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Our Board

Our board is led by amazing individuals, survivors and activists, who joined in the Beginning Over Foundation’s efforts to develop new innovative ways to support survivors of domestic violence and homicide. Below are the people who have helped the Beginning Over Foundation grow to where it is today, check them out!

Heidi M headshot 1Heidi Markow

Founder & President

After losing her sister Robin to domestic violence Heidi worked to heal and recover from the pain and now she wants to help others in their own journey through the grief and healing process. Heidi has been on the board since the organization’s beginning and has a passion and drive for everything involved with Beginning Over. The growth and integrity of the organization and the survivors they serve is a top priority as a board member.

Markow_IggyIggy Markow


Iggy Markow, a 26 year veteran of the Real Estate world. Iggy Co-Founded the Beginning Over Foundation with his wife Heidi in memory of her sister Robin. The love for his family and the loss of his sister-in-law is what makes him committed to the Beginning Over Foundation. Iggy understands the heartache and difficulties families endure after losing a loved one. He wants families to understand that they can heal, rebuild and find their new “normal” again.

image1Liz Keptner

Public Relations

In her 20 year broadcasting career, Liz Keptner made it a point to cover stories that empowered women. She met Heidi while covering her organization for CBS-3 in Philadelphia. Now, as a faculty member at PSULV, she continues to work to expose her students to strong community leaders and causes – Heidi is one of those!

Li skdjfhKendall E. Ostendorff


Originally from South Carolina, graduated from College of Charleston with a B.A. in Religious Studies. After college joined AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and spent a year travel the states with her team doing national service projects.  Once the AmeriCorps*NCCC service year ended, she spent the following several years working on organic farms in Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania.  Kendall met her, now husband, chef Nate Weida while working on a farm in PA and decided to make the Lehigh Valley her home. After leaving the farm life, Kendall spent several years working at Lehigh Country Club and decided to go back to school for accounting. She is now working at an Allentown accounting firm, Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits, LLP and works with many local Not-for-Profits in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. Kendall has always focused on how women’s lives are shaped by their surrounding; living and working in various environments she has watched as the women surrounding her have been empowered and as others have been psychologically and socially treated as a subordinates. The opportunity to be involved with the Beginning Over Foundation gives her the chance to work with an organization empowering victims of domestic violence and helping them move away from a life of abuse and subordination.

lynn-houghton-224x300Lynn Marie Houghton


Lynn has a great passion for helping other people, so when approached about becoming a board member with the Beginning Over Foundation, she knew immediately she wanted to be a part of it. In fact Lynn stated, “I needed to be a part of it! I am so fond of Heidi Markow and her fabulous mission to help individuals to begin their lives over by empowering them to walk away from an unhealthy relationship. Although, Heidi has shown that the bond that is shared between sisters is truly an unbreakable one; we all need to be aware and proactive in our families and communities.”

image1Shelly Brown

Shelly is a single Mother of two young women, and a National Conf. trainer/Director with Silpada Designs Jewelry. As a survivor of domestic violence, she hopes to help families affected with her story as well as educate society of it’s prevalence.

Fairlie Godshall

After losing her daughter Kimberlee to domestic violence homicide Fairlie wanted to find a way to heal and help others. Most importantly she wants to provide support and funding to children who are in need due to domestic abuse or homicide. Through her own grief and experiences Fairlie brings compassion and empathy to the Beginning Over Foundation, which in turn helps to keep the memory of her daughter Kimberlee Godshall alive.

Daisy Nastasi

After losing her sister Margie to domestic violence Daisy felt the need to honor her sister and to help us meet the unmet needs of families faced with this tragedy.