Meet Valerie's Team - Valerie Silveira
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Meet Valerie’s Team

Dawn R. Ward

Co-Author, Faith in the Battle

Annelle Abernethy

Events & Memberships

Kalen Arreola

Marketing & PR


About Annelle

I am so excited to be part of Valerie’s team to help bring the “Still Standing Live” events to cities around the country!  I read Valerie’s book “Still Standing After All The Tears” while I was at a women’s retreat more than two years ago and it changed my life.  Like Valerie, I am also the mom of an addict so when Valerie described how she had lost herself trying to save her daughter from her addiction beast, every word resonated deep inside my heart as a mom.  I had experienced so many of the same feelings of loss of self, fear, doubt, and deep sadness, as I watched my son descend into a life of homelessness and heroin addiction.

I realized that I had lost sight of an amazing life going on around me — but mostly without me.  I have been married for 35 years.  My husband and I have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  I spent many years so focused on my son’s addiction I was missing out on the joy I could have had with the rest of my family.  They are everything to me and I’m so glad that now I can enjoy our time together.

I have grown deeper in my faith too, something I nearly lost in my confusion and anger.  Now I can be with my church family and worship God with tears of joy (not despair) running down my face.  I realized enjoying my friends, laughing, quietly drinking a cup of coffee over conversation and listening to them is an important part of who I am.

I have a circle of friends with the common bond of loving our addicted sons and daughters.  We decided to go through the “Still Standing” workbook together and discovered while working through the 9 actions that they apply to much more than battling our co-dependent enabler beasts.  These tools apply to almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives.  As part of Valerie’s team I hope to facilitate others to create similar groups in their own areas.  That is part of my vision — groups of people bonded by life — gaining the necessary tools, forming deep and lasting friendships, and putting the pieces of their lives back together to become the beautiful creation God intended them to be.

I look forward to getting to know you when you join the Still Standing Sisterhood and will be excited to meet each of you at a live event soon.

About Dawn

Dawn R. Ward has served in Women’s Ministry and Leadership for more than thirty years. Professionally she works in the medical field, primarily with female patients, which gives her a unique perspective into the hearts and lives of women. Dawn has been married to the same wonderfully patient man for thirty-seven plus years and is the mother of three adult children.

Two of her children have struggled with addiction, and one is on the Autism Spectrum, so she fully understands how difficult it is to stand strong in the midst of trying to support hurting children.  Her passion is to teach and equip women to live victorious lives of faith in spite of the hardships they find themselves facing.

Dawn has been a student of Valerie’s work starting just months after the publishing of Still Standing After All the Tears, and the accompanying workbook. Over the past year, she has worked very closely with Valerie to develop a faith-based version of the Still Standing After All the Tears Workbook – subtitled “Faith in the Battle“.  The intent behind this workbook, is to speak directly into the lives of the Christian community to help them grow stronger spiritually while standing up and battling their Beasts.

About Kalen

Kalen Arreola is an award-winning Marketing Consultant and PR Expert. When it comes to helping small businesses increase sales, Kalen is the real deal. Kalen has 15+ years of experience as a PR strategist, marketing and communications professional. While serving 10 years in the Army Reserve, Kalen trained the Army’s top leadership of Colonels to 3-Star generals on the art of conducting a media interview.

Valerie and Kalen met in the fall of 2016 at a women’s business event in Phoenix, Ariz. and six months later, they began working together on rebranding, marketing and event promotion for the brand.

Kalen is a passionate veterans advocate and firm believer that there is life after a PTSD diagnosis. After losing her mother in 1995, Kalen attempted suicide and has battled depression and anxiety since the age of 14. She now knows that God has her on a mission to help others realize that suicide is not the answer, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treatable!

Currently, she is a single parent residing in Phoenix, Ariz. and works with the nonprofit organization “Operation Shockwave,” which educates the public on suicide prevention, and acts as a suicide crisis response team serving military veterans across the U.S.  She is very excited to be part of the Still Standing Sisterhood, and upcoming Still Standing Live events across the country.