On Dec. 16, 1989, seven-year-old Leticia Hernandez was abducted from her front yard. When I asked how I could help, my good friend and police officer on the case said to put together a reward fund committee, which I did. That committee included future Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers.
Thirteen months later, Leticia’s body was recovered and I was determined to prevent future such tragedies. KinderVision was created with input from law enforcement, and in 1995 my wife Nancy joined me. We have dedicated our lives to empowering children and teens to shut out sexual predators. If one child or teen is prevented from becoming a victim, our effort has been worthwhile.
Douglas Sebastian, Founder
Douglas Sebastian created KinderVision in 1990 as the result of the abduction and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Oceanside CA. Research included an extensive interview with a convicted child killer and input from law enforcement on what needed to be included in the programs. Doug determined that the programs needed to be peer to peer and video-based with KVKids Events and TGS Teen PSA Program.
Nancy Sebastian is the Executive Director of the KinderVision Foundation and a former high school guidance counselor and teacher. Honors include being named a Lilly Leadership in Education Fellow and Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana for her work on behalf of youth. Nancy is the creator of The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program, a peer to peer crime prevention program for teens.
Rollie Fingers has been the National Spokesperson for KinderVision since its inception in 1990. Rollie is a 7-time All-Star pitcher, World Series MVP for the Oakland Athletics in 1974 and the American League MVP and AL Cy Young award winner in 1981 with the Milwaukee Brewers. As one of the all time great relief pitchers, Rollie is responsible for the KinderVision motto: “When it comes to kids, The Greatest Save is the one we never have to make.”
Tami Speth joined KinderVision in 1998 and is the Program Director for The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program in Alabama. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Purdue University and designed all the related materials that accompany The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program. She is the mother of two teens and the granddaughter of a retired law enforcement officer.
Dan Akeley has been part of the KinderVision organization since 2013. Currently, he is the Area Director of The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program for all of Florida. He also conducts KVKids Safety Events throughout the state of Florida. Dan graduated from Miami of Ohio University and worked with youth as a YMCA Professional for 26 years. He retired from the YMCA in 2012 as the CEO of the Huntington, Indiana YMCA.
Kathryn Hamel joins KinderVision after 24 years as a law enforcement officer in Southern California which included serving as a Family Crimes Detective. A recognized court expert witness in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, Kathryn holds a Doctoral Degree in Public Safety Leadership. She is the wife of a California Chief of Police and the daughter of Ashby Sebastian, one of the original founders of KinderVision.
The highest distinction and honor of the KinderVision Foundation is the KinderVision Crystal Angel given by the Founder. This is a personal tribute given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the Foundation and serve as a source of wisdom and inspiration. KinderVision Crystal Angel recipients have distinguished themselves by their loyalty, their leadership, and their vision. Honorees are selected for their contribution to the growth and impact of the work of the KinderVision Foundation in protecting children and teens from those who would harm them. The KinderVision Crystal Angel Award has been given to both men and women since 2000 and is given at the discretion of the Founder. Recipients include:
President Ronald Reagan
John Marinez – CA Highway Patrol
Chris McDonough – Oceanside PD
Andy Mars – Liberman Broadcasting
Max Gallardo – LAPD
Lenard Liberman – Liberman Broadcasting
Kevin Hallinan – MLB
Celia Bobrowsky – Detroit Tigers
Bill Kehlbeck – WCBS
Darrell Miller – CA Angels
Rolllie Fingers – MLB HOF
Rod Carew – MLB HOF
Chris Klein – WVEC
Neal Mazier – WSB
UMass Medical Center
Turner Broadcasting – Ronnie Gunnerson
Sharp Electronics – Bob Scaglione
Christina O’Reilly – Chicago White Sox
Dennis Kuhl – Los Angeles Angels