Domestic Violence Advocate, Social Activist, Consultant & Entertainment Producer

Courage Empowerment Forum

The Danger of Those with a History of Violence: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Executive Director of the National Domestic Violence Registry Myra Spearman


Myra Spearman was in her early 20’s when she first got married. Like countless women and men around the country, what began as a fairy tale marriage turned into years of a nightmare filled with real abuse, terror and victimization. The relief Myra felt after breaking free from a relationship of abuse was a turning point as she embarked on a mission to save the lives of domestic violence victims and offer them hope. Her activism eventually led to the launching of the first ever National Domestic Violence Registry (NDVR). Now, Myra and a team of people across the country have created a movement to comprehensively tackle the domestic violence epidemic around the United States and work with legislatures and activists to draw the connection to those with a history of violence in their past through the efforts of NDVR.

In 2009, Myra also won the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center’s Award from the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana for her creation of NDVR and holds a lifetime membership with the Society of Innovators.

Tune in Tuesday, July 12th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear domestic violence activist Myra Spearman and learn more about the need for the comprehensive approach of NDVR toward the issue of domestic violence. the music of ELIANE AMHERD, singer, guitarist and songwriter, from her album Now and From Now On

Eliane is one of the hottest forces of the New York City Jazz, Brazilian and Latin scene. The Swiss-born singer, guitarist and songwriter graduated from New York’s New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then her original music and lyrics, a groovy mix of all her influences, has been creating quite a buzz.

Besides her performances as a leader or a featured artist in New York’s most famous clubs, like the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Standard, Cornelia’s Street Cafe, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and major events like the Swiss Peak Festival, the reopening of the Silverstein Building at the World Trade Center (alongside Lou Reed, Susan Vega, and the Brazilian Girls), she also tours in North- and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where she performed at the Beijing Jazz Festival in China and the Giant Steppes of Jazz Festival in Mongolia.

Eliane worked with greats such as Randy Brecker, Marcus Strickland, Marc Ribot, Michael Carvin, Bill Ware, Jovino Santos Neto etc. She plays guitar in the Pacha Massive video “don’t let go” on MTV, her song “as If” can be heard in the award winning movie “Approaching Union Square” by filmmaker Marc Meyers and her voice is featured on Jeremy Mage’s song “Slippery Light” appearing on the NBC hit TV series “Lipstick Jungle”. Eliane also arranged and produced the Swiss Miss Sampler ÒheimwehÓ, featuring famous Swiss artists like Eliana Burki, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Mia Aegerter etc. This recording has earned her many great press reviews, several interviews on Swiss national radio stations and an appearance on the popular Swiss talk show “Aeschbacher”.

Her own band consists of the best musicians the city has to offer, like the two female bass players Jennifer Vincent and Hagar Ben Ari, bass player Gustavo Amarante and the drummers Willard Dyson and Abou Diarrassouba. Other accomplished musicians you can catch on stage with Eliane are: drummers or percussionists Ze Mauricio, Genji Siriasi, Sylvia Cuenca, bass players Ray Parker, Yoshi Waki, Itaiguara, pianists Rachel Z, Helen Sung, Chris Wiesendanger and many others.

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Protecting Our Children: Guest Susan Komisar Hausman, Featuring the Music of Mike Zogaria

On the March 1st broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, featured guest is Susan Komisar Hausman author of Kisses From Dolce: A Book for Children About Trusting & Telling. Susan is a child sexual abuse survivor and advocate. She has chosen to be a light on a dark issue and is a facilitator and instructor for a nationally recognized program called Darkness to Light whose mission is to end child sexual abuse. Susan has won several awards for her advocacy and continues her mission to help parents and care givers of children be proactive and implement safe practices to protect children in a world where approximately 90% of child victims know their abuser.

Tune in live at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on March 1st at, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY.

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About Susan Komisar Hausman

Susan Komisar Hausman is the author of the children’s book, Kisses From Dolce: A Book for Children About Trusting and Telling, and the founder of No Secrets No Shame, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse. She is also a facilitator and facilitator instructor for Darkness To Light’s award-winning CSA prevention workshop for adults, Stewards Of Children. Additionally, Susan is the author of several published essays and she’s currently at work on a novel for adults.



Featured Independent Artist

About Mike Zogaria

Mike Zogaria is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Buffalo, NY whose unique voice and relatable lyrics are quickly becoming fan favorites online. Mike plays acoustic shows with his producer Mike Vealey. Mike’s first E.P. “Come Home” is available now on all major digital distribution sites such as iTunes, Cdbaby, Amazon, etc., and he is currently in the process of recording his first full length Cd !
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D.A.S.H. on Courage Empowerment Forum, Featuring the Music from O.P. Music House Exposure Concerts

On the February 22nd broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, featured guests are Lynne Russell, executive director, and John Murray of D.A.S.H (Dating Abuse Stops Here). Lynne lost her daughter Siobhan Russell, who was just 19 1/2 years old, to teen dating violence.  Lynne and John, who is Siobhan’s cousin, along with family and volunteers are carrying on her memory and helping to save lives through their organization D.A.S.H.

Featured music will be brought to us by talented independent artists who collaborate with Suzanne Perry’s OP Music House non-profit and her Exposure Concert to reach young people and raise awareness to domestic violence. Featured artists are Sharen Wendy Robertson, Mike Zogaria and L.W. Perry.

This program will be a tribute to all families who have lost children to dating violence.  Tune in live at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on February 22nd, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY.

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About Lynne Russell

Lynne is a native of London, England. She relocated to the USA in 2000 with her  husband and three young children, Siobhan, Jordan and Francesca. It was the tragic murder of her eldest daughter, Siobhan, that led Lynne, along with family and friends to create Dating Abuse Stops Here “DASH”.  Lynne is a graphic designer with experience in print, web, corporate identity and video graphics. She brings her vision and creativity to DASH. Since the launch of DASH in October 2010, on what would have been Siobhan’s 21st birthday, Lynne has been proactive in her community. She has given numerous presentations to teens and parents, attended a White House roundtable meeting addressing teen dating and sexual violence, and has organized community events to raise awareness of the prevalence of teen dating abuse.


About John Murray

John, also a native of London, England, has just graduated high school. John is heading to Bristol University, England in September. He will major in Russian and Politics. John is a confident and passionate speaker. Siobhan is his first cousin, and he is compelled to speak of the dangers of teen dating abuse in her memory. John draws upon his leadership and communication skills gained from being a Sergeant in the Combined Cadet Force in England.

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O.P. Music House

About Suzanne Perry

Suzanne Perry was plucked from society at the tender age of 17 by a controlling partner who would control, confine and torture her over the next 22 years.  Repeatedly convinced the abuse would leave, she left and returned 3 times to the relationship and then married. When given an ultimatum of “it’s him or me,” by their 16-year old daughter, Perry made up her mind.  The next beating session she had her husband arrested, and she and their daughter obtained permanent orders of protection.

Today, she is a public speaker, writer, hosts several radio and live music shows and a public access program targeted at promoting peace through music. She supports hundreds of men and women across the country through their experiences of abusive relationships.

Based on her belief that if abusers were exposed, they wouldn’t abuse, she created the ‘EXPOSURE Concert; because love shouldn’t hurt,’ a 3 day music fest which nearly 50 bands played, and streamed live around the world. It was viewed from 8 countries and 34 states, and has become annual.

In 2012, she will be touring the US with musicians, some of which are survivors, for the EXPOSURE tour, presenting her story during the day and hosting the musical events at night.


Featured Independent Artists are:

Sharen Wendy Robertson

Mike Zogaria

L.W. Perry

Shalanda Moten on Courage Empowerment Forum, Featuring the Music of Natalie Brown


February is National Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month.  Is your teenager safe with their dating partner?  How well do you know who they are dating?  Do you know even know that they are dating?  According to a study from 2006, about one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating abuse each year.  What happens in the relationships of teens can be fun and exciting but what happens can also be dangerous.

In this week’s broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum on, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY, Lyn’s special guest is Shalanda Moten, founder and executive director of the Dating Violence Prevention Center.  We’ll discuss with Shalanda what inspired her to create her organization and the programs they offer to help young women and the community prevent dating violence.  We’ll also learn more about the “My Boyfriend Rocks Campaign”.  This program is a must hear for all parents of young people who are dating or on the cusp of dating.

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About Shalanda Moten:

Shalanda Moten currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Dating Violence Prevention Center. As such, she has extensive experience working with non-profits in all aspects of management, programming, and community development. Her specialty areas include (a) clinical research, (b) crisis intervention, (c) prevention services, and (d)psychoeducational groups. Moreover, her appointments include service to Liz Claiborne’s Love is Not Abuse (LINA) Coalition, Start Strong Atlanta at the Jane Fonda Center, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project, Communities in Schools Atlanta, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Grady Rape Crisis Center, and Hands on Atlanta Americorps.

Furthermore, Ms. Moten is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional School Psychology, and previously earned a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Spelman College, and a Masters of Art in Community Counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She has received formal academic training in the areas of Brief Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral, Behavioral, Existential, Interpersonal, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and Constructivist Therapy. Finally, her research interests are as follows: (a) dating violence, (b) date and acquaintance rape, (c) eating disorders, (d) self-mutilation, and (e) female genital mutilation.

Featured Independent Music Artist and Song

Natalie Brown
Pop/Blue-eyed Soul/R&B – Vocalist & Songwriter


Born in Canada, Natalie Brown’s passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in theater, gospel music, creative writing and local session work as a vocalist and writer. Upon deciding to pursue a professional music career, she moved to California and was selected to sing with internationally acclaimed Gospel recording artist Ron Kenoly during his “Welcome Home” tour in 1996. She toured around the USA and upon returning to California, Natalie studied with world-renowned vocal instructors Seth Riggs (Stevie Wonder, Tevin Campbell, Deborah Cox) and Dave Stroud (Terry Ellis of En Vogue, Rosie Gaines).

Natalie’s debut album was released in late 2000 and contained thirteen original songs. Created with a thoughtful range of subject matter, tempo and mood throughout the album, “Let The Candle Burn” was enthusiastically welcomed by fans and industry personnel alike. She painted an interesting tapestry of sound on an album that included carefree, upbeat tracks, mid-tempo chillout songs and sweet soulful ballads.

Natalie returned to the studio to record the 2003 Holiday album entitled “A Cool Christmas”, a 10 song Cool R&B/Pop influenced collection of Holiday favorites. The album included the beloved “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, the soaring chime of “Silver Bells” and the quietly understated “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. Natalie pulled Ray Charles’ “Christmas Time” out of the archives and gave it a light, airy spin that served the tune well. Up-tempo numbers included a Swing infused “Let It Snow” and a contemporary pairing of “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride”. A mellow-groove rendition of “Give Love on Christmas Day” rounded out the sure-to-please Holiday offering.

In the Spring of 2004 the digital singles ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Queen of Me’ were made available on Natalie’s official site. The songs garnered tremendous attention and In July 2004, ‘Queen of Me’ was released by Avex, Inc. Japan on the “Soul Essentials 7″ series with songs by Rahsaan Patterson, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Much to the delight of fans eagerly awaiting new material, January 30th, 2009 saw the release of the long awaited sophomore album “Random Thoughts”. The album features a selection of songs with varying themes (Natalie’s Random Thoughts) that range from the inspiring “Hold Your Head Up High”, the girl power anthem “Queen of Me” and the uplifting “It’s A Beautiful Day”, to the thought provoking “What’s Going on Next Door?”, the unity rallying call of “Come Closer”, the sultry “How I Love 2 Love U”, the soulful “You’re Mysterious” and signature love ballad “I Knew You Were The One”, and more.
Natalie has actively been licensing her music for Film/TV and Commercial placements for the past 7 years. She’s had music placed on every major North American cable network and premium television programs across the globe. A partial listing of domestic placements can be found on her website.
Natalie currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Other than music, she enjoys reading, creating custom jewelry, mentoring other artists, watching movies, hanging out on Twitter and shopping.

Official Web Site: www.natalie-brown (natalie DASH brown DOT com)
Twitter: (Natalie UNDERSCORE Brown)

Elin Stebbins Waldal on Courage Empowerment Forum, Featuring the Music of Girls Against Abuse

A secret so painful forced one woman to write a book and reveal a secret to her children that she had kept from them for so long.  Elin was just 17 when she fell in love with an abusive man, a man who  ”whittled her down –with words, hands, and weapons –from a confident teen to the shadow of a woman.”

In this week’s broadcast of Lyn Twyman’s Courage Empowerment Forum, first time author Elin Stebbins Waldal will share with us the inspiration behind her newly released work Tornado Warning.  Tornado Warning is Elin’s memoir of teen dating violence and the effects it had on her life.  We’ll look at what made Elin reveal this secret and why she continues to spread the message of confidence to other young girls through her organization Girls kNOw More.

We’ll also be featuring the music of The Girls Against Abuse, the vision of Music Producer Jason Brawner who spent several years working with artists from the hit show, American Idol.

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About broadcast guest Elin Stebbins Waldal

Elin Stebbins Waldal is a writer, a speaker, and the founder of Girls kNOw More, an organization whose mission is to help build confidence in middle-school-age girls.

Elin is the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition State Action Leader for California, which advocates for legislation that will require teen dating abuse curriculum in all middle schools, high schools and colleges.  She is also a regular presenter for Laura’s House, an Orange County resource for victims of domestic violence. She was recognized with an Honorable Mention Award in the World of Difference Category by The San Diego County Office of Education for speaking and educating high school students. Additionally, she is a California state certified domestic violence advocate.

She has contributed to The Courage Network, Safe World for Women, and She Writes on-line periodicals and also serves as a San Diego Examiner reporter on the subject of teen dating violence.

Elin lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, and their family dog.


Featured Independent Music Artist

The Girls Against Abuse

The “Girls Against Abuse” project is the vision of Music Producer Jason Brawner who spent several years working with artists from the hit show, American Idol. Through his many years of teaching the craft of songwriting and producing music, Jason discovered a disturbing trend of abuse and mistreatment in the lives of young women. Jason says,“Writing albums with singer/songwriters on a daily basis, I get to know them quite quickly. Far too often, I’m horrified encountering reoccurring themes of mistreatment and abuse in the lives of young women. Whether it comes from someone in their home or family, school, work, or a boyfriend, emotional and physical violence have critical effects on the victims.” What Jason has discovered working with the 70 percent of his artists that have been abused or mistreated unfortunately confirms these disturbing statistics:
  • 1 in 5 high school girls report experiencing teen dating violence.
  • Domestic violence kills and injures more girls/women than car accidents and cancer combined.
  • There were 10,088 Domestic violence crimes in Los Angeles County with 8,352 of those crimes involving a weapon in 2009, based on L.A. County Sheriff’s statistics.
On The Girls Against Abuse CD’s, options for action are encouraged in the words of the edgy heartfelt pop/rock songs sung by female artists who have made a commitment in their own lives to stand against all forms of mistreatment and abuse. The artists and producer all donate their own time for performances as well as their music for the CD’s that are available for a donation at events and on iTunes, as well as other online sites such as
The Girls Against Abuse has helped to raise awareness in the community through concerts, radio and television appearances, high school shows, fundraising and community events. Through their awareness campaign they have helped to raise over $7,000 over the past year and a half for violence prevention programs for youth, as well as community organizations and shelters that help families by providing parenting education and domestic violence services.
Their goal is to bring awareness through public performances and school events, to raise money for organizations that educate and support those in abusive situations and to provide CD’s with a positive message. Music is the universal “language” that has the ability to touch hearts…this positive music project’s aim is to help women and youth “Recognize, Resist and Recover” from abuse and mistreatment.

Lyn Twyman Features Musician Brian O’Neal on Courage Empowerment Forum

Brian O’Neal is ‘Changing the World One Ear at a Time’. As an independent nu-jazz artist, producer, composer and keyboardist, he has delighted the hearts of millions of fans. He has also worked with artists such as Universal Motown recording artist KEM as Assistant Musical Director and Keyboardist. He has shared the stage with many great musicians including Stevie Wonder, India Arie and Jeff Lorber.

He’s a native of Detroit, MI, home of the Motown sound. His loving grandmother Daisy O’Neal purchased his first piano which further spurred his love of music, helping to mold him into the musician he is today.

Brian is also a humanitarian and the founder of the DO Foundation. With a motto of ‘Humans Helping Humans’, Brian is dedicated to helping the homeless population of Detroit. We’ll learn about his two days on the street as a homeless person and how that changed his life.

In this week’s program of Courage Empowerment Forum, Lyn Twyman is pleased to feature Brian O’Neal, this captivating musician and award winning activist. Tune in Tuesday, January 25th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific for this great interview!

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Lyn Twyman Debuts Live Talk Radio Show Called Courage Empowerment Forum on Party 934, 94.9 FM


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Domestic Violence Advocate and Activist Lyn Twyman To Broadcast New, Live Talk Show on Party 934,

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Washington, D.C./National, December 12, 2010Lyn Twyman debuts  live talk show called Courage Empowerment Forum on Party 934, Tuesdays from 9pm – 10pm EST.

Lyn Twyman, domestic violence advocate, social activist and entertainment producer is airing a brand new, weekly talk show on December 14, 2010 on, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY, an independent, multi-genre station that broadcasts worldwide.  The show is called Courage Empowerment Forum and will broadcast live every Tuesday from 9pm – 10pm EST.

Produced by Lyn Twyman, Courage Empowerment Forum is a program that will have featured guests discussing real stories and resources for those affected by domestic violence, crime victimization and other social issues.  The show’s guests will come from various backgrounds and share their stories in an effort to inspire and support those dealing with tough, personal issues in their day to day lives.

“As a survivor of domestic violence and child abuse, I know first hand how important it is to know that someone understands.  I also know that people need to find a way to get help or just need that added boost to take the next steps.  That’s what this show is about,” says the show’s producer, “I hope that through this show, people will also be inspired to ban together and change their communities where they are and the use of entertainment, in particular radio, is just another tool.”

Courage Empowerment Forum will have a multi-faceted platform of topics dealing not only with abuse and crime but also race relations and the family.  Show guests will be survivors, community activists and nationally recognized authors and experts.  The show will also play various music in its hour of broadcast including R&B, Smooth Jazz and Pop., 94.9 FM also features other independent hosts, called party mixologists, who come from various backgrounds of broadcast and entertainment.  For example, Courage Empowerment Forum will air after Hip Hop Justice Radio, the only radio program worldwide to mix law and justice commentary with hip hop music.  The show is hosted by Attorneys Dr. Scott Washington and Stevie Stylez.

You can listen to Courage Empowerment Forum by visiting online at , or locally at 94.9 FM Hudson Valley Radio.

About Lyn Twyman

Lyn Twyman is an advocate, activist, consultant, entertainment producer and the founder of, an online community and resource for domestic violence.  Lyn is also a first generation Asian and African-American.  She grew up with the many facets that comes with being a bi-racial individual in America.  She also grew up watching all forms of abuse in the lives of her parents.  As a survivor of child abuse and intimate partner violence she chose to break the cycle of violence within her own family and families across the country. Lyn is passionate about ending domestic violence, raising awareness for its root causes, prevention, diversity and family issues.  To learn more about Lyn Twyman visit