About HIA

522887_141868495967487_788102947_n[2]Heroes in Action, Inc. was founded by Ray Amanat so that he can empower anyone to learn how to stand up for themselves and others in a safe and justifiable manner.

We have school bullies, sexual predators, criminals of all kinds, corrupt politicians and evil dictators that prey on anyone who are weak, easily intimidated, uneducated or not prepared for their style of oppression.

These people are all wolves that look for any opportunity to make social and/or financial gains for themselves or are just plain evil with no respect for their intended target’s rights to feel safe as they pursue their goals towards happiness.

The Heroes in Action curriculum is designed to educate and train people to get out of the victim mind-set or sheep and to create more awareness of their surroundings to become either a watchdog or a sheepdog.

Click the image to hear why Ray founded Heroes in Action


HIA Mission:

To enable everyone to be safe physically, mentally and emotionally against any form of bullying or violence, empowering them to grow and become successful in life.

HIA Board:

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Mr. Ray Amanat (Servant of Safety)

Ray Amanat founded “Heroes in Action” mainly because he was a victim of bullying and violence at home and from elementary school through high school.

A Hero in his life helped him to realize that he deserved to be safe, and deserved to be respected. With that, Ray decided to be a “Victim No More”, and to end the bullying and violence in his life. He began studying Martial Arts  which gave him the confidence and empowered him to stand up against those who were bullying him.

As Ray saw his life turning around, he began to empathize with others who were in the same circumstance, and did not have a Hero in their life to help them. Since schools have “Zero Tolerance” policies, Ray knew he could not teach martial arts in the classroom, but he could apply the principles of honor, integrity, respect and character as part of his curriculum. Since bullying and violence are safety issues, Ray researched, trained and became certified in many programs having to do with public and personal safety. At this point, he founded Heroes In Action, where he developed programs to help adults and childrenof all abilities and disabilities to feel empowered to keep themselves safe, as well as to create a culture of respect and non-violence towards others.

Ray has since lectured at public and private universities, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. He gives seminars and personal safety workshops to individuals and corporations, providing them with street-smart tips, practical advice, and role-playing with real world examples. He works with area law enforcement and local D.A.R.E. programs, as well as the St. Louis Special School District, to give guidance to children with special needs, and is often interviewed by radio and news programs.

He has established himself as a leading advocate for victims of abuse, bullying and violence. His tragic personal experience gave him a first-hand understanding of their experiences, which is why the program he developed works. It is also why he continuously works toward promoting the goal of Amanat’s Heroes In Action, to educate everyone in the community to create a safer environment, so we can all move forward in life in a positive way.

head shotDr. Jary Klein

Dr. Klein is a local general dentist. Having been bullied in elementary school, he
knows first hand the effects bullying can have on a child, both physically and
mentally. When his two sons were being picked on in school, they enrolled in Mr.
Amanat’s classes. Their self-confidence soared knowing how to assert themselves
when confronted by bullies. Now they even come to the defense of others in need of
Having known and worked with Mr. Amanat for over twenty years, Dr. Klein has
personally seen the positive results the H.E.R.O.E.S. In Action program can provide
for both children and adults.


Kim Miller

Project Management Officer

Kim works as a Technology Specialist at a local private university.  She knows the importance of educating children about anti-bullying tactics when they are young so they may implement those skills in their adult/professional lives in the future.  Kim is a strong advocate of the H.E.R.O.E.S. in Action organization and believes it is a great program for all ages and environments.


582785_948677915024_138092669_nTina Lavi

Community Relations Officer

Tina is committed to educating children.  She believes that schools should be safe, peaceful environments that promote a lifelong passion for learning.  Currently, Tina is a Lower Elementary Directress for a local private Montessori School.  She teaches a classroom of children ages six-nine.  Previously, Tina taught second grade for an inner-city charter school.  She has seen first-hand how H.E.R.O.E.S. in Action helps provide children with the skills and information needed to assert themselves and be safe regarding bullying and violence.

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Project Management Officer

Kevin is a Senior Assurance Associate at a big four public accounting firm in St. Louis, MO.  He believes in the importance of teaching our youth about the damaging effects of bullying and ways they can help prevent it.  Through Ray’s H.E.R.O.E.S. in Action program, he knows real change is possible.  With the commitment of our community, Kevin believes Ray has the potential to change thousands of lives.  He supports the program through volunteering his time coordinating H.E.R.O.E.S. in Action special projects and events.

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Hi! I am Derlene Hirtz. My business is You. Empowered Services. I am also known as the YES! finder. I help people find their personal “YES!” in their life.

My experiences as teacher, mentor, friend, consultant, speaker, coach, and most especially, transparency of my own life learnings, are testimony to me serving others through empowering men and women who seek to live a fuller, more meaningful life. We all get “stuck” along the journey of this amazing thing called LIFE and occasionally need some help and guidance to help us learn the valuable lessons and reap the amazing gifts those experiences hold so that we can embrace the experience for what it is and put it where it belongs; in the past.

I am an NLP Master Practitioner, certified Life/Empowerment Coach, certified Time Line Therapy, and have a BA in Education.

I believe your life is all about you. If you are not whole and thriving, you cannot be available to those you love and are entrusted in your care. I help you to discover YOUR “YES” in life!

I can be contacted at: 636.459.0877, derlene@youempoweredservices.com, or my website: youempoweredservices.com. I look forward to our conversation, the first of which is always a 45-minute complimentary session.

Organizational Description:

Amanat’s Heroes In Action® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Our program objective is to teach safety, awareness and assertive behavior at home, in schools, at work and abroad. Our goal is to educate everyone to create  a safer environment so we can move forward in life in a more positive way.