Eden Gordon Media’s Women of Influence Boutique to feature these powerful leaders, speakers, authors and entrepreneurs this week, July 31-August 2, 2017. New author and inspirational speaker, Holly K. Dunn will be joining Daybreak USA with host Angie Austin. She is the author of Sole Survivor, sharing her story of becoming a survivor from the tragedy on August 28, 1997 when the infamous Railroad Killer took her boyfriend’s life and left her for dead. Her story was featured on 48 Hours Live To Tell. She was also featured in People Magazine’s Heroes Among Us. This fall, November 2017 Holly will begin her national book tour launching from Evansville, Indiana.


About Holly K. DunnHolly K. Dunn Pendleton is the only known survivor of the Railroad Serial Killer, Angel Maturino Resendiz. She was raped, beaten, stabbed and left for dead. After recovering physically, Holly began the lifelong process of healing emotionally.

Though Holly’s life has been dramatically affected and changed by the attack, she prides herself on living as a survivor, not a victim. In 2008, she co-founded Holly’s House, a child and adult advocacy center for victims of intimate crimes and today tells her story to promote safety and awareness.

About Erin Merryn: After suffering years of sexual abuse for six years of her childhood Erin broke her silence when she was 13 at a Children’s Advocacy Center. The place Erin reclaimed her voice and began her journey to healing. Erin has spoken at over 60 CAC’s.

In 2008 she began writing legislators to require personal body safety be taught to kids in school. This decision has brought her on a crusade across America to pass what is known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law is the first US child sexual abuse prevention education law requiring children be educated in schools. Erin has been traveling state to state testifying to lawmakers to pass Erin’s law for 7 years. It is currently passed in 31 states as of July 2017. In December 2015 President Obama signed the federal version of Erin’s Law providing federal funding for schools to use. Release of those funds is still pending.

About Michele Rigby Assad: Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations.

Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph (also a former agent) joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq that was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015.

Michele holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today she serves as an international security consultant, splitting her time between the Middle East, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

About Melanie Collette: 

Melanie Collette has worked as Business Technology Teacher and an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University for the past few years. Holding a Bachelors in Business Administration, a Master’s in Public Administration, and currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Administration, Melanie has ensured that she is well-informed on public policy standards and

Melanie’s political career began in 2011 when started volunteering on a local campaign in varying capacities including campaign treasurer, social media manager, and call center manager. During the 2016 election cycle, Melanie served as one of New Jersey’s six Vice Chairs on the Marco Rubio campaign and was appointed as to the electoral slate in New Jersey for President Trump. Melanie currently serves as 1st Vice President of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women.

In addition to her political and academic activities, Melanie is a contributing writer for The Horn News and PolitiChicks. Melanie also hosts her own internet radio show, “MoneyTalk with Melanie” on SHR Media and High Plains Pundit Talk Radio.