Deb works at Affordable Cleaning Services in Iowa City, IA as a bookkeeper, secretary, graphic designer, friend, and colleague.When not working at her “day job”, she can be found organizing bridal, craft and vendor shows, and special functions. Deb is now re-married. She has three children and three grandchildren. She was divorced when her two oldest children were 3 and 8. The 15 years following her divorce was filled with the stress of a single parent trying to do her best to raise her kids as the children grew and moved on with their adult lives.
Watch the video or simply listen to ToyA Johnson, FUAN Vice President and co-founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice talk with Normalanga Moses of Dr. Boyce Watkins #IntellectualChocolate series. The topics discussed include information in protecting yourself, your children and your family when it comes to interacting with child protective services. ToyA Johnson is a Des Moines native. She received the majority of her education here in Des Moines, graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1993. She attended Iowa State University’s Summer Enrichment Program and three semesters at Iowa State. However, ToyA would soon realize the path she thought she wanted was not the path for her. She would come home work various jobs and soon began working for herself, first as a Childcare provider and later as a Consultant. She married and had children. During that time, ToyA received three degrees from Des Moines Area Community College. While attending DMACC, ToyA was the president of the African American Student Alliance. She discovered her passion for helping others in her community. Whether it was friends needing help or a stranger who handed ToyA her contact information, she gives her all to provide them with them with the best service possible. In 2014 … Read More
Travis Grassel of Waukee, IA is the father of two boys – Andrew (13) and Matthew (10). Travis currently is employed as Senior Actuarial Analyst with EMC Insurance in downtown Des Moines. He divorced many moons ago, and has been active in Family Law Reform in Iowa and nationally over the last five years primarily to promote equal/shared parenting. Travis has also collaborated with many other Family Law Reform activist individuals, groups, and organizations in Iowa and around the country, trying to educate and recruit others regarding why this type of change is not only a good thing but a necessity for the future preservation of family (in all forms). “Never in my wildest dreams did I realize how HUGE the problems were that our families face. As I delved in deeper and deeper to learn more about the details, the corruption and greed began to make me sick. It’s up to us to make change happen.” We are grateful that Travis has been named the LEAD Lobbyist for Families United Action Network. He makes a point to SHOW UP to legislative events, forums, and other venues where he can spread education and awareness. He’s been to Terrace Hill to … Read More
Since the beginning of Families United Action Network (FUAN) 17 months ago, we’ve discovered an amazing number of committed individuals! We Are Impressed and Grateful! We want to honor these dedicated, hard-working people. After long considerations, we have decided that the best way would be to start an “Advocate of the Month” program that gives references and credit to individuals of impressive quality work for Family Law Reform. For November 2016, we have chosen to recognize Vince Bechtel of Ankeny, Iowa. Vince Bechtel is the father of three children ages 25, 20 & 14. Vince lives in Ankeny, Iowa and works in Des Moines for the State of Iowa, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Vince organized events at our Iowa State Capitol on behalf of the national Children’s Rights Council and spoke at the Iowa Supreme Court Child Support Advisory Committee hearings. Vince has conducted home visits and facilitated support meetings for parents, grandparents, and bonus family members excluded from their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. He believes that action is a large part of conviction. Vince has appeared in the Des Moines Register after speaking to the Ankeny School Board, making donations to the St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter … Read More
The meeting’s goals are to increase awareness about: Thank You Polk county sheriff candidate Dan Charleston, US Senate candidates Michael Thrams & Charles Aldrich, Iowa House Representative Norlin Mommsa, Elaine Willey , Judy Barnett, Iowa House Representative Mary Wolfe, Toya Msswagg Johnson, Travis Grassel, Merlyn Malone Law, Tanya Myer, Nicholas Dreeszen, the Craig family, Heather Sheath, Jaimee Crete, Dillon Wyckoff, Tom McDermott, Anthony WynKoop, Melissa Martin and everyone else who made time to attend the Forum today. Also thanks to Jennys Diner for hosting the event.
Since the beginning of Families United Action Network (FUAN) roughly 16 months ago, we have seen an amazing number of committed individuals! We Are Impressed and Grateful! We want to honor these dedicated, hard-working people. After long considerations, we have decided that the best way would be to start an “Advocate of the Month” program that gives references and credit to individuals of impressive quality work for Family Law Reform. For October 2016, we have chosen to recognize Troy Tech of Council Bluffs Iowa. Troy Tech is a lifelong Iowan and lives in Council Bluffs. He is an Iowa State grad, and a father of two great children. Troy Tech is a lifelong Iowan and lives in Council Bluffs. He is an Iowa State grad, and a father of two great children. Troy says, “I have an awesome son who’s now 13 and a wonderful daughter who just turned 12.” He went through his divorce in 2008, and experienced early on the clear bias in the family court system. As a result, Troy has reached out to a group called ‘Iowa Fathers’ who were helping other fathers like himself deal with similar experiences and trying to bring about change. In … Read More
It doesn’t have to be an election year for family issues to be one of the conversations of almost every Iowa family dinner table. This year Iowa many children face dangerous crisis. For Example… Isn’t it past time that we go back to our true roots and protect the family! Families come in all forms, which is ONE more reason why the equality of family and children’s rights as well as their health must be the center conversation to improve in these areas. Family concerns are at an all-time high, and “high conflict divorces” are continually increasing. The erosion of family structure and protections guaranteed to families by our federal and state Constitution by our current Child Protective Services program is disgraceful. The recent (and past) deaths of children as well as the sex trafficking rate of the children in foster care is intolerable, as is the forceful removal of children from fit and loving parents!