WHO WE ARE

 

Treasured Vessels Foundation is devoted to providing a long-term safe place for healing and growth to individuals impacted by trauma from exploitation in sex trafficking. We have a passion to help restore purpose and value to each person, while providing a holistic and comprehensive approach in therapy for a sustainable future.

No other agency in North Texas can match Treasured Vessels Foundation’s program with intensive, long-term mental health services and supportive programming that focuses on developing stability while increasing capacity for greater autonomy and long-term sustainability in the future. We want to help each woman walk confidently toward their dreams and support them in achieving success.

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"TVF longs for a community, a country and world where people are free from enslavement. We desire for people to learn to look past brokenness and cracks on the outside and reveal the treasure inside."

The
Who

Behind Our What

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We look forward

to helping each girl walk towards freedom and receive the long term, residential care they need. Each bed in each home represents a life that deserves freedom and healing, and they are the reason we are doing what we are doing.

Women often come to TVF directly from jail, exploitative situations, or court. Many have tried to escape their traffickers before and were not successful. Most would be homeless without TVF's intervention. Survivors have endured intense sexual and mental abuse, often lack money, have a limited education, and lack supportive friends or family. TVF refers to residents as interns, which is an affirming

We are

a residential community in North Texas operating as a clinically therapeutic aftercare program for survivors  of domestic sex trafficking.

We will

grow the capacity of our current program and become a program that is reproducible. 

We will

provide long term, comprehensive, holistic therapy.

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Our Founder

Alicia Bush

Alicia Bush is a native Texan, born and raised in Texarkana. From there she traveled to The University of North Texas and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology/Chemistry. Having considered medical school, Alicia had a leaning for the healing arts. Thus, she positioned herself in surgical device sales. This placed her in the operating room every day. She distinguished herself from her peers by her profound caring for each individual patient’s best care. It was this characteristic that gained the trust and respect of surgeons across north Texas. And thus she rose to be a top ten salesperson nationwide year after year. In 2014 she unequivocally made the decision to resign her sales position in 2014 after listening intently to a calling placed on her heart. Out of this was founded Treasured Vessels Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation.

Alicia Bush is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, International Missionary, White House Faith Leader and the Founder | CEO of Treasured Vessels Foundation. Alicia's goal is to eradicate this tragedy and work herself out of a job. She is an active member in the C7 Coalition, North Texas Coalition Against Sex Trafficking, C3ST, Youth Homelessness Committee, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Plano Chamber of Commerce, and the CEO Non-Profit Council.

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Interview with Alicia

Get to know Alicia Bush through her interview with Lifestyle Frisco Building Shelters and Healing Hearts at Treasured Vessels

Our
Team

a Passion for making real change

Abigail Ours

Abigail has a heart for the hurting and needy. She has a passion to use her gifts and talents to help play her part in ending human trafficking. Abigail has a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership. She joined TVF's team after connecting with Alicia Bush, Founder | CEO, in Thailand serving women in the red-lights district. She currently sits on the Board of the North Texas Coalition.

Kelly Singleton

Kelly volunteered with children and youth internationally most of her teen and early adult life. Her passion is to advocate for the dignity of a human life and see those enslaved find freedom, healing and value. Originally from Florida, Kelly graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communications, Minoring in Business Administration. She has lived in Texas for the last 14 years working in Relationship Management, Marketing and Sales, where 6 of those years spent working with a Dallas based nonprofit focusing on at-risk youth and mentorship. Prior to Texas, Kelly spent a decade in Nashville working with speakers, musicians, and celebrities in Relationship & Client Management. She is married with 2 children and resides locally in the Frisco area.

Elizabeth Schutz

Elizabeth received her master's in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. First learning about sexual exploitation while in high school, she knew she wanted to be a part of bringing freedom to those enslaved. While pursuing her master's she began working directly with trafficking survivors in a residential home. She saw first hand the challenges in seeing survivors receive the comprehensive care needed to thrive. Elizabeth brings her passion to see each victim of trafficking find freedom, healing and restoration and pursuit of evidence based practices to the clinical portion of TVF.

Kelly Cuyler
Kelly is one of our assistant Program Directors. She supports our residents in the safe house, as well as through program management, with a focus on life skills development, education, safety and re-trafficking prevention.

Kelly has worked and volunteered all over the world. After leaving the pharmaceutical industry she began to study law and work in anti-human trafficking communications. Kelly has a long term vision for our residents to grow to become leaders in their own communities and a vision to see the cycles of crime broken through prosecution of traffickers.

Letetia Smith

Letetia Smith is a RN and Program Director at TVF.

Letetia believes that leadership and analytical skills are not only a fundamental part of learning, but also the basic foundation to success. In addition, to being a wife and mother, Letetia is a graduate of Faith Community Nursing program, Leadership Frisco Class of XXIII, Author, CEO and Mindset Coach to youth in the community. She has also been featured in Voyage Magazine with her Non-profit Destiny’s Leaders. Letetia’s focus is on loving others, leading well and living life intentionally!

Liza Meynig

Liza is one of our Assistant Program Directors. Liza supports our residents in the safe house, as well as assisting in team building lessons and activities with our residents and staff. She also assists in staff, resident, and volunteer onboarding and program management.

Along with a background in teaching, she has worked and partnered with missions and humanitarian organizations all over the globe. She has also volunteered as a mentor in prisons and Juvenile Detention Centers. Her passion and focus are in team building and training up leaders.

Our
Board

Leaders who want to make an impact

David Beckett

Mr. Beckett brings significant financial, banking and insurance experience to the TVF Board. David owned an insurance agency in Ohio for over 15 years and served on the Board of Directors for a large community bank for 10 years (including positions on the loan committee, facilities committee, privacy committee and mergers/acquisitions committee). He has also served on the Board of Directors for multiple non-profits and volunteer organizations, some of these are the YMCA, Jewell Education Foundation, Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club. Mr. Beckett currently serves as CFO for Custom Homes of Texas. He, along with his wife Michelle and 2 children, are members of Crosspoint Community Church in McKinney.

Dugan P. Kelley

Dugan P. Kelley has extensive experience representing clients in trade secret, catastrophic injury, class action, product liability, intellectual property, defamation and other complex litigation matters. Mr. Kelley’s practice also includes representing companies and family businesses in providing advice and counsel in the capacity as outside general counsel. He currently sits on the Boards of several organizations, including Single Christianity (an interactive magazine providing resources and information to single individuals from a Biblical perspective) and Hiinga Microfinance (a nonprofit organization seeking to eliminate extreme hunger and poverty in the lives of smallholder farmers in East Africa). Mr. Kelley continues to actively advise and counsel a number of churches and para-church ministries. From 2008 through 2016, Mr. Kelley has been selected as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” — recognized as the best attorneys under age 40. Mr. Kelley and his wife, Michelle have 3 boys. The entire Kelley family is actively involved in giving back to their local church and community.

Kate Valent

Kate Valent focuses her practice on construction law, business litigation and intellectual property. An experienced construction lawyer, Kate assists clients in both commercial and residential construction matters including: construction litigation, contract disputes, AIA contract review, mechanics liens, collections, and intellectual property matters. 

Kate is licensed to practice in the State of Texas and all federal districts and bankruptcy courts in Texas. Kate also has served on the Board of the Golden Corridor Republican Women’s Club of Collin County and the Foundation for Allen ISD Schools. Kate is an active community member and resides in Frisco, TX. 

Jaime Cabrera

Jaime Cabrera is a seasoned executive that has worked in healthcare operations and information systems for over 20 years in a variety of complex and nationally recognized organizations.  She has extensive experience in strategic planning, new business development, resource development and management, operations and finance.  She earned her Masters of Public Health in Management and Policy from UCLA and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jaime, her husband Stelios, and their three adopted dogs recently relocated to Texas from Colorado.  Jaime maintains her role as the Executive Director of the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC), a statewide nonprofit that improves maternal and infant care quality. She is an active philanthropist, volunteer and advocate.  Jaime most recently served, as the Chair of the 2019 March of Dimes Denver March for Babies, has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 8 years, was the Vice Chair of the American Heart Association’s State Advocacy Committee and Grassroots Action Team, and served on the Board of Directors for Environmental Learning for Kids for 4 years.  Jaime looks forward to serving her new community in Texas.

Tamiel Kenney

Tamiel is an apartment real estate investor, a three-time Amazon best-selling author,
mother of 2, and the President & co-founder of Think Multifamily.  

She, along with her husband Mark, currently own over 6700 Apartment units in 6 states across the U.S. Tamiel is passionate about apartment investing and she offers a holistic & family oriented approach to educating others on how to be successful in this business. She
holds investor education conferences multiple times a year to help others learn how they can use apartment investing to provide freedom for themselves and their families. 

Prior to being a full-time real estate investor, Tamiel was a Registered Nurse and served on the board of a Christian Medical Missions charity for over thirteen years. She is still actively involved in supporting Missions that work with at risk children and those who have been rescued from sex trafficking.

Ryan McCoy

Ryan is President at Poiema Brands. 

Our Advisory Council

Tiffany Hendra

Tiffany Hendra inspires women from all walks of life to live their most authentic, stylish, purposeful and courageous lives. She is a wife, TV personality, empowerment coach, creator of the YouTube Channel, Sanctuary Of Style which has graduated into The Coaching Sanctuary™, an empowerment company for women. Tiffany was inducted into the Bravo housewives sorority as a season one star on Real Housewives Of Dallas. Her mission is to help women live in freedom by aligning with God, harnessing their innate feminine power, using their voice, cultivating courage and living “all in” with unapologetic authenticity. 

For more on Tiffany, check out her website tiffanyhendra.com and follow the behind the scenes of her life on Instagram @tiffanyhendra.

Carrie Barnes

With over 15 years experience in software sales and operations, Barnes currently serves as Vice President at Agfa Healthcare driving sales and revenue for the organization. Her vision is to build the largest philanthropic marketplace on the planet, helping organizations better serve their clients and helping those in need.After learning that donations rarely make it to those in need in the U.S., Barnes is inspired to introduce a platform that forever changes how donations happen.With deep rooted connections in the non-profit space, she’s captured the attention of several organizations with this highly innovative model that facilitates a person to person transaction and simultaneously gives to those in need.15 years of executive management and B2B sales experience has Barnes will positioned to drive big results with the DropCloth app.19

 
Maurice Jelks
 
Maurice D. Jelks is a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer with the Bank of America Private Bank. His focus is on the administration of clients’ trusts and carrying out the provisions contained in trust documents. In this capacity, Maurice oversees a complex set of fiduciary accounts and coordinates all aspects of trust administration. Maurice’s career in the financial services industry spans over 17 years. Maurice earned his M.B.A. from DeVry University in Chicago, IL and is an avid supporter of his community. Maurice enjoys spending time working with youth to provide mentoring services. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Frisco Class XXI. He enjoys tennis, running and spending quality time with family. He resides in McKinney, Texas.
 
Melanie Nance
 
Melanie is a licensed Realtor and Director of Partnerships at the Cheney Group of The Associates Real Estate Company located at The Star in Frisco.  Her dedication to serving the local community is apparent through her actions, communication and huge heart for giving her time to others.  In addition to serving on the Advisory Council for Treasured Vessels Foundation, Melanie volunteers her time through multiple other organizations including Frisco Women's League, Frisco Chamber of Commerce as well as her own venture, Get to Know Local.  Melanie enjoys spending her spare time welcoming new residents to the area and checking out the newest local hot spots and patios. 
 
Brad Namdar (Interagency and Policy Director)
 
Brad Namdar is a young local business leader, former Division I college athlete, former public school teacher, college coach, and award-winning social entrepreneur.  Brad has extensive experience in International Trade & Commerce, manufacturing, distribution, and global supply chain management experience, as well as, consulted many companies regarding domestic commerce and equity growth strategies. Brad also owns two innovative and well-known home decor and art companies called the House of Namdar, and Namdar Decor, as well as, an investment and consulting practice called The Namdar Group. Outside of Brad's businesses, Brad was also asked to serve (and currently does) the State of Texas as a Gubernatorial Appointee, partners with the Secretary of State of Texas (TBAT Initiative), and was a delegate at the United Nations in December of 2019 at the "We are All Human Summit", in New York. 
 

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