Sue's Story

A criminal background check could very well have saved Sue's life. 

 

Read Sue's story here.

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Sue Weaver CAUSE

2221 Justin Rd.

Suite 119-247

Flower Mound, TX  75028

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© 2019 Sue Weaver CAUSE

WHO WE ARE

Sue Weaver CAUSE (Commit to Always Using Screened Employees), is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in 2004 in memory of Sue Weaver who was murdered by a twice convicted sex offender hired to do service work in her home.  CAUSE advocates for comprehensive background investigations of in-home service workers.  We are a 100% volunteer organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law and all funds are used to further our mission. 

CAUSE Board of Directors

Bon Idziak - President

Bon Idziak, Chief Compliance and Government Relations Officer for Accurate Background, Inc., is a 20 year industry professional and subject matter expert on the topics of Background Screening, Drug Testing and HR Technology.  Prior to joining Accurate Background, Bon was Head of Compliance and Government Relations for screening startup Checkr, and CEO of FL based Applicant Insight.  Bon also held several roles at First Advantage in the early onset of his career. 

 

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’s philosophy is to minimize hiring and retention risk through the design, implementation and management of an intelligent screening program, embracing industry standards and best practices, while ensuring compliance.  Critical to this is focusing on the applicant or employee in all aspects of the process to ensure that their rights are protected and they are active participants.

Currently, Bon serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Prior to his election to the Board, Bon chaired the Government Relations Committee for many years, providing a critical component to the association’s efforts regarding federal and state regulatory requirements and oversight.  Bon has been a key participant in meetings with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Members of Congress and State Legislatures on issues that shape law and affect the Screening Industry.

Bon is also Chairman of The Board of Directors for the HR Open Standards Consortium (Worldwide), where he previously served as Chairman, 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 initiative to create the Screening Specifications and an early implementer of the standard, he is a devoted advocate of the Consortium and its efforts.  Bon offers subject matter expertise to the Consortium and its members on business processes and legislative matters that affect the integration efforts of peer HR organizations.

In addition, Bon served the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) from 2010 through 2016 where he is a Past-President and was a member of the Board of Directors.  He is also active with the Government Relations, International Legal, Compensation and Engagement Committees.  Bon is a key contributor to the ongoing success of the Association.

Bon’s volunteer contributions also extend to President of the Board of Directors for The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E., (Commit to Always Using Screened Employees) a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, founded in 2004 to promote workforce screening for in home-service providers.

Bon is also a long standing and contributing member for several industry associations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), American Transportation Association (ATA), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), and Securities and Insurance Licensing Association (SILA).

Lucia Bone, Sue's sister, is the founder of The Sue Weaver CAUSE, Commit to Always Using Screened Employees.

In 2004, Ms. Bone established the not for profit organization in order to promote safety awareness and education to employers and consumers on the importance 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.

Lucia Bone - CEO/Founder

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," 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 seven grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, needlework and riding their Harley with her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike 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 seven grandchildren. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, skiing, and riding his Harley.  He also looks forward to adding golf and fishing back into his schedule.

Lesley Miller was born and raised in Louisville Ky.  She is a Founding Board Member of Sue Weaver CAUSE.  Lesley retired in 2017 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 Denton, TX.  She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and the Therapeutic Riding Center.

Lesley Miller - Founding Board Member/Secretary

Connie Whan - Treasurer

Connie has taught Family and Consumer Science for over 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.

Roger Miller - Founding Board Member

Retired - Global Director, OEM Account Manager , Covidien

Roger Miller is a Founding Board Member born in St. Joseph, MO and attended Missouri Western State College.  Roger was 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.   

Heidi Pattie

Vice President of Operations- Appriss Safety

Heidi Pattie serves as Appriss Safety’s Vice President of Operations, with direct responsibility of the Strategic Court Information Products Division.  A seasoned industry executive, Heidi brings over 15 years of highly relevant operational and strategy expertise.  She previously served as Vice President of Operations at Innovative Enterprises, Vice President at Convergence Research and Director of Operations at CoreLogic.

 

A Florida native, Heidi graduated from the University of Central Florida. Her many outside interests include her love of music and being involved in such an important

Heidi is the proud parent of two children and two grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, attending concerts and supporting her other passion, autism research.

Heather Harbord

Owner - Crumb & Kettle

 

Heather Harbord is the proud owner of Crumb & Kettle, a handcrafted, organic, backed from scratch custom bakery in Oak Cliff, TX.   She attended the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts in Toronto, and received a Designer Cakes Certificate in November 2011. 

Prior to opening Crumb & Kettle, Heather  was Marketing Director for Sue Weaver CAUSE from 2010 - 2016.  Heather holds a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University.  Although she is no longer on CAUSE staff she is actively involved as a Board Member and continues to share her marketing expertise.