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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

REV STEVE PETTY BRINGS FAITH TO THE FIGHT AS FAITH COMMUNITY LIAISON AND CHIEF DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR 

MARIAH VLACH PUTS PASSION BEHIND SURVIVOR SUPPORT AS NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER


Brenda Wells - Founder and Executive Director

 


Brenda is the founder and Executive Director of the i-5 Freedom Network (i5FN). Their mission is to engage business and community leaders to fight human trafficking through differentiated training, education, and legislative advocacy. Since beginning their organization two years ago, they have educated over 2000 people, 15 hotels, the Outlet Mall and presented at numerous business and community groups such as the the California Hotel and Lodging Association, Loyola Marymount School of Business and Ethics, San Clemente Rotary, Dana Point Rotary, Shared Hope International, Academy of of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Kiwanis, and Laura's House to name a few.


Also working in legislative advocacy, the i5FN consults on relevant city and state bills and mandates, collaborating with the City of San Clemente on strengthening ordinances on Illicit Massage Parlors, and participates on Congressman Royce's anti-trafficking advisory council as well as the Human Trafficking Collaborative in San Diego. The i5FN is a training partner with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and and has developed a training program tailored to the hospitality industry that is offered in both English and Spanish.

Brenda is also a Corporate Trainer and certified through Dale Carnegie in Sales, Leadership, Presentations, and Communication Skills.


For her work fighting human trafficking in the community, Brenda was awarded Chamber of Commerce 2016 Citizen of the Year and Farmers and Merchants Bank 2017 Compassion Award.

 

Todd Forester - Vice-President


After meeting with the i5Freedom Network, Todd’s eyes have been opened to the atrocities of human trafficking that can occur behind closed doors. As a hotel manager with over 25 years of experience, Todd’s high energy and innovative management style has made him a leader in the industry, and he is committed to bringing awareness and training to businesses across the country in the effort to end human trafficking one community at a time. Todd was born in Long Beach and has lived most of his life in South Orange County. Todd enjoys playing guitar and acting for the stage and film.

Katie O'Donnell - Secretary


With a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless, Katie has had a stirring in her heart for unveiling the atrocities that so frequently occur behind closed doors. As the Director of Sales & Marketing at a quaint beach hotel in Southern California, she has felt compelled to be proactive in bringing egregious acts of violence against human life to the light. Providing awareness and training is paramount, for with knowledge comes the responsibility to be actively involved in the process of eliminating Human Trafficking.

Katie volunteers in the formation and mentoring of young girls and spiritedly participates in the music ministry at her church. Through music, Katie believes that wounds can be healed and spirits refreshed.

Jan Galati - Treasurer


Inspired by the opportunities i-5 Freedom Network offers for training and empowering in the hospitality industry to combat human trafficking, Jan joined the board as Treasurer. She believes that it is our responsibility to help those in harms way. Matthew 25:40 "And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”


Rev Steve Petty - Faith community Liaison, Chief Development Director


Rev. Petty joined the I-5 Freedom Network Board of Directors in September of 2017. A United Methodist pastor serving churches in Southern California for 43 years, he retired in 2015 and moved back to San Clemente. Steve has four grown children and lives in San Clemente with his wife Linda.

Upon retirement Steve formed TEOLIS Inc, a coaching and consulting firm for local churches going through transitions or difficult times. (TEOLIS is an acronym for: The Essence of Life is Spirit).

Steve has always been involved in community work beyond his local church, serving on several social service boards, county task forces, or city groups. He was the founder and chair of the La Mesa Futures Commission, and was honored with the Citizen of the Year award in La Mesa in 1997. He also volunteers many hours as a Little League Umpire every year.


ADVISORY BOARD


COL STEVE MISKA, US ARMY (RET)

NATIONAL SECURITY CONSULTANT

Steve Miska consults on matters of national security since retiring as a Colonel after 25 years of service in the military. His last assignment was teaching three years as the Army Chair at the Marine Corps University. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Previously, he served in the White House as a Director for Iraq on the National Security Council. In 2007, on his second of three combat tours in Iraq, Steve led a team that established an underground railroad for dozens of interpreters from Baghdad to Amman to the United States. He has published numerous articles, most recently on protecting local allies during conflict. He earned top academic honors as a Counterterrorism Fellow at the College of National Security Affairs at National Defense University. He has spoken on Iraq based threats at the Defense Intelligence Agency, RAND, and numerous media outlets and think tanks. He holds degrees from Cornell University, National Defense University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Cornell Club of L.A. He leads the First Amendment Voice campaign on behalf of Global Peace Foundation and serves on the advisory board to several other nonprofits including No One Left Behind, IRAP, and the i5 Freedom Network in Southern California.

KIM YIM

 AUTHOR, SPEAKER

Kimberly McOwen Yim is the author of Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery and founder of the San Clemente Abolitionists in San Clemente, California. She is the executive director of The SOCO Institute, a charitable arm of The SOCO Group where she has supports and advocates for a variety of organizations such as CURE International, Opportunity International, International Justice Mission and World Relief. With a MA in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary Kimberly writes and speaks on issues related to human trafficking.



AMI CARPENTER, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

  • PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • MA, Communication Studies, New Mexico State University
  • BA (Honors) Psychology, New Mexico State University

Ami Carpenter, PhD, is an associate professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, and teaches courses in conflict resolution, conflict analysis, and negotiation.

Carpenter holds a PhD from George Mason University and, in addition to her classes at the Kroc School, has taught courses on international, community, and organizational conflict prevention and resolution at George Mason University (Arlington, Va.), National Taurida Vernatsky University (Simferopol, Ukraine), and California State University, Dominguez Hills.

She has worked on numerous initiatives as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and conflict resolution consultant. Carpenter currently advises the U.S. Institute of Peace on its programs on countering violent extremism and applied research on conflict, Interpeace, the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, and the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human and Child Sex Trafficking.

Her recent publications are on resilience in fragile states and violent conflict in Mexico and Central America, and her research focuses on community resilience to violence and the criminal dimensions of political conflicts. Currently, Carpenter is researching vulnerability and resilience to conflict in Iraqi and Guatemalan communities, the connection between transnational gangs and criminal networks in Central America, and gang involvement in sex trafficking in San Diego County.



CHIEF ROBERT RAMSEY

POLICE CHIEF, CITY OF FONTANA 

Chief Robert Ramsey is a graduate of Beaumont High School and holds an Associates of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Victor Valley College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

In November of 1989, Chief Ramsey began his career with the Fontana Police Department. He attended the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department 98th Basic Academy Session where he received the honor of being the top graduate in his class.

Chief Ramsey has held a variety of patrol, supervisory, and command positions, which include; Gang Investigator, Neighborhood Improvement Team Officer, Investigations Detective, Internal Affairs Supervisor, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT Team Leader, SWAT Commander, Administrative Services Lieutenant, Area Commander, Fontana Unified School District Police Chief, Field Services Division Commander, Administrative Services Division Commander, and Special Operations Division Commander.

Chief Ramsey holds many Leadership Certifications which include;

FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia (Class 221), POST Command College (Class 42), Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class 155), POST Role of the Chief.

He is an adjunct college professor, and a published author.

Chief Ramsey’s memberships include; International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Police Chief’s Association, FBI National Academy Associates, National Tactical Officer Association, California Association of Tactical Officers, Boys and Girls Club of Fontana Board Member Past-President, Center for Law Enforcement Ethics.

Chief Ramsey is an avid surfer and runner, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

 

MARIAH VLATCH