Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett has been a leader in the field of human rights for over ten years, focusing on child rights, human trafficking, and gender equality. While working for World Vision International, she regularly represented the organization to global political leaders, the UN human Rights Council, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Girls Education Initiative, and the NGO Advisory Council on Violence Against Children. More recently, she helped manage inter-agency research on rights of children to self-organize and the corresponding development of materials for children’s groups. One of her favorite responsibilities was enabling children and youth around the globe to speak out for justice. Ruthi is currently coaching Vanguard University’s Live2free club, helping student teams speak on human trafficking at middle schools and high schools throughout Orange County. She also serves on the Board of the Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice.
Gwyn has been an Committee Board member since 2010. She has played an integral part in planning and implementing Priceless for the past 4 years. A consummate networker, Gwyn has introduced many people to the Global Center and Vanguard University, among them Darrellyn Melilli. Gwyn is co-owner of NexStep Coaching and Consulting, a company known internationally for serving churches, denominational entities, mission organizations and other non-profits such as the Salvation Army. Gwyn was a founder of UniReach and currently serves on its Board. UniReach is a public benefit charity that does humanitarian and ministry related projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Kenya. Gwyn was a pastor’s wife from 1969 to 1985, partnering with her husband as they served churches in South Dakota, Minnesota, and California.
Dawn Marie Lemonds
Dawn Marie Lemonds is a native Californian and lives in Tustin. Dawn holds a Masters of Science Degree in Special Education. She worked for the Department of Developmental Services for the State of California for 41 years in a multitude of capacities- being first attracted to the field because of her personal experience of having family members with disabilities. For 21 years Dawn Marie enjoyed the challenge of directing South Coast Regional Project at Fairview Developmental Center and working with multiple agencies in Southern California to develop community based resources for people who lived in a state developmental center. Her most recent assignment before retiring in 2012 was Facility Director of a state operated residential facility. Professionally Dawn Marie served on the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Region II Board in a variety of capacities for 10 years-including Chair serving the states of California and Nevada.
In Dawn’s personal life she is very involved in the international service organization, Soroptimist International. Dawn Marie served as Governor of Desert Coast Region in 1994-1996 and since then has served Soroptimist International of the Americas as a Board member, was the Soroptimist International Coordinator for Human Rights and Status of Women, was the International Project Liaison for Project Independence: Women Survivors of War. In 2007-2011 Dawn Marie undertook her most challenging assignment for Soroptimist International serving as the International Programme Director for Soroptimist International. Her job was to facilitate and provide direction for the world organization on all issues of programme with her team of almost 40 volunteer leaders throughout the world, at 5 UN Agencies, and working with the professional staff at SI Headquarters in England. Dawn Marie brought the issue of Human Trafficking to Soroptimist International in 1997 and since then contributed to many initiatives with SI for both action and advocacy. Since retiring Dawn Marie has continued her work with Soroptimists including serving as a delegate from Soroptimist at the annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. In 2013 Dawn Marie has continued her work with fighting Human Slavery by serving as Co-Chair of the Southwestern Conference Against Trafficking held in 2014, is the Chair of the newly formed Aldersgate Abolitionists at her Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Tustin, and recently has joined the Advisory Board for the Global Center for Women and Justice. Inspiring others to join social justice causes with tangible opportunities to help is Dawn Marie’s greatest joy.
Jacleen blue Sanchez
GCWJ Community Board Member
Dave Stachowiak is the host and producer of Coaching for Leaders, a Top 10 career podcast on iTunes. Dave was named in Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015 and his work has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report. Dave is also Senior Vice President with Dale Carnegie of Southern Los Angeles and has led training programs for top organizations like the Northrop Grumman Corporation, The United States Air Force, and the Boeing Company. Dave has been recognized multiple times with international business awards by Dale Carnegie. His credentials include a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and senior instructor with Dale Carnegie. Along with GCWJ director Sandie Morgan, Dave co-hosts the Ending Human Trafficking podcast.
“Each of us have a responsibility to help end human trafficking. The Global Center for Women and Justice teaches all of us how to bring our unique talents to the table that work in partnership with many caring people and organizations around the world.” Dave Stachowiak
Johanna has a heart for children! She has been blessed to minister to children for over 40 years, as a public school teacher, as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Newport Mesa Christian Center in Costa Mesa, CA, and now as the President of For Kids Only. She has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Theological Studies. Johanna helped design the original curriculum used nationally and internationally by Royal Family Kids Camps, Inc. which minister to abused and neglected children world-wide. She has traveled nationally and internationally teaching training seminars for different Christian organizations such as Children’s Pastors’ Conference, TEACH, Latin America Child Care, Caribbean Christian Children’s Workers, Saddleback Missions Project, and AOG Foreign Missions. With a great love for missions and pastoral work, Johanna cherishes the friendships she has nurtured with missionaries and pastors.In 1990, Johanna received the Award for Excellence in Children’s Ministry at Children’s Pastors’ Conference. In 2005, she served as part of The White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth. In 2006 she received the Founders Award from Royal Family Kids Camp, Inc. In that same year she received the Orange County Probation Department volunteer award and was Alumnus of the Year at Vanguard University. Johanna enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren and ministering as a Christian advocate for children alongside her husband Jim.
Cheryl and her husband, Lance, pastor the Vineyard Church in Anaheim, where they have been since 1997. Prior to that they planted and pastored a Vineyard on Long Island in NY. Cheryl runs the Anti Human Trafficking Ministry at her church, is on the steering committee for the Vineyard Justice Network which is a resource for Vineyard churches in the US, and has also been working with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force for six years.
Kimberly McOwen Yim is an activist, speaker, and the author of Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power To Abolish Modern Day Slavery. She is the founder of San Clemente Abolitionist a local group of concerned citizens who are committed to raising awareness and engagement of the global and domestic issues surrounding human trafficking. As the director of the SOCO Institute, a charitable arm of an oil distribution company, she is well educated in the world of not-for-profits and works closely with many organizations including CURE International and Opportunity International. She sits on the board of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University and is a member of Foreign Affairs Chair, Congressmen Ed Royce’s Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee. She earned her MA in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and occasionally writes for her blog at (www.abolitionistmama.blogspot.com). She can be found at Facebook at Kimberly McOwen Yim and Refuse To Do Nothing, on Twitter @abolitionmom, or at her website at www.kimberlyyim.com.