Reach Out Speak Out Board Of Directors
Elizabeth Sullivan (Chair)
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The subject of domestic violence is particularly of interest to Paul because he was in a domestically violent family and frequently saw it being displayed by his mother and his father. Paul Porter has been the arena voice of the Orlando Magic for all 23 years of their history and the arena voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League for all but one of the 18 years they have played. He has announced NBA All-Star Games in 1980, 1992 and 2012. He was the voice of the NBA Finals in 1995 and 2009 and the NHL Finals in 2004 as well as the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa. Porter has been the voice of the World Basketball Championships in 1994 and 2002. Porter is the morning update sports anchor for Talk Radio 860 WGUL in Tampa and hosts a weekly radio program on Saturday mornings. He is married and lives in Tampa.
As early as 1972, domestic violence and the journey through it entered into the life of the founder of Reach Out Speak Out. (Story found in the book entitled It Started With A Hamburger.) She is now very passionate about reaching women in domestic violence relationships within the church. Jan’s experiences have helped many to see a better, healthier and Biblical way to be free from domestic violence.
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Beth Simpson (Secretary)
Domestic violence is so often overlooked and subtle you don’t even realize it is happening.
As an adult, Beth realized that she had grown up with a controlling, DV father. Her passion for Reach Out Speak Out came through this realization, and hopes her experiences can help others in similar situations.
Susan has served as a Christian counselor for 15 years and has been involved with support group recovery ministry the past 20 years. Her experience includes working with women’s issues such as childhood sexual abuse trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, codependency, relational difficulties, and addictions. Susan also works with couples integrating Biblical faith based principles with clinically proven therapy.
Susan currently leads women’s Bible studies at Bridgepoint Church.
Susan has been a presenter for recovery ministries in the bay area and welcomes the opportunity to lead groups such as boundaries, anger, grief, forgiveness, dysfunctional families and codependency.
Pastor Michael Neely
Reverend Michael Neely lives in beautiful and sunny Tampa, Florida, where he is the Senior Pastor of New Millennium Community Church. He has a tremendous passion for God’s word; a compassion for all community members; a love for God’s people; and a deep commitment to the community. He is a male survivor of a 15-year domestic violence marriage. His concern for victims of domestic violence led him to become an executive board member of the Family Justice Center where he served as a volunteer chaplain and spiritual counselor. He now serves in the same capacity at the Spring of Tampa Bay and Reach Out/Speak Out.
Reverend Michael Neely obtained his bachelor’s degree from Newburgh Theological Seminary and College of the Bible and has future of pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing. He is certified to train clergy in the nuts and bolts of domestic violence and has written his first book titled: “Black Eyes and Sweet Talk” – a correct biblical view of marriage and domestic violence. He is also a sought-after speaker for various organizations seeking to learn more about Domestic Violence. He is also the 2009 recipient of the Domestic Violence Volunteer Award from the Hillsborough County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Reverend Michael Neely is married to Katonya Neely and is the father of one daughter and grandfather of two boys and one girl. When Reverend Neely is not working, he likes to bowl, play basketball and indulge in his second love which is singing. He is an accomplished Classical Lyric first tenor and loves singing classical music, love ballads and gospel.