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 funding a scholarship program for trafficking survivors.
As a son of a mother, husband of a wife and father of a daughter and son, he was stunned by what was happening to vulnerable girls and boys in the community he lived and worked in. Lynch joined the board of Traffick911 in 2012. Eager to see larger impact be made, 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 the Dallas County Child Sex Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Team, Tarrant County Child Sex Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Team, the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the C7 Human Trafficking Coalition, Fort Worth's 5-Stones Task Force, PureHope’s advisory board, and the core team of CEASE Network Dallas (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation). He is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practioner.
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 overseeing all prevention, identification and empowerment programs and operations for the agency. As a recognized subject-matter expert, 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 leader 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, her new grandson 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 - she serves as an advocate to many survivors and their families.
She is also Traffick911's liaison with law enforcement, overseeing every report that Traffick911 sends to law enforcement from our outreaches; these reports have resulted in numerous recoveries of victims as well 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 • Director of Survivor Advocacy
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 International 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 the Director of Survivor Advocacy under Traffick911’s Empowerment Program. She oversees Traffick911’s Voice & Choice survivor empowerment program as well as directly supervises the Voice & Choice Advocate team. She also directly serves victims and their families as a Traffick911 advocate. 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.
In earlier years, 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.
Stephanie Tomba, MSW • Voice & Choice Advocate
Stephanie has a passion to help those recovering from abuse, addiction and exploitation - to see the light come on in others eyes. She seeks to empower others by helping them learn their true worth and identity in Christ. In addition to her role as a Voice & Choice Advocate, she is also responsible for Traffick911's survivor support groups. Prior to coming on board with Traffick911, Stephanie worked for the Texas Department of Family Protective Services as a conservatorship caseworker for children in foster care or kinship care.
As a survivor of addiction and sexual abuse, Stephanie knows firsthand what it looks like to overcome. Her personal experience coupled with her professional experience as a social worker, gives her a unique and impactful way to connect with victims of trauma. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Social Work from University of North Texas and graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2018. When she isn't working, she is making beautiful art and/or spending time with her daughter.
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
Vanessa Bouche, PhD • Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University; Nationally-recognized Human Trafficking Researcher
Corky Schalchin • Executive Director, Texas Narcotic Officers Association, Retired Major, Texas Department of Public Safety, Narcotics & Human Trafficking Division
Sheri Winsper, RN, MSN, MSHA • Vice President Quality, Texas Health Resources
Nelda Yaw-Buckman • Founder and Chief Visionary of nelda.com
Rex Nichols • Owner, Nichols Group
Wade Decker • Owner, Decker Mechanical
Dr. John McClay • Pediatric Otolaryngologist
Jaco Booyens • President/CEO, After Eden Pictures
Dr. Mike Lewis • Retired Chairman, Department of Surgery, Paris Regional Medical Center
Dr. Reed Williams • Entrepreneur