Darla presents the Family perspective – a wife that not only had to deal with her husband’s addiction, raise two children by herself in the absence of that husband for 12 years while he was away in prison, but had to deal with the long-term effects on the family.
She shares her personal story as a child of an alcoholic Father and the compelling story of the wife of Steered Straight’s founder, Michael Deleon. A woman held at gunpoint, not once but twice, and the Mother of their two children, Darla impacts students about how their choices and decisions affect those that they love.
Amy Peterson has lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with her husband, John, and two sons, Evan and Corbyn, since July 2016. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where her first-born son, Andrew Frederick VanHorn, was killed by the neighborhood bully at the tender age of 11 years old during July 2009.
A couple of years after Andrew’s death, Amy’s back was broken in a bizarre accident. Later still, she was attacked at gun point by a stranger in Nashville. She is passionate about sharing her story of a broken heart and broken body to help encourage others to choose forgiveness, while strengthening their faith, and learning about the cycle of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander.
Heather Leslie is an Arizona native that transplanted to Tennessee in 1998, then settled down in Murfreesboro during 2007. She is the mother to three children. In honor of her daughter, Sariah McKenzie, who unexpectedly passed away in 2009 before she was 3 months old, Heather tends to focus her heart, time, and attention on children’s advocacy causes and homeless programs.
Her favorite experiences volunteering have been at the ‘Angel Tree’ and ‘Christmas Love.’ Heather hopes to one day start a foundation focusing on children and family needs, in memory of little Sariah McKenzie. When not working at Steered Straight, she will work hard to find you the home of your dreams as a Local Tennessee Realtor.