Rodger and Denise Lester
Founders and Executive Director
Rodger and Denise have 8 years of experience in ministering to the sexually exploited in Kansas City, MO. They have been actively involved with Exodus Cry, an established human trafficking awareness organization, as well as other similar organizations. Their experience involves outreach, housing, restoration, counseling, and training. Rodger and Denise were key contributors to the establishment of a ministry located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil that reaches victims of human trafficking in the oldest Red Light District, Villa Mimosa. Denise is also co-founder of Prisoners of Hope, and Founder of Isaiah 61 Prayer, ministries dedicated to the process of holistic healing for victims of sexual abuse, exploitation, and prostitution.
Rodger and Denise have a heart for the fatherless and the sexually abused. They desire to see all people have an opportunity to restore their lives with the help of their community.
Edward Warfield, MDiv.
Board Member - Treasurer
Ed has a Master of Divinity degree and has more than 20 years experience as a senior pastor. He is a former member of the Department of Homeland Security's Terrorism Task Force where he held Secret Security clearance for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ed has ten years of experience as a licensed investment advisor. He was a vice president for Bank of America and is a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer for Mortgage Lenders of America.
Ed served as the Director of A Countywide Victim/Witness Advocacy Program in Illinois. This program connected victims and witnesses of violent or sexual crimes with professional assistance programs and accompanied them to court proceedings. He has been married to Debbie for almost 36 years and together they have eight children.
Caitlyn is in her sophomore year as a psychology major student and is currently studying at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Upon graduation, Caitlyn plans on pursuing a master’s in counseling with a specialization in trauma and crisis. She is passionate about studying in the field of psychology through the lense of scientific research, because she believes this experience will contribute to her future career as a mental health counselor. She has years of experience in childcare, and is currently preparing to become an official children's advocate through the government funded organization CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
Sarah Zollner, RN, BSN, MSN, LCMBB
Executive Manager and Director, Health Advocacy
Sarah is a Registered Nurse and received her MSN with a concentration in Administration and Leadership from Western Governor’s University in 2016. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Missouri Kanas City School of Nursing in 2009. She has worked at the Veterans Affairs for over nine years, beginning at the ICU in the Kansas City Veterans Affairs. During her tenure with the KCVA, she also served as the Inpatient Psych Nurse Manager. Sarah currently works for the Veterans Health Administration office of Strategic Integration where she provides professional consultation, technical expertise and project/program management for enterprise wide initiatives. Her most noteworthy accomplishments include her contribution to the development of the VA’s innovative enterprise wide management strategy, the Integrated Systems Deployment method, and co-founding the UMKC 2008 Quad Health Care, a multidisciplinary community service initiative to provide free health care screenings to the KC inner city. Her professional practice focuses on health care education, innovative enterprise wide solutions and transformational leadership.
Richelle Stillwell, CMHC, CFTP, PLPC
Board Member 2018
Counseling and Trauma Therapy
Richelle has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with
additional training in trauma and crisis situations. Richelle is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and is a Certified Family Trauma Professional. She is skilled in crisis intervention, and utilizes several different therapeutic interventions such as family systems and person-centered, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies. She is experienced in using play therapy, sand tray therapy, mindfulness and psychoeducation modalities. She is an active member of two academic and professional honor societies, and she is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.