THANK YOU for making RESPOND’s
first-ever virtual event a success!
Welcome Remarks from Janeen Blake,
President of RESPOND’s Board of Directors
Rita Bourgeois Introduces Carina Veliz
RESPOND’s 2020 Rita Bourgeois
Leadership Award Honoree, Carina Veliz
THANK YOU from our CEO, Jessica Brayden
RESPOND is proud to recognize Carina, a survivor whose passion to end domestic violence
is both palpable and inspiring.
Carina Veliz is an entrepreneur, mother, and survivor of domestic violence.
Carina owns a personal training business called CarinaxSwole LLC and uses her platform to inspire other women. Having fled her abuser and found safety for her and her son, Carina was still feeling lost and unhappy. Then, she realized her passion for fitness. Carina has turned her pain into purpose, becoming a certified personal trainer and helping to empower men and women from all walks of life through health and fitness. She inspires those around her with her uplifting work, preaching that you can defy all odds and become stronger, both mentally and physically.
This past fall, Carina organized a fundraiser in support of RESPOND during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Her event, Abuse is Abuse, Let’s Talk About It, included a circuit workout and raffles. She also brought other survivors together to share their personal stories. Carina far surpassed her goal by galvanizing support and sponsors within her personal and social media network. You can see a photo of the attendees above!