Videography and select photography by Brendan Donohue.
Laura Parrott-Perry is the single mother of two amazing children and is devoted to a very handsome dog, indeed.
She attended Springfield College where she studied Rehabilitation Counseling and has extensive experience in Special Ed classrooms as an art teacher and para-educator. That is likely the most fun she will ever have, legally.
Laura loves to cook, paint, listen to music at a very high volume, and read all of the books. She is currently hard at work on her first book, and is also involved in working to raise awareness and change the way we deal with human trafficking.
She is the author of the popular blogs, In Others’ Words, and The Golden Repair on DivorcedMoms.com. Her work has been featured on Trigger Points Anthology, No Make-up Required, The Huffington Post and in Boston Magazine. Laura is a frequent public speaker on the topics of story, child sexual abuse and shamelessness, and was a contributor at Wild Goose Festival 2016.
To hear Laura speak on those topics and more, please check out her interviews on The Practical Minimalists and Spiritual Charlotte.
She is also a survivor of sexual abuse. And she's talking about it. Shamelessly.
Mary Lovely is an interior designer, entrepreneur, writer, and fervent cook. She graduated from Boston College and also studied abroad at The Abby Theater and the School of Irish Studies in Dublin, Ireland.
She is the creator of LIVINGLOVELIER.com; A lifestyle blog which encourages creativity, inspiration, and style through interior decor, food, and fashion.
As an entrepreneur, Mary founded and served as President of Louisburg Gardens, an Interior Landscape Design Firm, for over twenty years. The company serviced clients in New England and provided landscaping design and maintenance as well as award-winning holiday displays.
For years, she has been a volunteer and a participant in her community including serving on several boards. She has been active in charities such as The American Heart Association, Susan B. Koman, MS and various others. Also, she is a catechist for her church.
She resides outside of Boston with her husband, Michael, three terrific boys and stupendous Black Labrador, Dexter. She is an avid equestrian, personal chef, and recovering perfectionist.
Mary is also a survivor of sexual abuse.
She writes three blogs:
Kim Briones has lived and worked in the Boston area her whole life as part of an extensive, colorful Irish Catholic clan. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, she has enjoyed a wonderful career as a Human Resource Executive in the financial services field for the past 25 years. In addition to being a wife and mom to wonderful college-age twins, she is the favorite human to her spoiled Maltese.
She is firmly committed to all of her sisters that said “Me Too” and proudly part of the Say It, Survivor community. Kim is thrilled to move the conversation surrounding childhood sexual abuse forward, to help educate parents and empower children, and to offer hope and support to survivors everywhere.
In the tradition of Donald Miller comes the fresh voice of Matt Bays, offering hope to those who have experienced deep loss or pain as well as those who crave more than trite answers about God and suffering.
New York Times bestselling author, Ann Voskamp, described Bays’ debut book, Finding God in the Ruins, as “Rare, raw, gorgeous writing—profoundly moving. What this man brings to the table—is a bit of a feast.”
Matt is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places. He firmly believes that our best stories live in our secrets, and if we can find the courage to tell the truth of those stories, we can change the broken spirit of humanity.
A survivor of sexual abuse, Matt is honored to be teaming up with Say It Survivor.
Melodie Jackson is the assistant vice president for communications at Harvard University. With more than 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs, and community relations, Melodie oversees the university’s communications, media relations, digital presence, and the Harvard Gazette. She previously served as associate dean for communications and public affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to joining Harvard University, Melodie served as senior vice president and director of public affairs of Citizens Bank of Massachusetts. While there, she directed the organization’s communications and public affairs efforts, co-led its community relations and philanthropic endeavors, and helped develop and launch its award-winning Community Champions Program. She headed news and public affairs at Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital prior to that.
Melodie is an emeriti board member of the Greater Boston Food Bank and has served on the national advisory board of generationFIVE, which works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities. Her volunteer service has also included work on behalf of the National Conference for Community and Justice, Microloan Foundation U.S.A., United Way of Massachusetts Bay’s Today’s Girls, Tomorrow’s Leaders, Northeastern University’s Sport in Society, and Youth-e-Vote. Jackson holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science.
Her most important endeavor, by far, is being a Mom to her seven-year-old daughter.
A survivor of sexual abuse, Melodie is honored to be supporting the work of Say It, Survivor.