ABOUT VOICE TODAY
Our Mission at VOICE Today, is to minister to victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation through healing and recovery programs and services. We Offer healing and freedom to victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation by giving a VOICE to the voiceless. Our Goal is to facilitate programs and services that promote a sustainable healthy productive life transformation, from perpetual victim to overcomer.
Our Core Values
Founder & CEO
Angela Williams, MFP
Angela Williams was called to minister to the specific pain caused by CSA and is uniquely gifted through overcoming 14 years of child sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, and authoring her story, “From Sorrows To Sapphires.” On May 8, 2008, VOICE Today received its 501(c) Non-profit Status and has since connected with 50,635 people through interactive website, 3,300 in social media,10,000 member database, trained 1,842 in CSA prevention and ministered to 1,689 survivors. VOICE Today has produced 12 prevention and healing books and 4 ministry leader training programs since 2008.
In 2015 VOICE Today Championed the Hidden Predator Act, key victims rights’ legislation extending the civil CSA statute of limitations. VOICE Today has also partnered with UGA to start the first free legal clinic for victims of CSA – Wilbanks CEASE Clinic. Most notably, VOICE Today has sustained its mission for over 8 years through faithful donors, volunteers, annual grant funding, and personal board contributions and pledges.
Board of Directors
Marlan Wilbanks, Chairman
Marlan Wilbanks graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986. He is a founding partner of Wilbanks & Bridges, LLP. Marlan is actively involved in children’s causes such as Prevent Child Abuse and he was active in Big Brother Program for over 12 years in Atlanta. He is a member of Northside United Methodist Church, Waterfall Country Club, and various other community service organizations. He is also a Trustee for Young Harris College.
Eric Leister was raised in Florida and moved to Atlanta after Graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1999. He is married to Carie and they have 3 boys, Evan 10, Bennett 8, Collin 6. He has been blessed with a fruitful career at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Mangement. He is passionate about the being a positive influence for his boys and faithfully guiding our youth. He spends time coaching and teaching Sunday School at Northside Youth Organization (NYO) and Church of the Apostles respectively.
Jim Wade is President and CEO of Top Floor Insurance, the leading provider of apartment community insurance in the southeast. Jim has 25 years’ experience in the risk management field. Jim was partner of WS Pharr & co. which was sold to a private equity firm in 2007. Jim has served on the board of The Entrepreneurs Organization of Atlanta and presently serves on the board of Noappfee.com and is part of a CEO roundtable. He is a member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club and the Flat Rock fly fishing Club. Jim holds the series 6 designation and the CPCU. He has an MBA from GA State University.
Dr. Neil Nickelsen
Dr. Neil Nickelsen is a retired pediatrician and practiced in the Atlanta area since 1971. He is board certified in Pediatrics and was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1998 and also a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. He served on the active staff for the Department of Pediatrics of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and other Atlanta area hospitals. Dr. Nickelsen started the practice of BiCounty Pediatrics later becoming BiCounty Gwinnett Pediatrics.
Helene Liotta holds a Bachelor of Science from Mercer University. She has devoted her career to the care and education of children and is passionate about protecting their safety. She is a former Kindergarten and 3rd Grade teacher at St. Thomas More School in Decatur Georgia. She is married to Dennis Liotta and is the mother of two sons and grandmother of two.
Annis Lyles is a visionary Marketing Communications expert with over 34+ years’ experience, including 25+ years with Coca-Cola. She brings the boardroom her broad and deep media industry connections in addition to expert knowledge in digital and social media. With a keen ability to anticipate the rapidly shifting media landscape, she pioneered the first Social Marketing Model for Coca-Cola North America. She was recognized as the advertising industry’s national “Working Mother of the Year” recipient by Working Mother Magazine. Ms Lyles earned a BA degree from Wake Forest University. She has travelled extensively around the world and enjoys sailing and water skiing. She resides with her husband Greg and twins in Atlanta, Georgia.
Timothy Farrow is a former Army Infantry Officer, police officer, a field training officer for LEO and high profile executive protection specialist. He has provided protection services for International Heads-of-State and other nationally known persons. He is a Georgia State and National certified weapons and classroom instructor with over 25 years of training experience. He planned and Commanded high risk security convoys for Foreign National Treasures and provided personal protection and training in high threat areas overseas. Tim is also the National Director of Security for the "Freedom Congress".
Brad Snellings has a passion to make a difference in the area of Child Sexual Abuse and Prevention. After seeing the need in the faith-based and youth sports communities, Brad started a background check technology company in 2005. After conducting thousands of background investigations, Brad found that background checks alone were not enough and more could be done. Although these checks are helpful in identifying registered sexual offenders’, 9 out of 10 offenders don’t have criminal records. So with resolve Brad developed a web-based Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention training. In 2015 Brad sold the company to Ministry Brands which serves over 20,000 non-profit ministries and sports organizations. Brad has quickly developed a deep commitment for the mission of Voice Today.