"I don't look like what I've been through."

Wanda McKinley


Wanda McKinley has been a part of the Dallas community for over 30 years. Her family relocated here from California when her father retired from the Navy. She has been educating families for 22 years in the Insurance and Healthcare Industry, believing that knowledge is power.  Mrs. McKinley has worked in Long Term Care Industry for 18 out of the 22 years taking care of the elder population and educating them on the correct way to spend retirement funds as a licensed financial adviser. November 2013 God showed Mrs. McKinley her purpose in life.

Being a survivor of domestic violence, God told her that she must be transparent to men, women and children by sharing her story so that they may find comfort through her.

Wanda was a victim of abuse for 24 consecutive years.  Her biological father molested her from the age of seven and eventually it escalated to sexually penetration at the age of thirteen after her stepfather raped her taking her virginity and the rape continued to the age of eighteen by both men. Mrs. McKinley met her ex-husband at nineteen and married at the age of twenty-four. She suffered physical, mental, verbal, sexual and financial abuse for eleven years.  Through the grace of God she survived. Her calling and passion is to help others. We are Survivors was formed as a 501©3 non-profit organization for abused men, women and children. Their mission is to provide a stable environment for abused and battered individuals by providing temporary shelter, counseling, and employment training. They want to help them transition from abusive situations to being self-sufficient people in society.

Understanding the pain on a personal level will help her relate to the men, women and children God sends to her, but she will also be able to provide professional counseling. Mrs. McKinley is a best-selling co-author, a recipient of an International Humanitarian Award, a strong Domestic and International speaker who has also appeared on television.  Believing in God and hearing him has carried her thus far. She is a child of God and has embraced what he has for her. May God be given all the glory as she continues on her journey.

Meet the Executive Team

We Are Survivors Foundation is unique in that our Executive Team is made up of THRIVERS. We have each been victims or touched by domestic and family violence which makes us passionate about our efforts to stand up against it.


Katrina Marable-Lokko

Executive Vice President


LaNelle Renfro-Faulk

Executive Co-Chairman & VP Public Relations


Holly McKinley

Secretary & VP Human Resources


Tiffenny Harris

Treasurer and VP Chief Operations Officer


Debra Hearns-Cole

Executive Assistant & VP Marketing/Communications

Meet the Advisory Board


John McKinley

Deon Washington

Deon Washington

Volunteers Needed

We Are Survivors Foundation is always in need of volunteers. If you believe in the cause and want to know how you can up support us, consider giving your time. Ready to find out more? Click the Volunteer link.

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