Restoring Families Through Grace and Understanding
Our organization believes in the power of education, grace, and restoration. We understand that parent’s lives’ don’t revolve around social media and the internet, as their children’s do. It is our goal to be proactive in teaching youth about the reality of predators while giving them tools to protect themselves. We are creating educational opportunities on internet safety for all ages. These include programs for schools, churches, and other organizations.
Our family programs bring parents/guardians along side their children to bridge the gap in societal norms caused by technology. We know this is a dark subject, so we work hard to approach this heavy topic with comedic relief in order to keep it safe for youth as young as 4th grade.
Our school programs tackle the reality in which Middle and High Schoolers live. We speak to them in their language and provide real life examples of dangers that they can relate to in a way that is eye-opening and mind-changing. These programs have been successful in helping teachers and administrators have tough conversations that opened doors for further discussion to help students deal with serious issues.
Our Board Members
Kathleen Alter has extensive executive management experience. Her business expertise includes a focus on policy creation and implementation; fiscal management; accreditation compliance; fundraising and grant writing; event planning, and public relations. Kathleen is the former Executive Director of Three Rivers Festival, French Quarter Festivals in New Orleans, Cityfolk in Dayton and the Women’s Bureau. She has also worked for the American Medical Holistic Association in Cleveland where she planned their bi-annual medical conference. Kathleen is passionate about working with organizations that improve the quality of life for children and families in the community. She currently serves on the boards of Giving Teens Grace, Allen County Christmas Bureau, and the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. In her spare time she loves to read, cook and drink good wine with friends and family.
Dave Hall is a Senior Information Technology professional who brings 20+ years of experience to GTG having worked in many different industries and as a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His love for his family and adventures of life with a medically fragile son allows him to look at life from many levels of the roller coaster of life. Dave is dedicated to finding ways to improve his small corner of the world.
Stacey Clark has been a resident of Fort Wayne since 2004. A graduate of Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY with a BS in Business Finance. Currently working with FWCS as a School Improvement Liaison at Levan Scott Academy. She is passionate about getting our youth moving in the right direction to be future leaders. A wife and mother of three daughters, with her youngest being a senior in high school living her life in the midst of on line social media. While she has been able to navigate successfully through her teen years, Stacey says she is blessed to know that Giving Teens Grace is available to educate both parents and youth about the dangerous side of technology.
Richard A Franco
Richard is a business professional with over 27 years of broad-based experience in financial and operational management. Richard has worked in a variety of industries including heavy/highway, financial advisory, orthopedics, medical device job shop manufacturing, and agriculture/automotive job shop manufacturing. Richard has served on various Boards including the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana. Richard holds a BS in Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. In addition, Richard earned his CPA certificate from the State of Indiana in 1988. A resident of Northern Indiana for over 34 years, Rich and his wife, Jo, have been married 34 years and have three children.
Giving Teens Grace Founder and Director, Crista Miller, is a parent advocate and educator who has made it her mission to educate communities about the dangerous side of technology. In 2016 she and her family where faced with the unthinkable when her daughter, through a conversation on snap chat, was picked up at a McDonald's and taken into a human trafficking situation. Since that time Crista has been working diligently and traveling extensively to connect with counselors, agencies and law enforcement who can help families in need of services when faced with online issues. She is passionate about protecting children and being a support to families. Her mission is to help restore families through Grace and Understanding. Crista has a BS in Education, spending the last ten years in higher education where she was in admissions with Indiana Wesleyan University's Adult Business Program, then the Director of Career Services at Harrison College, Fort Wayne. She has served in many capacities within the Fort Wayne community as a member of the Downtown Rotary, Greater Fort Wayne, President of the Advisory Board for Dress for Success, VP of Membership for American Business Women's Association, Member of NIHRA, and a volunteer for Junior Achievement.