Who We Are

overview

In order to have an immediate impact, the HouseCheck Foundation will begin its work by providing grants and resources to existing organizations that support those affected by domestic abuse.  We’ll seek to partner with organizations specialized in providing effective counseling for these individuals and their family members. 

In addition, we’ll help provide legal aid, job training, and assistance with solidifying a whole host of necessary life skills. Overall, the HouseCheck Foundation is intent on connecting these victims to all the resources they need to overcome the difficulties they’ve faced, moving confidently into a more satisfying, productive lifestyle.

The HouseCheck Foundation is committed to providing help and hope to those whose safety is threatened due to all forms of abuse in the home.  The HouseCheck team is pleased to help light the way by contributing to such a worthwhile goal, and we’re eager to move forward and make a difference.

MIssion

We invest in sustainable, collaborative and robust integrated systems of protective and preventative services that assist all who suffer abuse within the household. 

 

Vision

To stop the cycle of domestic abuse

National Board

Dennis Conforto

Dennis Conforto

Chairman

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Dennis Conforto

Dennis Conforto’s accomplished professional background belies the fact that his early years were tumultuous. Dennis’ childhood experiences, while difficult, forged in him a lifelong desire to constantly improve himself and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Repeatedly over the years, Dennis has proactively stepped up to assist others. So with the advent of HouseCheck, Dennis immediately saw an opportunity for the company to give back to the community by supporting victims of domestic abuse. Today, the growing HouseCheck organization is enthusiastically behind the HouseCheck Foundation, as everyone involved in the company is desirous of helping others, particularly women and children who are trapped in a destructive cycle of abuse. Indeed, Dennis Conforto’s vision for HouseCheck making a difference for others is rapidly becoming a joyful reality.
Elizabeth Fried, PhD

Elizabeth Fried, PhD

Board Member

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Elizabeth Fried, PhD   

Dr. N. Elizabeth Fried, author, speaker, consultant, and executive coach has been president of N. E. Fried and Associates, Inc, dba The Learning Engine for 37 years, serving over 1500 clients. Her firm received the 2019 Global Business Insight Award for Best Business Executive Coaching Center and in 2018 was honored with the North American Business Award for Best Development & Training Services Provider in the Western USA.   In 2017, her firm received the California State Business Award for Best in Executive Coaching & Excellence Award for Leadership Training Programs. Additionally, the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 Book of Lists named her firm among the Top 15 Executive Development Companies. In 2012 she was ranked for the third consecutive year as among the world’s top 15 most influential executive coaches by coachinggurus.net, now: globalgurus.org. Personally, she was a finalist nominee in 2016 by The Connected Women of Influence for a lifetime legacy award and recognized by the California Senate and Legislature for this honor. Elizabeth served a two-year term as the president of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance and contributed in other board member roles for an additional four years. She volunteered as supervisor of graduate students from Alliant University and was named Supervisor of the Year. Additionally, she served on the Columbus, OH Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters as VP Public Relations and received The Richardson Award in her role as an outstanding big sister. She is committed to The Honor Foundation, which serves special operation forces, such as Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders, Delta Force, and Green Berets. There she provides pro bono coaching services to help these special operators transition to the civilian workforce. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Navy Paddle for her extensive donation of time, talent, and treasure. Elizabeth received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has been repeatedly invited to speak to national, regional, and local professional conferences and business groups.
Carole Johnson, Phd

Carole Johnson, Phd

Board Member

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Carole Johnson, PhD   

Carole Johnson has over forty years’ experience in the fields of technical education, workforce development and K-higher education. She has consistently applied her core talents for organizational development and leadership, building coalitions and collaboratives, encouraging innovation and creativity and strategic planning in both her career and community service. In her role as Director of Community Programs (retired 2013) for The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, she led initiatives for school readiness, reducing African American infant mortality, inter-governmental collaboration, and community development. She is highly regarded for her skill in energizing organizations and capacity building. In prior positions, Carole served as President and CEO of Gateway Technical College, the Chancellor of the Minnesota Technical College System and the Associate Vice President for Planning, Research and Evaluation for the Colorado Community College System. Additionally, in Washington, D.C. she served as the Executive Assistant to an Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, Project Director for the Council for Exceptional Children and a Program Development Specialist for 7001 Ltd., Youth Employment Company. She also served on numerous national boards and commissions. She earned her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University through an EPDA fellowship in Vocational-Technical Education with emphasis on Special Education and Research. Carole also taught at the elementary, high school and university levels. In addition to her work life, Carole’s deep involvement in her community included being a Founder and long-term board member of 21st Century Preparatory School (a K-8 independent Charter School). In addition, she was a board member for Sustainable Racine, the YWCA, Wheaton- Franciscan Healthcare, the Private Industry Council, Racine Public Library and TEMPO of Racine among others. Carole is an energetic, trusted, detail-oriented strategic solutions provider with outstanding project and conflict management skills. She is an accomplished leader known and respected for leading successful change in projects and organizations while building credibility with those with whom she engages.
Sharon O'Leary, JD

Sharon O'Leary, JD

Board Member

Sharon O’Leary is a seasoned C-level executive with strong operational management experience and a deep legal background. She has a demonstrated history of working for geographically diverse public and private companies in multiple industries.
Her areas of expertise include corporate governance, structuring and negotiating complex cross-cultural corporate transactions, launching and financing start-up organizations and developing and managing high-performance cross-functional teams.

Sharon has served in multiple capacities including chief legal officer, president and chief operating officer. Currently she serves as a board member for several companies and organizations.

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Shanon O'Leary, JD

Sharon O’Leary is a seasoned C-level executive with strong operational management experience and a deep legal background. She has a demonstrated history of working for geographically diverse public and private companies in multiple industries. Her areas of expertise include corporate governance, structuring and negotiating complex cross-cultural corporate transactions, launching and financing start-up organizations and developing and managing high-performance cross-functional teams. Sharon has served in multiple capacities including chief legal officer, president and chief operating officer. Currently she serves as a board member for several companies and organizations.
Kayla-Leah Rich

Kayla-Leah Rich

Board Member

Kayla-Leah Rich is a speaker, author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Kayla-Leah was selected as a Boise TEDx speaker in 2017. Her book, Purple Crayon Confidence, has influenced others worldwide.

Kayla is a regional director for the global organization Days for Girls, whose aim is to ensure every girl and woman has appropriate feminine hygiene supplies. Her work with Days for Girls has taken her to Haiti, Guatemala, and Peru. She was selected for Idaho Business Review’s 2018 Women of the Year award. Kayla is a proficient Googler, vlogger and lover of potatoes!

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Kayla-Leah Rich

Kayla-Leah Rich is a speaker, author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Kayla-Leah was selected as a Boise TEDx speaker in 2017. Her book, Purple Crayon Confidence, has influenced others worldwide. Kayla is a regional director for the global organization Days for Girls, whose aim is to ensure every girl and woman has appropriate feminine hygiene supplies. Her work with Days for Girls has taken her to Haiti, Guatemala, and Peru. She was selected for Idaho Business Review’s 2018 Women of the Year award. Kayla is a proficient Googler, vlogger and lover of potatoes!
Dana Templeman, LCSW

Dana Templeman, LCSW

Board Member

As Deputy Director of Title IX for a private university, Dana Templeman, LCSW, conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, stalking, bullying, and abuse. She also managed the university’s standards office.

Previously, Ms. Templeman provided counseling services to individuals and families, and consulted with foreign governments regarding the establishment of social policies, procedures, and the implementation of family and child services. She also offered training to international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the areas of assessment, casework management, and placement of children who were without parental care. Her other responsibilities included product management, public affairs, media, policy development, and strategic planning.

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Dana Templeman

As Deputy Director of Title IX for a private university, Dana Templeman, LCSW, conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, stalking, bullying, and abuse. She also managed the university’s standards office. Previously, Ms. Templeman provided counseling services to individuals and families, and consulted with foreign governments regarding the establishment of social policies, procedures, and the implementation of family and child services. She also offered training to international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the areas of assessment, casework management, and placement of children who were without parental care. Her other responsibilities included product management, public affairs, media, policy development, and strategic planning.
Lori Strumpf, MEd

Lori Strumpf, MEd

Board Member

Carole Johnson has over forty years’ experience in the fields of technical education, workforce development and K-higher education. She has consistently applied her core talents for organizational development and leadership, building coalitions and collaboratives, encouraging innovation and creativity and strategic planning in both her career and community service. In her role as Director of Community Programs (retired 2013) for The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, she led initiatives for school readiness, reducing African American infant mortality, inter-governmental collaboration, and community development. She is highly regarded for her skill in energizing organizations and capacity building.

 

In prior positions, Carole served as President and CEO of Gateway Technical College, the Chancellor of the Minnesota Technical College System and the Associate Vice President for Planning, Research and Evaluation for the Colorado Community College System. Additionally, in Washington, D.C. she served as the Executive Assistant to an Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, Project Director for the Council for Exceptional Children and a Program Development Specialist for 7001 Ltd., Youth Employment Company. She also served on numerous national boards and commissions. She earned her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University through an EPDA fellowship in Vocational-Technical Education with emphasis on Special Education and Research. Carole also taught at the elementary, high school and university levels.

In addition to her work life, Carole’s deep involvement in her community included being a Founder and long-term board member of 21st Century Preparatory School (a K-8 independent Charter School). In addition, she was a board member for Sustainable Racine, the YWCA, Wheaton- Franciscan Healthcare, the Private Industry Council, Racine Public Library and TEMPO of Racine among others. Carole is an energetic, trusted, detail-oriented strategic solutions provider with outstanding project and conflict management skills. She is an accomplished leader known and respected for leading successful change in projects and organizations while building credibility with those with whom she engages.

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Lori Strumpf, MeD

Lori Strumpf has over thirty years in the field of organizational development and change management in human services and workforce development organizations. Lori has been in business as Strumpf Associates: Center for Strategic Change for the last 30 years. She is a nationally known expert in organizational management, training and design for education, training, and human resource development systems. Prior to starting her business, Lori was the Assistant Director for the National Association of Private Industry Councils. She is a founding member of the National Youth Employment Coalition. She has been a Senior Associate at Brandeis University, Center for Human Resources, Heller School for Public Policy. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. to work on the Vice President’s Task Force for Youth Employment, Lori was the Assistant Director to a project for court diverted delinquent youth. She also worked at Florida State Prison, counseling prisoners. Strumpf Associates is a small cadre of training and consulting experts, headquartered in Washington, DC. The Principals in Strumpf Associates have decades of experience helping public and not for profit organizations manage change, build systems, build leadership teams, build boards, and improve program quality and customer satisfaction. SA provides organizational change management consulting and executive coaching to schools, workforce organizations, and welfare organizations. Strumpf Associates assists public organizations to continuously improve their organizational effectiveness and performance through a variety of organizational development activities. Strumpf Associates approach to organizational development is to target the organization’s culture including the systems, processes, and rewards, to produce lasting change which results in better organizational performance. Lori Strumpf has a Masters and Specialist Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Florida.

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