Greg Holtmeyer, Executive Director of The Phoenix Project, is an educator, advocate, and survivor. His passion is to create awareness concerning the devastating effects of childhood sexual abuse of males. Greg created The Phoenix Project to offer hope, education, support, and inspiration for those who are on their healing journey from sexual and physical abuse. He has done training's and keynote presentations for small community based organizations, large state wide organizations, national organizations, and he has even spoken internationally. Greg is currently a member of two state level tasks forces, appointed by the governor. He gives voice and attention to the many male victims of sexual crimes who are waiting for support and understanding. People that have attended one of his presentations have used the words "powerful speaker", "makes this difficult topic approachable", "provides hope for recovery to those who have suffered", "very privileged to have the opportunity to hear your story", and "very mature and articulate in his message."
In "Hiding in Plain Sight" Greg will share his personal story of childhood sexual abuse, discuss the short term and long term effects of the sexual abuse of males including physical, emotional, and provide some brain research, provide resources for heath care providers, survivors, and friends/family members. A question/answer session will conclude the presentation.
Patty Duncan is the Executive Director for the Family Violence Prevention organization in Batesville, Arkansas. Mrs. Duncan and her team are able to provide the small town of Batesville with a population of 11,000 with essential crisis services such as; outreach services, shelter, and support groups.
Patty Duncan’s passion to help those in need came from an early childhood experience where she was a survivor of sexual and later a survivor of domestic abuse. Mrs. Duncan began her career as the Sexual Assault Victims Services Coordinator at the Family Violence Prevention organization in 2009; however, her passion to assist survivors of sexual assault quickly helped her settle into a position of Assistant Director/Court Advocate before accepting her current position.
Among Mrs. Duncan’s career successes, her work opening the Taylor House makes her a pioneer in the community of professionals advocating and providing awareness and services for male survivors of domestic violence. On October 2015, the very first men’s domestic violence shelter in the country was opened, providing resources and a safe place for male survivors. To date the Taylor House has provided shelter for over 60 men, and continues to provide the much needed support for this underserved population. Her innovation has brought awareness causing other organizations and states to take notice; allowing her to use her experience and knowledge to consult with other organization in order to develop similar shelters for men in other parts of the nation.
Patty Duncan has had over 350 hours of domestic violence and sexual assault continuing education training units, and is a 2010 graduate of Arkansas Victims Assistance Academy. Mrs. Duncan actively uses her education and trainings to sit on Board of the Arkansas Coalition against Domestic Violence and is an Advisory Committee Member of Arkansas Coalition against Sexual Assault.
On her free time Mrs. Duncan enjoys spending time with her husband of 19 years Keith, their 3 children, and 7 grandchildren.
“When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Unknown Author