A successful businesswoman and well-known political leader, Congresswoman Mary Bono was hailed as the "embodiment of powerful American womanhood" by the Washington Times, rising to become Chairman of the influential U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.
Today, she is widely recognized as a national leader on privacy and technology issues as well as an outspoken advocate on issues important to women. Congresswoman Bono was elected in 1998 to serve California's 44th (later changed to 45th) Congressional District. And in 2012, she became the first ever Chairman of the Women's Policy Committee (WPC) in the House.
Bono established herself as a respected and closely-watched leader on a wide range of critically important issues while serving 8 terms in Congress (1998-2013). She focused her chairmanship on technology, job creation and consumer protection. In addition, she's been at the forefront of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse, which impacts millions of teenagers across the United States and is now the fastest-growing drug problem in America and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health epidemic.
Bono 's selection as Subcommittee Chairman for the 112th Congress was historic, made her the first Republican woman in American history to hold a gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the oldest standing committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, dating back to 1795.
Mary previously served as Principal for Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. Currently, Mary is President and CEO of Integritas by Bono, a boutique consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. She is married to former astronaut Admiral Steve Oswald (U.S. Navy, Retired) and is mother to Chesare Bono, Chianna Bono, stepmother to Chaz Bono and a grandmother of two.
The Honorable Mary Bono, Chairman and CEO of MAPDA
As CFO, Ms. Klesk plays an intricate leadership role within the organization by bringing financial expertise along with strategic leadership. She is also responsible for overseeing human resources, regulatory compliance and investor relations.
Ms. Klesk’s background as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and nearly 20 years of experience gives her the foundation to manage Verde’s rapidly growing multi-million-dollar business. She works with leaders in all industries to ensure Verde’s mission to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications through the use of Deterra drug deactivation system.
As a mother of two, Ms. Klesk understands the importance and necessity of permanent drug disposal to keep unused and unwanted drugs out of the hands of children and potential abusers. She’s passionate about saving lives through prevention and excited to be a part of MAPDA.
Shana Klesk, Chief Financial Officer, Verde® Environmental Technologies, Inc. Secretary for MAPDA
Janet Janes became the Founder of MAPDA in 2011.
In January 2011, Janet Janes, wrote about the devastating loss of her son, Christopher, who died tragically at the age of 19 from an overdose of Methadone. Janet contacted the local news media and courageously told her story about the devastating outcome of young adults experimenting with drugs in hopes that others would not befall the same tragedy. Working with television news anchor Karen Devine, Janet made a connection with Mary Nell, then Mary Bono, the congresswomen of her district. With Mary’s help and connection with other mothers who had lost children who had overdosed to prescription drugs MAPDA was founded. On March 28, 2013 Janet was honored as 2013 Woman of Distinction by the California Legislature Assembly for her hard work, dedication and perseverance in the community.
Janet has been a professional bookkeeper for the past 35 years. She lives with her partner Edward Justice an environmental testing technician and has one son Matthew Straughan, who is a pilot. She enjoys playing bass guitar, pottery, swimming, surfing and hiking.
Janet Janes, Founder and Treasurer of MAPDA
After losing her 20 year old son Nick in 2013 to an accidental heroin overdose, Sue has become an advocate to help bring awareness and break the stigma and silence of addiction.
Sue has spoken at hundreds of forums throughout the state of Connecticut, the CT Senate and with the U.S. Attorney’s office District of Connecticut. She works to share Nick's story in an effort to educate both teens and adults about the dangers of addiction and how easily and innocently addiction can start.
Nick’s story helped pass Connecticut’s latest opioid bill. Which limits opioid prescriptions to a seven day cap, enforces using the prescription monitoring system and allows all first responders to carry NARCAN.
Sue Kruczek, MAPDA Board of Directors
Karla has dedicated her career to working with special needs and disadvantaged youth as a Psychologist with Riverside Unified School District. Karla is a member of the California Positive Network of Trainers (PENT), a consortium dedicated to meeting the needs of students with behavioral and emotional challenges.
Additionally, Karla serves on the Riverside Unified School District Crisis Response Team. Karla holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, a Master of Science in Counseling Guidance from California State University, San Bernardino, and Pupil Services Credentials in Counseling and Guidance and School Psychology.
Karla resides in Riverside, California with her husband Mac Troast and children Kelsey and Evan.
Karla Troast, MAPDA Board of Directors
Ms. Pevehouse is principal and founder of Facticity Advisors LLC, providing counsel on organizational governance, ethics and compliance matters, as well as training and business-driven advice in establishing and revising effective compliance programs, corporate risk management, and conducting internal investigations.
Cynthia’s legal career spans over 3 decades, with more than 10 years of experience as general counsel for publicly traded, multinational companies, including Staples, Inc.; Allianz of America, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.; Polycom, Inc.; and Ask Jeeves. She has led the legal, compliance, government policy, regulatory, as well as internal investigations functions in a range of industries, including technology, interactive media, financial services, and retail.
Cynthia began her career in 1987 as an attorney with a west coast based Am Law 200 firm, including a two-year post in Osaka, Japan. She also served as senior counsel in the Washington DC offices of Steptoe & Johnson, as a member of the firm’s litigation and crisis management practice groups. She is licensed to practice law in California, New York, Washington State, and the District of Columbia. She is also a certified fraud examiner.
Cynthia currently serves on the advisory board of Courtroom Insight, a customized knowledge management solution enabling law firms and corporate law departments to capture, share and analyze critical information about expert witnesses, arbitrators, judges and attorneys. She previously served on the Corporate Pro Bono advisory board, and the boards of San Francisco Museum & Historical Society, and West Coast Chamber Orchestra.