Leah Jonet Albright-Byrd
Leah Jonet Albright-Byrd is a dreamer! She has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, BET News, and Being Mary Jane. She was also the recipient of an Emmy-award after an appearance focused on educating viewers about civil rights issues and America’s human trafficking epidemic.
The media and speaking opportunities coupled with the obstacles she faced on her own dream journey reawakened a passion for reaching the masses with a much needed message of hope. Her dream of authorship could not be ignored so she returned to one of her first loves and began to write. Her deepest yearning is to see others awakened to God’s love and power and what better way to do that than through the art form that God chose to make Himself known to the world.
Christina Rangel has been working with girls rescued from human trafficking and helping them become functional members of society since 2010. Christina provides training and awareness to organizations across the United States. She’s worked with the FBI for years on direct intervention operations in Redding, California, Sacramento, California and Reno, Nevada.
Christina believes it’s time to bring innovative solutions to educate people on the trafficking movement and wants to create something that can be replicated that gives people creative and vibrant ways to reach girls being trafficked. Christina resides in Redding, California with her husband and four beautiful children.
Melissa Holland serves as the Founder and Director of Awaken. She holds a Masters in Marriage Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2011 Melissa and Jen Robinson co-founded Awaken, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase awareness and education surrounding the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and to provide shelter and restoration for its victims.
Melissa believes strongly in responding to God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, and is passionate about uniting local churches and the NV community in the fight to end the sexual exploitation of women and children.