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DeMeyer helps others overcome lifes obstacles


Consultant and radio host will speak at Aug. 27 CCCNW monthly meeting

Fay DeMeyer’s whole life has been about overcoming adversity, so it’s no surprise she’s built her career around it as well.

In addition to a long stint helping people succeed after incarceration and consulting on re-entry issues for prisons in Oregon and Ne­vada, DeMeyer created a consulting firm based upon the notion and celebrates stories of it on her own weekly radio program on Salem-Keizer’s KYKN 1430 AM.by: SUBMITTED - Fay DeMeyer

DeMeyer will share her insights and experience at the Christian Chamber of Commerce of the Northwest’s (CCCNW) monthly morning meeting Aug. 27 in Newberg, slated at Providence Newberg Medical Center instead of its regular location at the Villa Academic Center.

“I’m a fan of people not being victims of their own childhood, victims of their genetics, victims of maybe some things they behaved their way into or that other people behaved them into,” DeMeyer said. “I’m a fan of people dusting themselves off, standing up and moving forward, so I promote that whenever I can in whatever ways I can, whether it’s through my business, my teaching or mentoring youth at our church.”

The Salem resident’s consulting firm, Professional Freedom Development, offers direct support to businesses, individuals and groups around areas of conflict, mediation, vision casting and restoration.

“All of those things are about overcoming because you can’t be spotless without Christ, you can’t be blameless if we’re pointing our fingers at everyone else and we can’t have the peace of God unless we are at peace with God,” DeMeyer said.

DeMeyer faced many obstacles as a child, having been raised by parents addicted to alcohol and prescription medications while initially working as migrant farmers in California.

Her parent’s addictions were connected to the death of her 5-year-old sister, who was run over by a car while being led across the street by one of her mother’s drinking cohorts. Later, she learned her father died after falling into a ditch and breaking his neck during a fight.

DeMeyer committed her life to Christ at a young age and before her family moved to the Pacific Northwest and after being brought by an outreach group from a migrant camp to a church in Caruthers, Calif.

She and her siblings were put into foster care for a short time before being returned to their parents, who later deserted them when DeMeyer was 10 years old.

DeMeyer credits the strict, but loving Christian family she was connected with through the Marion County foster care system after her parents left for keeping her life on track and later found her mother and thanked her for leaving, telling it had been “the greater part of love to admit she couldn’t handle it.”

“I’ve always known that my life was going to be different and for a purpose,” DeMeyer said. “I just know that it’s my job that if suffering does come along, my first question isn’t ‘Why me?,’ it’s ‘How are you going to use us God?’”

DeMeyer was inspired to carve out a career helping people by the social workers shea saw distributing food to migrant camps, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Oregon University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon. She first worked as an early intervention specialist for Polk County for 10 years before moving into corrections.

DeMeyer is active in the Salem Chamber of Commerce, is president of Salem Business Builders, and teaches at West Salem Foursquare Church.

The CCCNW meeting, which will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m., is free to chamber members or a $5 donation for non-members and guests who make reservations at www.cccnew.net. For more information, call John Fortmeyer at 503-537-9220, Deborah Tilden at 775-224-0717 or the chamber at 503-928-8354.