We exist to empower the rescue and restoration of those in sexual slavery and to prevent exploitation.
Rescue:Freedom International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that works to rescue victims of human trafficking, to provide holistic aftercare services, and to prevent the growing travesty of exploitation. Created to empower local efforts with international support and expertise, we support a growing network of service providers in five countries who are familiar with and sensitive to the culture and community within which victims live. By mobilizing resources, knowledge, and funding, we work together to restore lives broken by sexual slavery through programs such as night shelters, safe houses, medical clinics, and vocational training.
“It is not the Injustice that drives us; it is the magnitude of hope.”
Jeremy Vallerand – President & CEO (Seattle, WA)
Jeremy travelled to India in 2008. He was profoundly impacted when his local host drove him through the red light district of Mumbai and then took him to visit a home where rescued women and children received care. The contrast between fear and hope, exploitation and freedom, made a lasting impression on him, and he left determined to fight against sexual slavery. He has an undergraduate degree in Business from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada and a graduate degree in Diplomacy from Oxford University in the UK. Jeremy also worked in Washington DC to coordinate the National Prayer Breakfast, serving as a liaison to the US Congress, the White House, and foreign dignitaries. As an entrepreneur and consultant, he has worked with numerous Fortune 100 companies, global NGOs and start-up ventures. Jeremy frequently speaks to students, community groups and professionals about humanitarianism, human trafficking, leadership, and the importance of intergenerational relationships. He is an avid outdoorsman and the cofounder of Climb for Captives, an initiative that utilizes mountain climbing to combat human trafficking. Jeremy lives in Seattle with his wife, Maren, and their three children.
Del Chittim -Chief Operating Officer – (Seattle, WA)
Del Chittim serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Rescue:Freedom International. His role is to give strategic direction for key initiatives and ensure organizational objectives and finances are in alignment with the mission. Prior to coming to Rescue:Freedom, Del served as the Executive Vice President of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and the Director of Finance, Development and Church Planting for the Northwest Ministry Network. Del has served as a consultant to over 350 non-profit organizations, has been a contributing author and has served as a University Professor for over 10 years. Del founded the Calibrate Conference in Seattle, has been named one of the nations “young influencers” by Catalyst Conferences, has a BA from Northwest University and an MA in Leadership from Seattle University. In his spare time, Del enjoys the outdoors and is an avid alpine climber and skier. A Northwest native, Del grew up climbing with his dad and has summited most of the major peaks in the Cascade mountain range including climbing Mount Rainier seven times. Del co-founded Climb For Captives with Jeremy in 2008 which began his involvement with Human Trafficking. Del and his wife Kerri live in Silverdale, Washington with their three children Cole, Emma and Faith.
Board of Directors
Mick (Claude) Kicklighter (Washington, D.C)
Lt. Gen. Mick Kicklighter served in the military for over 35 years; after retirement as a Commander of the United States Army Western Command in 1991, he became the Inspector General of the Department of Defense. He also served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for International Affairs, and in 2001, was honored with a nomination by the President to become the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs. During his time as a public servant, Mick also served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity International and held the Chairman position for three years. He currently serves as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, a research organization through the George Mason University School of Law.
Ed McCahill (Seattle, WA)
Ed is a Financial Advisor for Ronald Blue & Co.’s branch office in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining Ronald Blue & Co., Ed spent five years as President of Double Eagle Group, LLC, a marketing and business development consulting firm as well as over 15 years with Microsoft Corporation in marketing management and product management roles. He had previously held several marketing and sales management positions during his eight-year tenure at Wang Laboratories, Inc. Ed graduated cum laude with his B.S. degree in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Ed and his wife, Cindy, have four children and live in Woodinville, WA.
Mike Messner (St. Louis, MO)
Mike serves as Hand of Hope’s Director of Domestic Outreach and Executive Director of the St. Louis Dream Center. Mike Messner founded Michael Messner Consulting, Inc. and the Mobius Group, LLC in 2006 after 30 years of church service in roles including church organizations, para-church and denominational headquarters. Built on the thought that little ideas can be transformational, Mike focuses his efforts with visionary leaders by coming alongside to operationalize their vision. His specialty is organizational and team development. Before starting his consultancy firm, Mike served as Chief of Staff for the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God and led as Executive Pastor of James River Assembly, a church with over 8,000 in attendance in Ozark, MO. Throughout his career he has also done extensive work with not-for-profit organizations engaged in humanitarian relief and disaster response. Today, Mike lives with his wife Sandi in St. Louis, MO.
Betsy Miller (Nashville, TN)
Betsy lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Don & their dog Lucy. She builds web platforms for creatives and small businesses, and consults for StoryBrand, a startup that helps brands revolutionize their marketing, connect with customers, and grow their companies.
Previously, Betsy worked in business development at New Target, Inc., a web design and development firm in Washington, D.C. and as a fundraising consultant for non-profits and associations. Her contributions have been toward clients such as The Washington National Cathedral, the Cleveland Clinic, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Martha Patterson (Dallas, TX)
Martha began her legal career specializing in estate planning and administration, but has recently focused on issues dealing with the startup, maintenance and sale of technology companies. She is co-author of Law For Business (18th ed.). Martha lives with her husband and son in Dallas, Texas.
Nancy Richardson (Fort Collins, CO)
Nancy is president of the OtterCares Foundation, the charitable arm of Fort Collins-based protective case manufacturer OtterBox. As president, she developed the foundation’s vision of educating and empowering youth toward positive growth. Richardson led OtterCares in keeping alive the Pack2School program, which provides school supplies to needy children in the Poudre School District, when the program’s funding was cut in 2011. In 2012, she and the OtterCares Foundation were honored with the Lamplighter Award from TEAM Fort Collins, recognizing the organization’s positive impact on the lives of local youth. Richardson is a graduate of Colorado State University’s interior design program.
Jeremy Vallerand – President & CEO (Seattle, WA)