behavior, Rollins College
Affiliations and Certifications:
Florida Providers for Traffic Safety- Member
Certified Traffic School Instructor
Services Provided:
Advanced Driver Improvement Instruction
Basic Driver Improvement Instruction
Traffic Laws & Substance Abuse Instruction
DCF Co-Parenting Instruction

 

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