WHO WE ARE
Symbol: Hope is a non-profit (501c3) composed of partnerships of people and organizations endeavoring to bring hope to war victims - specifically women and children. Our goal is to empower women and children refugees who have been caught in the crossfire of the wars in the Middle East to ultimately rebuild their lives and nations. We work to help them recover from their loss mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically by offering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clinics with music and art therapies, and vocational training. We utilize music, film, and fashion to spread awareness through events and raise funds, to bring hope for the soul and as a means of therapy. Since we believe that every person regardless of nationality, gender or race is created in the image of God. We desire that each woman and child would understand their purpose and destiny so that families can be restored and one day be a catalyst to rebuild and transform their nation.
Jeanette E. Klausmeier - Founder and President
A Washington D.C. Caring Institute Inductee, has worked in 3rd World development for 17 years, primarily living and working in the Middle East for 14 of those years overseeing and participating in various projects. She has used her professional training in music and fashion background as a catalyst to bring awareness, tell women’s stories, and bridge barriers. She is a public speaker and consultant on the Middle East and cross- cultural challenges. Her second language is Arabic. She is the mother of a busy six year old and Jeanette’s life, at times, resembles a movie with the day to day adventures of her full life.
Erica S. Boals - Board Member
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology since 1996, currently utilized in a Rehab Hospital, she has experience with international projects and travel including Prior Managing Director for Hope For the City. After hiking the heights of Petra her heart was captured for the Arab people and Jordan. She is a wife and the mother of two active boys under the age of six and known for her southern roots hospitality.
Ann Paczolt LPC. CACIII - PTSD and Trauma Specialist
Ann has over 14 years experience working with children, families, and individuals dealing with many psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, PTSD, trauma therapy dissociative disorders, and personality disorders.
Lynn Kennedy Baxter RN, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - PTSD and Trauma Specialist
Lynn is a psychotherapist who specializes in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy. She is a Board Certified PTSD Clinician who trains Symbol:Hope volunteer teams to understand the effects of trauma and use Trauma Relief Tapping with refugees. She has over 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist treating PTSD, anxiety, stress, depression, burnout, low motivation, low self-esteem, substance abuse, relationship issues and marital counseling.