Betty has experienced the sudden tragic death of her husband, the murder of her daughter, the sudden deaths of her brother and three sisters, as well as the deaths of her mother, grandmother, and great grand-child. Through the grace of God she has healed from a broken heart several times over. Betty has worked with families of homicide/violent crime victims for over 30 years, is an ordained minister, and is the founder and CEO of Parents Against Gangs and the Family Trauma Advocacy Counseling Center. She has also worked with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, Illinois in various departments, including victim-witness, domestic violence, criminal sexual assault, and the narcotics unit for 29 years. She is a wife, mother of four surviving children, grandmother of fifteen, and great-grandmother of four.