Lucia Bone, Founder
Lucia Bone, Sue’s sister, is the founder of The Sue Weaver CAUSE, 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 CAUSE 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.
CAUSE 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. CAUSE 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 CAUSE, 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 occasional contract training.
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.
Bon Idziak, Head of Government Relations and Compliance for Checkr, is a 17-year industry professional and subject matter expert on the topics of Background Screening, Drug Testing and HR Technology.
Well versed in policy, procedure and compliance, Bon is frequently asked to share his expertise at conferences, in educational settings, with industry publications and through various media outlets. Bon regularly consults with major national employers and associations to develop employment screening and substance abuse testing solutions that are cost-effective, compliant and address corporate goals and regulatory requirements.
Bon is currently a member of the HR Open Standards Consortium Board of Directors and serves as Chairman. He has also served as Secretary and Treasurer. An early pioneer of HR-XML standards, Bon has been a contributing member of the Consortium since its inception in 1999. As a member of the team responsible for the proposal to create the Background Checking Specification and an early implementer of the standard, he is a proven advocate of the Consortium and its efforts. Bon offers subject matter expertise to the Consortium and its members relative to the business processes and legislative matters that affect the integration efforts of peer HR organizations.
Bon is also a member of the Board of Directors and serves the membership of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) as its President Elect. His is active on the Government Relations, Compensation and Engagement Committees of the Board and is a key contributor to the ongoing success of the Association.
Bon is actively involved in the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, chairing the Government Relations Committee. The Government Relations Committee is centrally critical component of the association given the extent of regulatory requirements and oversight by the Federal Trade Commission. Bon is a key participant in meetings with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on issues that shape the legislative environment and affect the industry as a whole.
Bon is also a contributing member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), Securities and Insurance Licensing Association (SILA), and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).
Bon’s client-focused philosophy is to minimize hiring and retention risk through the design, implementation and management of an intelligent screening program built to ensure compliance with regulating agencies governing the use of background checks and substance abuse screening in the workplace.
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 CAUSE volunteer prior to joining the board.
Global Director, OEM Account Manager at Covidien
Roger Miller is a Founding Board Member born in St. Joseph, MO and attended Western Missouri State College. Roger is the Global Director for OEM Marketing and Sales with Covidien and responsible for building strategic business relationships to expedite technology integrations in North and South America. Roger has been actively involved in scouting for 50+ years and is currently an assistant Scout Master with Troop 451 in Highland Village, TX.
Lesley Miller, Founding Board Member, Secretary
Regional Vice President – Emerging GPO’s at Covidien
Lesley Miller was born and raised in Louisville Ky. She is a Founding Board Member and currently serves as a Regional Vice President with Covidien, a medical device manufacturer. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry as an experienced sales leader with expertise in contract negotiation, hiring and retention initiatives and performance management. Lesley earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and recently completed the Leadership Ascent course through The Leadership Investment in Denver CO. Lesley lives with her husband Roger in Lantana, TX and also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center.
Founder, Selling In A Skirt
After nearly 30 years in the sales side of business, Judy Hoberman has seen a variety of techniques come and go, delivering flash without substance and ultimately leaving adopters high and dry.
After completing her position as an award-winning training director, Judy has taken her career on a new path as a successful speaker, consultant and entrepreneur, addressing the differences in sales techniques between men and women, and the advantages of a female-focused approach.
Judy is a true entrepreneur at heart with experience both in the self-employed and corporate arenas, she was personally selected by the President and CEO of a large insurance company to bring her talents into the corporate office.
Her task was to demystify the sales process for 3,000 field agents and resulted in being awarded the Character and Integrity award from the field for her contribution to their remarkable success. After creating a turn-key national training program for both managers and salespeople, she decided to develop on-site training for another one of her passions – the challenges faced by women in sales. Having been mentored by men her whole career, Judy has turned her training talents to the differences in sales techniques between men and women.
Selling In A Skirt addresses both the woman’s need to use her gender- based talents and the male manager’s need to understand how to help her be successful by using her instinctive qualities rather than those which are natural to him.
Jamie has a passion for building residential HVAC shops, and brings a unique perspective to the CAUSE board because of his service industry background. He is a master electrician, HVAC technician, licensed pest control applicator, and self-proclaimed sales trainer extraordinaire. Jamie launched Express Electric in 2004, purchased an electrical franchise for the South Carolina market in 2007, and purchased a second one in 2009. He was awarded the National Franchise Employer of Choice Award in 2009 and was elected the first National Franchise Brand President in 2010. He manages HVAC location in Arizona and is a managing partner for HVAC locations in South Carolina. Jamie currently resides in AZ, SC, or FL depending on the season.
Stacy is the niece of Sue Weaver and daughter of CAUSE 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 CAUSE 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 their young 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.
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
Mark Wagner, Founding Board Member
Mark Wagner CPA LLC
Kim Cloud, Founding Board Member
Owner, Cloud 9 Salon & Spa
Paula Wagner, Founding Board Member
Owner, Total Package Marketing
Joe Gracey, Founding Board Member
Part Sales, Unified Supply
Owner, Mobile Music, PBP
Owner, Mobile Music, PBP
Jennifer Charles Bone
Owner, Sparkfly Consulting
Senior Vice President, CARCO Group
CG Drew Photography