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Janice Tsao

Interim Executive Director

Janice is a compassionate leader with extensive and diverse background in social services, international relief and higher education. Most of her professional life has been spent serving lower-resourced and vulnerable populations, locally and in majority world nations.  She served as the Executive Director of The Haven for the Salvation Army, overseeing eight social services programs including 270-bed transitional housing, rehabilitation, and community reintegration services. Janice holds a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is an avid learner. On Janice’s bucket list, is to do a food-tour around the world with friends that love food and exploring new cultures.

 
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Charlene Heydorn

Founder

Charlene is a driven leader who gets stuff done when she sees a need. She spent several years with her husband in Central Asia working alongside a team with Encompass World Partners, where they helped develop the Osh Business and Training Center. In her experience abroad and here in the US, Charlene has seen women subject to abuse and exploitation and in 2014 she founded Redeeming Love after encountering a young trafficking victim in Chicago. She is grateful for the role she has been able to have in launching Redeeming Love’s first residential program for domestic victims of sex trafficking. Among other things, Charlene is a foodie who know how to prepare a top notch charcuterie spread and is always on the hunt for the perfect Belgian beer.

 

 
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Samantha Stradley

Program Manager

Samantha has been in the recovery community for the past 11 years as well as reentry for the past 5 years. She is a huge believer in personal empowerment and second chances. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles & the California State Senate for her excellence and outstanding dedication to serving high risk populations. She is honored to be a part of the Redeeming Love Team and looks forward to working with the staff and clients, in this movement to end modern day slavery.

 

 

Anne Freed, LMFT

Program Therapist

Anne has spent over 15 years in the nonprofit sector. Working in ministry, she saw the struggles many were having serving in the states and overseas and wanted to help in some way. As a marriage and family therapist, she’s enjoyed being on her clients’ growth journeys and rejoicing with them in their triumphs. Several years ago she began getting involved in the movement of ending modern day slavery by bringing attention to the topic of sex trafficking. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with Redeeming Love and be an influence to women who have been oppressed and abused but are now free and on the road to thriving.


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