Carol is the mother of a child who disappeared in March 2003. Her child was a 14-year old victim lured by a dangerous sexual predator. This perpetrator used church activities and hidden Internet contact to entice and threaten her child. On March 1st, her child left home. Within days, the child was taken 2,000 miles from home. Fortunately through the efforts of the Amber Alert, FBI, NCMEC, California Highway Patrol, and Michigan's law enforcement, the child was safely recovered near Reno, Nevada on March 23.
Since 2003, Carol speaks regularly on child exploitation and various child safety issues. In addition to being a board member of SPC, she currently is a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and is a Team HOPE Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Duane T. Bowers, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Reiki Master in private practice. His work includes working with individuals and groups. He teaches workshops, seminars, and courses nationally and internationally, and through a variety of media. He is author of “Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief” and “A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children” Duane Bowers ranks among the very few professionals globally who specialize in working with and providing support for families of missing children and missing adults.
How does one muster the courage to persevere in the face of sheer adversity? Do we all have the capacity to overcome tragedy? How does one keep going? You will be uplifted by the remarkable story of Beth Holloway. How does she stay strong? Imagine being able to apply her philosophies of courage, dedication, faith and strength to your own life.
By her own account Beth lived a quiet, somewhat uneventful life as a speech pathologist (B.S., M.S.P.) for children with special needs for 24 years. Her life changed quite dramatically in the summer of 2005 when her daughter Natalee disappeared on the last night of her senior high graduation trip to Aruba. This tragic story became the leading news mystery when it happened, and continues to make headlines today. Beth has appeared on every television network in the nation as well as on international TV and radio and in international newspapers, capturing the world’s attention as she searched for her daughter.
Barbara Walters selected Beth Holloway as one of the world’s most fascinating people for her perseverance in seeking answers to what happened to Natalee.
Beth has delivered her message of hope, faith and personal safety to young adults and people of all ages all across the United States. To date, she has presented her message to tens of thousands of students and parents alike in high schools, colleges, churches, local and national conventions and other venues, and to law enforcement officials, Attorney Generals, Mayors’ Conferences, professional associations, prayer breakfasts and many others.
As a New York Times Best Selling author ( "Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith" also a Lifetime Movie) and a veteran educator, Beth continues to work on educating the public on safer travel. To that end she offers her half-day Travel-Ed Workshop to all ages.