About Us

Tommie L. Bosley is a Chicago Public School Product, who received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Augustana College located in Rock Island IL. Tommie also is a graduate of Corliss High School , where he graduated as the class Salutatorian. Tommie currently serves as Manager of the Mortgage Lending Department with Urban Partnership Bank in Chicago IL. Tommie has been in Real Estate Lending for over 24yrs. Tommie is the proud father of three sons Terrell, Terrez, and Trevon. Tommie and Pamela Bosley have been Community Activist since 2006, advocating for stricter gun control, after the death of their son, Terrell Marquis’ Bosley (18) who was murdered on church grounds, while helping his friend bring drums inside of a church.  Their goal is to change the mentality of today’s youth so that other parents will not have to feel their daily pain.  Tommie is one of the Co-founders and is current Vice –President  of PURPOSE OVER PAIN, the founder of Terrell Anti-Violence Association, and a member of New Bethlehem M.B. Church.

Annette Nance - Holt  Product of Chicago public schools; MS degree from Chicago State University; Member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority; 19-year-veteran Chicago Fire Department currently at rank of captain; Member of “Who’s Who of Chicago” as one of first three African-American women of Chicago promoted to rank of Lieutenant in the history of the Chicago Fire Department; President of Chicago chapter of Illinois Black Firefighters Association; Teaches Fire and Safety Management classes at various colleges and universities around the country; Co-founder and board member of parents group PURPOSE OVER PAIN; Advocate for stricter gun laws, gun-control and anti-youth/gang violence. On May 10, 2007, Annette's 16-year-old son, Blair Holt was an innocent victim of fatal gang gunfire on a CTA bus after leaving school.

Deneen Bohanon-Silmon  attended Chicago public schools, BS degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University, 20 year veteran with Cook County Adult Probation Department; assigned as a supervisor for the past 11 years.  Deneen’s 21 year old son, Andre’ D. Bohanon was robbed and tragically shot on December 16, 2005.  Andre’ was taken off life support on December 18, 2005.   The death of her son prompted her to become involved in anti-violence marches; support stricter penalties for offenders; and advocate for controlled gun legislation.  Deneen became a member of PURPOSE OVER PAIN to join forces with other parents in making a difference to stop the violence.  Deneen currently serves as the admin asst to secretary for Purpose Over Pain and a board member.

Pamela Montgomery-Bosley was born in Chicago and attended Chicago Public Schools, Graduate of Olivet University, worked in the banking industry for over 20 years; Safety Net Work Program Coordinator and Manger of the ARK of Saint Sabina; Member of New Bethlehem #4 MBC where her father, Rev. Louis Montgomery is the Pastor; Community Activist since 2006, advocating for stricter gun control, after the death of her son, Terrell Marquis’ Bosley (18) who was murdered on church ground while helping his friend bring drums inside of a church.  Her goal is to change the heart of youth so that another mother would not have to feel her daily pain.  Pamela is one of the Co-founder and board member of PURPOSE OVER PAIN, the founder of Terrell Anti-Violence Association, member of Parents of Murdered Children and a member of Illinois Victims.

  Alice Thomas- Norris attended Chicago Public schools and Chicago Colleges.Work in the business world in Chicago as Office Manager and in Customer Service for over twenty-five years after my mother death, I switch to Nursing receiving my Certified Nursing Certified from Trition College. A position I currently hold to this day working with client in their homes providing assistant with their every day life. I am semi retired. I was thrust on this journey with Gun Violence in August of 1993 when my fourteen year old daughter Rolanda LaKesia Marshall was shot and killed in a drive by shooting, after nine days on life support, I had her  removed her from Life support. I started speaking out against Gun Violence about the easily accessibility of GUNS. I wanted to reach others parents to help them on this journey as well as myself. This led me to many organizations that wanted sensible Guns laws  and  was advocating against Guns Violence I volunteer in a Victims Impact Circle in the Juvenile Detention Center of Du page County, letting youth know the impact of violence to families and them  in our community. I am the mother of three girls from the WOMB, but I am the mother of many children and one of the founding members of PURPOSE OVER PAIN.