Speakers


Ashley Allen, MSW, LMSW, completed her Master’s in Social Work at Monmouth University where she was also selected to coordinate and present the School of Social Work’s Annual Clinical Lecture Series. Her lecture series focused on children born and/or raised in cultic groups with a special focus on issues of human rights. She has presented on cults, with a particular focus on second-generation adults (SGAs) at various mental-health agencies, universities, and at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) annual conference in New Jersey. Ms. Allen gained a breadth of experience volunteering at the Cult Clinic of JBFCS in NYC for three years and has gone on to work as a therapist with former cult members in community mental health. Ashley is currently serving on ICSA’s NY Educational Outreach Committee, on the Board of Directors for reFOCUS, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University. 
Email: AshleyAllenICSA@protonmail.com | Phone: 941-465-8696

Barbara Anderson was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses from 1954 to 1997. She worked at their headquarters in Brooklyn, NY from 1982 to 1992, where during her last three years there she researched the movement's official history (published in 1993) and did research as well as wrote a number of articles for their Awake! magazine. She has done extensive research on issues related to child sexual abuse in the religion leading to interviews on major TV and radio programs as an outspoken critic of Jehovah's Witnesses sexual abuse policies.
Website: http://watchtowerdocuments.org/

Lona Bailey, MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, is working toward an LPC-MHSP licensure in the state of Tennessee. She is also currently in the doctorate program at Capella University working toward a PhD in General Psychology with a specialization in Social Psychology. She has her own private counseling practice in Brentwood, TN: Lona Bailey Counseling, and works as a contract therapist at a non-profit agency in Franklin, TN as well. Lona specializes in trauma and grief work with a special interest in cultic studies and spiritual abuse. She has completed her training in EMDR levels 1 and 2 and integrates the EMDR modality into her work counseling individual adults and teens. In 2015, she received her diploma in Crisis Response & Trauma Care through the AACC’s Light University. She also has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has been trained as a Restore Ministries Group Facilitator. She is an active member of American Association of Christian Counseling, Nashville Psychotherapy Institute, International Cultic Studies Association, National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Lona is a Tennessee native and a published author who is passionate about walking alongside those who are struggling with a variety of concerns, from day-to-day stressors, to crisis, trauma, abuse, and loss. She uses an integrative empowerment approach to create a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment in which individuals can explore and heal. In her spare time, Lona enjoys music, theatre, her dogs, spending time with family and friends, and strong coffee. 
Website: http://www.lonabailey.com/ | Email: lona@lonabailey.com.

Dylesia Barner, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and a second-generation adult survivor. She received a Master of Social Work from Norfolk State University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Old Dominion University in 2011. From ages 15-18, Dylesia was a member of a cult of Christianity in Virginia. Having the perspectives of a survivor and a mental health provider, she is passionate about raising awareness about spiritual abuse and how to counsel those who are experiencing or have experienced it. Email: dylesia@dylesiabarner.com




Maureen Griffo, MA, MEd, an ex-member of The Church of Bible Understanding as well as several fringe churches, is a board member of reFOCUS and also was one of four collaborators who established the Leo J. Ryan Education Foundation. Ms. Griffo had moderated an online chat/support group for former members for many years. Currently she is spearheading the ICSA New York City Educational Initiative. She has a Master's in Sociology with a focus on cultic practices as well as a Master's in Education with a focus on special education. She works with children with severe emotional and developmental disabilities in New York City. [NY Committee]


Abbie Michaels is a woman with a passion to help others. With first-hand experience in spiritual abuse, Abbie has a strong desire to help others find freedom, rather than oppression, in their faith. She helps lead her local chapter of MOPS International and is involved in ministry and support for other women, especially young moms.





Matthew Quinn
is a former violent extremist leader who demonstrates through his own life that it is possible to start a new life free of hatred, violence and coercive control. He currently works with government, law enforcement, education and community groups in prevention methodologies while continuing crisis intervention with individuals and family units. Matthew is currently finalizing an app funded by the United States and Australian governments, Facebook and Google to help children reach positive mentors. He assisted the Department of Immigration with support structures for Syrian refugees and works closely with the Australian Attorney General’s office, state governments and NGO’s with community resilience and social cohesion projects including training education staff and select community groups on the path to radicalization and effective intervention strategies.
He is the founder of Exit Australia, which helps those leaving violent ideologies. 
Email: info@exit.org.au | Website: www.exit.org.au

Debby Schriver, MS, A native of Chicago, Debby Schriver earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major studies were in educational counseling psychology and early American literature. Schriver’s curiosity in the psychological and sociological ways that people develop, particularly during the formative years, found a professional home in higher education. At the University of Tennessee she served as Associate Dean of Student Conduct and Orientation for 13 years and Manager of Employee Training and Organizational Development for 18 years. Her books include: To Read My Heart, the Journal of Rachel Van Dyke 1810-1811 (Co-edited with Lucia McMahon, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000); In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades (The University of Tennessee Press, 2008); Ice ‘n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life (Co-authored with Jenny Moshak, The University of Tennessee Press, 2013); Whispering in the Daylight, The Children of Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministry and Their Journey to Freedom (The University of Tennessee Press, 2018 release date). Schriver is actively involved in civic organizations, particularly those that direct their services to children. She is a Girl Scout volunteer, member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA (East Tennessee) and serves as a member of the Foster Care Review Board for the Knox County Juvenile Court. 

Pastor Rod Shrader
has 37 years of ministry experience serving as a lead pastor, student minister, and minister of music. An important emphasis of his ministry has been, “What is a healthy faith experience?” His passion is to lead people to a healthy view of God and to know and understand the benefits of a living and vital faith. He currently serves as the Pastor for Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Tullahoma, Tennessee. 
Email: brorod@lighttube.net | Phone: (931) 581-2268



Pike Williams, LMFT
 has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and his clinical passion is to work with couples and with men. He is certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy and is trained in EMDR, a proven approach for helping clients process unresolved trauma. Pike is certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich Assessment, a valuable tool for pre-marital work, and he is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Outside of his time at The Refuge Center, Pike is married with three grown children and is also chaplain for the Nashville Predators.