Traffick911 is comprised of over 800 passionate, vetted and trained volunteers and executive staff listed below. Let us be clear on one thing: we would not be who we are and would not have the impact we have without our Traffick911 Volunteers. They are the heart and soul of Traffick911. Each volunteer has a unique story on how they have been impacted by human trafficking and many of them serve long hours each week to help us free youth from sex trafficking.
George Lynch • Chief Executive Officer
George first became aware of the horrors of global human trafficking in 2011 as he helped his employer - the technology company Sabre - shape and launch its signature social responsibility program, Passport to Freedom. The program trained travel industry employees and partners globally about the issue as well as a scholarship program for survivors.
As a son of a mother, husband of a wife and father of a daughter, he was stunned by what was happening to vulnerable young women in the community he lived and worked in. Lynch joined the board of DFW based Traffick911 in 2012. He grew his knowledge by serving on Traffick911’s Strategic Planning committee, becoming President of the Traffick911 Board, and ultimately CEO in 2014.
A voracious learner, his research and training on the vulnerabilities of trafficked youth and brain impact of their trauma prepares him as a voice for the causes and trends in the sex trafficking of domestic minors. He is the creator of Traffick911’s Hooked: Porn’s Hold on the Brain program. His personal passion for seeing lives transformed is well served by the work of Traffick911. He serves on PureHope’s advisory board, volunteers with The NetFW Men Against Sexual Exploitation (MASE) team, is on the core team of CEASE Network Dallas (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation).
Lindsey Speed • Chief Programs Officer
Lindsey's passion is helping hurting people. She has been involved in the fight against human trafficking with Traffick911 since 2010. She currently serves as Chief Programs Officer for Traffick911, overseeing all prevention, identification and empowerment programs and operations for the agency. Lindsey speaks across Texas to first responders, everyday citizens and youth on the issue and has the unique opportunity to work very closely with victims and their families as an advocate.
Lindsey is on the executive committee of the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking, is a member of the Crime Victims Council of Dallas County and the Texas Victim Services Association. She represents Traffick911 on the Texas Attorney General's Human Trafficking Task Force and Governor's Multi-Disciplinary Response Team. Lindsey holds a bachelors of science from Texas A&M University and is a certified to assist victims of crime through the Texas Victim Assistance Training Academy.
Prior to her work in the anti-trafficking movement, Lindsey worked in corporate America in corporate marketing. In her free time, she loves finding hole-in-the-wall local coffee shops, playing the piano and gardening.
Cheryl Brasuell • Voice & Choice Advocate, Community Engagement Director
Cheryl joined Traffick911 first as a volunteer advocate in 2015, speaking for the organization and also a part of the Internet Surveillance team, identifying exploited youth online. She now serves on full-time staff as a Voice & Choice Advocate, working directly with survivors and their families, as well as Community Engagement Director, overseeing Traffick911's community engagement initiatives.
Before Cheryl came on board with Traffick911, she spent seven years with Frisco ISD. Cheryl and her husband also worked in church ministry for 23 years in California and Texas. She has been burdened for the cause of human trafficking for many years and is grateful to be part of the Traffick911 team. In her free time, she loves to bargain shop, spend time with her daughters and her cat, Kevin.
Sherrie Jerke • Director of Juvenile Detention Outreach, Law Enforcement Liaison
Sherrie has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement since 2011. Sherrie is the director over fifteen Traffick911 juvenile detention outreach teams across Texas who go into the facilities on a monthly basis with our programs, as well as our affiliate programs in Arkansas and Florida. She has a unique and God-given ability to connect with victims and has helped dozens upon dozens of teen survivors and their families navigate through the healing journey and serves as an advocate to many survivors and their families.
She is also Traffick911's liaison with law enforcement, overseeing every lead that Traffick911 feeds law enforcement from victim reports and internet surveillance, which have resulted in numerous rescues of victims, arrests, pleas and/or convictions of pimps. In 2013, Sherrie was awarded a medal from the Executive Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. for outstanding casework with HSI and the North Texas Trafficking Task Force. She also represents Traffick911 on the Tarrant County 5-Stones Human Trafficking Task Force.
Elissa Polley, MA, JD • Voice & Choice Advocate
The desire to become an abolitionist for children began back in 2009 when Elissa met child victims of trafficking through volunteer work. The passion grew to a place that prompted her to move from Texas to Virginia to attend Regent University School of Law. During her time there, she was student staff for The Center for Global Justice and Human Rights which enabled her to focus her study on the issue of human trafficking both domestically and globally. She spent time interning in D.C. with Shared Hope and The National District Attorney’s Association where she assisted with the Protected Innocence Project and researched human trafficking cases. She spent time on The Hill in Senate hearings and collaborated with lawmakers regarding Human Trafficking issues. She connected with Traffick911 in 2014 and was a legal intern that summer advocating for victims through the legal process and completing legislative policy recommendations. Elissa continued to volunteer with Traffick911 in Juvenile Detention Outreach upon completion of law school and her return to DFW from Virginia.
Elissa now serves in a full-time capacity as a Voice & Choice Advocate & Legal Manager under Traffick911’s Empowerment Program. She firmly believes that through community involvement and mentoring, youth who are being exploited will be equipped to get their voice back, use their voice to bring justice, and make strong choices to be free. Prior to joining the Traffick911 team, Elissa spent 15 years as a professor who taught English to students from over 80 nations around the globe. She loves traveling and has explored several nations with her husband. She is extremely blessed to be able to serve with the Traffick911 team.
Toni Thompson, LCDC, MAC • Voice & Choice Advocate
Toni is a Master's level counselor with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and holds an LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor). However, it is her unique ability to quickly connect with individuals from all walks of life that allows her to thrive serving others. Toni's passion for empowering others is rooted in the rewarding, trusting relationships she is able to create with the individuals she serves. She follows Jesus's commandment to "Love one another," both in her personal and professional life.
Toni started her journey serving others almost 10 years ago helping individuals navigate social service and justice systems to utilize resources in order to improve their quality of life. She found her passion for serving youth in the same capacity in 2015. Toni's knowledge of and involvement with community agencies lead her to begin volunteering with Traffick911. She now uses her skills to free youth from sex trafficking full time with Traffick911 as a Voice and Choice Advocate.
Lori Jones • Administrative Coordinator
Lori’s heart and two main core values are to serve God and serve others. Her years of volunteering and working for churches and the non-profit arena have allowed her to fulfill that purpose. Lori currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Traffick911 and works with the executive team, advocates and volunteers to coordinate the many functions, events and initiatives that Traffick911 is involved with, both locally and statewide.
Prior to coming to Traffick911, Lori’s career included working in office administration for an Oracle consulting company, Office Manager for a local insurance agency, and most recently as an administrator of a church for thirteen years in the Dallas area. She has also served many years in ministry and mentoring to single women and young mothers.
Lori is a trained personal trainer through The Cooper Institute in Dallas, has been married 40 years with four children, seven grandchildren and two boxers. She loves being with her family, enjoys the great outdoors, horseback riding and gardening.
J. Nick Pitts, PhD, President of Board • Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at Dallas Baptist University
Chris Kroeger, Vice President of Board • Partner, Social Ventures Partners Dallas
Dr. Vanessa Bouche • Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University; Nationally-recognized Human Trafficking Researcher
Corky Schalchin • Retired Major, Texas Department of Public Safety, Narcotics & Human Trafficking Division
Nelda Yaw-Buckman • Founder and Chief Visionary of 2bKnown
Rex Nichols • Owner, Nichols Group
Wade Decker • Owner, Decker Mechanical
Wes McDaniel • CEO, Ideal Impact, Inc.
Dr. John McClay • Pediatric Otolaryngologist
Jaco Booyens • President/CEO, After Eden Pictures
Dr. Mike Lewis • Chairman, Department of Surgery, Paris Regional Medical Center
Dr. Reed Williams • Director of Medical Development, LandPlan Development
Sheri Winsper, RN, MSN, MSHA • Vice President Quality, Texas Health Resources