Lucia Bone, Founder
Lucia Bone, Sue’s sister, is the founder of The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E., Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment.
In 2004, Ms. Bone established the not for profit organization in order to promote safety awareness and education to employers and consumers to the necessity of criminal background checks on all service employees, contractors and sub-contractors hired to work in or near our homes.
Lucia campaigns nationwide sharing The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. and the importance of their mission with audiences large and small. Civic groups, community leaders, legislators, business professionals and consumers have all learned first hand the importance of Lucia’s message.
One of Lucia’s goals is for national legislation requiring criminal background checks on all service employees, contractors and sub-contractors. With national legislation and the support of the insurance industry, businesses could be forced to conduct background checks before hiring in-home service workers. “It is absurd for a person with multiple convictions for sexual assaults to be engaged as a in-home service employee, yet it happens all the time”, Lucia adds.
A threat to consumers’ safety due to inadequate or non-existent background checks of people being employed to come into your home is a real and serious danger. “Sue’s death was a tragedy! However, it is even more alarming because this was not an isolated incident. Every year, innocent people become victims of sexual and physical assault in their homes by workers hired as service employees with criminal records. Sue trusted the company she hired to do service work in her home and THAT TRUST COST SUE HER LIFE in 2001,” says Lucia.
C.A.U.S.E. has been featured in numerous television, radio, and newspaper interviews across the country. In 2004, Lucia appeared as one of the feature stories on The Montel Williams Show, “Taking Back My Life” and in August, 2013 on the TODAY Show’s Rossen Report, “Violent felons sent into homes as service workers”.
What happened to Sue could and should have been prevented!
Lucia Bone’s Background
In the mid 1990′s, Lucia Bone and her sister, Sue Weaver, each opened their own custom embroidery and design digitizing companies in Texas and Florida. Their closeness as sisters only increased as they grew their businesses together. Today Lucia only occasionally does design digitizing. C.A.U.S.E. is her passion; she now focuses on making a difference in her sister’s memory. Lucia doesn’t want there to ever be another victim of in-home service providers.
Prior to opening her embroidery business, Lucia’s career was in marketing. She is a graduate of the Minority Business Advancement Program at the University of Texas in Austin, and studied Textile and Clothing in Business at Arizona State University.
Lucia and her husband Michael are the proud parents of three children and six grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, needlework and riding her Harley.
Michael Bone, Co-founder
Michael Bone, Co-Founder of The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E., first met Sue Weaver in 1972 while dating her sister, Lucia. Sue and Mike were more than in-laws, they were very good friends. Mike often offered technical assistance to Sue’s company, Embroidery Concepts. Mike was quite familiar with all aspects of Sue’s business as both Sue and Lucia mirrored their embroidery businesses off of each other.
Mike graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Marketing in 1977. He joined the FAA in 1982 at Kansas City International Airport as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. In 1987, Mike transferred to Dallas/Fort Worth where he has stayed until his retirement in 2011. Although retired, Mike still does contract training at DFW.
Mike and Lucia are the proud parents of three wonderful children and six grandchildren. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, skiing, riding his Harley. He also looks forward to adding golf and fishing back into his schedule.
Colleen Drew, Co-President
Colleen is a photographic artist who specializes in creating traditional and fine art portraiture. Colleen’s love of photography began in high school while on a trip to the former Soviet Union and her passion for the art grew over the years. After studying photography at the State University of New York at Purchase, working with commissioned artists, she went into business with her sister, Maureen. Together they had a successful studio in the beautiful Hudson River Valley in New York State, where Maureen is still running the studio in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. In the summer of 2002 Colleen and her family relocated to Highland Village, TX where she is continuing to pursue her passion for photography.
Linda Poer, Co-President
Linda with her husband Bob, own Mobile Music, PBP. Linda is the personal day coordinator for all of their events from weddings to fundraisers. Her direction keeps your event stress free as she coordinates the every detail smoothly and logically. She and Bob have been married for over 35 years and are the proud parents of three daughters. Linda’s hobby is keeping up with Bob and his music collection. She especially loves spending time with her daughters and their wonderful husbands along with her two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Bob Poer, Vice President
Bob Poer has been in the music industry for over 30 years and the experience and knowledge he brings to any event as the DJ is unparalleled. All the music he uses at events comes from his extensive private collection that spans many generations and genres. Bob graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio Broadcasting before spending over 30 years with Sony Music. Bob’s hobby has always been music and his collection reflects his love for the art. He and his wife, Linda, work together in their music business, Mobile Music, PBP.
Jennifer Charles Bone, Secretary
Jennifer is married to one of Sue Weaver’s nephews, Matthew. Majoring in elementary education, she is a graduate of SFA in 2003 . Jennifer taught kindergarten in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area before enjoying her new role of full time Mom. She has served on The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. Board since 2006. Jennifer is very involved in Dancing for C.A.U.S.E., A Fundraising Gala. Matt and Jennifer are the proud parents of three children.
Connie Whan, Treasurer
Connie has taught Family and Consumer Science for 10 years in the Fort Worth ISD. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a BS in Home Economics Textiles and Clothing and received her Masters in Education-Administration from Concordia University in Austin. Prior to teaching, Connie worked in retail management for over 30 years. Connie and her husband, Bob, have one son, Bobby, and six dogs. She enjoys quilting, crafts, riding motorcycles with her husband, and spending time with family and friends. Connie was a C.A.U.S.E. volunteer prior to joining the board.
Bekah Joyce is an entrepreneur, born and raised in Irving, Texas. In 2012 she started her own business, Sparkfly Consulting, Inc. A small business solutions company that officers technology training, real estate management and accounting services to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Bekah has been an avid supporter of C.A.U.S.E. since its inception and has served on the board since 2010. When she is not traveling, Bekah enjoys supporting local businesses in the community, country dancing, writing fiction and spending time with her five nieces and two nephews.
Fred has over 30 years of experience in loss prevention and law enforcement, public record retrieval, employment screening, corporate asset protection and investigative interviewing. He is currently Senior Vice President of the Research Division for the CARCO Group, Inc. in that role he is responsible for the growth and operations of the Research Division that is devoted to employment screening.
Fred holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and has completed several postgraduate and in-service training courses including studies at the North Carolina Justice Academy. He is a licensed private investigator.
Fred has served in a variety of senior management positions in the industry. He has been Vice President of Research Services in the Consulting & Investigations Division of an international security services company, President of a wholesale public records provider to the background industry and had worked 10 years as Vice President of the backgrounds verification division of a multi-national company where he oversaw divisional growth from a small internal resource to a leader in the field.
Fred has also held positions as Director of a forensic training academy, Vice President of Operations for a loss prevention consulting-services company and served as a crime prevention officer for a law enforcement agency. He has also been involved in consulting assignments for both the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.
He is a Certified Protection Professional with ASIS International. He is a member of the National Council for Investigative and Security Services and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is the immediate past Chair of NAPBS, a member of the Board od Directors for NAPBS, serves on the Background Screening and Credentialing Council, the NAPBS Global Advisory Committee and is a past Chair of the NAPBS Government Relations Committee.
Fred speaks frequently at conferences and has published several reports and articles on pre-employment selection. He served as subject matter expert to national news media appearing on Discovery channel’s “Inside” series, and has published articles in Security Management and Loss Prevention Magazines, and is a contributing author to the Protection of Assets Manual and The Investigator’s Handbook, both published by ASIS.
Dr. Stacy Bone – Rapp, Previous Board Member
Stacy is the niece of Sue Weaver and daughter of C.A.U.S.E. Founders Mike and Lucia Bone. Stacy is a January 2009 Parker graduate with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and a Bachelors of Science in Health & Wellness. Her passion is helping pregnant women and children. Stacy has been very involved with C.A.U.S.E. since it’s conception and served on the Board since 2005. She is the owner of Chiropractic at the Lakes in Las Vegas, NV where she resides with her husband, David, and new son. Stacy enjoys traveling, reading, needlework and spending time with family & friends.
Sherri Bobbitt, Past President
Sherri Bobbitt was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She has over 20 years working in the customer service and marketing areas. She currently is Regional Director, Marketing & Business Development for Learning Care Group, parent company to five brands of early childhood education centers. Sherri is always very active in her community & has served on various boards in the community throughout the years. Sherri has her Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communications from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Sherri’s major hobby is to travel the world.Previous Board Members
Specializing in privacy and information security including: state and federal privacy compliance; EU data protection compliance, including global data transfer mechanisms such as the U.S. Safe Harbor program; HIPAA, GLBA, FCRA, Red Flags Rule, CAN-SPAM, TCPA, TSR, mobile marketing compliance; response to and preparation for information security breaches, including breach notification; medical records management, records retention, and records disposal; online privacy such as COPPA compliance and privacy notices/policies.
Past Board Members
Lesley Miller, Founding Board Member
Mark Wagner, Founding Board Member
Kim Cloud, Founding Board Member
Paula Wagner, Founding Board Member
Joe Gracey, Founding Board Member