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Lauren RoseeleLauren Roselle, one of Southern California’s most sought after experts on the topics of interpersonal communication, assertiveness, and self-defense, is the founder and president of Esteem, a communication consulting firm. Lauren’s expertise includes personal coaching, group trainings, and motivational public speaking. With 25 years of experience in self-defense and assault prevention, Lauren believes that communication is the key component to confidence and personal safety because most conversations about self-defense gradually circle back to concerns about verbal and nonverbal communication.

After volunteering as a counselor on the Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline, supporting survivors who shared their assault stories, Lauren was highly motivated to begin working to reach women before they were in need of counseling. She moved from intervention to prevention, becoming a certified self-defense instructor and founding Esteem in 1991.

Lauren holds a Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication and has provided programs to a diverse array of corporations, organizations, colleges, middle and high schools, and individuals reaching over 27,000 participants with her lively and enthusiastic teaching style. Lauren’s mission is to empower those around her to communicate confidently and with Esteem.

P1020459 - Version 2Meredith Gold has been teaching Adrenal Stress Scenario Training (ASST) programs since 1992, having worked with a variety of self defense organizations, including Impact Personal Safety in Los Angeles and Rocky Mountain Combat Applications Training in Colorado in addition to teaching her own program, RAW Power Real World Self Defense and Empowerment Training.

Meredith’s primary focus has been teaching women, teens and kids, but she has also been instrumental in bringing awareness of this training method to the international martial arts community. She created a series of training DVDs for Century Martial Arts and was a contributing editor for Black Belt Magazine for 5 years. Meredith was inducted into Black Belt’s Hall of Fame in 2003, naming her their “Woman of the Year.”

Meredith loves the energy of collaboration and teamwork, so she is thrilled to be a part of the Esteem Team. She resonates strongly with the organization’s mission: empowering people to walk through the world with less fear and more confidence.

mattMatthew Harris originally hails from Stockton, California. He has been a public speaking champion and graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors degree in Theatre. In 2000 Matthew was a founding member of Equal Opportunity Productions, an educational operation that brought art programs to underfunded schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area and eventually in Cuba. Matthew enjoys being a self-defense instructor with Esteem, especially working with both boys and girls as both an instructor and padded assailant. Matt’s passions lie in conducting seminars and teaching classes that involve promoting confidence, self respect and empowerment to any and all who seek it.
Christina Lopez is a Communications Consultant with Esteem specializing in Cultural Diversity and Awareness, Leadership Development, and Community Organizing.

Lopez is a Southern California native with a bi-coastal experience that has shaped her desire to pursue culturally-rich and diverse environments wherever she goes. Her mission is to educate, equip, and empower others to pursue their passions while also giving back to and standing up for their community. Christina’s recent work as a Community Engagement Fellows Manager with the non-profit group Organizing For Action has solidified her commitment to community, partnership, and collaboration. Through her organizing work, Christina has earned many partnerships within the community. During her time with OFA, Christina founded the Inland Empire chapter and led the largest single-manager Community Engagement Fellowship in the nation. She was OFA’s Featured Fellow in Spring ’17, and was also a guest speaker at OFA’s Leadership Summit in Chicago, Illinois.
Christina has a passion for people. By leading with her heart to train, motivate, and develop others into the leaders they are meant to be, Christina is on a mission to play a large part in creating a far more inclusive and compassionate world.

Jude M. WhittonJude M. Whitton holds a Master’s degree in Human Communication, with a specialization in Interpersonal Communication and an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. Jude has an engaging personality and a passion for teaching and informing others in various areas of communication. More specifically, she specializes in public speaking, intergenerational communication, classroom communication and management, relational aggression in girls, bullying, and other aspects of interpersonal communication. What Jude finds most rewarding about sharing her knowledge with others is not only seeing the transformation of the students’ behavior throughout various sessions with her, but also hearing about how the knowledge gained has impacted them directly in their lives. When not working with Esteem, Jude teaches Communication Studies at several Southern California colleges. In her free time Jude enjoys reading, traveling, gardening and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Mikes-pic1Michael Belzer is a lifelong martial artist who began his training at the age of nine. He has travelled and trained in Japan, Malaysia, and The Philippines studying the arts of Jujutsu And Escrima. In addition to martial arts training, Mike has been teaching women’s self defense and empowerment since 1990 working with programs such as Impact Personal Safety, RMCAT, Project Blind Ambition, and R.A.W. Power. Mike joined Esteem in 2000 and enjoys teaching Esteem for Boys as well as working as a“padded assailant” instructor in the safety trainings for girls and women.
Allison Mennie, a social media expert, is the Director of Marketing and Social Media at Esteem. As well as managing our online presence, Allison is an Esteem Class alumna and from this experience can speak to the importance of these classes. Prior to working at Esteem, Allison ran her own small-business strategy consulting firm. When she isn’t updating Esteem’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, she’s out paddle-boarding or hiking with her two dogs. Allison is excited to be working at Esteem and feels fortunate to be a part of empowering people to communicate better and learn self-defense.

Ron Vizansky has been teaching men, women, teens, and children self defense since 1989. He joined the Esteem team in 1995 as one of our “muggers,” giving students the opportunity for adrenalized training against a padded assailant. He’s worked with many organizations in this capacity including Impact Personal Safety, Kidpower, Project Blind Ambition, RMCAT, and R.A.W. Power. Traveling to many states, and several countries, Ron has empowered thousands of students to use their voices and bodies to stay safe.

kellyKelly Keepers graduated from the University of La Verne with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Psychology. She was a member of the award-winning ULV debate team, coached by internationally renowned speech and debate expert, Ian Lising. Working with Esteem provides Kelly with many opportunities to reach young adults by teaching them valuable communication and safety skills and encouraging development of self-esteem and appreciation for their inner beauty and personal worth.