Please allow us to introduce ourselves, we are the board of directors for Let Go, Let Peace Come In. We are a diverse group. We all come from different places and different backgrounds, but we have a common bond. Each and every one of us was touched by the affects of childhood sexual abuse. Together we believe that we can effect change and break the silence about childhood sexual abuse. We are dedicated to supporting, bringing awareness, and recovery to the millions of childhood sexual abuse survivors throughout the world.
And these are our stories...............
Peter S. Pelullo - Chairman & Founder
Peter is the current Founder, President, and CEO of International Corporate Management, Inc., an international investor relations and strategic planning firm. With more than 35 years of international business experience, Peter has raised over $200 million in equity capital for ICM’s clients. In addition to his expertise in the international business arena, Peter has also achieved success in the music industry. Peter was the founder and owner of Alpha International Recording Studios, a premier recording operation in the 70s and 80s where he worked with artists and groups that included the Rolling Stones, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Grover Washington Jr., and Patti Labelle. He also went on to found Philly World Records, where he signed chart topper Eugene Wilde.
As a philanthropist, Peter is focused on helping adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through the 501(c)(3) nonprofit he founded called the Let Go… Let Peace Come In Foundation (LGLPCI – www.letgoletpeacecomein.org). Early in his own recovery process Peter realized that there was a lack of support and resources for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and his solution to this need was to establish an organization that could provide them with the same healing opportunities that he experienced. The LGLPCI Foundation focuses on advocacy, awareness, and subsidizing treatment sessions for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and facilitates such in collaboration with an established relationship with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Peter’s self-published memoir, Betrayal and the Beast: A True Story of One Man’s Journey Through Childhood Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, and Recovery, has been critically acclaimed as both impressive and candid. Published under the Only Serenity, LLC label that Peter founded, the book shares intimate details of Peter’s own journey of recovery in hopes that it will encourage men and women to begin their personal recovery process.
Peter and his wife reside in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The couple has two adult children.
Jeff DeHart - Secretary
Jeff DeHart, a licensed clinical pharmacist, graduate of Rutgers University, and a Cum Laude alumnus of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, has practiced as a pharmacist for 13 years and has been involved in clinical pharmaceutical research for more than 12 years. As the current Head of Global Clinical Outsourcing for Actelion Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Switzerland, Jeff is responsible for the development, and implementation of Actelion’s clinical outsourcing strategy and operations. Jeff has been a speaker at industry conferences and has been a radio talk show guest featured as an expert concerning Home Infusion Therapy.
Jeff has been a Board Director for the Let Go… Let Peace Come In Foundation since its inception in March, 2008. For Jeff, making a difference in the lives of millions of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse gives him a reason to hope that they will be able to find a way through the pain, chaos, uncertainty, and at times utter despair that threatens to haunt their lives forever. Jeff believes that attaining a meaningful and happy life is something that all survivors deserve.
Larry Miller is the President at Edutainment Systems, LLC, a cutting edge software development located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Edutainment Systems focuses on designing interactive and generative educational game experiences and applications for writing education geared toward kids aged 5-12. Larry received his BS in Marketing from Chestnut Hill College. He currently is a coordinator for the Our Mother of Consolation Forum on Sexual Abuse in Chestnut Hill.
Larry’s passions include: snow sports, fantasy and science fiction, history, the great outdoors, hiking, exploring, golf, fishing, computer games, and technology development. As a son whose mother is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Larry’s life experiences have encouraged him to advocate for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and to help them receive the help they need and deserve, so they can have a fulfilling life. Larry feels blessed to have met Peter, to be part of such an amazing group of people, and to have the opportunity to do this valuable work and make a difference in the life of survivors.
Martha McGeary Snider
Martha has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy, since 2001. She served as Board Chair between 2005 and 2010. During this time, support for the Archive flourished as she helped to launch initiatives to create a new web-site and digitization effort, create a first of its kind on-line Paleography program, support participation in several international conferences with the Renaissance Society of America and initiate a Women Artists in the Age of the Medici research program. She supported the publication of several scholarly books, including, L’Assassino del Duca: Esilio e morte de Lorenzino de’Medici, whichchanged the historical understanding of the true role of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V in the assassination of Lorenzino de’Medici.
Most notably, Martha conceived and coordinated two major museum exhibitions in collaboration with Italian institutions, both of which exceeded expectations, totaling over 250,000 visitors. In 2009, Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy opened to extolling reviews at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. This exhibition was recognized as the most important collaboration in the Franklin Institute’s history as they joined forces with the Istituto e Museo della Storia di Scienza in Florence, Italy to create the only major global exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope and marking the first time that it travelled outside of Florence in its 400 year history. Martha also initiated the collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fondazione Roberto Capucci to create the highly acclaimed and breathtaking exhibition, Robert Capucci: Art into Fashion.
In addition to her long term involvement with the Florence-based Medici Archive Project, Martha also employs her passion and knowledge of the arts through her commitment to many high-profile leadership and advisory roles in the U.S. For many years, Martha has served as a trustee or director on several boards, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Revolution Center, the Philadelphia’s Children First Fund and the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival, where she helped to secure a new state of the art performance space. She has also served on the Boards of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Moore College of Art, the Gettysburg Festival, the International Visitors Council, the Please Touch Children’s Museum and Rosemont College, where she established the Martha Snider Scholarship for Italian Study Abroad. She worked closely with Dr. Bruce Cole, past Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring the Picturing America program to over 1,300 schools and libraries in Pennsylvania. She has worked with the Cardinale Federico Borromeo Fondazione in Milan, Italy, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to explore exhibition possibilities and artifact and document exchanges.
Currently, she is actively involved with new exhibition and scholarly initiatives between institutions in the United States and Italy. Among these efforts will be a symposium in celebration of and in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Risorgimento, scheduled for April 2012, and entitled Filangieri and Franklin: Ideas that Changed the World. This symposium will be followed by exhibitions in the coming year at major institutions in Philadelphia and Rome, with curation by Italian and American scholars and hosted by the American Revolution Center and the National Italian American Foundation. Additional initiatives for 2012 include the Dream of Rome sculptural exhibition project in collaboration with the Museo Capitolino, the Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martha has been named as the official representative for these efforts by the Italian Embassy, the American Revolution Center and the National Italian American Foundation.
Professionally, Martha is currently working with VoxPop Worldwide, Inc. as Chief Business Development Officer of Corporate and Cause Radio. This position involves serving as the senior leader in developing new business and strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, product and services development as well as corporate strategic planning and public affairs activity. In 2009-2010, Martha held the position of CEO of CeeLite Technologies, LLC, an innovative, energy efficient lighting technology company based outside of Philadelphia. Under her leadership, the company moved their manufacturing operations from Taiwan to Pennsylvania, secured a major manufacturing grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and developed a partnership with Wake Forest University to develop innovations in their nanotechnology manufacturing processes.
Previously, Martha was the principal of Martha Snider Design, LTD. The firm’s major projects included all aspects of construction and design coordination for the sports arena in Philadelphia, now called the Wells Fargo Center. Her firm also specialized in providing historical preservation consultation as well as commercial and residential design services. Martha was actively involved with the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Charity which raised millions of dollars to establish a bone marrow cancer treatment unit at Hahnemann University Hospital. Her early career years were spent as an Art Educator.
Martha holds a Fine Arts Degree and a Teaching Certification from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and later received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Temple University. Additionally, she studied Art History of the Italian Renaissance with Colin Eisler at the Art Institute at NYU in 1996, and studied Italian Language at Rosemont College from 1994 – 1996. She has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business, Villanova University, Rosemont College and Temple University on the subject of Arts and the Economy and Entrepreneurs as Economic Artists. She has also been a guest lecturer Rosemont College, Temple University and the Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts.
Martha is an artist, music lover, avid art collector, educator, and champion of the arts. She enjoys ocean kayaking, tennis, golf and travel. She is the mother of two adult children, Sarena and Samuel, and resides in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jo Webber
Dr. Jo Webber, Ph.D., FRSC, CCHEM founded Virtual Piggy, Inc and has been its Chairman since 2008. Dr. Webber has been Chief Executive Officer of Virtual Piggy, Inc since March 1, 2012. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Solutions International from September 19, 2006 until January 4, 2012. She was President and Chief Executive Officer of InnaPhase Corporation from 2001 to 2004. She also served as Vice President of GM Thermo Informatics from September 2004 to 2005.
Dr. Webber has over 15 years of experience with the development, implementation and marketing of enterprise software solutions to companies operating in FDA regulated environments and has worked with most of the world leading pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Webber is also at Octagon Research Solutions Inc. and Maxwell Systems. She is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has a Ph.D. in Quantum Mechanics from Nottingham Trent University and Manchester University. Dr. Webber has a Doctorate in Quantum Physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Nottingham Trent in the United Kingdom.
Michael Gillum is a licensed psychologist who has established an excellent reputation providing a variety of services in Central Pennsylvania. Services include psychological evaluations, psychotherapy, and various types of consultation to both the public and private sector. Michael has provided services to law enforcement agencies, Children and Youth Services agencies, school districts, Juvenile Probation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, private business organizations, and a variety of human services agencies.
Michael Gillum has had extensive experience in terms of working with the media contributing a great deal of psychological information to the public. These experiences have included interviews, articles, national and local televisions spots, as well as other media concerning child abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Critical Incident Debriefing, and many other mental health topics.
Michael Gillum has become very well known in the media per his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. He was instrumental in ensuring the case was prosecuted and provided psychotherapy services to victims in the case.
Michael Gillum was recognized by his colleagues at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association being the recipient of the 2012 Pennsylvania Psychological Associations Psychology in the Media Award. The association noted that Michael exemplified an excellent professional presence in the media and his essential and important role with victims and their families. The scandal that has garnered national media attention, Michael presented just how we want a psychologist to come across: Ethical, Intelligent, Articulate, and Compassionate. His efforts in the past year with the victims and the press have further educated the public about the insidious nature of child sexual abuse. Michael Gillum has truly helped to “make psychology a household word”.
Michael Gillum’s private practice is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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