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       “ It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”
July 2014
Volume 18 Issue 3
Kaity's Korner 2
The Heat is On in July!

2014 Event Flyer

Get your Tickets NOW! 

to the Coolest event this Summer

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Need a Vacation or just get away for a few days?
How about a Staycation....

  Click on the link above to check out the wonderful amenities and make your reservation. 

Be sure to let them know Kaity's Way sent you!

Understanding Verbal Abuse                     (Part 2 of 4)

by Angela Lambert 

The Signs of Verbal Abuse

It is important that people recognize when they are being verbally abused. When looking for the signs of verbal abuse, it is necessary to consider the actions of the potential abuser towards the victim. Consistently criticizing or insulting, humiliating, and even ignoring the victim is a clear and obvious sign of verbal abuse. Using words to discount or minimize a person’s experiences or achievements is also a common sign of abuse. The abuser will often manipulate conversations or the words of the victim, or make the victim feel unworthy or unloved. A verbally abusive person will also blame the abuse on the victim. Dismissing hurtful comments as if they are “no big deal,” or turning them into a joke is another sign of verbal bullying, as is constant negative comments about friends, family or even one’s ethnic group. Withholding words or reactions is also considered a sign.

To read the entire article click on this link

Great People doing Wonderful Things!

Kiwanis Club
Want to help children all over the world? If so, check out your local Kiwanis Club. 

The Arrowhead Kiwanis Club, Peoria, Arizona since 2010 has been and continues to be a loyal and consistent supporter of Kaity's Way.

We are very Grateful to them and everything they do for us and their community!

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Kaity's Way is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with various projects and events throughout the year. You can fill out and submit a volunteer application on line by clicking on the following link Volunteer Application.


Ideas on how you can help.......


Help us Bring Awareness


Are you a member of a PTA, PTO, PTSO or any group or organization that involves the welfare of children? If so, consider suggesting Kaity's Way speak at one of the meetings to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence as well as the need for Education in our schools.


Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Friend or follow us and when you see a posting or tweet from us SHARE for all of your friends.

Talk about us to anyone and everyone. If you would like brochures to have on hand, please let us know and we will get some to you.



Beginning August 1, 2013 Kaity's Way volunteers, participants and supporters can enroll their Fry’s V.I.P . Cards online at their secure website . Starting September 1, 2013, every time an enrolled participant shops at Fry’s using his or her registered Fry’s V.I.P. Card, Kaity's Way will earn rewards.

How cool and easy is that!?!

Follow the instructions below to get started.......
PLEASE NOTE: Before you can link your Fry’s V.I.P card to
Kaity's Way, you must have an email address.

STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account
 **NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to #2
  • Go to
  • Select ‘Create an Account’.
  • Under Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write down your email & password—will need it in step 2)
  • Select ‘Use Card Number’. *Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.
  • Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code.
  • Select ‘Find Stores’.
  • Choose your store then select ‘Create Account’. *You will then be prompted to check your email for a confirmation email. Click the hyperlink in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account. Continue to step #2 to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.

STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program
  • Go to
  • Select ‘Sign-In’.
  • Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)
  • Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu.
  • Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
  • Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number 80082 or name of organization Kaity's Way then select ‘search’.
  • Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization
  • Then select ‘save changes’.
  • If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

Another opportunity and one of the simplest ways to raise funds for Kaity's Way only takes the stroke of a key. Just start using Yahoo! powered as your search engine, select Kaity's Way and they'll donate a penny to Kaity's Way every time you do a search! They also have several other online opportunities to raise money for Kaity's Way by shopping, playing games, participating in surveys, booking online travel. For each transaction a percentage of the purchase will go to Kaity's Way

The web site is You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Have a Home Party to raise funds for Kaity's Way. Many businesses, such as, True North Gold, Tupperware, Beauticontrol, Pampered Chef, CandleLite, Miche Bag and Cookie Lee have programs to fund raise for non-profit organizations. This is a fun way to get together with your friends and support a great cause.  

Conduct a used cell phone drive or recycle used ink cartridges from printers or copiers at your place of employment or with your friends and family. If interested give us a call and we will get you the supplies you need to set up.

 Amazon gives customers the option to select a non profit to receive .5% of any purchase upon checkout. At You can select Kaity's Way and shop away.

If you work for one of the following businesses you can choose to donate straight out your paycheck to Kaity's Way?
  • APS dc 59768
  • Salt River Corporation
  • State of Arizona
  • American Express
For every dollar donated to Kaity's Way a member of the community receives all the literature and data needed to understand the issue of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. So if you work for either one of these companies or know someone who does, please consider Kaity's Way the next time open enrollment comes around.

Kaity's Way Board Members


Susan Guinn-Lahm, MA, CRC, LPC

Past Board Chair

Susan is a native of Ajo, AZ where she works as the Lead Behavioral Health Clinician at Desert Senita Community Health Center (DSCHC).  Susan provides general mental health counseling services, specializing in patients behavioral changes to compliment their medical treatment.


KellyAnn Bonnell

Board Chair

KellyAnn is a modern renaissance woman. She is a published author, an accomplished costume designer and is considered an expert in arts education. She is currently the Education & Outreach Director for Infinite Spectrum Productions where she oversees educational and mission driven projects for the company. She is listed on the Consultant Roster for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and was a 2011 nominee for the Arizona Governor's Arts Awards in Arts Education.

Ric Sudberry

Board Treasurer

Ric is the father of five children and the PauPau to six grandchildren. He served six years in the US Air Force as a Medical Technician.  Ric currently works full time as a Department Supervisor at Home Depot in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren, reading, watching football (Go Steelers!) and traveling.


Brandy Aguilar

Board Member

Brandy loves to tell stories. She is the Executive Producer/Multimedia Journalist for Health2Fit television show and website. Brandy has more than 15 years of newsroom experience. She covers all kinds of stories from weight loss, and sports health to the latest medical breakthroughs in Arizona and around the country. Brandy earned her degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. When not busy telling stories, she spends time with her family, travels, hikes, plays tennis and loves going to sporting events/concerts. Brandy completed the New York City Marathon and hopes another race may be on the horizon.

Diane Smith

Board Member/Marketing Committee Chair

Diane Smith is the Public Relations Manager for the Martz Agendy. With a background in Public Relations and TV news, Smith has more than a decade of media experience under her belt. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from Arizona State University. She is the proud pet parent to three catsa nd even though her smart phone is usually within reach, when she is not officially "on the clock" she enjoys exercising, watching sports and spending time with friends and family.

Diana Rosine

Board Member

Diana Rosine was born in Port Huron, Michigan and lived most of her life in Michigan. She moved to Phoenix 7 years ago and has dedicated herself to helping other by becoming involved in the Kiwanis, Homeward Bound and Kaity's Way. Diana has a wonderful Fiance (Jack), two daughters and five grandchildren that live in Michigan and Ohio. She was recently awarded Kiwanina of the Year 2012-13 for her dedication to volunteerism and helping the children of the world.

Erika M. Lazenby

Board Member

Erika is the Director of Marketing Operations at Arizona State University-the largest public university in the country. She is responsible for the operations of university wide marketing efforts to more than 67,000 students in addition to faculty, parents and alumni.  Prior to joining Arizona State University, she held various positions in the Office of the Arizona Governor. Under the administration of Governors Jane D. Hull, Janet Napolitano and Janice K. Brewer, Ms. Lazenby directed the provision of services to Arizona constituents and navigated the complexities of Arizona politics. Ms. Lazenby’s personal interests include improving educational attainment, empowering women and strengthening the economy in Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona State and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public policy and public administration focusing on the convergence points of politics and economics.

Victoria Spencer

Board Member/Finance Committee Chair

Victoria Spencer provides tax compliance and consultation services to a wide variety of private clients.  She specializes in international tax compliance matters, yet also has experience in corporate tax planning, audit defense, tax accounting, and domestic compliance.  Victoria has practiced in the tax field for more than 12 years, including work in both the public and private sectors.  Victoria is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and licensed to practice as in-house counsel in the State of Arizona.  In addition to her tax work, she has significant experience in contract negotiations.Victoria is a Minnesota native and only recently became an Arizona resident in 2007. She enjoys running, road races, yoga and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her partner Jim Crane, his two children, Kaitlyn and JT, and their two dogs, Fozzie and Shammi.

Shelly Ward,

Board Member

Shelly Ward received a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a CCL in Forensic Investigation from Mesa Community College. After a thirteen-year career in IT, she decided to change direction and follow her calling. She became a Victim Advocate for the City of Mesa Prosecutors Office working directly with crime victims and acting as a liaison between prosecutors and victims to ensure that victims are empowered to exercise their rights in the criminal justice process. Shelly provides assistance to victims including domestic violence education, referrals and safety planning. Her goal is always to ensure that the people she works with are treated with kindness and respect throughout the process. Shelly is committed to educating teens about dating violence to enable them to make healthy relationship choices. Shelly actively collaborates with a number of community organizations such as the Avon Order of Protection Task Force and MESACan. Shelly is an active community volunteer donating time to organizations including Kaity’s Way, Maricopa County Juvenile Probation and The Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Kaity's Way  BB Scholarship Winner
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will be announced on July 5, 2014 at the   5th Annual
"Step Against Teen Dating Violence."

Thumbs Up to the Wonderful Sponsors our our 5th Annual "Step Against Teen Dating Violence" event.
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Kiwanis Club 3
Both have given so much to our program over the years and we cannot Thank them enough for having faith in what we do and recognizing that educating the community and young people about healthy relationships is a root solution to not only teen dating and domestic violence but so many other areas of concern when it comes to our community.

Many Thanks to our.....

Volunteers and Interns alike are who allow us to reach out as far as we do. Without them we would not be able to participate in multiple events in one day. Without them we would have to move at a much slower pace and our ability to reach people would be limited. Their passion and dedication is so greatly appreciated and we just hope that all they do for their community comes back to them through enrichment within their lives.


  • Carolyn Bunnitt     
  • Robin Todd       
  • Donna McClung     
  • Annie Young   
  • Miranda Birden
  • Maria Spry
  • Sharon Montijo   

Intern:  Sobira Pakhlavonova

Then there are our Board Members that make sure things are happening behind the scenes lending us their expertise and time.....


We would also like to Welcome a new volunteer to the Team.....
Jayne Gunnison, Tempe AZ

Wish List

6' Folding Table

Folding Chairs

Laptops for presentations (refurbished okay)

Gas Cards

Reward points for hotel accommodations or airfare

Conference call speaker phone

Periodic use of a reliable conference line


Digital Video Camera

Color Laser Printer

Venues to hold Public Presentations of Kaity's Story

Office Space

Office Supplies

( Paper, Blue pocket folders, labels, envelopes, stamps, display stands, etc)

Items to Raffle off or put in a Silent Auction to raise funds

Wireless clip on microphone & speakers

Sponsors for:
Spanish Brochure
Kaity's Way Bracelets
Parent Booklets

What is on the Horizon

Be sure to check our website for additions and updates

July 5, 2014

Step Against Teen Dating Violence

Black Canyon Conference Center Phoenix, AZ

July 14, 2014


Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Phoenix, AZ

July 15, 2014


Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Mesa, AZ

July 22, 2014


Glendale Community College
Glendale, AZ

July 31, 2014


Tumble Weed
Phoenix, AZ

August 2, 2014

Resource Table

Family Connection Fun Day Phoenix, AZ

August 2, 2014


Quinceañera without Alcohol prgm
Phoenix, AZ

August 11, 2014


Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Phoenix, AZ

August 12, 2014


Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Mesa, AZ

August 20, 2014


NOVA Conference
Chicago, Il

August 26, 2014


ACESDV 40 Hr Training
Flagstaff, AZ


   Feel the Sting!

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More Great People doing Great Things!

Strong supporters of
Kaity's Way
Look for our table at the Home Games!

Kaity's Korner Staff

Miranda L. Birden
Creator & Editor

Bobbi Sudberry
Contributor & Editor

Please feel free to contact us if you should have any comments, questions or concerns regarding out newsletter.

Kaity's Way Contact
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 83494
Phoenix, AZ 85071
Email Address:
Phone Number: 
(602) 740-2734
Tax ID #26-3442791

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