Our Board Members bring their years of expertise in Business, Non Profit Administration, Self Defense, Psychology, Law Enforcement, and Education Administration to expand the awareness of and need to safeguard our children from sexual abuse through early skills education.
Charlee has 37 years of experience in the Accounting Field as a Financial Controller for corporations in the Aerospace, Motion Picture and Transportation Industries. Charlee is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. She was ordained as a minister in 1980 and began her work during this time with women who were sexually abused as children. She has worked with the American Association of University Women in Scottsdale, Az. She was a board member who set up in 1985 the Los Angeles World Headquarter for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) where over 3,000 monthly inquiries were dealt with. She was a workshop lecturer in the Western United States, Alaska and Hawaii where positive mental attitude concepts were taught. She was a frequent guest on Los Angeles talk format radio programs and PBS stations, “Quest Four and There Is A Way,” during the 1980,s. In 2004 Charlee retired from the accounting field obtained a certificate to teach English as a second language and moved to Verona, Italy where she taught Attorneys, Medical Doctors and Bankers Business English through the Windsor School of English part time while she enjoyed the joy of Europe and its beauty and history. After returning to the United States in 2009 she realized when she saw Tracie Arlington on the Dr. Phil T.V. program in 2013 teaching self-protection defense against sexual abuse and abduction that this was the new direction of her life and she contacted Tracie Arlington and Laurie Latham….and we began.
Tracie the Play It Safe Defense founder, owner and lead instructor, earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2001. She has been a student of the martial arts and self-defense training since 1994. Tracie has been teaching self-defense classes since 1998 to women, teens and children. Her children’s class has been taught to over 55,000 children, teens and women since 2003. Tracie is also a nationally certified senior instructor for the Women’s Self-Defense Institute. She has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors TV as an expert in children’s self defense. In 2010 after the tragic abduction and murder of Chelsea King, Tracie assisted Senator Christine Kehoe with SB1290. This law now allows self-defense training to be taught in Middle schools as well as High Schools. Since then she has been certifying physical education teachers in San Diego County so that they can teach their students. Tracie also teaches her self-defense and sexual assault prevention curriculum in P.E. classes as well as in after-school programs. Play It Safe Defense is also a Community Partner with The Girl Scouts USA, training over 35,000 Girl Scouts from ages 5 to 18 years of age since 2003. Play It Safe is also taught at local YMCA’s. Tracie has her B.A Degree in Communication with an emphasis in public speaking/ training and development from San Diego State University.
Travis received his graduate degree in Direct Practice Social Work from Arizona State University with an emphasis on children and families. He completed internships with Hamilton High School in Chandler, Az in 2008 and LDS Family Services in 2009. Since graduation he has worked as a private practicing psychotherapist and trauma therapist. His scope of professional services includes helping children, adolescents and adults find healing through the effects of physical and sexual trauma. He is also trained in Addiction/Compulsive Behavior treatment modalities. He is a Level II Certified Facilitator in Trauma Release Exercises (TRE). In addition to trauma therapist, he is the creator and sole facilitator of S.T.A.R.T. (Stress, Tension & Anxiety Reduction Therapy), a modality that addresses healthy coping mechanisms for children and adolescents. In September 2011, Travis was hired as the Behavior Specialist at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School in Chandler, AZ. There he provided services for troubled/underprivileged youth, wrote treatment plans for students in and out of the classroom, collaborated services with CPS, and provided education to the school personnel regarding healthy/safe behavior practices. He created curriculum for, and facilitated the group ‘Healthy Strategies’ for students with special emotional needs. Travis also ran the 21st Century afterschool program at HSE. Travis is a board member of ‘Be the One’ LLC, which is a collaborative panel of experts from varying professional fields dedicated to empowering parents of teens through workshop presentations, publications, and counseling. As a member of ‘Be the One’ he coauthored the book ‘Why Teens Fail and What to Fix.’ His contribution in this publication specifically addresses victims of trauma, and parents of victims.