Rev. Dr. Jaime Romo (President) is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ for Healing and Healthy Environments in San Diego, a consultant with the Center for Applied Research Solutions and the National Mentoring Resource Center, and a Child-Friendly Faith Project board member. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of San Diego. Following a career of K-12 teaching and administration and teacher education, Jaime developed and implemented trauma-informed policies and healing community practices for churches and values-driven organizations. He is a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction facilitator and has worked with and seen scores of individuals resolve their PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms in a short period of time. Dr. Romo is the author of Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters, and co-author of Reclaiming Democracy: Multicultural Educators’ Journeys toward transformative Teaching, and Reclaiming Democracy: Multicultural Educators’ Journeys toward Transformative Teaching. He currently serves as a Hospice Chaplain with Seaport Home Health and Hospice in San Diego.
Marla Broaddus (Vice President) has practiced law in a variety of settings for the last twenty years. As a litigator, she has helped clients with business and personal matters of all kinds. She believes the civil justice system should be accessible to victims of abuse and offer a broad array of relief and protection for them. She advocates for a system that does not favor religious belief over autonomy and safety. Marla dedicated nearly a decade to serving on the board of an organization that provides free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. She is honored to serve on the CFFP Board and hopes to help the organization continue to reveal and put a stop to religious child maltreatment and support those who are recovering from such abuse.
Nali Adesso (Treasurer) is a mental health counselor in the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. area and has spent the last several years working with LGBTQ+ youth. Nali brings both personal and professional experience to the cause of raising awareness about religious child maltreatment and promoting the rights of children in abusive religious environments. As a board member with the Child-Friendly Faith Project, Nali is passionate about working with LGBTQ+ survivors of religious child maltreatment, as well as educating others about mental health issues in faith communities.
Janet Heimlich (Secretary) is an award-winning journalist and the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to fully examine the issue of child abuse and neglect enabled by religious belief. Bishop John Shelby Spong described it as “insightful, provocative, exposing,” and novelist Anne Rice called it “well researched and well written.” In 2012, Janet founded the Child-Friendly Faith Project whose mission is to share knowledge and build community around the issue of religious child maltreatment (RCM) and advocate for and empower those whose lives are impacted by RCM. She also sits on the board of directors of Foundation Beyond Belief and co-hosts the video podcast, “Parenting Beyond Belief.” Prior to becoming a child advocate, Janet was a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, work for which she won more than ten journalism awards and honorable mentions, and she wrote nonfiction articles for such publications as Texas Monthly and the Texas Observer. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in communications and a minor in English. Janet lives in Austin, Texas, with her teenage daughter.