We are a group of people who have been broken by our own life journeys.
We believe that we are called to hope, and that hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ.
We believe that our journey is to be walking with trafficked and sexually exploited women.
We desire and look for healing for us all.
Our team collectively has over 50 years of non-profit leadership experience focusing on mercy and justice issues. We have over 25 years experience in mentoring and providing advocacy for the sexually exploited. We have over 25 years experience in financial leadership and executive planning, and over 20 years experience in agricultural leadership. We also know that experience alone doesn't change lives.
Sam Haupt — Executive DirectorSam Haupt has served as the director of short-term and mercy ministries for Mission to the World, the international mission arm of the Presbyterian Church in America, for the last 14 years. While at Mission to the World his responsibilities included launching new ministries to exploited people and people at risk of exploitation. He also directed the Global Disaster Response ministry and managed the deployment of 5000 annual volunteers.
During his time with MTW he was exposed to the human trafficking problems that exist in his home state of Georgia. He felt that women who wanted out of their exploitation should have a place to go. The shortage of specifically-designed placements led him, along with his wife and three children, to take the step of being "all in." He now focuses all of his efforts on making the vision become a reality in Georgia. Sam is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He has served as an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Ga., and currently is a member of Creekstone Church in Dahlonega, Ga.
Brent currently serves as Executive Director for the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission and has since June of 2007. He has worked with the GSWCC since 1996. During his tenure at GSWCC, Brent has helped lead the implementation of the Agricultural Water Metering Program, through which over 10,000 water meters have been placed in all counties south of the Fall Line; these meters continue to produce data for the State Water Planning process. He has also helped initiate the Erosion Control Education and Certification Program, which has certified over 60,000 developers, home builders, and design professionals in improving erosion control measures for land disturbance sites. Brent and his wife, Meredith, have a heart to share the love of their family with children going through a rough time. They are very involved in fostering children.
Brent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia. He and his family reside in Athens, Ga., where they are members of Beech Haven Baptist Church.
Shannon serves as a supervisor of volunteers for CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocate). She is responsible for supervision, case management, training and coordination of assigned volunteers to ensure abused and neglected children have quality respresentation.
Shannon previously worked as the victim advocate coordinator for Edmonson-Telford Center for Children (child advocacy center), where she provided support to children and families through forensic and legal procedures. She served in the areas of staff advocacy, prevention education, and rape response, including the sexual assault center. Shannon also served as the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator where she fostered collaboration with SART team partners including law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and medical partners.
Shannon is a graduate of Brenau University and received her Victim Advocate Certification from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, David, have three children, and live in Gainesville, Ga.
Opal works for Mission to the World, the mission-sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. For more than 20 years Opal worked with Mission to the World, the misson-sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. With MTW she helped develop ministries that serve marginalized and neglected people groups. These groups include Native Americans and street children in Peru, Mexico, India, Kenya, and the Philippines. From 2011 to 2016 she worked with teams in Bulgaria, Greece, and Cambodia to develop ministries to reach women and children who have been sexually exploited.
Opal is also served as the co-founder and president of The Georgia Brain Injury Association. Opal along with her husband, Ben, live in Winder, Ga., and are members of Northside Presbyterian Church.
Bram van staalduinen
Bram worked for over 15 years with NCR Corporation. He provides leadership and strategic execution for program effectiveness and financial planning and analysis. As a senior executive and strong conceptual thinker, Bram brings extensive experience and accomplishments in business development, project management, marketing, sales, operations, continuous improvement initiatives, and finance.
He serves as elder at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Mountain, Ga., and has served in various leadership roles of non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
Now president of McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc., David joined the company in 1991 as chief financial officer. In 1996, David was named president. His previous experience includes treasury cash management for Georgia Power, general manager of Interstate Transport and vice president of finance for Transportation Management Services, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. David received a Bachelor of Business Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1981 and has earned his Certified Public Accountant designation n Georgia. He serves on various community boards including the Northeast Georgia Hospital System in Gainesville.
Tom is a retired pathologist, formerly serving on the staff of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. From 2000 to 2011, Tom served as the director of StreetChild Mission International, a ministry of Mission to the World. In his travels with the StreetChild ministry, he learned of the worldwide problem of human trafficking. He currently serves on the board of Georgia Cares, the organization tasked with coordinating care for underage trafficking victims in the state of Georgia. He also serves an as elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Ga. Tom and his wife, Margaret, have two grown children and six grandchildren.