Founder and President
Julie Weintraub is originally from England and moved here in 1978 with her family. Her mother is English and her father East Indian. Experiencing firsthand what it is like to go through times of hardship and struggles, Julie has always made time to help those less fortunate around her. Julie was raised in a home with parents that always gave back and helped others in need. Her mother even moved a man who was homeless into their home and rehabilitating him until he became a homeowner himself. Residing in Florida since 1987 Julie has had a long history in our area of Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship. Currently, Julie is Vice President of one of the most successful Family owned Jewelry companies in the Southeast, Gold & Diamond Source with her husband Steve. In 2010, Julie founded Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across The Bay which has quickly become one of our areas most notable and respected charitable organizations helping countless families in need.
Dee graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a bachelor of science in Event Management. Her original intent for her career was to plan large corporate meetings. However, with her parents constant giving spirits and involvement with local charities, her heart quickly took over and turned her towards non-profit fundraising events. Starting her career at Hands Across the Bay was an easy choice for Dee. Her dad danced in Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars and introduced her to the organization. She instantly fell in love and was thrilled when the opportunity arose for her to join the team.
Violence Prevention Advocate and Outreach Coordinator
It’s a true miracle that Melissa Dohme Hill is alive and healthy today. In January of 2012, her high school ex-boyfriend brutally attacked her by stabbing her 32 times in the neck, face, arms, and hands attempting to take her life. The attack caused her entire blood volume to be replaced twice, resulting her to flat-line four times and suffer a stroke in the emergency room. Following that horrific night and her miraculous recovery, Melissa developed the conviction to become an advocate and speak out against domestic violence. She has shared her story with thousands of people, speaking at various domestic violence events, conferences, high schools, and colleges. Melissa has been featured in national and international publications and television shows, including: People Magazine, 48 HOURS “Live to Tell”, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, Today Show, BBC News, Fox News, CNN, Nancy Grace on HLN, Investigative Discovery and many more.
In recognition of her effective advocacy in the community, Melissa has been awarded CASA’s 2013 Victory Over Violence award, WEDU's 2016 Be More Outspoken: Voice of Tampa Bay Award, and the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Preventing Domestic Violence Award.
Despite doctors advising a break due to her traumatic brain injury, Melissa returned immediately to college and never gave up on her education! In 2012, she was awarded St. Petersburg College Clearwater’s Student of the Year and honored as the commencement speaker for her Associates Degree. In May of 2016, she proudly reached her ultimate goal and graduated with honors, Summa Cum Laude (3.9 GPA), for her Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management & Organizational Leadership.
Today, Melissa proudly works for a Tampa Bay nonprofit organization, Hands Across the Bay, as a Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate & Speaker. She feels everyday that she walks into work to help others, she is fulfilling her life purpose of why she was saved that horrific night.
Melissa Dohme's attacker was sentence to LIFE IN PRISON with no chance of parole on October 21, 2013. Hands Across the Bay was there to support Melissa as she recalled all she went through and pleaded for her abuser to receive a life sentence. To read Melissa's Victim Impact Statement, please click here.