Founder & President, Dr. Kalyani Gopal, PhD, HSPP
Dr. Gopal is a keynote and international speaker and trainer on foster care and adoption, sex-trafficking, child sexual abuse, and psychopathology. She has trained foster parents, adoptive parents, administrators, judges, attorneys, case managers and clergy on issues related to infants, children, adolescents and adults. She has coined the term "Displacement Trauma" to describe the complex trauma caused by frequent disruptions of attachment bonds. She is the bestselling author of "The Supportive Foster Parent", "Foster Parenting Step-by-Step", the grief and loss workbook "In My Heart" and workbook on child sexual abuse. She is on the boards of the Lake County Child Protection Team and Lake County Child Fatality Team and served as President of Section IV, Division 12, American Psychological Association (2012-2014). Her organization, Safe Coalition for Human Rights hosted SAFE 2014 in Chicago, and will be hosting SAFE 2016 in USA, bringing the United Nations GIFT Box to Chicago, and working ceaselessly to form collaborative national and international coalitions from rescue to rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking and violations of human rights.
For over three decades Lake County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Arredondo served the citizens of Indiana as a member of the judiciary. He was the longest serving elected Latino State trial judge in the United States when he retired from the bench on December 31, 2010. Judge Arredondo was a co-founder of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) in October of 1971. Judge Arredondo’s name is widely recognized for removing language barriers for non-English speaking individuals to have a clear understanding of judicial matters in the courts. He has been instrumental in the creation of certified court interpreters. His service to Latino communities has led to numerous speaking engagements across the country including the White House where he has discussed issues vital to Latinos and the legal profession. Judge Lorenzo Arredondo created the Family Division of the Lake Circuit Court, the Domestic Relations Counseling Bureau and the “Children’s Room". His distinguished career also included service on the faculty of the National Judicial College, The Indiana Trial Advocacy College and the Board and Executive Committee of the American Judicature Society. He served on the Board of Indiana Judges Association and Judicial Conference and co-founded the Calumet Inns of Courts. He is the recipient of the National Hispanic Bar Associations highest recognition the prestigious Lincoln-Juarez Award, two Indiana State Bar Association presidential citations, the prestigious Rabb Emison award and the first Latino Affairs Committee Trailblazer/ Abriendo Caminos Award, Indiana University Northwest's Sherman Minton award for judicial excellence. On April 4, 2013 he was awarded he Trailblazer Award by the Indiana Legislative Black Caucus for outstanding leadership, character and career achievement . In 2013 at the HNBA’s annual convention, Judge Arredondo received the prestigious Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government. Previously, he was the Vice-Chair of the Indiana Supreme Courts Commission on Race and Gender Fairness and was on the board of the Legacy Foundation. Presently, he is on the board of Saint Catherine Hospital and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Legal Education Fund. Upon his retirement from the bench at the end of 2010, the Lake Superior Courthouse Room Two in East Chicago was re-named the “Judge Lorenzo Arredondo Justice Center" in his honor. Governor Mitch Daniels awarded the “Sagamore of the Wabash" to Judge Arredondo for his accomplishments, service and contributions to Hoosier Heritage inaugurated on May 17, 2012.
Secretary: Dr. Janice C. Hodge, D.Min (President, JC Hodge and Associates)
Dr. Chris Stout, President, Global Center Initiatives
Ms. Merrilee Frey, RN, Lake County Coroner, Indiana
Peter DiMarzio, Dept. of Homeland Security Investigations
Irene Clements, President, National Foster Parent Association
Shifali Singh, President, Duffels for Kids
Sidarth Singh, CEO, Aid for Change, Corp.