Face Forward International

Changing lives...one survivor at a time.

Face Forward International Team

Founder and CEO Deborah Alessi

Deborah Alessi is a Scottish-born businesswoman specializing in the aviation industry. During her career in private aviation, Ms. Alessi advanced rapidly through the ranks to manage the Royal Family of Bahrain’s fleet of private aircraft. Her experience included extensive travel and exposure to the finest of products, services, and etiquette. Upon relocating to the United States, Ms. Alessi worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies and private individuals in selecting, purchasing, and managing private aircraft. 

Ms. Alessi draws on her unique ability to mix shrewd business acumen, upper echelon skin care, and global philanthropy. As one journalist put it,

“It is rare to find an individual as beautiful on the outside as she is within. Deborah Alessi is that individual, and won’t rest until Face Forward puts the brakes on domestic violence.”

Executive Director Mandi Budd

Mandi Budd began her journey with Face Forward in 2015, first as Associate Director before accepting the role of Executive Director later that same year. Mandi is a proud member of the LA5 Rotary Club and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and when she first met Deborah Alessi, she was immediately drawn to the organization’s mission. 

Mandi has a passion for giving back and wanting to make a positive change for as many people as she can in the world. She looks forward to the continued growth, global reach and vision of Face Forward International, to help even more survivors from around the world become thrivers after suffering from abuse.  

Celebrity Honorary Committee

The Face Forward Celebrity Honorary Committee includes such notable figures as Sharon Stone, Jennifer Coolidge, Missy Pyle, Nelly and Kelly Osborne. The stature of these Members speaks to the true worthiness of the Face Forward cause.

We invite you to join our community to battle domestic violence, transform victims into victors, and empower survivors to not only survive, but also Thrive.

Fine Art Photographer Mark Maryanovich

Award-winning photographer Mark Maryanovich has captured an impressive variety of artists including Chris Cornell, Billy F Gibbons, Bob Rock, Chad Kroeger, Elliott Smith and Henry Rollins. His photographs appear as album covers and artwork for companies such as Sony, Universal, EMI, Warner Chappell Music, and Mark has been nominated four times, and received two Canadian Country Music Awards for Recording Package of the Year.

Mark’s commercial clients include Gibson Guitars and Peavey Electronics, and his work has been published in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Mark had the honor of providing the author photo for best selling biographer Robert Lacey's Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty, and book cover images for the legendary Randy Bachman’s autobiography Vinyl Tap Stories, and Matt Sorum’s autobiography Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N' Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver.

Mark has been recognized by the prestigious Photo Review magazine competition with his selection as a prominent entry, and by the California art community, with his placement as a finalist in the Images From A Glass Eye International Juried Photography Show, and honorable mention in the American Icon Art Competition. Because of his work in this genre, the esteemed Annenberg Space for Photography selected Mark to be part of their slideshow exhibition Country: Portraits of an American Sound, which celebrates the pioneers, poets and icons of country music. 

Mark’s images stand out from the masses with a unique quality, a quality created by a unique style of shooting; an experience that captures the raw essence and beauty of his subjects.

Currently, Mark is excited to be working on The ART of GIVING with Co~Creator Matt Sorum. Purely a project fueled by passion, The ART of GIVING exists to create awareness for the charitable causes championed by the world's most iconic artists.


Billy F Gibbons with Mark Maryanovich black and white behind the scenes photo The Art of Giving photoshoot

"Not only is Mark Maryanovich one of the world’s premier photographers, he’s also compassionate and donates his time and talent to assist worthy causes.”

Pepper Gomez, CEO and Founder of Wake Up! Music Group


Sponsorship Opportunities

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