meet the team

We’re passionate about freedom. We’re committed to excellence. And we’d love to meet you.

National Staff

We employ national social workers, support staff, and investigators. We believe training and employing nationals in their own communities is critical to impacting sustainable change.

However, because of the nature of their work and its danger, we can’t publicize their names or photos. So while you can’t see their profiles, you can see the effects of their work in every single rescue.

65% of The Exodus Road staff are local foreign nationals.

U.S. Staff

Co-Founder, CEO

Matt Parker

“We can’t help free those affected by human trafficking if we aren’t actively looking for them. “

 

As our Co-Founder and CEO, Matt is continually providing vision and oversight for the organization. He has a communications degree and spent a decade working in a local faith community before he began undercover work in SE Asia with police. Currently, he travels and speaks on behalf of the organization, designs the organization’s covert gear, and works with field teams as they press forward for freedom. He has lived overseas several times and traveled extensively doing humanitarian work over the last 15 years. Matt is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, with whom he founded the organization. They have three kids and love being outdoors in the mountains of Colorado. You can learn more about how he started The Exodus Road here.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO and Global

Co-Founder, President, Chief Communications Officer

Laura Parker

“No human being should have to live as a slave. It’s not the kind of world I want help build.”

 

Laura is Co-Founder and President of The Exodus Road as well as the Chief Communications Officer. She has a degree in middle grades education, and a second major in English. She began her career as a teacher, and later merged into writing, starting her own blog and writing for various online and print publications. She now directs the Marketing & Communications team and oversees development within the organization. Laura loves collaborating with the field teams and bringing back stories from the front lines. After living in Asia for six years, she now lives in Colorado with her three children, and her husband, Matt Parker. Matt and Laura have been married for over 18 years and are high school sweethearts. You can read the story of how they started the organization by going here.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Steinbart

“Entering the world of counter-human trafficking has been a journey for me and certainly not one that I ever anticipated being part of. It’s dark, messy, and excruciatingly sad. But it’s real. And it’s happening every day in every country in our world. Slapped with this truth, I had a decision to make. Would I turn away and pretend I didn’t know? Or would I accept the call to use my feeble gifts in an effort shine just a ray of light in the darkness of this reality? Certainly, the ordinary can do extraordinary things.”

 

Stephanie is The Exodus Road’s Chief Operating Officer. While originally from the midwest, she spent most of her career in the South before moving to Colorado. Stephanie has a degree in education and comes to us with over 15 years of nonprofit experience! During her tenure, she has worked for a multitude of organizations including the Susan G. Komen foundation. She has a passion for using her gifts of organizational leadership and collaboration to empower donors to have a hand in the mission of an organization and plans to continue to do just that. She is looking forward to beginning this new chapter in the beautiful state of Colorado working to help find and free victims of human trafficking. Stephanie is excited to share the gorgeous mountain views with her three sons and her husband.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Director of Development

Zach Ferlise

“Human Trafficking is an issue I have experienced first hand when working in North Aurora combatting poverty and homelessness. Once I saw humans being trafficked in my own community, I felt wholeheartedly committed to eradicating this issue.”

 

Zach helps build strategy and processes within the Advancement Department as their Director of Development. Before joining us at TER, he was Assistant Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region. His background in organizational leadership and non-profit management makes him the ideal person to lead our team to success! In his spare time, Zach enjoys reading and writing, playing soccer, and binge-watching the latest shows at home.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Creative Director

Preston Goff

“All people are entitled to living free from oppression, and as humans, we have a responsibility to create paths to liberation for those held captive in our world.

 

Preston is the Creative Director at The Exodus Road. He holds a B.A. in Theology and Spanish, and a Master’s of Divinity. As a member of the marketing team, he helps The Exodus Road share its stories of rescue with excellence and clarity. Preston’s wife, Kira, is a Colorado-native and he himself hails from Arkansas. He is an avid marathoner (including Boston!) and an outdoor enthusiast. Preston and Kira enjoy exploring Colorado’s trails with their dog, Bentley. Preston is grateful that his work empowers normal people to take part in liberation every day! 

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Director of Donor Engagement

Jamie Smith

After witnessing the signs of human trafficking first hand on more than one occasion, the thought of someone being held captive in this industry just broke me.  It was something I couldn’t turn a blind eye to.  I’ve felt prompted to enter into this space for quite some time now and am responding to this in an act of obedience in helping these victims.

 

Meet our Director of Donor Engagement, Jamie! She is responsible for developing relationships with donors and giving them a high-quality experience with our organization that fosters long-term engagement and investment. Her strong background in communications and proven initiative from both running her own photography business and years working in the non-profit realm makes her a perfect fit for our Advancement Team. When she isn’t in the office, Jamie loves to spend ample time outdoors hiking, camping, and sitting by the bonfire with her husband, three kids, and their two dogs. She also likes to indulge in her guilty pleasure of binge-watching investigative crime shows.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Social Media Manager

Angelica Labuguen

“I have the power, privilege, and responsibility to eradicate the systemic cycle of human trafficking – and it is my passion to do so.”

 

Angelica is the Social Media Manager at The Exodus Road. She holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and has a background in social media for the Women’s Studies Institute. As a member of the marketing team, she is in charge of representing The Exodus Road across social media channels and acts as a voice for the organization. Angelica was born in the Philippines and moved to Colorado from Texas. She is passionate about human rights advocacy, helping marginalized groups, and overcoming cultural and societal barriers. Angelica enjoys skiing and snowboarding with her spouses and kids. 

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Business Development Manager

Taylor Tennis

“Human trafficking exists as the greatest injustice in our society today. If I were to come to the end of my life having used none of my willpower to attempt to address this injustice, I would deeply regret it.”

 

Taylor is the Business Development Manager at The Exodus Road. She holds a B.A. in International Community Development and previously worked in development for Reading Partners as a member of AmeriCorps, and then in Denver and Tulsa, OK.  Now she is helping The Exodus Road by blending the worlds of development and finance to keep processes flowing behind the scenes. Taylor enjoys reading with a cup of coffee in hand and trying new things – like pottery classes! 

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Multimedia Specialist

Kyle Bush

“To me, freedom is the most basic human right. I can’t think of anything that is more important than fighting for those who have been deprived of that right.”

 

After earning his degree in Film and Video Technology from the Colorado Film School and working for Discovery Church as a Media Director – Kyle has joined our team. We have loved having a Multimedia and IT Specialist in house! Kyle is the technical genius behind many of our videos, including “Sunlight on Her Face”. He’s also on standby to resolve all of our basic IT issues. Kyle blows us away with his mastery of technology and talent for storytelling. Kyle lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter and is also pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. His dedication to his family and our mission makes him a great asset to the team. The best part about Kyle? His heart for social justice.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Development Specialist

Zelle Calina

“My family has personally experienced human trafficking. I want to be a part of the movement to end modern slavery.”

 

Zelle is our Development Specialist and is an asset in supporting the Advancement Team at The Exodus Road. Zelle studied Biomedical Sciences and has a graduate degree in Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical School. Through this graduate program, Zelle learned about human trafficking as a public health concern and she was compelled to help. She has a heart for her community and she helped found St. Jude’s Play Live fundraising chapter in Orlando, FL. This is a yearly event where kids and families play video games together and raise support for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. In the first year, her chapter raised $15,000 and then rocketed up to $50,000 in the second year and continues to grow. Zelle has two dogs, and she loves to hike with them. She also enjoys painting and playing board games in her down time. 

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Content Creator

Stephanie Kunstle

“I was blessed to grow up in a world where I was loved, safe, and given opportunities to thrive. But so many people have not tasted this kind of life, and it grieves me to hear their stories of exploitation, violence, and poverty. I believe we must do all we can to fight for these men, women, and children to bring freedom and healing. It’s an honor to use my passions and gifts to advance the mission of The Exodus Road.”   

 

Stephanie is the Content Creator for The Exodus Road.  She joined the marketing team to share the stories of survivors as well to write about issues concerning human trafficking through The Exodus Road blog. She also supports the team in creating a movement of people called to action to uphold our work of bringing freedom to modern slaves. She has worked in sales, development, and marketing in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Stephanie has been married to her husband David for 16 years and counting! They have two precious daughters. When she’s not advocating for the work of The Exodus Road, Stephanie is representing artisans around the globe as an Ambassador for Noonday Collection in efforts to help these people experience freedom from poverty. Otherwise, you can find her in the kitchen experimenting with a recipe which will usually end up on Instagram or her food blog. She loves to cycle through beautiful Colorado, hike, and especially to gather family and friends around the dinner table to celebrate life. Stephanie and her husband are partners in a winery called Proper Wines located in Washington state. They produce an estate grown Syrah which is recognized by wine critics and most importantly, by so many amazing friends who support this labor of love.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Specialist, Humanitarian Affairs

Cintia Meirelles

“Human trafficking exists as the greatest injustice in our society today. If I were to come to the end of my life having used none of my willpower to attempt to address this injustice, I would deeply regret it.”

 

Cintia is a Specialist in Humanitarian Affairs for The Exodus Road. Her academic background ranges from a business degree from a prestigious school in Brazil to a Master’s in Intercultural Studies and in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is a wife and mother, and she’s been actively engaged in her pursuit for equality and social justice for several causes. Her experience includes working with World Relief, helping to establish refugee families in the U.S., and her reach has gone as far as the Vatican where she met with Pope Francis to amend and sign a document of cooperation with the Catholic Church. Cintia was also responsible for a ground-breaking case study in Venezuela that influenced multiple organizations to focus on the refugee crisis there.

Works In:Remote

Donor Engagement Specialist

Marlena Outlaw

“Human Trafficking has always been heavy on my heart, especially having witnessed it the first time I traveled overseas. To see it and know it is always happening, I cannot let that happen on my watch. It is not okay and it feels like such an overwhelming problem, but knowing that I can help just one person out of a dark place makes this huge issue feel that much lighter.”

 

Marlena was one of the very first employees of The Exodus Road team back in 2012. She was an integral part of the growth of TER and was willing to lend her many talents to any task thrown at her. After working for several other non-profit organizations, she is back with The Exodus Road and we couldn’t be more excited. In her current role, she connects with donors to keep them feeling informed and important. Marlena is married to her best friend and together they have two young children. They are an adventurous family who love being outside and spending time with friends. In addition to being a wonderful team member, wife, and mother, Marlena also teaches yoga. Her willingness and drive make her a valued member of our advancement team and we are so glad she found her way back to our organization.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Event Coordinator

Kelly Turner

I was once asked, “What breaks your heart?” Without hesitation it was the thought of children who have lost their freedom and are being trafficked. “You can choose to look away. But you can never say again, you did not know.” –William Wilberforce

 

There’s no way we could pull off any of our Galas without our Event Coordinator: Kelly Turner! Previously the Owner and Wedding Planner of Luxe Weddings in Colorado Springs, Kelly has a knack for coordinating important celebrations. She also has an extensive history planning galas, walks, festivals, and other large corporate events for large companies such as Google and Southwest Airlines. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and three children. They love the mountains just as much as the beach and make an effort to get to both as often as they can.

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Graphic Designer

Caitlin Shannon

It’s up to “ordinary heroes” like you and I to bring light to dark places. Even the smallest candle flame can snuff out darkness.

 

Caitlin graduated as Valedictorian of Full Sail University Graphic Design program in 2010 and has been with the team since 2013. She manages Exodus Road’s visual brand and absolutely loves playing a role in fueling rescue. As an authenticity-obsessed brand strategist, her greatest joy is uncovering her clients natural superpowers and showcasing them through strategic visual design. Caitlin is a Colorado native, currently living in Castle Rock with her incredible husband and their adorable mutt, Sherman. She is passionate about healthy living, hot coffee, fresh flowers, hygge, and the Enneagram (9w1).

Works In:Colorado Springs, CO

Board of Directors

The Exodus Road

Matt Parker

Works In:Colorado Springs, Colorado & Global

The Exodus Road

Laura Parker

Works In:Colorado Springs, Colorado

CURE International

Matt Stowell

Works In:Grand Rapids, Michigan

Microsoft

Steve Leigh

Works In:Seattle, Washington

Grateful Inconvenience Media

Nate Griffin

Works In:Nashville, Tennessee

Empirical Technologies

Cliff Clarkson

Works In:Colorado Springs, Colorado

Homemaker, Human Rights Activist

Tori Murphy

Works In:Jacksonville, Florida

Colorado Rockies, MLB

Daniel Murphy

Works In:Florida, Washington

Yobel Market

Sarah Ray

Works In:Colorado Springs, Colorado

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