She Is Safe

Executives, Staff, and Board of Directors

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Photos courtesy of Andy Brophy and One Nine Images. Due to the sensitive nature of our work, not all staff members are listed below.

Executives

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Michele Rickett

Founder and President, She Is Safe

Michele Rickett has led international outreach for over 20 years. Her life mission was born out of experiences living and working in Africa as a young missionary, where she learned that girls were often kept home to work, marry or be sold. She established SIS to share Christ and equip women and girls to build new lives in the highest-risk and least-reached places. She began by creating partnerships with local women leaders across the globe, while researching, publishing and speaking to raise a Christ-centered response to the abuse and slavery of women and girls. Under her leadership, She Is Safe has assembled a highly effective team and forged effective strategies to equip oppressed women and girls to break the cycles of abuse and slavery as they learn about and live for Christ. “Our work won’t be complete until every one of the 600 million girls in the developing world has her fair opportunity to consider Christ, and become the woman He created her to be.”

Michele is a published author and engaging speaker. She has co-authored three books, among them is InterVarsity Press bestseller Forgotten Girls, co-authored with Kay Marshall Strom. The new Expanded Edition includes the latest statistics, and a discussion guide with scripture for use in bible study groups and book clubs.

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Daniel Rickett

Executive Vice President

As the Executive Vice President of She Is Safe, Daniel Rickett oversees all aspects of international ministry programs. His professional experience spans thirty years of working with majority world ministries in organizational and ministry effectiveness. He served as Director of Research at Geneva Global, Associate Professor of Leadership at Eastern University, and Senior Advisor in Partnership and Strategy with Partners International.  He co-founded the Coalition on Support of Indigenous Ministries (COSIM).

He holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School through Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya.

He is the author of Building Strategic Relationships (2008), Making Your Partnership Work (2002), co-editor of Supporting Indigenous Ministries (1997), and co-author with his wife Michele of Ordinary Women: Developing a Faithwalk Worth Passing On (2001).  Additional articles and resources on partnership can be found at www.danielrickett.com

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Julie Aldrich

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations at She Is Safe, Julie Tozer Aldrich provides leadership to our support services, human resources and government compliance as part of the executive team. Julie served as Operations Manager for Publishing at Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that, as Executive Assistant to the presidents of The Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies and Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Julie has participated in the Global Outreach ministry of Perimeter Church, Atlanta where she saw firsthand God’s love for the nations. An outreach trip to Russia profoundly changed her heart and life. She has served on short-term mission trips, including with a medical missions team to Guatemala where she ministered to the country’s economically and spiritually poor.

The proud parent of sons Rocky and Kevin, Julie lives in the country in Senoia, Georgia with her dog, Bella. In her spare time she loves to design and build homes.

International

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Anne Cody

Country Director for South Sudan

Anne serves as the Country Director for South Sudan, overseeing the Transformation Group work we began in 2013. These groups train and equip women to build strong families and communities in this war-torn nation as they grow spiritually and gain literacy, vocational, and micro-finance skills. The ultimate goal is to influence the culture of the newest nation in the world for Christ.

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Bob Knapp

Country Director for Mali

Bob Knapp works with She Is Safe to help at risk and unwanted women and children in Mali build whole new lives. As the Country Director for Mali, Bob works closely with our indigenous partners while raising awareness, prayer and support to free and empower women and girls.

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Carrole Johnson

Microenterprise Development Advisor

Carrole works with the She Is Safe International Ministries team to develop and implement microenterprise initiatives to help women gain economic freedom. She trains and partners with implementers around the world to equip women and girls against abuse and exploitation.

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Cherylann Sammons

Director of Transformation Group Programs

Cherylann oversees all She Is Safe Transformation Group programs. She works closely with country directors to strengthen current programs and establish new women’s self-help group programs. Cherylann trains and coaches program leaders around the world to equip women and girls to build lives of freedom and faith for a strong future.

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DeAnna Sanders

Country Director for Indonesia

DeAnna connects with the people of Indonesia as the She Is Safe Country Director. She travels to the nation of islands regularly to gather information, learn from ministry co-workers and share ways to effectively help women and girls who are most at risk for abuse and exploitation. DeAnna also works to communicate what is happening in Indonesia through a variety of reporting methods to increase opportunities for others to be involved.

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Kathy Richards Bhatia

Regional Director of Middle East

Kathy Richards Bhatia provides leadership to the She Is Safe work for at risk women and girls in the Middle East, while she raises awareness and advocacy to address the extreme challenges they face. Kathy develops our local partnerships and outreaches aiding abused and exploited women and girls to build a secure, stable and spiritually vibrant future.

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Katy Anderson

Associate Director for International Ministries

Katy offers strategic training, guidance and support to She Is Safe staff and international partners in the work of equipping at-risk women and girls to build lives of freedom, faith and a strong future.

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Kristin Fisher

Country Director for Myanmar

Kristin leads She Is Safe work throughout Myanmar. She works closely with indigenous field partner leaders, bringing best practices and training to equip women and girls to build lives of freedom and faith for a strong future.

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LeAnna Gates

Child Education Advisor

LeAnna works with She Is Safe Country Directors and co-workers in developing and growing Child Education programs. She looks for best practices and provides guidance to enhance program quality and outcomes, helping to bring the next generation into the light of God’s love.

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Pam Valentin

Country Director for India

Pam leads the She Is Safe work in India to prevent, rescue and restore at-risk women and girls from abuse and exploitation. She directs the development and oversight of strategic field partnerships, assisting partners with outreach strategies, implementation, mobilization of resources and program evaluation.

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Mobilization

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Noel Jenkins

Marketing and Communications Manager

As the Marketing and Communications Manager, Noel is responsible for leading communications initiatives for the organization, including direct mail, major donor and corporate proposals, social media, and various development materials. She cultivates donor relationships by communicating the She is Safe vision, opportunities, and gratitude for the support of our mission.

Noel enjoys teaching dance lessons and undertaking do-it-yourself home decor/repurposing projects. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Atlanta, GA.

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Jake Warren

Communications Project Manager

Jake works with the Communications team to promote She Is Safe through traditional and online content. He also manages the website and continuously works to provide a good user experience for online visitors.

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Lisa Hockman

Grants Development Officer

As part of the She Is Safe Mobilization team, Lisa serves as the organization’s Grants Development Officer. Lisa evaluates prospects for family, corporate and government foundations. Additionally, she researches and writes proposals for She Is Safe’s international programs.

Operations

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Joyce Foster

Office Manager

Joyce Foster, Office Manager, is part of the She Is Safe (SIS) Operations Team. She provides support services for Operations to help keep SIS running smoothly in the areas of accounting, facilities, volunteers, events, and ad hoc projects. She supports the Director of Operations in the areas of vendor agreements and government compliance.

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Andrea Tipton Higdon

Administrative Assistant

As a part of the Operations team, Andrea manages donor care at She Is Safe’s corporate office. She processes donations, and fields calls and emails from supporters and inquirers.

Board of Directors

Mike Landrum, Chairman

Vice Chairman of Diversified, Norcross, Georgia

Mike Landrum is the Vice Chairman of Diversified, a technology integrator. Diversified serves the audio visual, video conferencing, digital signage and broadcast needs of the largest corporations, institutions and government organizations. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he achieved his CPA certification in 1976 and has served in ownership and executive roles in several different industries.

In addition to She Is Safe he currently serves on the Board of Navigate Recovery Gwinnett, an organization committed to assisting families and individuals with addiction issues.

Mike and his wife Linda live in Cumming, GA and are members in good standing at Perimeter Presbyterian Church in Duluth, GA.

Greg Blair

Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Greg is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor who joined Merrill Lynch in 1998. He works with both nonprofit organizations and families globally to provide tailored financial solutions from a fiduciary perspective. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Blair received his B.B.A. in Finance from the James Madison University’s School of Business. Greg co-founded 1 Voice Trekking, a nonprofit organization that helps fight child abuse and neglect through long distance day hiking endurance challenges. Greg also serves as chairperson of a committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Maryland.

Greg is married with 3 boys and lives in Westminster, Maryland. He loves being with his family, hiking, being outside, and serving.

Amy M. Dayries, D.M.D.

Amy M. Dayries, D.M.D. has practiced dentistry since 1996. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Dayries previously studied chemistry at Emory University where she attended on a Faculty Scholarship.

She resides in Alpharetta, GA with her husband Mike Ling and their 5 children. Amy has a close relationship with God, and as a Christian feels called to make a difference for the poor. Over the years, Amy has taught Sunday School, served as Girl Scout leader to 2 different troops, and enjoys jogging and gardening. She also has a special interest in developing women in business.

Genny Baxley

Vice President, North America Ministries, Walk Thru the Bible

Genny Baxley serves as the Vice President of North America ministries for Walk Thru the Bible, and as the liaison to the board of directors for that ministry. With over two decades of nonprofit leadership, and service in her local church, Genny shares, “I believe She Is Safe to be as close to God’s heart as anything I’ve ever encountered: to free the captives and to care for His precious daughters. I am both excited and humbled at the opportunity to serve this great ministry.” She and her husband, Allen, live in Cumming, Georgia.

Michael Wright

Vice President for Media and Entertainment, Diversified

Michael is Senior Vice President for Media and Entertainment for Diversified, delivering the company’s solutions for national broadcasters, including Univision, Telemundo and NBC. He graduated from Kennesaw State with a degree in Marketing. He enjoys traveling, writing, playing and recording music and is an avid vintage guitar collector.

Michael and his wife Sherri have four sons from 17 to 25 years old. They attend 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, GA where they became active upon arrival in 1996. Currently Michael and his youngest son Jackson serve on the central campus worship team and his oldest son, Jeffrey serves as student pastor at the church’s Flowery Branch campus. Sherri is active in next generation ministries at the central campus.

Michael is passionate about our mission and envisions a world free from human exploitation and trafficking. In addition to serving on our board of directors he is also an active board member for Street Grace and Faith Rx’d, both of which are Christ-centered ministries attempting to bring the light of Jesus Christ into dark corners of the world.

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