A Global Team Working for Freedom

The Exodus Road is an international organization fighting human trafficking with offices in Thailand, India, the Philippines, Brazil, and an undisclosed country in Latin America. Our headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and our organization is led by a team of international leaders.

The Exodus Road's International Advisory Board

As an international organization, our programs around the world are led by an International Advisory Board — experts and national leaders in the anti-human trafficking field.

CEO, Co-Founder

Laura Parker

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

Laura is Co-Founder and CEO of The Exodus Road. She has extensive international experience, having lived and worked in Thailand when she co-founded The Exodus Road. Laura has served as the key leader in our Marketing and Communications Department from the early days when we were a nonprofit startup. She served as our CCO for two years and as our President for more than a year, becoming our CEO in 2021. Laura lives in Colorado with her three children and her husband Matt Parker. Matt and Laura have been married for over 22 years and are high school sweethearts.

Latin America Regional Director

Saul Herrera

"Life is too short not to be part of something bigger than myself. It's an honor to lend my talents in supporting the counter-human trafficking effort."

Saul’s extensive military experience gives him a unique strategic edge in the fight against human trafficking. A graduate of West Point, Saul served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. 11 of those years were spent working as the U.S. Army Latin American Foreign Area Officer, with a specialty in Mexico. He completed deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and served at the US Embassy in Mexico City.

Following his retirement from the military in 2016, Saul joined The Exodus Road to lead the expansion into Latin America. Building Latin American operations from the ground up, Saul has assembled and led a powerful team of operatives while developing and strengthening partnerships with local law enforcement. In addition to the hundreds of human trafficking survivors rescued during his tenure, Saul has been part of equipping investigators and police partners with training and knowledge that have a continued ripple effect in the Latin American communities where Charlie team serves.

Latin America Country Director

Fernando Blanco

"Good fights require good warriors. The fight against human trafficking requires a warrior, a bow, and many arrows. The warrior is everyone who courageously makes the decision to support the fight. The bow is the strategy. The arrows are all of the men and women sent to the darkest places to break chains of slavery and bring freedom."

Fernando has worked with The Exodus Road in Latin America since 2016. For Fernando, counter-trafficking work is an extension of the values that led him through his prior military career: a desire to serve, protect, and fight for freedom. During his military tenure, Fernando had a double career in International Business and Modern Language. Later, he focused on Intercultural Communication. He identifies the unifying themes of all his work as relationships, human rights, discipline, leadership, mentorship, and service.

During his years with The Exodus Road, Fernando has been a key part of developing the Latin American Charlie team. In addition to the many rescues and arrests that Charlie has accomplished, Fernando has also partnered with national investigators to develop their field excellence and leadership skills.

Brazilian Liaison

Cintia Meirelles de Azevedo

“Human trafficking is a deplorable crime that feeds on inequalities, be they racial, socio-economic, religious, gender-based, or others. What we know is that to fight for life and for human dignity is to fight human trafficking.”

Cintia is a Specialist in Humanitarian Affairs for The Exodus Road and currently is the program lead as The Exodus Road’s Brazilian Liaison for our expansion efforts into Brazil. 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 and 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 and helping to establish refugee families in the U.S. 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.

Asia Regional Director

Daniel*

"My heart breaks anew for this issue every single day. As long as that remains true, I will continue dedicating my life to the pursuit of freedom for victims of human trafficking."

Daniel’s role in combating human trafficking is fueled by personal passion and a law degree. He began his career as a child abuse attorney, but he couldn’t shake his heartbreak for those trapped in modern-day slavery. Daniel spent five years leading investigators in counter-trafficking work at another organization before joining The Exodus Road staff.

Since joining The Exodus Road in 2020, Daniel has been a key champion of the expansion of the organization’s work into the Philippines. He excels at unifying the efforts of investigators, local law enforcement, government leaders, and the survivors at the center of his commitment to the cause.

*pseudonym and representative imagery used for privacy and safety of staff

Asia Aftercare Coordinator

Sola Long

“My goal is to help lead survivors to a place where they can inspire and encourage each other to keep breaking glass ceilings, always knowing that they are not alone.”

Sola brings 15 years of experience in advocacy in the anti-human trafficking field to The Exodus Road. With degrees in Psychology, Education, and International Relations, Sola’s work experience has spanned the fields of education, social work, therapy, and social justice advocacy. She has developed and managed multiple residential aftercare programs and community-based support services. She also partnered in the development of a government-accredited school that provided education and vocation-track options for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia.

Today, Sola oversees the development and operations of Freedom Home, The Exodus Road’s first safe house for female survivors of human trafficking in Thailand. Her extensive experience and trauma-informed approach uniquely equip her to partner with survivors and with local social services to collaboratively create restoration.

Thailand Country Director

Karn Thanaklit

“There is so much value in silence, in learning to listen. This will generate ideas to help unlock people from the cycle of human trafficking.”

Karn has extensive professional experience as a supply chain controller, serving in healthcare, food, vehicle, and packaging industries. His high-level leadership experience equipped him with excellent skills in developing processes for efficient and effective teams.

Karn began working with The Exodus Road in Thailand in early 2020. During his tenure, he has implemented professional development processes for Alpha Team staff and operatives. He has also developed better systems of reporting and accountability to ensure records stay accurate and effective. His efforts have brought an increased level of excellence to The Exodus Road’s team, resulting in consistent successful rescue operations and arrests of traffickers.

India Country Director

Shyam Kamble

“I dream of the day that no child or woman is forced into sexual exploitation. I will do everything in my power to make it happen.”

Shyam has invested 26 years of his life in combating human trafficking in India. Through extensive work as an undercover investigator and serving with The Exodus Road since 2014, Shyam has worked at both grassroots and governmental levels to bring justice and freedom to a combined 2,300 human trafficking survivors.

In recognition of his relentless work for freedom, Shyam has received three different awards from the Indian government. He has also been appointed as an advisory board member to special police officers in his state. Under his leadership, The Exodus Road India Foundation has seen hundreds of rescues as well as expansion of the investigative team and crucial advances of their techniques.

Philippines Country Director

Buddy Bartido

"They are trapped, ashamed, and broken. In our hands lies the ability to help them rebuild hope, regain honor, and restore their dignity."

Buddy is a leadership expert with an extensive background in humanitarian work and organizational development. After a successful corporate career in IT, a passion for serving marginalized and vulnerable communities led Buddy to shift his focus to humanitarian work. He has been working in philanthropic roles in Southeast Asia since 2005, work that he sees as a gift.

Buddy joined The Exodus Road team in 2021 to spearhead their expansion into the Philippines. He has been an essential part of building community and governmental partnerships, as well as establishing operations for this new office!

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Based in Asia and Latin America

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.

While you can't see their profiles, you can see the effects of their work in every single rescue.

United States Headquarter's Staff

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Co-Founder

Matt Parker

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

Matt and Laura Parker founded The Exodus Road together in 2012, and Matt served as CEO for nearly 10 years. 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. Matt has lived overseas several times and traveled extensively doing humanitarian work over the last 15 years. As co-founder, today he serves the organization as a strategist and consultant. Matt is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura. They have three kids and love being outdoors in the mountains of Colorado.

Andrew Hoskins
Vice President of International Programs

Andrew Hoskins

"There are a lot of grey areas in life, but human trafficking is black and white. I am excited to be on a team that is passionate about restoring freedom."

Andrew is our VP of International Programs. He leads our Global Operations team to ensure program effectiveness and impact around the world. Andrew has 17 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, focusing on forced migration. He has lived and worked in Niger, Mali, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Uganda. Andrew loves learning new things, and he holds an MA in International Development and is completing a DBA focused on leading multicultural teams. He is currently writing a book on leading multicultural teams. Andrew is married with two daughters, and they love to travel and camp as a family.

Senior Director of Finance

Claudine Dickson

"To be a small part of such a huge mission fills me with an urgency to do more and engage my community in helping rescue any and all individuals who are suffering at the hands of traffickers."

Claudine is the Senior Director of Finance at The Exodus Road, building on a career in finance in different sectors, including healthcare, law, and US Defense contractors. She has also served as the Executive Director of Finance for the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. In short, she specializes in all matters of finance and strengthens our organization with her expertise. Claudine is married to a husband she adores, and together they have five wonderful sons. She is proud of her family and the life she and her husband created together. In her downtime, Claudia loves going to concerts and catching a movie. She enjoys crafting, including sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking. We are so thankful to have Claudine on our team!

Executive Director of Philanthropy

Will Leitch

"It breaks my heart to think of the millions of people on this planet who are enslaved. I feel my life, talents, and time are privileges to spend on behalf of others who need someone to care and to help."

Will is the Executive Director of Philanthropy. He is an integral part of our Advancement Team, as he is responsible for raising money through grants to support The Exodus Road’s mission. He has two sons and a three-year-old granddaughter he holds dear to his heart. Will is adventurous, to say the least! He has qualified for the Boston Marathon, and you will often find him trail running, road biking, rock climbing, and hiking the Colorado mountains.

Senior Director of Marketing

Amber Van Schooneveld

"I first learned about the reality of human trafficking nearly twenty years ago. At the time, it was hard to believe slavery still occurred. If I can use my time, skills, and energy to help even a few people, it will have been a life well spent.”

Amber is our Senior Director of Marketing. She brings a wealth of talent and experience to the team. The former Managing Editor for Compassion International and the Editorial Manager for Compassion Canada, Amber holds an English degree from Colorado State University. She has published three books, including Hope Lives, which was developed into church ministry curriculum. She and her husband have two children, and they own an ice cream store in Colorado Springs, Blue Mountain Creamery. She loves being in nature, hiking, and traveling. Amber has traveled to twenty countries and hopes to keep exploring! We are so thankful to Amber for her service to this freedom work here at The Exodus Road.

Senior Director of Partnerships + Development

Scott Sterling

"While all of us could use some help from time to time, there are many out there who are forced into a life of oppression. I'm blessed to be a part of a team that takes on the responsibility to help those in need."

Scott is the Director of Partnerships and Development at The Exodus Road. He works to create strategic opportunities for businesses and donors to partner with TER in our mission to fight human trafficking. Scott’s background is in sales and marketing, and he holds a M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Over the past fifteen years, Scott has partnered with several organizations, including Procter & Gamble and the Dodgers. He also spent time in South Korea collaborating on strategic marketing plans for Hyundai, LG, and Samsung. When he’s not using his gifting to fight human trafficking, Scott loves to spend time with his wife and their two Great Danes. They stay active by walking, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring towns in Colorado.

Director of Systems Development

Zach Ferlise

"Human trafficking is an issue I have experienced first-hand when working in North Aurora. 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.

Creative Director

Preston Goff

"All people are entitled to live free from oppression. 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!

Director of Business Administration

Jenny Malmgren

"I care about human trafficking because I truly care for the equality of human rights. Children, specifically, have always held a special place in my heart. Safeguarding our vulnerable children from exploitation is a mission I stand behind."

Jenny is the Director of Business Administration for The Exodus Road. She manages general administration and human resources, working closely with our finance department to keep TER’s systems and organization controls running smoothly. For over a decade, Jenny worked as an internal auditor, establishing an enterprise software audit program for a Fortune 5 healthcare company. She was the lead auditor driving the program’s state of maturity, identifying enterprise improvement opportunities, and reducing liabilities. Jenny is married and has two sons that she adores. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, read, cook, and explore Colorado’s great outdoors. Jenny was raised by two extraordinary immigrant parents who instilled in her a strong work ethic and a love of family and friends. Their life journey inspires her to be her best. We are so thankful for Jenny and the precision and excellence that she fosters at TER.

Senior Strategic Development Manager

Stephanie Kunstle

"I was blessed to grow up in a world where I was loved, safe, and given opportunities to thrive. 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."

Stephanie is our Senior Strategic Development Manager. She began her journey with The Exodus Road as a content creator and now works with the advancement team. Stephanie leads the planning and execution of strategic communications and event management for key donors, cultivating relationships and engagement with the end goal of bringing freedom to survivors. Stephanie has a background in sales, development, and marketing in diverse for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She is married to David, and they have two precious daughters. When Stephanie is not advocating for the TER mission, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up recipes for her drool-worthy food blog. She loves to travel the world, cycle through beautiful Colorado, and celebrate life surrounded by loved ones, good food, and wine.

Senior Content Writer

Mary Nikkel

“I believe in the infinite worth of every human soul, and I believe that it is the responsibility of the privileged to honor the most vulnerable.”

Mary is our Content Writer at The Exodus Road. She is a powerhouse of talent and brings years of writing experience into sharing the stories of survivors and the people who empower their freedom. Mary was previously the Associate Editor of NewReleaseToday.com, and she has worked as a Freelance Digital Content Specialist with clients such as Christian Brothers University and the rock band Disciple. She is a self-professed “die hard creative” who spends her free time creating. She is a photographer, a musician, an artist who loves to paint, and writing is a fundamental part of her life. Mary is a Lord of the Rings enthusiast, and she wrote an essay about Tolkien’s character Frodo that went viral and has been shared over 20,000 times on Facebook alone. She’s married to a university math professor, and their varying strengths bring perspective and balance to their life together. We are grateful for Mary’s passion and service to strategically fight human trafficking with our team at TER.

Community Engagement Manager

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. 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 Community Engagement Manager, 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 paired with proven initiative from running her own photography business and years working in the non-profit realm makes her a perfect fit for our marketing team.

When she isn’t in the office, Jamie loves to spend 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.

Grants 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 our Grants Manager. Working closely with the Executive Director of Philanthropy, she focuses on finding fitting grant partners and raising support for our work of fighting human trafficking.

She holds a B.A. in International Community Development and launched her nonprofit career serving as an AmeriCorps member on the development team at Reading Partners. After a few years leading the grants process for the Tulsa and then Denver regions, she found herself in Colorado Springs. She has enjoyed getting to know the community, exploring the beauty, and living out her dream to help fight human trafficking with a talented and passionate team.

Systems Development Manager

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 it 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.

Creative Manager

Chase Whitney

“As long as even one of us is enslaved, none of us are free from the dehumanizing effects of trafficking — not only on survivors, but on the soul of the entire human family.”

Chase comes to us with a wealth of design experience, from working for many years in a marketing agency to running his own web design business. Talented and accomplished, Chase holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from LSU and an M.A. from NOBTS. Chase is married to Jess and they have a one-year-old son. He loves to read, hike, share in great conversations, and work with good people on projects that change the world. Not widely known but also important to note, Chase won a talent show in seventh grade for his performance of an original drum solo. His skills are clearly far reaching! We are grateful for all Chase creates to tell the stories of brave survivors, our operatives, and to further this freedom work.

United States Board of Directors

Steve Leigh, Chairman

Cliff Clarkson, Vice Chairman

Matt Stowell, Secretary

Nate Griffin, Treasurer

Daniel Murphy

Tori Murphy

Laura Parker

Sarah Ray

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