Eden Gordon Media’s Women of Influence Boutique to feature these powerful leaders, speakers, authors and entrepreneurs kicking off the month of September 2017. Featuring new author and inspirational speaker, Holly K. Dunn. She is the author of Sole Survivor, sharing her story of survival from the tragedy on August 28, 1997 when the infamous Railroad Killer took her boyfriend’s life and left her for dead. Her story will air this Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10 PM ET on CBS 48 Hours: Live To Tell. She was also featured in People Magazine’s Heroes Among Us. This fall, November 7, 2017 Holly will begin her national book tour launching from New York City.


About Holly K. DunnHolly K. Dunn Pendleton is the only known survivor of the Railroad Serial Killer, Angel Maturino Resendiz. It was August 28, 1997, 20 years ago, when she and her boyfriend were the victims of the notorious serial killer Angel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railroad Killer.  The episode will feature Holly’s story from that night that would change her journey forever.

The 48 Hours: Live To Tell  sole survivor is speaking about her journey this anniversary, sharing private, never before heard, version of what happened on that day in August 1997. Her new book, Sole Survivor, will be released this November 7, 2017.  Holly’s story as the sole survivor of this heinous act has brought healing and which established Holly’s House setting out to impact the lives of victims from vicious assaults and horrific crimes. 

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 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.

About Joyce Im Bartholomew:  A conservative Christian from the greater Los Angeles area of California, who was singing and performing on stage since the age of eight years old. Her parents are South Korean immigrants and she grew up being heavily influenced by Hollywood. Joyce studied in Chicago, where she met and married her husband of many many years.

She also became a professional stage, film, and TV union performer in Toronto, Canada. Following her professional career in Toronto she recorded her debut album in Nashville. Joyce is a Christian Recording and YouTube artist with more than 14 million views total for her hits What Was Your NameFight For Our Marriage and new release Please Forgive Me.

Joyce is a national advocate for Pro-Life ministries. For more than 9 years Joyce has focused on engaging the culture, serving in compassionate care ministry and fighting for the lives of the unborn. Joyce and her family live in Naples, Florida. She and her husband Doug are the parents of two teenagers and their two dogs including two chinchillas whom also occupy the home.

About Beth Grossman: Beth is a fourth-generation Philadelphian, who was born in far Northeast Philadelphia. Her father owned two candy stores in Philadelphia, in the Kensington and Olney sections of the city.  Her mother was an elementary teacher in the Philadelphia school district.

Beth and her family moved to Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Lower Moreland High School in 1986.  She then earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University at Main Campus, University Park in 1990.  Wanting to live and pursue a legal career in Philadelphia, Beth attended and received her law degree from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 1993, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

While a law student, Beth interned in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she began as a full-time Assistant District Attorney in September 1993. She served in the Trial, Juvenile, Law, Investigations and Narcotics Divisions of the Office.  Her experience includes trying hundreds of criminal cases; defending the District Attorney’s Office in employment and civil rights cases in federal court; and investigating and prosecuting municipal corruption. From February 2005 through January 2007, she was the Assistant Chief of the Municipal Court Unit and was responsible for training new prosecutors. Beginning in 2007, she became Chief of the Public Nuisance Task Force (“PNTF”) where she found her greatest passion – working with community members and groups and community development corporations all over the city to address and abate public nuisance and quality of life issues, including residential and commercial drug properties, nuisance bars and littered and vacant lots. She also worked on a two-year grand jury investigation of a fatal warehouse fire in Kensington that resulted in the tragic loss of two firefighters.  This lead to a further interest as to how the condition of buildings can affect public safety, pose great risks to neighbors and first responders, and impact quality of life.

Beth was able to pursue this interest when, in April 2015, she left the District Attorney’s Office to became Chief of Staff at the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, where she oversaw the operations of the Department.  She also worked with executive staff implementing several significant initiatives including stricture demolition contractor licensing and permit regulations and improving technological innovations that will allow the Department to identify imminently dangerous properties with greater efficiency and predictability.  Upon leaving city employment to run for District Attorney, Beth joined the law firm of Nenner and Namerow, P.C., where she practices plaintiff civil and criminal defense work.

Beth is divorced and lives in the East Falls section of the city.

About Michele Rigby Assad: 

Michele Rigby Assad began her career in the government relations department of an international relief and development organization in Washington, DC, in 1995. She joined the CIA in January 2002 to work as an intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations, the covert arm of the agency. Specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence issues, Michele worked in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations. To date, Michele has lived in six countries in the Near East region and traveled to more than forty others.

After a decade of government service, Michele left the undercover life to serve as a public speaker, author, trainer, and international security consultant focused on the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. Her forthcoming book Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For, published by Tyndale Momentum, will be available February 2018. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Florida.

Michele holds a master’s degree in contemporary Arab studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Michele credits student-led mission trips to Egypt, Russia, and Ukraine and a study abroad program in Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank as being the catalysts for her passion for foreign cultures and international travel. The year she spent studying in the Middle East changed the course of her life, taking her from rural central Florida to the front lines of the war on terror. Michele is motivated to use her unique platform to educate and inspire, showing how critical courage is to a life of impact and purpose.

Michele writes about her many passions at www.michelerigbyassad.com, where she features articles on terrorism, personal security, foreign affairs, and faith. Connect with her there, as well as on Facebook (Michele Rigby Assad) and Twitter @MicheleRigAssad.