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 Lynch is an NGO leader and activist recognized as one of the prominent voices in the anti-child sex trafficking movement. He is the CEO of Traffick911, a non-governmental organization focused on freeing youth from sex trafficking. Though based in Addison, TX, Traffick911 makes impact in more than 20 communities across Texas, Arkansas and Florida.
Under George’s leadership, Traffick911 was selected in 2017 by the Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team to serve as crisis response and advocacy agency for DFW counties. But there’s more before that.
As a son, brother, husband and father, George was compelled to join the fight against the exploitation of women and children. His confidence that each life was created for great purpose inspired his work in developing Sabre Corporation’s signature corporate responsibility program Passport to Freedom. It was his entry into the issue of human trafficking. Once he learned more, George’s passion for justice spurred him to action. He began working with Traffick911 as a volunteer in 2012. In 2014, he was asked to join the staff as Chief Executive Officer.
George serves on the Child Sex Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Teams for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties, the Executive MDT Council for Dallas County, the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking, EPIK Buyer Interruption Program, 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. He is working to become a Certified Praesidium Guardian.
His great delight is seeing lives changed — and then the community impact from a 30,000 foot level. The tremendous advancement in the communities he serves is a source of joy that adds to his primary life roles as Christ follower, husband, father and Golden Retriever owner.
Lindsey Speed • President
Lindsey's passion is helping hurting people. In 2010, Lindsey joined Traffick911’s grassroots team of volunteer pioneers, and in 2012 she left her job in corporate America to serve at Traffick911 full time. Through her nine years of anti-trafficking work, she has had the opportunity to learn from and work with heroes in the field, build long-lasting relationships with survivors, and is considered a subject-matter expert in the field of sex trafficking. She currently serves as President, overseeing all programs, operations and staff for the organization.
Lindsey has trained thousands first responders and professionals on the issue while working closely with victims and their families. Her experience ultimately equipped her in the creation and implementation of Traffick911’s newest program, the Voice & Choice Survivor Empowerment Program. She has become a formative voice in implementing trauma-informed, relational advocacy services and outreach for trafficked youth across the state of Texas.
Lindsey serves on the Child Sex Trafficking Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin Counties. She 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 Victims Services Association. Lindsey holds a bachelors from Texas A&M University, is TBRI-trained, is certified to assist victims of crime through the Texas Victim Assistance Training Academy and is working to become a Certified Praesidium Guardian.
In her free time, she loves finding hole-in-the-wall local coffee shops, playing the piano and gardening.
Cheryl Brasuell • Director of Community Engagement; Voice & Choice Advocate
Cheryl began her journey with Traffick911 in 2015 as a community speaker/trainer and part of an internet surveillance team who partnered with law enforcement identifying exploited youth online. During her time at Traffick911, she has served as a Voice & Choice Advocate and on the Crisis Response Team, working closely with victims of sex trafficking and their families. She now serves as Director of Community Engagement, overseeing partnerships, donor relations, trainings, events, leading volunteer teams.
Cheryl speaks across Texas to first responders, corporations, community groups and everyday citizens on the issue. She believes deeply in the power of relationships and is has an intense desire to leave every place better than she found it.
She is passionate about finding new ways to get people involved in the cause she loves. Cheryl believes in everyone's ability to make a difference and thrives in creating opportunities for people to do good. Her extensive experience in administration and leadership has taught her just how important it is to bring like-minded people together to support something bigger than themselves.
She is an avid organizer, bargain shopper, and french fry connoisseur. She adores her husband, kids and is completely obsessed with her grandson, Jude. Hope, joy, and love are among her favorite things to pursue in life.
Carly Brown • Director of Prevention & Youth Outreach
Born and raised in Southern California, Carly’s passion for social justice began while studying sociology in college. After graduating, she went on a year-long mission trip around the world called The World Race. Through her travels and humanitarian work in 45 countries, she encountered realities of deep brokenness and pain, as well as profound hope and joy. She then moved to Georgia to work for The World Race as a Squad Mentor for over three years, managing the teams of young adults, providing leadership development and relational care to the participants during their journey around the world.
After moving to Texas, she worked at ACH Child and Family Services as a team supervisor in their Youth Emergency Shelter, serving homeless youth. She also began volunteering with the Traffick911 Juvenile Detention Outreach team across multiple counties, which further deepened her passion and awareness for trafficked and exploited youth.
Today, Carly serves as Director of Prevention and Youth Outreach, overseeing all aspects of prevention and youth outreach for the organization, including 15 Juvenile Detention Outreach teams (made up of over 200 vetted and trained volunteers), Affiliate organizations utilizing Traffick911’s prevention programs across the country, and community youth outreach to shelters, youth facilities, and schools across Texas. Carly also represents Traffick911 on the Tarrant County 5-Stones Task Force.
Carly holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from California Polytechnic State University. Her true passion is for others to find freedom and worth in the love of God.
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.
April Barker • Voice and Choice Mentor Program Coordinator
April Dishon Barker’s desire is to empower all around her to find their voice, and to shape their story into words that will encourage others to do the same. Her gift of listening has allowed her to be a confidante and guide to help many women navigate the journey from tragedy to triumph.
Her heart is to assist organizations in implementing accountability and action plans for growth and expansion, including several church plants, kids’ ministry and special needs initiatives. She has previously held roles in higher education, secondary education, church ministerial staff and as a CEO of a start-up publishing company. She is a published author, licensed minister, degreed communicator and public speaker.
In her free time she does a monthly leadership training and Bible study for women who are in high-level leadership positions in their homes, communities, corporate America, small businesses and ministries. Her first ministry is to her husband of seventeen years and their four children whom she serves whole heartedly with great joy!
Courtney Oliphant, LMSW • Assistant Director of Prevention
Courtney first discovered her passion for serving youth who had endured trauma and abuse as a counselor at Kids Across America Kamps, a Christian sports camp which serves inner city youth. During her time as a counselor, she mentored and served youth weekly from different cities throughout the United States who all came from different walks of life. Courtney found her passion specifically for social injustice and human trafficking when a teen girl that she mentored was trafficked. This experience coupled with her lack of knowledge and awareness about human trafficking encouraged her to pursue a Master’s degree social work from Baylor University after first receiving her Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During her pursuit towards her Master’s degree, Courtney served as a research assistant under a professor who had a wealth of knowledge and experience with helping victims of sex trafficking.
Prior to beginning her journey with Traffick911, Courtney was a foster care case manager with Buckner Children and Family Services. She now serves as the Assistant Director of Prevention, where she helps oversee all aspects of prevention and youth outreach. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, binge watching her favorite TV shows and creating space for her and her peers to engage in discussions about prevalent current events. Courtney strives to be a joy and light in the lives of every person she encounters and to show the love of God through her service to others.
Toni Thompson, LCDC, MAC • Voice & Choice Advocate
Toni is a Master's level counselor (Master Addiction 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 10 years ago, helping individuals navigate social services and justice systems to utilize resources in order to improve their quality of life. She has extensive experience as a Certified Mental Health Social Worker, Love & Logic Instructor, 7 Challenges Curriculum Facilitator, Cannabis Youth Treatment Facilitator.
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 in various youth outreaches. 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, sexual assault and exploitation, 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 a Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. When she isn't working, she is making beautiful art and/or spending time with her daughter.
Joy Sanders, MFT • Voice & Choice Advocate
Joy was born into a family that has always cared deeply for people. Her dad being a preacher, they found themselves traveling the world, sharing God’s love with everyone they met. When Joy was in high school she was hit with the reality of sex trafficking and she knew this is what she was called to do with her life. The verse in Isaiah 61 was written on her heart, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.”
After attending Christ for the Nations Institute, she began pursuing and eventually graduated with her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. While attending college she began volunteering at SOS International, a Texas-based Anti-Trafficking organization which partners with Anti-Trafficking groups world-wide. After graduating, Joy began working for ACH Child & Family Services as a counselor before finally getting connected with Traffick911, where her life-long passion could be realized. As a Voice and Choice Advocate, Joy uses her counseling training, as well as her unwavering passion, to help bring freedom to victims of sex trafficking.
Sandra Perez, MFT • Voice & Choice Advocate
Sandra’s passion for seeing others walk through restoration and healing from relational brokenness, was activated when she recognized that God remained consistently faithful through broken relationships in her own life. Born and raised in Houston, TX, Sandra journeyed through a path that led her to study at University of Houston, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management. While she completed her degree, she joined the United States Air Force, and gained a unique set of skills that strengthened her being. This journey set in motion the continuation of her education at The King’s University at Gateway to pursue her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).
While at The King’s University, Sandra began to envision a life with purpose by utilizing the same tools that catalyzed her own healing: faith, hope and love. She completed her therapeutic practicum at Denton County Friends of the Family, where she helped provide supportive services to those impacted by relationship violence and sexual assault. Sandra has a unique skillset in providing crisis support, suicide intervention, and stress management.
Sandra now serves on Traffick911’s empowerment team as a Voice & Choice Advocate and believes that her faith in God ultimately has equipped her for this calling.
Natalie Pirrone, MBA • Voice & Choice Advocate
Natalie’s heart was burdened during her sophomore year after taking a human trafficking awareness course in college. The driving force for her passion was knowing the lack of love these victims were receiving and her heart was broken for their emotional and physical pain. Her conviction to work in this field of service and care for exposed women was solidified a year later after a childhood friend of hers was exploited.
While volunteering with the Poiema Foundation, she learned more about the horror of this issue and how awareness education is one of the best ways to prevent it from continuing to happen. In 2016, she served as an intern for RescueHer, where she had the opportunity to work with motel owners in the Dallas area, teaching and equipping them to recognize signs of human trafficking within their facilities.
Natalie attended Dallas Baptist University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology and her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Through her education, her hope is to field a connection between passion for the cause and fostering an environment that is able to maintain provisional care to those she serves. Her desire is that through community, kindness, and service to one another, people will know their worth in the Lord and will feel surrounded by love.
Rachel Peoples • Marketing & Administrative Coordinator
Rachel is passionate about supporting people on their individual journeys. She has worked in nonprofit marketing and administration since studying journalism in college and developing a love for telling stories that empower, encourage, and unite people. Her joy is making space for people to be known and celebrated for the ways they uniquely reflect the image of God.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, visiting museums, and reading biographies.
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