April 2017 FUAN Advocate of the Month – Tanya Myers

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April 2017 FUAN Advocate of the Month - Tanya Myers

We would like to congratulate Tanya Myers as the April 2017 FUAN Advocate of the Month. She not only does research for Families United Action Network but also guides investigations like the current one involving the director of DHS, Charles Palmer, which is under way in Iowa right now.

She somehow manages to be one of Iowa's most active family law reform advocates despite suffering from a chronic pain disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Tanya Myers is a mother of 3 who knows the DHS system inside and out. She grew up in foster care and had her three children taken from her despite being the one to make the report to DHS and cooperating with them. Tanya is no stranger to suffering and has learned to take a positive approach to life and uses her experiences to help others. Tanya has overcome hitting rock bottom.

Tanya originally intended to become a lawyer and open a law firm to help other parents and children from becoming victims and being destroyed by CPS/DHS. She had drafted a business plan for a non-profit organization that would help eliminate all barriers families encounter once there is CPS/DHS involvement.

Tanya has six years of public and private college education and holds a Pre-Law degree with an influence in Business Administration. She studied at The Des Moines Registered Learning Center to get a financial degree and later worked at Principal Financial Corporation.

Three weeks away from graduating from The Des Moines Registered Learning Center, DHS told her to either move back immediately to the county where her case was, or they were going to terminate her parental rights. She complied and ended that stage of her education and possible career. Next, Tanya attended Kaplan University (formerly known as Hamilton College) in West Des Moines and after that transferred to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) with the intention of attending Drake Law School.

Tanya never got to go to law school because of the ongoing battle with her CRPS. Today, she is a member of the Iowa Association for Legal Assistants. She has been nominated for Who’s Who and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her scholarship is nationally recognized for her high honors and scholarly achievements.

Tanya has 7.5 years of experience working in market research from Mid-Iowa Interviewing. She has hosted focus groups (mostly political in nature) and assisted in many projects, including, but not limited to, taste tests, toys studies (Mattel), and surveys.

Her experience has served to be extremely useful for her volunteer work with organizations like Families United Action Network (FUAN). She not only does research for them but also guides investigations like the current one involving the director of DHS, Charles Palmer, which is currently under way in Iowa now. The formal investigation is being conducted by Representative Bobby Kaufmann through an oversight committee to uncover the abuses and failings of the social services organization that has led to the death of several children in foster care.

Tanya also assists in the communications committee with FUAN and writes press releases and helps connect other families with resources, and works on other legislative issues with FUAN. Tanya has appeared on KCCI News Channel 8 and WHO Channel 13. Along with her networks of radio hosts where she will soon be telling her life story.