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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 doctors and nurses across north Texas. And thus she rose to be a top 10% salesperson nationwide year after year. In 2014, she unequivocally made the decision to resign from her sales position in 2014 after listening intently to a calling placed on her heart. Out of this was founded Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.

Alicia Bush is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, International Missionary, White House Faith Leader for the Trump administration. 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.

Our
Team

a Passion for making real change

Katelyn Shaffer

Katelyn is our Executive Administrative Assistant and Grant Manager. She works remotely, from St.Louis, giving her a greater insight, into the global issue that Human Trafficking really is. She graduated with her Bachelor's in Business Administration in 2018 from Savannah State University. She has a passion for helping those in need by using her newfound skills to obtain funding through grants for our program. To contact Katelyn, please email katelyn@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

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Cheri Stabile is married and has 3 very active children.  She is a licensed Cosmetology and has had a successful career as a National Marketing Director with a nutrition company. Recently this Native California girl moved her family to Texas to pursue her passion for working with Trafficking Survivors. Cheri now gets to partner with TVF encouraging volunteers and making a difference. Cheri also oversees our Program Operations and works closely with survivors in our safe house. To contact Cheri, please email cheri@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

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Kirstin is the newest member of our team! She is a devoted advocate for those whose voices have been silenced through trauma, exploitation, poverty, or stigma. A lifelong volunteer for a variety of organizations and ministries, her greatest accomplishments prior to TVF include implementing and developing nutritional and educational programs and funding capital projects such as chapels and community centers located in rural communities within Olancho, Honduras. Kirstin has also spent five years as a middle school special education teacher and dyslexia therapist while earning two master’s degrees in education from the University of North Texas. To contact Kirstin, please email kirstin@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

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Holly was born in Dallas, Texas and has always had a heart for serving and helping others. She attended Christ For the Nations Institute for 3 years where she received her Pastoral/Counseling degree gaining wisdom, experience, and many key relationships. At CFNI, she began serving with an organization called Youth For the Nations which helped to equip leaders, inspire pastors, and provide a place of encounter for students. She has an extensive background in operations. She was part of the team that created their first ever virtual camp in 2020, and also part of the team to pioneer their first winter conference. During her 8 years with YFN she oversaw most departments, mentored many students, and impacted thousands of teenagers’ and pastors’ lives.

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Elizabeth received her master's in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. It was while in grad school that she began working with survivors in residential aftercare. This is where Elizabeth, seeing the challenges survivors faced, knew she had found her passion. Elizabeth is trained in EMDR, a form of trauma therapy. She is also pursuing certification as a sex therapist through ABCST. Elizabeth is also a part of HEAL Trafficking and their Task Force to Address Gaps in Acute Mental Health. Helping connect TVF with the latest research and best practices. She also serves on the Board of C7, the anti-trafficking coalition of Denton County. To contact Elizabeth, please email elizabeth@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

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Misty is a native Texan and a seasoned leader with more than two working decades as a pioneer, mentor and curator of community and humanitarian projects. She poses a diverse background working with disenfranchised populations which gives her a unique perspective on both the operational and organizational growth of TVF. Misty manages daily operations in the home and acts as a liaison to key contacts. The mother of 8, she and her husband have adopted 6 of their children both internationally and domestically.  Misty is passionate about seeing women and children healed and restored. To contact Misty, please email misty@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

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Morgan was a Sexual Risk Avoidance Educator for four years in Dayton, Ohio, an area known for its human trafficking routes and drug use. Morgan empowered high school students and young people in juvenile detention centers to address the choices they face daily and equipped them to set boundaries and goals. Morgan does the same today at TVF! Our residents are full of potential and unique abilities and Morgan's heart is that they see themselves as capable and worthy of the best. Being a Resident Assistant gives her the opportunity to assist them in their journey of growth and restoration. To contact Morgan, please email morgan@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

Letetia Smith is a registered nurse, Author, Community Mentor, member of Frisco Sunrise Rotary, and Alumni of Leadership Frisco class of XXIII, and graduate of the Faith Community Nursing Program, Letetia loves connecting with others while inspiring individuals to walk in their God-given identity. Letetia is passionate about helping others walk in their identity. She is not only TVF’s Medical Liaison but is a valued member of our Board of Directors. To contact Letetia, please email letetia@treasuredvesselsfoundation.org.

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Olivia is a bright light in our residential program.  She has a heart for justice and passion to see young girls and women reach their full potential. With an upbringing in training in missions she is a compassionate leader and plans to further her education in Human and Social Services. Olivia's heart to see women restored is evidenced by her time with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii and Florida, where she volunteered at a safe house for the first time. This experience allowed her to gain understanding of the need to love and walk along side the survivors in our program on their journey towards healing.

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Margie, a native of Texas, is one of our Residential Assistants. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor's degree in Science and a Minor in Art. After college, she spent 14 months on the mission field in Sophia, Bulgaria before returning home. She has taught in school as well as homeschooled her three grown daughters. For the last 5 years, she has been volunteering as patient advocate at a pregnancy center to make young women aware of the choices available for an unplanned pregnancy. She also counsels those same women throughout their pregnancy and birth. She has a passion for teaching young women to learn to make wise choices for the present and their futures.

Our
Board

Leaders who want to make an impact

Charlyn Plunk is an engineer, wife, and mother of 3 children and a passionate advocate for STEM education. She has worked as an engineer for 23 years in various roles and companies and is passionate to help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

In 2001, after Charlyn had her first child, she decided to start her own EHS consulting company so she could have more flexibility for her family.  During this time, she joined the Junior League of Plano and quickly got involved with an exploratory committee looking into the viability of a community science center in the Collin County area.  After 2 more kids and 5 years of strategic planning, meeting with community leaders, branding, and fundraising, in 2008, Charlyn helped open the first science center in Collin County located in Frisco, Texas. The Sci-Tech Discovery Center provides dynamic, educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math, and technology. The center hosts over 20,000 people every year, inspiring them with innovative exhibits and programming. Since opening, Charlyn has served on the Board of Directors as the BOD chair and Development chair responsible for raising $250k during her term and the Brainiac Bowl Gala chair for 3 years raising over $200k for the center.

In October 2015, Charlyn became the STEM Advisor for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and their new STEM Center of Excellence, Camp Whispering Cedars, in South Dallas set to open in the summer of 2016. She is heading up the STEM Advisory Council made up of community STEM experts. This new facility and corresponding programming throughout Northeast Texas host 40,000 girls a year from ages 5-to 18 years old focusing on environmental science, biomedical science, engineering, and astronomy.

In her spare time, Charlyn owns CGP Ventura, LLC with oil and gas properties in West Texas.  She also serves on the Texas Tech Industrial Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, is a member of the Texas Tech Lifetime Engineering Academy, and serves as the President-Elect for the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean’s Council at Texas Tech University.  She is an avid tennis player, golfer, world traveler, and adventure seeker.

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.

Karen Goetting is a well-rounded banker with a unique experience as a regulator, workout specialist, and lending manager. She has worked with federal regulators during two banking crises, designed processes to market failing institutions for the least cost/highest return to the FDIC also monitored sale agreements between regulators and institutions for compliance with purchase terms. She managed the Special Asset Divisions of two institutions to ensure compliance with the FDIC purchase agreements, oversee the examination process, and supervise the loan staff with asset resolutions. She also partners with her brother in a real estate company that invests in single-family homes for rehab, rentals, and resale.

Karen has always had an interest in supporting women in business and in other areas of their lives. She served as President and Treasurer of Northwest Noon Business and Professional Women Association in San Antonio. This local chapter of the national organization promoted the interests of women in business, provides opportunities for education, training, and development, and promotes networking and support.

Empowering Women as Leaders – Dallas and Empowering Women as Leaders – National are two non-profit foundations that support women who return to college later in life. The Dallas chapter awards scholarships to students of Texas Woman’s University and one-on-one mentoring paired with a professional woman. Karen served as a mentor and Dallas board member for two years, then was asked to move up to the National Board as Marketing Director.

She has also always had an interest in serving her community and has served on her homeowner boards, knowing that her backyard is very important.

A native Texan, she received her BBA from the University of Texas at Tyler. She lives in Coppell with her three children (20, 17, and 17), who are the greatest gift from God. Watching her children grow up in today’s world created a passion for organizations that focus on the welfare of children, especially organizations focusing on depression and drug awareness in youth, trafficked children, and disadvantaged children. Supporting and working with these groups is one way to give back.

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. 

Katie Singleton is the first of her family as an immigrant to get a college education from the University of Washington with a focus on computer science. Katie worked as a Development Manager for Microsoft. She moved to Houston where she met her husband Van and helped supported him in growing Matador Resources, one of the top 25 gas and oil companies in America.

 

Her calling is to spread God’s message to help the plight of less fortunate people with their turning point moment. As a stay-at-home mom, she served on the PTA, Booster Club, volunteered as a guest reader, and chaperoned many field trips. As her children got older, she formed her own nonprofit to serve the Lord and her community, called Community 75. Katie has helped single moms find hope, helped keep small businesses open and helped the Gold Star Families Memorial. She sat on the board of the Dallas Heart Association and Foundation for CHOICE, which focuses on helping low-income students graduate from high school and go on to college.

Letetia Smith is the president of Destiny’s Leaders, a hands-on mentoring program created for youth in the community. Letetia was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. At the age of 19 she left home to find a better life. Letetia has been married for 18 years and the mother of a 17-year-old. Letetia and her family are members of The Potter’s House North Dallas where she serves on the ministry team. Letetia has been featured in Voyage Magazine along with Community Impact for her service with youth.

 

As registered nurse, Author, Community Mentor, member of Frisco Sunrise Rotary and Alumni of Leadership Frisco class of XXIII, and graduate of Faith Community Nursing Program, Letetia loves connecting with others while inspiring individuals to walk in their God given Identity. Letetia is dedicated to being a life-long student, as she currently pursues her Doctorate in Forensic Nursing to enhance her ability to serve her community.  Letetia is passionate about helping others walk in their identity. She is not only TVF’s Medical Liaison but is a valued member of our Board of Directors.

Ryan McCoy is currently President and Co-Founder of Poiema Brands, a catalyst organization to launch and support brands for good. Ultimately, Ryan is driven by the desire to fulfill his purpose as created by God, or his "workmanship (Poiema), created for good works."

Ryan has utilized his passion, attitude and giftedness for business strategy, sales and marketing leadership, relationship building, and storytelling to guide organizations of all sizes to success in the U.S., Australia, South America, Mexico and Canada for nearly 25 years. Most recently, in 2019, he co-founded Just Like Home Kitchen Recipes®, a line of premium sauces based on home recipes from people across the United States. Past leadership roles also include Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Nature Nate's Honey Co. and Vice President at Crossmark.

He currently serves on the board of Treasured Vessels, the advisory board of the Texas A&M Center for Retailing Studies, and is a frequent guest speaker at universities and industry events. Ryan lives in Allen, Texas with his wife and three children, all of whom are die-hard Aggies.

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.

Kelly Singleton

Kelly is an important part of Team TVF! She served as our Director of Community Impact for 3 years and is now volunteering on our Advisory Board. Kelly specializes in Marketing, Sales, and Brand Awareness. Kelly’s heart for loving people well is very evident and it has been so beautiful to see how she has used her passions and gifts to end human trafficking.

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. 
 

Get In Touch

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