Who We Are

OUR DUAL MISSION:

To END violence against women.

 

To have all people CHOOSE LOVE over hate.

THE ORIGIN OF THE PROJECT:

“In the summer of 2013, 19-year-old Jessie Blodgett was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her life plan was taking shape…”

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“…in response to a 9-1-1 call reporting an unresponsive female at the residence. Said officer indicates that he observed a young, non-responsive female subsequently identified as Jessie Marietta Blodgett, on the floor of a bedroom on the second floor of the residence…”

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“Dan ….. I forgive you, as I have every day since I learned it was you.  I believe there is good and bad in every one of us, so I do not demonize or vilify you. That’s too easy. That makes it too easy for the rest of us to separate ourselves and our humanity from you and yours. To the evil in you, that you CHOSE to follow, I say this: this was a monumental loss for Evil and a stunning win for LOVE…”

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School counselors be ready. We had girls and young women come up to us afterwards to talk for the first time ever.  They were empowered.  They were alive with new hope.  They understood for the first time that they were not alone, that it was not their fault, and that it was time to heal.  There were tears.  There was Truth.  I saw victims who had lost faith in humanity, transforming into survivors with new strength and purpose. Barb Orban

Certified Lay Counselor and Speaker, Milwaukee Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, Exploit No More

Board of Directors

Dr. Buck Blodgett

Founder and Executive Director, LOVE > hate project

Dr. Buck Blodgett founded and directs The LOVE > hate PROJECT, his new life purpose, as well as The Chiropractic & Wellness Group, S.C., and Wellness Drs. L.L.C. In family chiropractic practice since 1996, and married to his soul mate Dr. Joy since 1985, he was Jessies’ dad for 19 beautiful years. Dr. Buck is a dynamic speaker with a powerful message for schools and community groups. Since Jessie’s passing, he works tirelessly to educate, motivate, and inspire young minds and hearts to add Love to our world and end violence.

Laura Gruber

Board Chair

Laura Gruber is a mom who fought back when her daughter was bullied at school. Stunned by the absence of school response, solutions, or protection for her daughter, Laura presents powerfully about the impact of bullying and how to stop it. Laura teaches Bully Awareness, Stay Home Alone, and Social Smarts classes at the Hartford Rec Center.

Lissa Berg

Director of Promotions and Fundraising

Lissa Berg has extensive experience volunteering with nonprofits such as Paws for Love, Therapy Dogs International and the Miss Rodeo Wisconsin Organization. Lissa is also the mom of Miss Rodeo Wisconsin 2015, who has named The LOVE>hate Project her chosen charity.  The proud mother of three daughters (a Peace Corp. volunteer in the Middle East, a business owner/gymnastics teacher, and Miss Rodeo WI), Lissa believes the LOVE>hate Project can and will make a positive difference in the lives of people worldwide!

John Bass

Director of Promotions and Fundraising

John Bass has a Masters in Divinity. With over 30 years of experience counseling youths and adults in violent relationships, he has seen firsthand how LOVE>hate has diffused potentially tragic situations. John has been First Vice-President of the Nebraska District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, International Pastoral Advisor of the International Lutheran Laymens League, guest presenter on the National broadcast of the Lutheran Hour, and a speaker at major national LLL conventions. Happily married with three children and seven grandchildren, John has been the pastor of Cedar Springs Church in Slinger, WI for 18 years.

Ann Conroy

Secretary

Treasurer at First United Methodist Church in Hartford, Ann was a Youth Leader for 9 years and  served on several  key committees. She has 22 years of experience in childcare. Ann lost her husband in a car accident in 2011. She is the proud mother of two beautiful and talented sons.

Don Berg

Treasurer

Don Berg is an Electrical Engineer and Computer Scientist.  He works for Oracle Corporation selling high tech products nationwide.  Don has been a volunteer firefighter and has planned and led many missions to help deaf children in various parts of the world.

Married to Lissa for 32 years, the dad of Miss Rodeo Wisconsin wants violence against women to stop.