Little Bit About Me
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Some of you may know me as Ron Goldman’s sister. I am. And very proud of that fact.
But I am also an advocate … a writer … a mother … a friend… a daughter … a hockey, basketball and football fan …a radio show host … a shoe enthusiast … and sometimes a philanthropist. I live a very full life, despite the painful road I traveled to get here.
Before my brother was brutally killed in 1994, I was studying to be a child psychologist. After his death and subsequent trials, I left that goal behind and just did what I could to make it through each day and to slowly begin to rebuild my shattered life.
I worked in television for a while but then found my happy place working in the non-profit sector; where I have stayed for more than a decade. I have a passion and commitment for assisting the under-served, which has provided me with so many different opportunities. I was the Marketing Manager for Pallotta TeamWorks, which produced multi-day fundraising events such as the AVON 3Day Walks and the AIDS Rides. I was the Communications Manager for Cure Autism Now, (currently Autism Speaks) which focussed on autism research and launched the first Walk Now event in Los Angeles. I also served as the State Director for Best Buddies California, which is a non-profit organization founded by Anthony K. Shriver, dedicated to forming friendships between developmentally disabled people and non-disabled peers.
Currently, I am the Executive Director of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project; a non-profit organization that provides free mental health, crisis intervention, support groups and education and outreach to teenagers in the Santa Clarita Valley dealing with depression, suicide, domestic violence, substance abuse, neglect, sexual assault, bullying, etc. Finally, after all of these years, I found my way back to those long-ago dreams of counseling and therapy.
In my spare time, I am a victims’ advocate and have had the privilege of being a speaker at some amazing conferences; a few highlights include (1995 – 2016): Keynote Speaker for numerous National Victims Rights Week events, Parents of Murdered Children Victims Conferences, Trainer/Speaker for The Department of Justice workshops, The FBI National Academy Annual Conference, Speaker at Governor Wilson’s Conference for Women, and a guest speaker/panelist at a number of universities, media and law enforcement events across the country.
Oh, and I am an accomplished writer too! I was a contributing author to the NY Times Bestseller; His Name is Ron, Our Search for Justice (1998, William Morrow & Co.) In 2007, I authored two chapters for the NY Times Bestseller; If I Did It, Confessions of the Killer. (2007, Beaufort Books). I contributed to The Ricki Lake Show, have a little corner of Huffington Post I can call my own, I’ve written articles for various newsletters and magazines, including Glamour Magazine, in 2007. I finished my memoir, Can’t Forgive in 2014 and my latest book, Media Circus, a Look at Private Tragedy in the Private Eye was released in September 2015. Both books published by BenBella Books.
I am the founding Co-Chair of The Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice as well as a member of the California District Attorney’s Association, Victims Rights Committee and served on the Advisory Committee for Crime Survivors, Inc. I participated in a project called Vision 21, which is in place to revamp the victims movement, funded by the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). And am now a Board Member for NCVC and an Advisory Board member for Habitat for Heroes. And most recently, I helped launch the National Compassion Fund, which helps families in mass tragedies receive donations from supporters all across the globe.
In the last handful of years, I have been a guest on various media outlets, including FOX News Channel, MSNBC, CourtTV, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS and on programs such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dateline, Primetime Live, Dr. Phil and Larry King. I have been interviewed in multiple national magazines and newspapers such as Time, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, People, Newsweek, The Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and The Boston Herald.
I work hard in my community, and was recognized by the Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley with the Making a Difference for Women award in 2008, was honored as one of 40 under 40 Leaders by the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal, was recognized as a Non-Profit Leader in 2014 and one of the 50 Most Influential People in 2015.
But my most important job is being a kick ass mom to a really cool kid!
I hope you come back again, because I am really going to try and keep this site updated! But if I am not here, you can find me on the “social stuff”!