BOARD of DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors team and all of our purposeful Reliable Hearts staff members are knowledgeable, mindful and wholehearted professionals with a deep recognition and understanding of Reliable Hearts' vision to never lose heart on the youth and families we are spirited to serve.
Born and raised on the east side, Annette is a proud Cleveland native. Her parents married at a young age, she is an only child. Annette lost her father to suicide during her first year of life which forced her mother into single parenthood at age 19. Struggling with the loss of her husband, Annette's mother decided it would be best for Annette to live with her grandparents and her grandmother became her primary caregiver until she passed away unexpectedly shortly after Annette's twelfth birthday.
The death of Annette's grandmother overwhelmed her and she attempted to take her own life; the once mild mannered honor student coped with the pain the best way she knew how. Annette became rebellious, sex and drugs were an outlet for her pain, she became a mother at 14. She attended Collinwood and Glenville High school; she graduated from Cleveland Extension High School, an alternative high school, due to failing the eleventh grade.
After high school Annette earned a Medical Assistant diploma and worked various jobs. At 19, she became a victim of domestic violence and suffered multiple abusive encounters, one almost costing her life, for the next several years. Annette knew her mother and grandmother had been victims of domestic violence and she vowed to never be a victim but somehow she let the cycle repeat itself. Realizing the impact her situation was having on her young daughter, Annette left her abuser, enrolled in school to further her education and started a new life. She started a life of healing and shortly after she met an amazing man, married, and had two more children.
Passionate about healing, Annette forged conversations with her mother to uncover truths that had gone unrecognized for years in her family, taboos that increased suffering. Reflective of the conversations, Annette realized there were at least three generations of domestic violence victims in her family, not to mention the men that were perpetrators. Research showed that her family was not alone in passing down unhealthy family traditions and it's common in African American communities.
Equipped with her pain and her passion, Annette embarked on a mission to help youth and families struggling with trauma passed down through multiple generations. She believes if families are healed communities will heal and quality of life improves for all.