WE WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FREE SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION. THEN WE WORK TO BREAK THE CYCLE.

Operation Underground Railroad currently supports operation and aftercare efforts in 22 countries and 34 U.S. States. Since our group is privately run, we are able to quickly respond to foreign government requests and institute investigative measures, develop intelligence and assist in enforcement operations and rescue efforts. 

The O.U.R. Ops Team primarily consists of highly experienced and extensively trained current and former law enforcement personnel. Other members have a background in either the military or in intelligence work. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with foreign governments and their law enforcement agencies responsible for combatting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation; working closely with O.U.R. Aftercare in anticipation of their rescue.

O.U.R. does not conduct or participate in investigations, operations or enforcement action in the United States. This important work is conducted by the brave men and women in law enforcement.

Domestically, O.U.R. develops relationships with law enforcement agencies and offers resources to assist them in their local efforts against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.


Click a section below to learn more about O.U.R.

To the children

who we pray for daily, we say:
Your long night is coming to an end.

Hold on. We are on our way.

And to those captors and perpetrators,
even you monsters who dare offend God's
precious children, we declare to you:
Be afraid. We are coming for you.

To those who have read this far,
we plead with you: Donate to our cause
Donate. We can't do this without you.

Why the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid 19th century. They were used by African American slaves to escape into free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The original Underground Railroad was a group that acted and infiltrated.


Watch Tim Ballard’s inspiration behind why he chose “Operation Underground Railroad”





The Underground Railroad created a path to freedom and we are inspired to do the same.






We Need to Fight Modern Day Slavery
Parallels between historic and modern day slavery


Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad


The Secret History of The Underground Railroad


HistoryNet: The Underground Railroad


PBS- The Abolitionists


Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum
 

The Process

  1. Assess the feasibility of rescue. This must take into account the willingness of local authorities to work with us since we not only want to save the children but arrest the perpetrators as well. We also want everything to be done legally and above board.

  2. Research the location, the children and the background of those who are running the sex ring. We also search for vetted care facilities that will take the children once they are rescued and not only give them food and shelter but rehabilitate them as well. In some instances the children are able to return to their families.

  3. Design a strategy for rescuing the children. This is the logistical part of the process. As former CIA, Navy Seals, Special Agents, etc., we have a very unique skill set to make this happen safely, efficiently and legally. We provide local law enforcement training to support and sustain anti-trafficking operations.

  4. Take action. Obviously this is the most dangerous part of the operation but one well worth taking. In some instances we go undercover and arrange to "buy" a child as if we were a customer. After the purchase, we move in with the police, arrest those responsible and rescue the children. In other cases, we may act as a "client" looking for favors, etc. Again, we work with local authorities to make sure everything is done to protect the children and that the perpetrators are arrested.

  5. Recover the children. These children's lives will never be the same. Their innocence has been stolen and they need help to readjust to a better world. Therapy can be provided as well as food and shelter at a pre-screened facility.

  6. Arrest, try, and convict the perpetrators. We follow this process every step of the way to make sure they don't traffic children again. In many cases the perpetrators were sex slaves and victims of trafficking themselves and know no better way to survive. We hope to break this cycle.

We are not a government agency.

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization
that relies one hundred percent on
donations to save children.

And, we do it because
no child should be a sex slave.

The Team

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Ambassadors

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Board of Directors

Board Of Governors - Coming soon!

Timothy Ballard is the Founder and President of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). He is also the CEO of The Nazarene Fund which seeks to save oppressed religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. Ballard spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

He has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard has worked undercover in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. In this effort, he has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from slavery and exploitation. He is an expert at managing Internet investigations, particularly those dealing with file-share networks where pedophiles and traffickers go to trade child sexual abuse material (CSAM). He has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers and has testified before the United States Congress on best practices to liberate children from sex slavery.

In 2013, Ballard and a team of former government operatives left their careers to go about the work of saving children as a private foundation, Operation Underground Railroad.

After serving a church mission to Chile, Ballard graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Brigham Young University. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with an MA in International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He resides in California with his wife and children.

 

Brad Damon is the Chief Executive Officer at Operation Underground Railroad.

He formerly performed the duties of Chief Operating Officer in 2020. Prior to joining Operation Underground Railroad, Damon was the Chief Executive Officer for a 501c(3) organization.  He has accumulated over 25 years of collective business acumen and tenure in both the private and non-profit sector with significant experience in the investment and insurance industry representing a fortune 50 company both as an agency owner and senior management position.  He began his career with Richards, Merrill & Peterson, Inc., the oldest wealth management firm in Spokane, Wa., as a stockbroker and Registered Investment Advisor.  In addition, Damon has been a serial entrepreneur and over the course of his business career has been the owner and active president of 4 other successful companies in unrelated industries.  He has a passion for business and a heart for helping people. 

Damon attended the University of Washington in 1986 on a baseball scholarship and later received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.   He is an avid outdoorsman, loves riding his Harley Davidson and is active in his church. 

Born and raised in the Midwest Jessica found her calling in life when she was 13 years old on a church mission trip in the inner-city of Brooklyn, New York. For the past two decades she has worked domestically and internationally in nonprofit empowering youth in foster care, areas of mental health and human trafficking. She has first-hand experience being a therapeutic foster parent for children that experienced severe neglect, abuse or human trafficking. Jessica has been a guest speaker in regards to aftercare on the Glenn Beck show, the United Nations held in Salt Lake City, the Huntsman School of Business Leadership Series, the North Carolina Human Trafficking Education Seminar, interviewed on the It’s a Penalty Campaign, as well as several news outlets and podcasts.

Jessica has a strong belief that there is always hope for everyone and sometimes it just takes one person pouring into another that will be forever life-changing. She works with many survivors every week and they constantly inspire her to live with strength, passion and love.

Jessica double-majored in college in Biblical Studies and Education at Multnomah University. She also completed the Arts Bridge Scholar program at the University of Utah, has been trained in NLP, lived in Africa, and was certified in the Teaching Family Model. In 2020 she completed a Masters degree in Global Development and Justice from Multnomah University. When she’s not working she loves being outdoors hiking, rock-climbing and of course eating frozen yogurt along the way.

Matt Osborne has held a variety of positions within Operation Underground Railroad since he joined the organization in 2014, focused on undercover rescue operations, aftercare, education and outreach. Before that he served a 12-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency and US Department of State, where he worked issues related to terrorism against the homeland, illegal narcotics, organized crime, and human trafficking. He regularly provided secrets and analysis to US Presidents, senior cabinet officials, and the National Security Council.

In his role as a Foreign Service Officer and diplomat, Matt served overseas tours in Madrid, Spain, Caracas, Venezuela, and Mexico City, Mexico, and organized official visits for former President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Matt holds a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. He has been married for almost 25 years and has two teenage daughters who give him the drive to fight child exploitation and human trafficking around the world.

Carlos Maza relies on a rich work portfolio in international law enforcement and a broad scope of criminal investigations focused on transnational criminal organizations.

Carlos enjoyed a 35-year career in law enforcement that commenced as a uniformed police officer with the New Orleans Police Department, followed by a career with the US Customs Service Office of Investigations in Miami, Florida, and ending with his retirement as the Deputy Assistant Director for International Operations at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  Carlos served in multiple international assignments in Latin America and Central Asia, which included an assignment as the HSI Attaché in the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  In his role as the Attaché in Kabul he led a team of investigators while developing strategic approaches to mitigating vulnerabilities from transnational crime, terrorism financing, the arming and recruitment of the Taliban, and creating and training a self-sustainable vetted unit of the Afghan police focused on border enforcement and AML/CFT.

His post retirement career included assignments for the US Treasury Department where he served as an Advisor on AML/CFT matters in Luanda, Angola, followed by a resident assignment to the US Embassy in Lima, Peru.  In that capacity, he provided expertise to the regulatory, compliance and enforcement agencies on best practices to secure, detect, investigate, and prosecute money laundering and the financing of terrorism activity. He also established a corroborative engagement between the banking industry and the regulatory and enforcement branches to effectively implement Know Your Client and other Due Diligence efforts.  

He in his previous role, he was the Senior Manager for Operational and Compliance Risk at a national bank in the USA.  There he was responsible for managing a national team of investigators focused on mitigating internal threats within the bank.  He managed internal fraud and ethics investigations across all lines of business, improving agility and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and regulatory obligations, and company policy and procedures.

Carlos has served on the National Security Council (NSC) as a representative of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on developing strategic approaches to countering the Mexican Cartels and other Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) through efforts to identify, disrupt and ultimately dismantle their financial streams.  He has developed sound business practices with an emphasis on countering financing of terrorism and money laundering schemes. 

Carlos is the Regional Operations Director for Latin American (RDLA) at O.U.R. As the RDLA, he is responsible with overseeing the operational activities of O.U.R., to include coordination and collaboration with government and civilian representatives throughout Latin America. 

Omar has served as an active duty US Navy SEAL for over 20 years. Upon graduation of class 219 at Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) School in 1998, he was assigned to a SEAL Team in Virginia Beach executing recurrent and emergent special operations missions in the guerrilla infested jungles of Central and South America. After gaining a commission as a Navy SEAL Officer in 2005, he was assigned to several SEAL Teams in Virginia Beach. He spent the next 14 years of his senior leadership experience as a ground force commander conducting Special Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and various other locations in the Middle East and Africa. He has lead SEALs in thousands of combat operations, to include Direct Action (DA) capture/kill missions, clandestine operations and Special Reconnaissance missions in both, declared and undeclared theaters of war.

Having held multiple leadership positions in complex and diverse organizations, ranging in sizes of 12 to 410 members conducting domestic and overseas operations, he has become a subject matter expert in elite team development, effective leadership strategies, and developing mental toughness in high stress environments. Omar currently serves as Operation Underground Railroad as the Regional Director of Operations-Mexico/Caribbean.

 

Dean has over 30 years of experience working in a wide range of defense and corporate security roles throughout the world. He served in the Australian army as a soldier and commissioned officer, as an operations director with the Australian Federal Police Protective Service, and as a consultant and advisor to world-leading organizations.   

Outside of his home in Australia, he has lived in Papua New Guinea, Southern Philippines, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Austria.  His work has taken him to countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas where he has helped organizations prepare for and respond to a wide variety of challenging, security-related risks.  He has provided executive protection for CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, been retained as a crisis response consultant for kidnap for ransom cases and as the most senior security executive for a number of multinationals, created and led the delivery of their international, strategic security and crisis management plans.

Prior to joining O.U.R. in August of 2021, Dodd DuPree enjoyed a distinguished thirty-two-year career in federal law enforcement, serving in the United States Coast Guard, United States Customs Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. Dodd spent more than twenty years as a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), seventeen of which were spent working in the highly specialized International Operations division (HSI-IO) where he served two tours abroad, one in South America and the other in Europe. In addition to directly coordinating countless sensitive international operations abroad in support of the HSI’s vast
Investigative portfolio, Dodd held key leadership positions at HSI headquarters in Washington DC to include Chief of Staff for HSI-IO and Operations Chief for Central and South America/Caribbean. Because of Dodd’s extensive law enforcement experience, a vast international network of foreign law enforcement/intelligence partners, and passion for rescuing human trafficking victims, he was assigned to O.U.R.’s International Operations Division.

J.C. joined O.U.R. in March 2021 as the Director of Domestic Operations. Prior to working with O.U.R., he served as a law enforcement officer in the state of Utah for 20 years. He served in a variety of capacities throughout his career and retired at the rank of Sergeant. He has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and specialized in establishing relationships with several NGO’s in the state of Utah during his law enforcement career.
 
J.C. has been married for nearly 20 years and has 4 children. He loves to spend time with his family and especially in the outdoors. J.C. earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Western Governors University and an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Salt Lake Community College. 

Tyler has spent the last 9 years working anti-human trafficking all over the world in over 20 countries in the areas of Central/South America, the Carribean, South Africa, and parts of Europe. He coordinates the aftercare services for survivors, including returning them back to their family or coordinating safe housing and educational resources for them. 

He is an expert in quality aftercare services and has testified in the highest offices in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. Schwab has been featured on numerous media outlets such as ABC4 News Good for Utah, Wyoming Signatures, Star Valley Independent, Wyo4News, Casper Star Tribune, Huntsmen Business from Utah State University, The Utah Special Victims Unit Conference, The Utah Survivors Podcast, Our Deepest Fear Podcast, and El Tribuno Salta Argentina. In 2013, Tyler founded Libertas International, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and restoration of survivors of human trafficking in Latin America. Tyler is fluent in Spanish. Tyler graduated from Utah State University, University of Wyoming, and BYU-Idaho with degrees Spanish and Healthcare Administration. He was voted student entrepreneur of the year in 2016 at BYU-Idaho for his work in the For Purpose Field. He also earned the Anti Human Trafficking Certificate from Vanguard University's School for Woman and Justice in late 2020. 

He has worked with NGOs such as the Make A Wish Foundation, The Tim Tebow Foundation, and the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. He enjoys fitness, hiking, photography, bingeing, and writing in his free time.

Jib knew she wanted to work in social services when she was is collage getting her BA in Humanities Faculty. She did several student’s activates to gain experience for herself and lead other younger students at her university including making the outreach at risk youth and people in rural areas. She gain the majority of her experience working in youth development in different jobs in the past including being a teacher. This is what led to her finding out about children who were sexually abused. After this discovery she knew she needed more specialized training in trauma healing and child protection.Jib is trained as a NLP practitioner and is certified in psycho therapeutics coaching. She loves to support survivors to build a new foundation, strengthen families and be an active member in the child protection network. Jib has worked in aftercare for 7 years. During her free time she likes to spend time on listening music, singing, and practicing meditation.

Jacob first began working with survivors of sexual violence in 2016 and began volunteering with
the O.U.R. Aftercare Team in 2017. He received a bachelor’s degree in
Psychology in 2019 and a master’s degree in social work in 2021. Jacob spent a year providing
therapy services for survivors of torture who reside in Utah. He has also provided therapy
services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Jacob has worked with survivors of
human trafficking, child marriage, and sexual abuse in Utah as well as in multiple countries
including Ghana, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He has also provided aftercare
trainings with NGO’s and law enforcement in Utah, Nepal, and Malaysia.
When Jacob is not working he enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, hiking, camping,
playing with his dog, and anything animal related.

Art Saowichit has worked for a number of start-up companies as a project manager, a human resource director, a managing director, and a coordinator, but he says that no job is more fulfilling than working for O.U.R. Art first joined O.U.R. in 2017 when he was recruited to translate for a training program provided to Thai law enforcement agencies. Since then, he has helped O.U.R. grow in Thailand in various capacities as a translator, an operator, a liaison and a child forensic interviewer. Currently, Art is the Thailand Country Director working to ensure that the O.U.R. Team in Thailand is equipped to support law enforcement and social welfare agencies in their effort to rescue children and all of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

He has always had passion in putting his effort to help children in hardship in anyway he can. When studying at a university in Hawaii, he founded a group by bringing talents in the community together and organized benefit concerts for children living in war zones in the Middle East. When he came back to his home country, Thailand, Art continued with his passion by working with various charitable organizations to serve his community by providing free English class to students. 

Art enjoys signing, playing the piano and playing board games with friends in his free time. 

Constance is from the United States, and has been living in Southeast Asia since 2013 reaching the locals in various capacities, leading worship, and fighting human-trafficking. She speaks the language and loves immersing herself in the culture.
Over the course of her time in Southeast Asia, she has been a case manger of victims of human trafficking, conducted repatriations, assisted at a shelter for women who have been trafficked, collaborated with various investigative and aftercare NGO’s and law enforcement, specialized in conducting victim intakes and assessments, and directed outreaches in the redlight areas that are geared towards internationally trafficked victims and locals. 

In 2018, Constance joined O.U.R and began developing, coordinating, and leading
investigative outreaches in the redlight areas with the Ops Team and Aftercare
Team. Through the outreaches, she’s been able to offer hope and a safe space to
victims, and tackle root issues in trafficking from intel collected through outreaches. She
has also received trainings on the various essentials of safety, surveillance, and
investigations, and assists the Ops Team on needed cases. 
Constance has a bachelors degree in music and speech communication, tech diploma
in audio engineering, and a masters degree in counseling psychology. Previously as a
therapist, she utilized cognitive methods, yet since living in Southeast Asia has attended
seminars, workshops, and trainings for developing art therapy methods for trauma
cases. She also specializes in suicidal ideation assessments and de-escalation. 

Constance has traveled to 14 different countries and looks forwarded to traveling to
many more.

Ruth Appiah Dankyira is an accomplished professional who specializes in social work, gender rights protection, and aftercare. She has a passion for defending abused children and women, and ensuring that their rights are fully exercised. She has served in the the Abuse Relief Corps for six years, and has played a massive role in bringing many predators to justice. 

One of her biggest aspirations in life is to be an advocate for women and children and to help them stand up to injustice. She is passionate about empowering women and children to achieve their goals and defend themselves against attackers. 

When she is not working, Ruth loves to cook and read about law and gender, and business.

  • Attorney at Law
  • Ibero-American and UNESCO "Honoris Causa" Doctoral, for outstanding work in the Combat of Human Trafficking for more than 10 years.
  • Currently Managing Director of the Mexico City Tourism Board.
  • Federal Deputy for District 17 Cuajimalpa-Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City.
  • National Defense (Secretary)
  • Public Safety (Member)
  • Attention to Vulnerable Groups (Member)

- In the legislative field she has promoted various proposals to update and improve the legal framework regarding Trafficking in Persons, Vulnerable Groups, Public Security and National Defense.

- Representative to the United Nations in various forums and meetings (New York, Vienna, Brussels and Washington) for Operation Blessing Mexico.

- Positioned the issue of Human Trafficking within the European Parliament.

- President of "Uno a Uno" UNAM, Movement Against Slavery.

- President of the National Anti-Slavery Committee.

- Collaborator in SDP-Noticias, news protocol.

- Columnist in: El Universal daily newspaper, Ruiz-Healy Times and Signum magazines.

- President of the Casa Refugio, a safe house which reintegrates girls, victims of trafficking.

- Promoter of the National Campaign “Por Un Mexico Libre de Trata”, (Mexico Free of Trafficking Campaign).

- Author of the Independence Bicentennial commemoration poem “Mexico Guerras Floridas, Génesis sobre la Revolución” and collaborator in the investigation of "Guillen de Lampart Precursor de la Independencia de México".

- Author of "La Cosification de Los Seres Humanos", (The Objectification of Human Beings) a book on the objectification of human trafficking victims.

Simon Brewer joined Operation Underground Railroad as Chief Financial Officer in February of 2021.  In this capacity, he is responsible for O.U.R.’s finance and accounting functions. Prior to O.U.R., Simon served as Chief Financial Officer of Predictive Technology Group, Inc., a publicly-traded life science company he joined in 2018. He was responsible for Predictive’s finance, accounting, HR, and IT functions. Simon served as Chief Financial Officer of Norbest, joined in 2016. He was responsible for Norbest’s finance, accounting, HR, and IT functions. Norbest employs just over 500 people. Annual revenue for Norbest was around $150 million with products being sold in the United States and numerous foreign countries through international distribution. Prior to joining Norbest, he was Vice President, Finance and IT for Wilson Electronics, LLC, in St. George, UT, where he was responsible for their finance, IT, and HR functions. Reporting directly to the CEO, Simon oversaw significant growth for the electronics company operating in all 50 states, and internationally in several countries.  Simon assisted heavily in building scalable processes, modernizing the business, international growth in Asia, and acquisition of a main competitor.  Earlier in his career, he held the position of Senior Director/Corporate Controller for Backcountry.com, Inc., where his initiatives were responsible for over 10% of the bottom line EBITDA in 2012 and 2013.  Simon was key in 2 significant acquisitions that added about $100 million annually to the top-line, growing from $150M to $500M during his tenure. Simon started his accounting career and business education as a Certified Public Accountant, an auditor for KPMG LLP. Simon began his professional career as a programmer-turned-operations manager in a Dotcom for 5 years, working full-time while attending school full-time. Simon received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Russian from the University of Utah in 2004. He completed his Master of Accounting at the same school in 2005.

Prior to joining O.U.R., Gowen managed communications for Symantec Corp., a Fortune 500 publicly-traded software company with 21,000 employees and $7 billion in annual revenue. During his 10 year career at Symantec, Gowen was responsible for creation and execution of the public relations and social media strategies for 2 of the company's largest business units. He is recognized as one of the top trade media relations experts in the U.S. and was named Top Tech Communicator of the Year.

Prior to Symantec, Gowen served as Senior Public Relations Manager for PowerQuest Corp. and Global Communications Manager at Legato Systems, Inc. Gowen has also served as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and Washington State University, teaching courses in communications, public relations, marketing, information technology and statistics.

Gowen earned his BA in Public Relations with a Minor in Business Management at Brigham Young University in 1998 and was recognized as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Communications. He earned his MBA at Washington State University in 2010 and was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement.

Gowen is fluent in Spanish and resides in Utah with his wife and 6 children. He is active in the community supporting the Boy Scouts of America and local youth soccer programs.

Emily was born and raised in Southern California works out of the Orange County O.U.R. office. 

After receiving her Bachelors degree in Media & Communications, Emily was asked to start a marketing department at Champion Safe. It was there where she grew a team that implemented new marketing and strategic strategies to help relaunch a new series of safes in 2012 which became one of the top selling safes in the country. Emily then spent several years as a Recruiter for Red Bull North America out of their headquarters in Santa Monica.

She became passionate about nonprofits when she had the opportunity to work with Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) on their yearly event, StandUp2Cancer. She also spent time volunteering for Project PLAY!, a non-profit that provides funding for sports, music and art youth programs in Los Angeles.

Emily started at O.U.R. in 2014 as a volunteer and has been with the company ever since. As the current Chief Communications Officer for Operation Underground Railroad, Emily has found her true passion in ending child sex slavery around the world.

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. -William Wilberforce

Nicki is the Executive Assistant to the CEO for Operation Underground Railroad. She previously working in the Outreach Department as a Community Relations Manager. Prior to joining O.U.R. as an official staff member, Nicki served as a volunteer team leader and started the Yuma, Arizona team in 2016 and Phoenix, Arizona team in 2017 alongside her husband.
 
Nicki has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse for 11 years working in Pediatrics, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Labor and Delivery. She is currently working on her Master's in Nursing Education. Because of her love of teaching, she looks for every opportunity to educate her community and new volunteers about human trafficking and online safety. She enjoys getting to know new volunteers and helping them learn how to get involved with O.U.R. and helping them with their fundraisers and events.
 
She resides in sunny Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and 3 children. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and serving in their community as a family.

Hayden Paul grew up in Sandy, Utah. After high school, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Budapest, Hungary. Following his mission, Hayden started a video production company and spent a year and a half traveling the world visiting all but 2 continents. He became aware of the prevalent issue of human trafficking during his travels and decided to get involved with Operation Underground Railroad in early 2019. Feeling the weight of responsibility to protect his own country’s freedoms, Hayden enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September of 2019. In January of 2020, Hayden married the love of his life Savannah. Later he attended USMC recruit training and the School of Infantry for six months in California. Upon his return from training, Hayden resumed his service as an Infantry reservist at 4th LAR Charlie Company and resumed his full-time role at Operation Underground Railroad. He and his wife now live in Sandy. 

Heidi has been involved with O.U.R. since March 2015 when she first heard about the organization and felt a strong desire to support their efforts. She began as a volunteer, raising funds and awareness through organizing documentary screenings, half-marathons, farmers market booths, and other community awareness events. Her first role with O.U.R. was Idaho Volunteer Coordinator, after which she began officially working for the organization in 2016 as the Community Relations Manager. She has also worked as the Events Manager and is now the Development Manager.
 
Heidi is a proud wife, and mother of three. She loves to spend time with her family playing games, riding bikes, watching funny shows, and exploring the country. She also loves to teach her children about U.S. history and our duty as Americans to bravely stand for liberty and justice for all.  
 
"Just imagine what would happen if your daughter was standing there. What would you do? How would you fight? So you have to take each child as your own... Soon you will feel their sorrow, and then you will feel the strength that comes out of you to protect them." -ANURADHA KOIRALA (CNN Hero of the Year, Founder Maiti Nepal)

Marisol Nichols can be seen starring as 'Hermione Lodge' on The CW’s “Riverdale”. She will next appear as the female lead alongside Samuel L Jackson, Chris Rock and Max Minghella in the reboot Saw franchise, releasing May 15, 2020. She has appeared as the mysterious and elusive “Desert Wolf” on the popular MTV series “Teen Wolf" and had significant recurring roles as 'ATF Special Agent Zoe Keates’ on “NCIS" and 'Agent Natalie Colfax’ on the staple crime series “Criminal Minds”. Showcasing her versatile acting skills, Marisol next played the Pakistani-American 'Nadia Yassir,' who commands CTU in Season Six of the hot series  “24". Additionally, she starred as 'Sarah Monahan' on ABC’s "The Gates" and as 'Heather Cruz' in the Darren Star produced ABC show “GCB" opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb.

In addition to her work on screen, Marisol fights for the rights of young girls and women through her philanthropic and activism work with her non-profit organization Foundation for a Slavery Free World as well as Youth for Human Rights International. Both organizations fight to bring awareness and shine a light on modern day slavery and the commercial sexual exploitation of children on a global level, as well as here in the United States. Additionally, she produces the annual Human Rights Hero Awards, where she awards other organizations and individuals that are doing heroic work in this field.

Early in her career, Nichols landed a role in Showtime’s groundbreaking "Resurrection Boulevard", for which she received critical acclaim for her defiant portrayal of troubled teen 'Victoria Santiago’. After a three-year run on "Resurrection Boulevard", Marisol starred in the Steven Bochco drama “Blind Justice” as 'Detective Karen Bettancourt’.

Her breakout role as 'Audrey Griswold’, alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in Vegas Vacation brought her to the forefront of classic American cinema. She then appeared as Windsor College student and Omega Beta Zeta sorority girl ‘ Dawnie' in horror box office thriller Scream 2, which was followed by appearances on the big screen hits Can’t Hardly Wait, and Mafia! From there she went on to star opposite Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House 2 and opposite Larry the Cable Guy in Delta Farce.

Three-time ALMA Award nominee and Latin beauty, Marisol Nichols is one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities. According to The Washington Post, she “brings spirit and even a [dash] of sizzle and easily manages to be the most magnetic presence around.” This Chicago born beauty’s career, like her Mexican-Hungarian-Romanian roots, can be best described as deliciously diverse. Marisol currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter Rain.

In his 11 seasons as head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin accomplished many things that have never been done in the team's storied history. A franchise known for stability at the head coaching position, Tomlin ranks among the League's longest-tenured head coaches following the 2017 season.

Tomlin became the youngest head coach in NFL history to both coach in and win a Super Bowl when he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII (36 years, 323 days). In his 11 years as head coach of the Steelers, Tomlin has led Pittsburgh to six AFC North titles and has guided the Steelers to the playoffs eight times, including two trips to the Super Bowl (XLIII and XLV).

Tomlin is very active in the community and was recognized, along with his wife Kiya, in February 2013, by the Chuck Cooper Foundation with the Career Achievement in Leadership Diversity and Community Service Award. He has also been a spokesman for the Steelers' and UPMC Sports Medicine's "Don't Hit the Head, Don't Use the Head" program, which was in conjunction with USA Football's Heads Up program that promotes safety in all levels of football. Tomlin also participates in the annual ManUp Pittsburgh conference which encourages local men to be better fathers and role models.

“The biggest story about Rosevelt is not just her voice, but her “voice”. Rosevelt is a “voice” for the “voiceless”...speaking out with love for, and a heartfelt desire, to make a difference for the children of the world, through music and song.” – Manager Joe Tenney

When Rosevelt was 9 years old, she discovered she had a voice! By the time she was 10 she knew why, and it wasn’t just to sing. Her music was a way to share her heart—at times of celebration or to help heal those touched by sorrows. In addition to being an ambassador for Operation Underground Railroad, Rosevelt is also a Youth Ambassador for Childhelp, an organization that has helped over 11 million children suffering from childhood abuse or neglect. Rosevelt’s Challenge, “5 too many” has brought public awareness surrounding the difficult realities of child abuse and trafficking. She works together to support children with influencers, celebrities, other musicians and well-known thought leaders.

At age 13, she created her own Non-profit: Music & The Message, and through her annual non-profit event, has raised over $250,000 in her quest to raise even more awareness and her goal of $1,000,000.00 to help children in need. Now through her new record label 5 Too Many, Rosevelt is releasing original songs, along with inspiring covers, and music videos—inviting all within the sound of her voice to choose to make a difference in the life of a child.

Photo credit: Clint Clarkson-Aero Photography

Mr. Williams is an internationally recognized, award winning media personality, decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide. Williams earned his degree in General Engineering and minor in International Security Affairs from the United States Naval Academy. In 2011 Williams founded the neuroscience technology company, Neurohabilitation, Inc, which is now a subsidiary of Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. The company is working with the US Army to further research to potentially treat TBI and clinical trials are in progress in multiple locations. Williams is also a principal of Pure Blue Resources, LLC, an innovative renewable energy technology company. Williams serves as a Special Envoy to the United Nations Save Our Sharks Coalition and as a board member to the Fisher House Foundation, The Freedom Festival and Military Adaptive Sports, Inc, host of the 2016 Invictus Games.

Brooke White, the quirky rhaspy-voiced blonde, moved to LA from her native hometown of Mesa, AZ in hopes of becoming a singer-songwriter. After a handful of years spent chasing the dream, writing songs, cutting hair in her bathroom and nannying twins, she finally landed her big break when she was granted a golden ticket to perform on the nation's biggest stage, where millions of viewers formed an emotional bond and welcomed her barefoot at the piano style into their homes on a weekly basis. Since her Top five finish on American Idol, Brooke has continued to pave her own path as a relevant independent artist in the entertainment industry. She started her own record label "June Baby Records" and has independently released 6 records including 3 EP's from her band Jack and White. She has played live for thousands, touring the nation from arenas and theaters to clubs and radio stations. She has hosted live from the red carpet for TV guide, judged Miss America, starred in two TV movies: Change of Plans that aired on FOX and Banner 4th of July for the Hallmark Channel. She currently co-hosts The Girls With Glasses Show, a whimsical web channel and lifestyle series alongside model and actress Summer Bellessa that can be found on YouTube, Ulive and The Design Network. Her most recent song "Something Divine" written nearly 10 years ago about discovering your worth, has been recorded and released also as a music video on the Mormon channel.

On a personal note Brooke and her husband Dave Ray, have been married for over 10 years and welcomed their first child, daughter London also known as "Londy Loo", in May of 2012. The one-time nanny has come full circle, living and loving the roll of a lifetime, now juggling her passions with motherhood. Today her efforts are focused less on massive commercial success and more upon utilizing her talents and platform to truly connect with people in a more honest and hopeful way as to fulfill her greater purpose to uplift others and help them feel less alone. Brooke feels she was "divinely inspired" to find Operation Underground Railroad, after she was generously gifted $20,000 by Foundation Entertainment (a production company she had worked with on Change of Plans) to give to a charity of her choice. After several months of searching and praying for the right charity to donate to, she happened to see a friend's (Stephanie Nielsen) Instagram post about Operation Underground Railroad and their efforts to rescue children from human trafficking.

As a protective mother of a sweet daughter of her own, this struck a chord and knew she had found the right one. While she was grateful to give the gift she was given to O.U.R. she also felt compelled to give something of herself and involve her community, which inspired her to make a special record "Never Grow Up: Lullabies and Happy Songs." Each song is an original collaboration with generous and talented artists such as Mindy Gledhill, David Archuleta, Deana Carter, Leigh Nash, Carly Smithson, Daniel Tashian, Lucy Schwartz, Jack Matranga and the late Michael Johns. Utilizing Pledge Music, "Never Grow Up" garnished incredible support from friends and fans and in just a month was able to more than double the original donation and spread awareness for the cause. All of the proceeds raised and continue to be raised (Via iTunes, Google Play etc.) all go towards Operation Underground Railroad. Brooke's work with O.U.R. isn't done, she is fully committed for the long haul as an "abolitionist" in the fight to end child sex slavery and human trafficking.

"Even though I'm only 13 years old, I want to do what I can to raise awareness about Operation Underground Railroad! Being an Abolitionist means that I'm sharing my voice to help bring an end to human trafficking. Shouldn't you be doing that too?? #OURrescue" - 2015

Chelsie Hightower is a well known dancer originally from Orem, Utah. She was a fan-favorite and finalist on Fox's hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, where she still makes appearances as a choreographer and all-star. Two of the pieces that were choreographed for her and her partner were nominated for Emmys. She moved straight to Dancing With the Stars where she performed for nine seasons and, while there, was nominated for an Emmy for a dance she choreographed along with Derek Hough. Her partners have included everyone from Olympic athletes to world renowned entertainers.

She was the face of Reebok's dance line and a multitude of other product endorsements, including Latisse and other national brands. She was featured in the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition with her partner, Ty Murray, where she had a two page spread and has also graced the cover of many national dance and fitness magazines. Dance continues to be a major part of Chelsie's life, and she hopes to inspire as many people to a healthier and happier life through movement and fitness.

Benjamin Pack was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. As one of six children, he learned early on the value of hard work and serving others. His first job was delivering newspapers at the age of 12 and has worked ever since to provide for his family and others. The lessons learned at a young age helped to set him on a lifelong path of hard work and service.

Since 1996, Ben has worked in the Real Estate and Finance industry. He has helped grow mortgage companies from the ground up as well as worked for Fortune 500 Companies. Benjamin currently works at Altabank as the Mortgage Division President. His responsibilities include business planning and development, compliance, growth, budgets, team management, and directing the day to day operations.

Ben and his wife Kelly enjoy volunteering in their church and community and strive to teach the same work ethics to each member of their family. As a family, they love spending time camping, boating and river rafting. They love spending together working, playing and serving others.

Dr. Marc Reynolds is a native of Los Angeles, received his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University, Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Opera Directing from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in Opera Directing at The University of Texas at Austin.

As a Stage Director Marc Reynolds has enjoyed recent success in directing operatic works for professional and academic organizations. His work has received awards and nominations from the press and critics.

As an educator Dr. Reynolds has taught for The University of Texas at Austin, The Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program, Brigham Young University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Sparkling City Light Opera’s Vocal Arts workshop. He was a founding associate director for The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program.

Marc is currently the opera director at Utah Valley University, associate director for Utah Lyric Opera, and on staff for The Cornish American Song Institute and The Utah Lyric Opera Summer Workshop. He also maintains a private voice and acting studio. 

Stephen was born in Edmonton Alberta Canada and Moved to California at 15 years of age. He graduated college with an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in the Computer Peripherals Industry, Medical Electronics Device Development and Manufacturing, The Automation Industry and Irrigation Control. He currently owns and runs a company that manufactures a banding castration tools for cattle. He married his high school sweetheart Toni Risser and they have 8 children and 25 grandchildren. He has always been involved in community, church and scouting and currently serves as Scoutmaster and Scouting District Commissioner. He has been associated with Tim Ballard for years before O.U.R. was formed.

O.U.R. Promise

To the children

who we pray for daily, we say:
Your long night is coming to an end.

Hold on. We are on our way.

And to those captors and perpetrators,
even you monsters who dare offend God's
precious children, we declare to you:
Be afraid. We are coming for you.

To those who have read this far,
we plead with you: Donate to our cause
Donate. We can't do this without you.

The Underground Railroad

Why the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid 19th century. They were used by African American slaves to escape into free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The original Underground Railroad was a group that acted and infiltrated.


Watch Tim Ballard’s inspiration behind why he chose “Operation Underground Railroad”





The Underground Railroad created a path to freedom and we are inspired to do the same.






We Need to Fight Modern Day Slavery
Parallels between historic and modern day slavery


Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad


The Secret History of The Underground Railroad


HistoryNet: The Underground Railroad


PBS- The Abolitionists


Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum
 

Process

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  1. Assess the feasibility of rescue.

    This must take into account the willingness of local authorities to work with us since we not only want to save the children but arrest the perpetrators as well. We also want everything to be done legally and above board.

  2. Research the location

    We also search for vetted care facilities that will take the children once they are rescued and not only give them food and shelter but rehabilitate them as well. In some instances the children are able to return to their families.

  3. Design a strategy

    This is the logistical part of the process. As former CIA, Navy Seals, Special Agents, etc., we have a very unique skill set to make this happen safely, efficiently and legally. We provide local law enforcement training to support and sustain anti-trafficking operations.

  4. Take action.

    Obviously this is the most dangerous part of the operation but one well worth taking. In some instances we go undercover and arrange to "buy" a child as if we were a customer. After the purchase, we move in with the police, arrest those responsible and rescue the children. In other cases, we may act as a "client" looking for favors, etc. Again, we work with local authorities to make sure everything is done to protect the children and that the perpetrators are arrested.

  5. Recover the children.

    These children's lives will never be the same. Their innocence has been stolen and they need help to readjust to a better world. Therapy can be provided as well as food and shelter at a pre-screened facility.

  6. Arrest, try, and convict the perpetrators.

    We follow this process every step of the way to make sure they don't traffic children again. In many cases the perpetrators were sex slaves and victims of trafficking themselves and know no better way to survive. We hope to break this cycle.

We are not a government agency.

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization
that relies one hundred percent on
donations to save children.

And, we do it because
no child should be a sex slave.

Team

The Team

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  • Tim Ballard

    Founder
    & President

    Timothy Ballard is the Founder and President of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). He is also the CEO of The Nazarene Fund which seeks to save oppressed religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. Ballard spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

    He has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard has worked undercover in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. In this effort, he has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from slavery and exploitation. He is an expert at managing Internet investigations, particularly those dealing with file-share networks where pedophiles and traffickers go to trade child sexual abuse material (CSAM). He has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers and has testified before the United States Congress on best practices to liberate children from sex slavery.

    In 2013, Ballard and a team of former government operatives left their careers to go about the work of saving children as a private foundation, Operation Underground Railroad.

    After serving a church mission to Chile, Ballard graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Brigham Young University. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with an MA in International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He resides in California with his wife and children.

     

  • Brad Damon

    Chief Executive
    Officer

    Brad Damon is the Chief Executive Officer at Operation Underground Railroad.

    He formerly performed the duties of Chief Operating Officer in 2020. Prior to joining Operation Underground Railroad, Damon was the Chief Executive Officer for a 501c(3) organization.  He has accumulated over 25 years of collective business acumen and tenure in both the private and non-profit sector with significant experience in the investment and insurance industry representing a fortune 50 company both as an agency owner and senior management position.  He began his career with Richards, Merrill & Peterson, Inc., the oldest wealth management firm in Spokane, Wa., as a stockbroker and Registered Investment Advisor.  In addition, Damon has been a serial entrepreneur and over the course of his business career has been the owner and active president of 4 other successful companies in unrelated industries.  He has a passion for business and a heart for helping people. 

    Damon attended the University of Washington in 1986 on a baseball scholarship and later received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.   He is an avid outdoorsman, loves riding his Harley Davidson and is active in his church. 

  • Jessica Mass

    VP of
    Aftercare

    Born and raised in the Midwest Jessica found her calling in life when she was 13 years old on a church mission trip in the inner-city of Brooklyn, New York. For the past two decades she has worked domestically and internationally in nonprofit empowering youth in foster care, areas of mental health and human trafficking. She has first-hand experience being a therapeutic foster parent for children that experienced severe neglect, abuse or human trafficking. Jessica has been a guest speaker in regards to aftercare on the Glenn Beck show, the United Nations held in Salt Lake City, the Huntsman School of Business Leadership Series, the North Carolina Human Trafficking Education Seminar, interviewed on the It’s a Penalty Campaign, as well as several news outlets and podcasts.

    Jessica has a strong belief that there is always hope for everyone and sometimes it just takes one person pouring into another that will be forever life-changing. She works with many survivors every week and they constantly inspire her to live with strength, passion and love.

    Jessica double-majored in college in Biblical Studies and Education at Multnomah University. She also completed the Arts Bridge Scholar program at the University of Utah, has been trained in NLP, lived in Africa, and was certified in the Teaching Family Model. In 2020 she completed a Masters degree in Global Development and Justice from Multnomah University. When she’s not working she loves being outdoors hiking, rock-climbing and of course eating frozen yogurt along the way.

  • Matt Osborne

    Director of
    International Operations

    Matt Osborne has held a variety of positions within Operation Underground Railroad since he joined the organization in 2014, focused on undercover rescue operations, aftercare, education and outreach. Before that he served a 12-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency and US Department of State, where he worked issues related to terrorism against the homeland, illegal narcotics, organized crime, and human trafficking. He regularly provided secrets and analysis to US Presidents, senior cabinet officials, and the National Security Council.

    In his role as a Foreign Service Officer and diplomat, Matt served overseas tours in Madrid, Spain, Caracas, Venezuela, and Mexico City, Mexico, and organized official visits for former President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    Matt holds a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. He has been married for almost 25 years and has two teenage daughters who give him the drive to fight child exploitation and human trafficking around the world.

  • Carlos Maza

    Operations Director,
    Latin America

    Carlos Maza relies on a rich work portfolio in international law enforcement and a broad scope of criminal investigations focused on transnational criminal organizations.

    Carlos enjoyed a 35-year career in law enforcement that commenced as a uniformed police officer with the New Orleans Police Department, followed by a career with the US Customs Service Office of Investigations in Miami, Florida, and ending with his retirement as the Deputy Assistant Director for International Operations at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  Carlos served in multiple international assignments in Latin America and Central Asia, which included an assignment as the HSI Attaché in the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  In his role as the Attaché in Kabul he led a team of investigators while developing strategic approaches to mitigating vulnerabilities from transnational crime, terrorism financing, the arming and recruitment of the Taliban, and creating and training a self-sustainable vetted unit of the Afghan police focused on border enforcement and AML/CFT.

    His post retirement career included assignments for the US Treasury Department where he served as an Advisor on AML/CFT matters in Luanda, Angola, followed by a resident assignment to the US Embassy in Lima, Peru.  In that capacity, he provided expertise to the regulatory, compliance and enforcement agencies on best practices to secure, detect, investigate, and prosecute money laundering and the financing of terrorism activity. He also established a corroborative engagement between the banking industry and the regulatory and enforcement branches to effectively implement Know Your Client and other Due Diligence efforts.  

    He in his previous role, he was the Senior Manager for Operational and Compliance Risk at a national bank in the USA.  There he was responsible for managing a national team of investigators focused on mitigating internal threats within the bank.  He managed internal fraud and ethics investigations across all lines of business, improving agility and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and regulatory obligations, and company policy and procedures.

    Carlos has served on the National Security Council (NSC) as a representative of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on developing strategic approaches to countering the Mexican Cartels and other Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) through efforts to identify, disrupt and ultimately dismantle their financial streams.  He has developed sound business practices with an emphasis on countering financing of terrorism and money laundering schemes. 

    Carlos is the Regional Operations Director for Latin American (RDLA) at O.U.R. As the RDLA, he is responsible with overseeing the operational activities of O.U.R., to include coordination and collaboration with government and civilian representatives throughout Latin America. 

  • Omar Vieira

    Operations Director,
    Mexico/Caribbean

    Omar has served as an active duty US Navy SEAL for over 20 years. Upon graduation of class 219 at Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) School in 1998, he was assigned to a SEAL Team in Virginia Beach executing recurrent and emergent special operations missions in the guerrilla infested jungles of Central and South America. After gaining a commission as a Navy SEAL Officer in 2005, he was assigned to several SEAL Teams in Virginia Beach. He spent the next 14 years of his senior leadership experience as a ground force commander conducting Special Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and various other locations in the Middle East and Africa. He has lead SEALs in thousands of combat operations, to include Direct Action (DA) capture/kill missions, clandestine operations and Special Reconnaissance missions in both, declared and undeclared theaters of war.

    Having held multiple leadership positions in complex and diverse organizations, ranging in sizes of 12 to 410 members conducting domestic and overseas operations, he has become a subject matter expert in elite team development, effective leadership strategies, and developing mental toughness in high stress environments. Omar currently serves as Operation Underground Railroad as the Regional Director of Operations-Mexico/Caribbean.

     

  • Dean Morgan

    Operations Director,
    Africa/Middle East

    Dean has over 30 years of experience working in a wide range of defense and corporate security roles throughout the world. He served in the Australian army as a soldier and commissioned officer, as an operations director with the Australian Federal Police Protective Service, and as a consultant and advisor to world-leading organizations.   

    Outside of his home in Australia, he has lived in Papua New Guinea, Southern Philippines, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Austria.  His work has taken him to countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas where he has helped organizations prepare for and respond to a wide variety of challenging, security-related risks.  He has provided executive protection for CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, been retained as a crisis response consultant for kidnap for ransom cases and as the most senior security executive for a number of multinationals, created and led the delivery of their international, strategic security and crisis management plans.

  • Dodd DuPree

    Operations Director,
    Europe

    Prior to joining O.U.R. in August of 2021, Dodd DuPree enjoyed a distinguished thirty-two-year career in federal law enforcement, serving in the United States Coast Guard, United States Customs Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. Dodd spent more than twenty years as a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), seventeen of which were spent working in the highly specialized International Operations division (HSI-IO) where he served two tours abroad, one in South America and the other in Europe. In addition to directly coordinating countless sensitive international operations abroad in support of the HSI’s vast
    Investigative portfolio, Dodd held key leadership positions at HSI headquarters in Washington DC to include Chief of Staff for HSI-IO and Operations Chief for Central and South America/Caribbean. Because of Dodd’s extensive law enforcement experience, a vast international network of foreign law enforcement/intelligence partners, and passion for rescuing human trafficking victims, he was assigned to O.U.R.’s International Operations Division.

  • J.C. Holt

    Director, Domestic
    Law Enforcement
    Relations

    J.C. joined O.U.R. in March 2021 as the Director of Domestic Operations. Prior to working with O.U.R., he served as a law enforcement officer in the state of Utah for 20 years. He served in a variety of capacities throughout his career and retired at the rank of Sergeant. He has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and specialized in establishing relationships with several NGO’s in the state of Utah during his law enforcement career.
     
    J.C. has been married for nearly 20 years and has 4 children. He loves to spend time with his family and especially in the outdoors. J.C. earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Western Governors University and an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Salt Lake Community College. 
  • Tyler Schwab

    Senior Aftercare
    Country Specialist

    Tyler has spent the last 9 years working anti-human trafficking all over the world in over 20 countries in the areas of Central/South America, the Carribean, South Africa, and parts of Europe. He coordinates the aftercare services for survivors, including returning them back to their family or coordinating safe housing and educational resources for them. 

    He is an expert in quality aftercare services and has testified in the highest offices in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. Schwab has been featured on numerous media outlets such as ABC4 News Good for Utah, Wyoming Signatures, Star Valley Independent, Wyo4News, Casper Star Tribune, Huntsmen Business from Utah State University, The Utah Special Victims Unit Conference, The Utah Survivors Podcast, Our Deepest Fear Podcast, and El Tribuno Salta Argentina. In 2013, Tyler founded Libertas International, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and restoration of survivors of human trafficking in Latin America. Tyler is fluent in Spanish. Tyler graduated from Utah State University, University of Wyoming, and BYU-Idaho with degrees Spanish and Healthcare Administration. He was voted student entrepreneur of the year in 2016 at BYU-Idaho for his work in the For Purpose Field. He also earned the Anti Human Trafficking Certificate from Vanguard University's School for Woman and Justice in late 2020. 

    He has worked with NGOs such as the Make A Wish Foundation, The Tim Tebow Foundation, and the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. He enjoys fitness, hiking, photography, bingeing, and writing in his free time.
  • Jib Tatsana

    Senior Country
    Manager, Thailand

    Jib knew she wanted to work in social services when she was is collage getting her BA in Humanities Faculty. She did several student’s activates to gain experience for herself and lead other younger students at her university including making the outreach at risk youth and people in rural areas. She gain the majority of her experience working in youth development in different jobs in the past including being a teacher. This is what led to her finding out about children who were sexually abused. After this discovery she knew she needed more specialized training in trauma healing and child protection.Jib is trained as a NLP practitioner and is certified in psycho therapeutics coaching. She loves to support survivors to build a new foundation, strengthen families and be an active member in the child protection network. Jib has worked in aftercare for 7 years. During her free time she likes to spend time on listening music, singing, and practicing meditation.

  • Jacob Ostler

    Aftercare
    Specialist

    Jacob first began working with survivors of sexual violence in 2016 and began volunteering with
    the O.U.R. Aftercare Team in 2017. He received a bachelor’s degree in
    Psychology in 2019 and a master’s degree in social work in 2021. Jacob spent a year providing
    therapy services for survivors of torture who reside in Utah. He has also provided therapy
    services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Jacob has worked with survivors of
    human trafficking, child marriage, and sexual abuse in Utah as well as in multiple countries
    including Ghana, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He has also provided aftercare
    trainings with NGO’s and law enforcement in Utah, Nepal, and Malaysia.
    When Jacob is not working he enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, hiking, camping,
    playing with his dog, and anything animal related.

  • Art Saowichit

    Country Director,
    Thailand

    Art Saowichit has worked for a number of start-up companies as a project manager, a human resource director, a managing director, and a coordinator, but he says that no job is more fulfilling than working for O.U.R. Art first joined O.U.R. in 2017 when he was recruited to translate for a training program provided to Thai law enforcement agencies. Since then, he has helped O.U.R. grow in Thailand in various capacities as a translator, an operator, a liaison and a child forensic interviewer. Currently, Art is the Thailand Country Director working to ensure that the O.U.R. Team in Thailand is equipped to support law enforcement and social welfare agencies in their effort to rescue children and all of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

    He has always had passion in putting his effort to help children in hardship in anyway he can. When studying at a university in Hawaii, he founded a group by bringing talents in the community together and organized benefit concerts for children living in war zones in the Middle East. When he came back to his home country, Thailand, Art continued with his passion by working with various charitable organizations to serve his community by providing free English class to students. 

    Art enjoys signing, playing the piano and playing board games with friends in his free time. 

  • Constance

    Aftercare Specialist,
    SE Asia

    Constance is from the United States, and has been living in Southeast Asia since 2013 reaching the locals in various capacities, leading worship, and fighting human-trafficking. She speaks the language and loves immersing herself in the culture.
    Over the course of her time in Southeast Asia, she has been a case manger of victims of human trafficking, conducted repatriations, assisted at a shelter for women who have been trafficked, collaborated with various investigative and aftercare NGO’s and law enforcement, specialized in conducting victim intakes and assessments, and directed outreaches in the redlight areas that are geared towards internationally trafficked victims and locals. 

    In 2018, Constance joined O.U.R and began developing, coordinating, and leading
    investigative outreaches in the redlight areas with the Ops Team and Aftercare
    Team. Through the outreaches, she’s been able to offer hope and a safe space to
    victims, and tackle root issues in trafficking from intel collected through outreaches. She
    has also received trainings on the various essentials of safety, surveillance, and
    investigations, and assists the Ops Team on needed cases. 
    Constance has a bachelors degree in music and speech communication, tech diploma
    in audio engineering, and a masters degree in counseling psychology. Previously as a
    therapist, she utilized cognitive methods, yet since living in Southeast Asia has attended
    seminars, workshops, and trainings for developing art therapy methods for trauma
    cases. She also specializes in suicidal ideation assessments and de-escalation. 

    Constance has traveled to 14 different countries and looks forwarded to traveling to
    many more.

  • Ruth Appiah
    Dankyira

    Country Coordinator,
    Ghana

    Ruth Appiah Dankyira is an accomplished professional who specializes in social work, gender rights protection, and aftercare. She has a passion for defending abused children and women, and ensuring that their rights are fully exercised. She has served in the the Abuse Relief Corps for six years, and has played a massive role in bringing many predators to justice. 

    One of her biggest aspirations in life is to be an advocate for women and children and to help them stand up to injustice. She is passionate about empowering women and children to achieve their goals and defend themselves against attackers. 

    When she is not working, Ruth loves to cook and read about law and gender, and business.

  • Ayman Asfour

    Country Coordinator,
    Mediterranean

  • Paola
    Gálico Félix Díaz

    Country Director,
    Mexico

    • Attorney at Law
    • Ibero-American and UNESCO "Honoris Causa" Doctoral, for outstanding work in the Combat of Human Trafficking for more than 10 years.
    • Currently Managing Director of the Mexico City Tourism Board.
    • Federal Deputy for District 17 Cuajimalpa-Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City.
    • National Defense (Secretary)
    • Public Safety (Member)
    • Attention to Vulnerable Groups (Member)

    - In the legislative field she has promoted various proposals to update and improve the legal framework regarding Trafficking in Persons, Vulnerable Groups, Public Security and National Defense.

    - Representative to the United Nations in various forums and meetings (New York, Vienna, Brussels and Washington) for Operation Blessing Mexico.

    - Positioned the issue of Human Trafficking within the European Parliament.

    - President of "Uno a Uno" UNAM, Movement Against Slavery.

    - President of the National Anti-Slavery Committee.

    - Collaborator in SDP-Noticias, news protocol.

    - Columnist in: El Universal daily newspaper, Ruiz-Healy Times and Signum magazines.

    - President of the Casa Refugio, a safe house which reintegrates girls, victims of trafficking.

    - Promoter of the National Campaign “Por Un Mexico Libre de Trata”, (Mexico Free of Trafficking Campaign).

    - Author of the Independence Bicentennial commemoration poem “Mexico Guerras Floridas, Génesis sobre la Revolución” and collaborator in the investigation of "Guillen de Lampart Precursor de la Independencia de México".

    - Author of "La Cosification de Los Seres Humanos", (The Objectification of Human Beings) a book on the objectification of human trafficking victims.

  • Simon Brewer

    Chief Financial
    Officer

    Simon Brewer joined Operation Underground Railroad as Chief Financial Officer in February of 2021.  In this capacity, he is responsible for O.U.R.’s finance and accounting functions. Prior to O.U.R., Simon served as Chief Financial Officer of Predictive Technology Group, Inc., a publicly-traded life science company he joined in 2018. He was responsible for Predictive’s finance, accounting, HR, and IT functions. Simon served as Chief Financial Officer of Norbest, joined in 2016. He was responsible for Norbest’s finance, accounting, HR, and IT functions. Norbest employs just over 500 people. Annual revenue for Norbest was around $150 million with products being sold in the United States and numerous foreign countries through international distribution. Prior to joining Norbest, he was Vice President, Finance and IT for Wilson Electronics, LLC, in St. George, UT, where he was responsible for their finance, IT, and HR functions. Reporting directly to the CEO, Simon oversaw significant growth for the electronics company operating in all 50 states, and internationally in several countries.  Simon assisted heavily in building scalable processes, modernizing the business, international growth in Asia, and acquisition of a main competitor.  Earlier in his career, he held the position of Senior Director/Corporate Controller for Backcountry.com, Inc., where his initiatives were responsible for over 10% of the bottom line EBITDA in 2012 and 2013.  Simon was key in 2 significant acquisitions that added about $100 million annually to the top-line, growing from $150M to $500M during his tenure. Simon started his accounting career and business education as a Certified Public Accountant, an auditor for KPMG LLP. Simon began his professional career as a programmer-turned-operations manager in a Dotcom for 5 years, working full-time while attending school full-time. Simon received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Russian from the University of Utah in 2004. He completed his Master of Accounting at the same school in 2005.

  • Jerry Gowen

    Chief Experience
    Officer

    Prior to joining O.U.R., Gowen managed communications for Symantec Corp., a Fortune 500 publicly-traded software company with 21,000 employees and $7 billion in annual revenue. During his 10 year career at Symantec, Gowen was responsible for creation and execution of the public relations and social media strategies for 2 of the company's largest business units. He is recognized as one of the top trade media relations experts in the U.S. and was named Top Tech Communicator of the Year.

    Prior to Symantec, Gowen served as Senior Public Relations Manager for PowerQuest Corp. and Global Communications Manager at Legato Systems, Inc. Gowen has also served as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and Washington State University, teaching courses in communications, public relations, marketing, information technology and statistics.

    Gowen earned his BA in Public Relations with a Minor in Business Management at Brigham Young University in 1998 and was recognized as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Communications. He earned his MBA at Washington State University in 2010 and was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement.

    Gowen is fluent in Spanish and resides in Utah with his wife and 6 children. He is active in the community supporting the Boy Scouts of America and local youth soccer programs.

  • Emily Evans

    Chief Communications
    Officer

    Emily was born and raised in Southern California works out of the Orange County O.U.R. office. 

    After receiving her Bachelors degree in Media & Communications, Emily was asked to start a marketing department at Champion Safe. It was there where she grew a team that implemented new marketing and strategic strategies to help relaunch a new series of safes in 2012 which became one of the top selling safes in the country. Emily then spent several years as a Recruiter for Red Bull North America out of their headquarters in Santa Monica.

    She became passionate about nonprofits when she had the opportunity to work with Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) on their yearly event, StandUp2Cancer. She also spent time volunteering for Project PLAY!, a non-profit that provides funding for sports, music and art youth programs in Los Angeles.

    Emily started at O.U.R. in 2014 as a volunteer and has been with the company ever since. As the current Chief Communications Officer for Operation Underground Railroad, Emily has found her true passion in ending child sex slavery around the world.

    You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. -William Wilberforce

  • Nate Lewis

    VP of
    Development

  • Nicki Blackhurst

    Executive Assistant
    to CEO

    Nicki is the Executive Assistant to the CEO for Operation Underground Railroad. She previously working in the Outreach Department as a Community Relations Manager. Prior to joining O.U.R. as an official staff member, Nicki served as a volunteer team leader and started the Yuma, Arizona team in 2016 and Phoenix, Arizona team in 2017 alongside her husband.
     
    Nicki has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse for 11 years working in Pediatrics, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Labor and Delivery. She is currently working on her Master's in Nursing Education. Because of her love of teaching, she looks for every opportunity to educate her community and new volunteers about human trafficking and online safety. She enjoys getting to know new volunteers and helping them learn how to get involved with O.U.R. and helping them with their fundraisers and events.
     
    She resides in sunny Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and 3 children. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and serving in their community as a family.
  • Hayden Paul

    Director of
    Strategic Relations

    Hayden Paul grew up in Sandy, Utah. After high school, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Budapest, Hungary. Following his mission, Hayden started a video production company and spent a year and a half traveling the world visiting all but 2 continents. He became aware of the prevalent issue of human trafficking during his travels and decided to get involved with Operation Underground Railroad in early 2019. Feeling the weight of responsibility to protect his own country’s freedoms, Hayden enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September of 2019. In January of 2020, Hayden married the love of his life Savannah. Later he attended USMC recruit training and the School of Infantry for six months in California. Upon his return from training, Hayden resumed his service as an Infantry reservist at 4th LAR Charlie Company and resumed his full-time role at Operation Underground Railroad. He and his wife now live in Sandy. 

  • Hillary Newton

    Sr. Creative
    Director

  • Sam Telleson

    Brand Manager

  • Mikilah Braun

    Content
    Manager

  • Tyson Wright

    Director of
    Outreach

  • Adele Ohler

    Director of
    Development

  • Heidi Fransen

    Development
    Manager

    Heidi has been involved with O.U.R. since March 2015 when she first heard about the organization and felt a strong desire to support their efforts. She began as a volunteer, raising funds and awareness through organizing documentary screenings, half-marathons, farmers market booths, and other community awareness events. Her first role with O.U.R. was Idaho Volunteer Coordinator, after which she began officially working for the organization in 2016 as the Community Relations Manager. She has also worked as the Events Manager and is now the Development Manager.
     
    Heidi is a proud wife, and mother of three. She loves to spend time with her family playing games, riding bikes, watching funny shows, and exploring the country. She also loves to teach her children about U.S. history and our duty as Americans to bravely stand for liberty and justice for all.  
     
    "Just imagine what would happen if your daughter was standing there. What would you do? How would you fight? So you have to take each child as your own... Soon you will feel their sorrow, and then you will feel the strength that comes out of you to protect them." -ANURADHA KOIRALA (CNN Hero of the Year, Founder Maiti Nepal)
  • Julie Orrock

    Support Services
    Manager

Ambassadors

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  • Ivonne Tarrillo

    Country
    Ambassador, Peru

  • Alberto Puertas

    Country
    Ambassador, Peru

  • Marisol Nichols

    Actress

    Marisol Nichols can be seen starring as 'Hermione Lodge' on The CW’s “Riverdale”. She will next appear as the female lead alongside Samuel L Jackson, Chris Rock and Max Minghella in the reboot Saw franchise, releasing May 15, 2020. She has appeared as the mysterious and elusive “Desert Wolf” on the popular MTV series “Teen Wolf" and had significant recurring roles as 'ATF Special Agent Zoe Keates’ on “NCIS" and 'Agent Natalie Colfax’ on the staple crime series “Criminal Minds”. Showcasing her versatile acting skills, Marisol next played the Pakistani-American 'Nadia Yassir,' who commands CTU in Season Six of the hot series  “24". Additionally, she starred as 'Sarah Monahan' on ABC’s "The Gates" and as 'Heather Cruz' in the Darren Star produced ABC show “GCB" opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb.

    In addition to her work on screen, Marisol fights for the rights of young girls and women through her philanthropic and activism work with her non-profit organization Foundation for a Slavery Free World as well as Youth for Human Rights International. Both organizations fight to bring awareness and shine a light on modern day slavery and the commercial sexual exploitation of children on a global level, as well as here in the United States. Additionally, she produces the annual Human Rights Hero Awards, where she awards other organizations and individuals that are doing heroic work in this field.

    Early in her career, Nichols landed a role in Showtime’s groundbreaking "Resurrection Boulevard", for which she received critical acclaim for her defiant portrayal of troubled teen 'Victoria Santiago’. After a three-year run on "Resurrection Boulevard", Marisol starred in the Steven Bochco drama “Blind Justice” as 'Detective Karen Bettancourt’.

    Her breakout role as 'Audrey Griswold’, alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in Vegas Vacation brought her to the forefront of classic American cinema. She then appeared as Windsor College student and Omega Beta Zeta sorority girl ‘ Dawnie' in horror box office thriller Scream 2, which was followed by appearances on the big screen hits Can’t Hardly Wait, and Mafia! From there she went on to star opposite Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House 2 and opposite Larry the Cable Guy in Delta Farce.

    Three-time ALMA Award nominee and Latin beauty, Marisol Nichols is one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities. According to The Washington Post, she “brings spirit and even a [dash] of sizzle and easily manages to be the most magnetic presence around.” This Chicago born beauty’s career, like her Mexican-Hungarian-Romanian roots, can be best described as deliciously diverse. Marisol currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter Rain.

  • Mike Tomlin

    Head Coach
    Pittsburgh Steelers

    In his 11 seasons as head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin accomplished many things that have never been done in the team's storied history. A franchise known for stability at the head coaching position, Tomlin ranks among the League's longest-tenured head coaches following the 2017 season.

    Tomlin became the youngest head coach in NFL history to both coach in and win a Super Bowl when he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII (36 years, 323 days). In his 11 years as head coach of the Steelers, Tomlin has led Pittsburgh to six AFC North titles and has guided the Steelers to the playoffs eight times, including two trips to the Super Bowl (XLIII and XLV).

    Tomlin is very active in the community and was recognized, along with his wife Kiya, in February 2013, by the Chuck Cooper Foundation with the Career Achievement in Leadership Diversity and Community Service Award. He has also been a spokesman for the Steelers' and UPMC Sports Medicine's "Don't Hit the Head, Don't Use the Head" program, which was in conjunction with USA Football's Heads Up program that promotes safety in all levels of football. Tomlin also participates in the annual ManUp Pittsburgh conference which encourages local men to be better fathers and role models.

  • Laurie Holden

    Actress

  • Carly Schroeder

    Actress

  • Rosevelt

    Singer

    “The biggest story about Rosevelt is not just her voice, but her “voice”. Rosevelt is a “voice” for the “voiceless”...speaking out with love for, and a heartfelt desire, to make a difference for the children of the world, through music and song.” – Manager Joe Tenney

    When Rosevelt was 9 years old, she discovered she had a voice! By the time she was 10 she knew why, and it wasn’t just to sing. Her music was a way to share her heart—at times of celebration or to help heal those touched by sorrows. In addition to being an ambassador for Operation Underground Railroad, Rosevelt is also a Youth Ambassador for Childhelp, an organization that has helped over 11 million children suffering from childhood abuse or neglect. Rosevelt’s Challenge, “5 too many” has brought public awareness surrounding the difficult realities of child abuse and trafficking. She works together to support children with influencers, celebrities, other musicians and well-known thought leaders.

    At age 13, she created her own Non-profit: Music & The Message, and through her annual non-profit event, has raised over $250,000 in her quest to raise even more awareness and her goal of $1,000,000.00 to help children in need. Now through her new record label 5 Too Many, Rosevelt is releasing original songs, along with inspiring covers, and music videos—inviting all within the sound of her voice to choose to make a difference in the life of a child.

    Photo credit: Clint Clarkson-Aero Photography

  • Montel Williams

    Media Personality

    Mr. Williams is an internationally recognized, award winning media personality, decorated former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide. Williams earned his degree in General Engineering and minor in International Security Affairs from the United States Naval Academy. In 2011 Williams founded the neuroscience technology company, Neurohabilitation, Inc, which is now a subsidiary of Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. The company is working with the US Army to further research to potentially treat TBI and clinical trials are in progress in multiple locations. Williams is also a principal of Pure Blue Resources, LLC, an innovative renewable energy technology company. Williams serves as a Special Envoy to the United Nations Save Our Sharks Coalition and as a board member to the Fisher House Foundation, The Freedom Festival and Military Adaptive Sports, Inc, host of the 2016 Invictus Games.

  • Brooke White

    Singer/Songwriter

    Brooke White, the quirky rhaspy-voiced blonde, moved to LA from her native hometown of Mesa, AZ in hopes of becoming a singer-songwriter. After a handful of years spent chasing the dream, writing songs, cutting hair in her bathroom and nannying twins, she finally landed her big break when she was granted a golden ticket to perform on the nation's biggest stage, where millions of viewers formed an emotional bond and welcomed her barefoot at the piano style into their homes on a weekly basis. Since her Top five finish on American Idol, Brooke has continued to pave her own path as a relevant independent artist in the entertainment industry. She started her own record label "June Baby Records" and has independently released 6 records including 3 EP's from her band Jack and White. She has played live for thousands, touring the nation from arenas and theaters to clubs and radio stations. She has hosted live from the red carpet for TV guide, judged Miss America, starred in two TV movies: Change of Plans that aired on FOX and Banner 4th of July for the Hallmark Channel. She currently co-hosts The Girls With Glasses Show, a whimsical web channel and lifestyle series alongside model and actress Summer Bellessa that can be found on YouTube, Ulive and The Design Network. Her most recent song "Something Divine" written nearly 10 years ago about discovering your worth, has been recorded and released also as a music video on the Mormon channel.

    On a personal note Brooke and her husband Dave Ray, have been married for over 10 years and welcomed their first child, daughter London also known as "Londy Loo", in May of 2012. The one-time nanny has come full circle, living and loving the roll of a lifetime, now juggling her passions with motherhood. Today her efforts are focused less on massive commercial success and more upon utilizing her talents and platform to truly connect with people in a more honest and hopeful way as to fulfill her greater purpose to uplift others and help them feel less alone. Brooke feels she was "divinely inspired" to find Operation Underground Railroad, after she was generously gifted $20,000 by Foundation Entertainment (a production company she had worked with on Change of Plans) to give to a charity of her choice. After several months of searching and praying for the right charity to donate to, she happened to see a friend's (Stephanie Nielsen) Instagram post about Operation Underground Railroad and their efforts to rescue children from human trafficking.

    As a protective mother of a sweet daughter of her own, this struck a chord and knew she had found the right one. While she was grateful to give the gift she was given to O.U.R. she also felt compelled to give something of herself and involve her community, which inspired her to make a special record "Never Grow Up: Lullabies and Happy Songs." Each song is an original collaboration with generous and talented artists such as Mindy Gledhill, David Archuleta, Deana Carter, Leigh Nash, Carly Smithson, Daniel Tashian, Lucy Schwartz, Jack Matranga and the late Michael Johns. Utilizing Pledge Music, "Never Grow Up" garnished incredible support from friends and fans and in just a month was able to more than double the original donation and spread awareness for the cause. All of the proceeds raised and continue to be raised (Via iTunes, Google Play etc.) all go towards Operation Underground Railroad. Brooke's work with O.U.R. isn't done, she is fully committed for the long haul as an "abolitionist" in the fight to end child sex slavery and human trafficking.

  • Lexi Walker

    Singer

    "Even though I'm only 13 years old, I want to do what I can to raise awareness about Operation Underground Railroad! Being an Abolitionist means that I'm sharing my voice to help bring an end to human trafficking. Shouldn't you be doing that too?? #OURrescue" - 2015

  • Chelsie Hightower

    Dancer

    Chelsie Hightower is a well known dancer originally from Orem, Utah. She was a fan-favorite and finalist on Fox's hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance, where she still makes appearances as a choreographer and all-star. Two of the pieces that were choreographed for her and her partner were nominated for Emmys. She moved straight to Dancing With the Stars where she performed for nine seasons and, while there, was nominated for an Emmy for a dance she choreographed along with Derek Hough. Her partners have included everyone from Olympic athletes to world renowned entertainers.

    She was the face of Reebok's dance line and a multitude of other product endorsements, including Latisse and other national brands. She was featured in the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition with her partner, Ty Murray, where she had a two page spread and has also graced the cover of many national dance and fitness magazines. Dance continues to be a major part of Chelsie's life, and she hopes to inspire as many people to a healthier and happier life through movement and fitness.

  • Burgess Owens

Directors

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  • Benjamin Pack

    Benjamin Pack was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. As one of six children, he learned early on the value of hard work and serving others. His first job was delivering newspapers at the age of 12 and has worked ever since to provide for his family and others. The lessons learned at a young age helped to set him on a lifelong path of hard work and service.

    Since 1996, Ben has worked in the Real Estate and Finance industry. He has helped grow mortgage companies from the ground up as well as worked for Fortune 500 Companies. Benjamin currently works at Altabank as the Mortgage Division President. His responsibilities include business planning and development, compliance, growth, budgets, team management, and directing the day to day operations.

    Ben and his wife Kelly enjoy volunteering in their church and community and strive to teach the same work ethics to each member of their family. As a family, they love spending time camping, boating and river rafting. They love spending together working, playing and serving others.

  • Marc Reynolds

    Dr. Marc Reynolds is a native of Los Angeles, received his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University, Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Opera Directing from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in Opera Directing at The University of Texas at Austin.

    As a Stage Director Marc Reynolds has enjoyed recent success in directing operatic works for professional and academic organizations. His work has received awards and nominations from the press and critics.

    As an educator Dr. Reynolds has taught for The University of Texas at Austin, The Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program, Brigham Young University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Sparkling City Light Opera’s Vocal Arts workshop. He was a founding associate director for The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program.

    Marc is currently the opera director at Utah Valley University, associate director for Utah Lyric Opera, and on staff for The Cornish American Song Institute and The Utah Lyric Opera Summer Workshop. He also maintains a private voice and acting studio. 

  • Stephen Fairbanks

    Stephen was born in Edmonton Alberta Canada and Moved to California at 15 years of age. He graduated college with an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in the Computer Peripherals Industry, Medical Electronics Device Development and Manufacturing, The Automation Industry and Irrigation Control. He currently owns and runs a company that manufactures a banding castration tools for cattle. He married his high school sweetheart Toni Risser and they have 8 children and 25 grandchildren. He has always been involved in community, church and scouting and currently serves as Scoutmaster and Scouting District Commissioner. He has been associated with Tim Ballard for years before O.U.R. was formed.

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