Wanda

"I don't look like what I've been through."

Wanda McKinley

Founder/CEO

Wanda McKinley has been a part of the Dallas community for over 30 years. Her family relocated here from California when her father retired from the Navy. She has been educating families for 22 years in the Insurance and Healthcare Industry, believing that knowledge is power.  Mrs. McKinley has worked in Long Term Care Industry for 18 out of the 22 years taking care of the elder population and educating them on the correct way to spend retirement funds as a licensed financial adviser. November 2013 God showed Mrs. McKinley her purpose in life.

Being a survivor of domestic violence, God told her that she must be transparent to men, women and children by sharing her story so that they may find comfort through her. 

Wanda was a victim of abuse for 24 consecutive years.  Her biological father molested her from the age of seven and eventually it escalated to sexually penetration at the age of thirteen after her stepfather raped her taking her virginity and the rape continued to the age of eighteen by both men. Mrs. McKinley met her ex-husband at nineteen and married at the age of twenty-four. She suffered physical, mental, verbal, sexual and financial abuse for eleven years.  Through the grace of God she survived. Her calling and passion is to help others. We are Survivors was formed as a 501©3 non-profit organization for abused men, women and children. Their mission is to provide a stable environment for abused and battered individuals by providing temporary shelter, counseling, and employment training. They want to help them transition from abusive situations to being self-sufficient people in society.

Understanding the pain on a personal level will help her relate to the men, women and children God sends to her, but she will also be able to provide professional counseling. Mrs. McKinley is a best-selling co-author, a recipient of an International Humanitarian Award, a strong Domestic and International speaker who has also appeared on television.  Believing in God and hearing him has carried her thus far. She is a child of God and has embraced what he has for her. May God be given all the glory as she continues on her journey.

Meet the Executive Board

We Are Survivors Foundation is unique in that our Executive Team is made up of THRIVERS. We have each been victims or touched by domestic and family violence which makes us passionate about our efforts to stand up against it.

LaNelle

LaNelle Renfro Faulk

VP - Public Relations & Marketing

Holly

Holly McKinley

VP - Human Resources & Executive Assistant

Website

Tiffenny Harris

VP - Chief Operating Officer & Treasurer

Jasson

Jasson Stansell

VP - Community Partnerships & Executive Assistant

Meet the Advisory Board

Katrina

Katrina Marable-Lokko

Geri W

Gerry A. Wortham

John

John McKinley

Kendra Sibley

Kendra Sibley

Abi Da Silva

Biodun Da-Silva

Christie K Moore

Christie K Moore

Deon Washington

Deon Washington

Programs/Services

Survivors Avenue Support Group

Individual and Group Counseling

Licensed Therapist Sessions

Education/Webinars

Internal Women's Conference and Humanitarian Awards

Speaking Engagements

If you are interested in knowing more about any of our programs or services or would like to book We Are Survivors for a speaking engagement, reach out to LaNelle Renfro-Faulk at Contact Media Relations.

Help Us Thrive!

What we do is not possible without the help of donations from people like you. Please consider helping us eradicate domestic and family violence by making a contribution. No amount is too small.