Monalou Callery is an activist, survivor and founder of a grassroots, AZ based nonprofit, the National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN) and the SEEDs program. She has devoted the last 35 years of her life working with battered and sexually abused women and children, developing innovative programs, building community collaborations, and training for law enforcement, health care providers, judges, and the domestic violence community on a national and international platform. Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer for NATN, Monalou pioneered the development of the transitional housing project for abused women with criminal justice involvement and survivors with drugs and alcohol issues, the SEEDs Program, and its’ nationally recognized social venture initiative, Cup O’Karma: Community Café for a Cause.
Among her past endeavors Monalou served as Assistant Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she co-developed all aspects of this unique Center that served survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and trafficking victims while administering oversight of a federal grant for the Center, the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) initiative.
She has served on many commissions and task forces throughout the country including the AZ Supreme Court-Judicial Performance Review Commission, the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission, the Family Justice Commission for the City of Tempe and currently serves as Board member for the European Alliance of Justice for Families.
As a result of the physical and emotional abuse she survived, Monalou was left disfigured and selected to be one of the first survivors to receive free facial reconstruction and major restorative dental work. Her international and local lectures, training, and media presentations have brought her much recognition and awards including the Unsung Hero Awarded by the Jane Doe Safety Fund & MA Medical Society; ROSE Award sponsored by the New England Patriots for her efforts as a national role model in the fight to end violence against women, children, and families; the Marilyn R. Seymann award- Arizona Foundation for Women; the Golden West Regional Ruby Award-Soroptimist International of the San Tans; 2013 Tahirah Award for Outstanding Woman in the Community; and the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award, Maricopa Community College.
Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Trauma: Empowering Survivors in Domestic Violence Programs