Meet Our Team - Valerie Silveira
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Meet Our Team

Meet Valerie Silveira

Valerie Silveira


Dawn R. Ward

Co-Author, Faith in the Battle

Annelle Abernethy

Events & Memberships

Kalen Arreola

Marketing & PR


About Valerie

Yes, I am the mom of an addict, and of a murder victim. But, that is not the end of my story; it is not the end of Jamie’s story. 

I am the Author of five books, including the Award-Winning, “Still Standing After All the Tears,”  Creator of the Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast, and the Still Standing Sisterhood.

In 2004, my 18 year old daughter, Jamie*was shot by her ex-boyfriend. Over the next decade, Jamie’s life spun further out of control and as a result, mine plunged into darkness. I would face the heartbreaking reality that my daughter was a heroin addict, and the painful truth that I was powerless to save her from her Addiction Beast.

After riding what I call the Roller Coaster From Hell, for nearly 13 years, I found a way to stand up and fight.

I started teaching the Nine Actions to Battle Your Beast – the very Actions that I used, to help countless moms of addicts, and  others to put the pieces of their lives back together after all hell has broken loose. They are the Actions I used to stand up after Jamie’s death, and what I still use to keep standing.

On August 28, 2016, my worst fear came true – my precious daughter was murdered. Once again, I had to find the courage to stand up and fight; this time with a hole in my heart. There were days when I wasn’t sure I could get back up, but that is just what I did. Today, I fight even harder to help others, this time with my baby girl’s spirit by my side.

I am living proof that, even in your darkest hours, it is possible to stand up and reclaim your life. By the grace of God, the love and support of my husband Rich, my son Sean, my family and friends, I am still standing. It is my honor to stand with the incredible warriors on my team, the women in the Still Standing Sisterhood, and so many others who are fighting for their lives. One woman can make a difference, but together, we are changing the world.

*Before Jamie’s death, I chose to call her “Jordan,” out of respect for her story. Now, we tell our story together.


Meet Valerie Silveira


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.