Founder & CEO
Before founding Redeeming Love, Charlene spent several years along with her husband, focused on small business development in Kyrgyzstan. Working alongside a team with Encompass World Partners, they developed the Osh Business and Training Center where they facilitated leadership training and development among local Kyrgyz and Uzbek peoples. At the same time, Charlene witnessed women experiencing domestic abuse and the cultural practice of bride kidnapping. It was difficult for her to see women being oppressed through violence and force. As a mother for over 20 years, Charlene understands how vital it is for young girls to have guidance and support provided in a loving home. Whether it's navigating relationships, learning how to apply for a job, or gaining life skills such as cooking, she knows how difficult the challenges can be for a child to become an independent adult. She is so grateful now for the opportunity to help provide the guidance that trafficked young women may need to have a hopeful future.
Katie has been an active supporter and volunteer for Redeeming Love since October 2015. She heard about the efforts to open a shelter for women escaping sex trafficking and she knew she had to be a part of it. While Katie initially provided volunteer support to RL by thinking through communication strategies to grow our audience, her passion for the cause quickly grew and she began to spearhead our first expansion efforts into Orange County. She has developed a volunteer launch team in Orange County and successfully initiated development and fundraising efforts resulting in a seed fund for a second RL residence in the OC. Katie comes to us with several years of nonprofit experience in roles such as fundraising, marketing and communications. She is thrilled to have the opportunity now to oversee all of Redeeming Love's fundraising and development activities which will propel us into continued areas of growth and greater impact on the number of sex trafficking survivors we can serve.
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 and has been trained and certified in Domestic Violence for victims and batterers as well as holds a certification in anger management. She has received training in Gender Responsive Strategies and Principles, she also has special training in Strength-Based Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, and Recovery Coaching. She has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles & the California State Senate for her excellence and outstanding dedication to serving high risk populations. In addition, Samantha has been recognized by San Bernardino County Public Health Department for her role as a Peer Support Specialist for reentry. 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
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.