3Strands Global Foundation is comprised of a passionate group of individuals who are dedicated to creating a world free from human trafficking. We understand the seriousness and implications of the work that we are doing, but we love and enjoy our work.


Everyday we bring joy and happiness to the workplace through a shared desire to create a better future. We are always looking to expand our team. If you share our passion, check our job openings and reach out to our staff.  

Ashlie Bryant
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Ramon Manrique Mejia
Kylie Hall
Executive Administrator & Internal Marketing
Chief Operating Officer

As Co-Founder, President and CEO, Ashlie Bryant’s diverse responsibilities include management of external-facing relationships and collaborative opportunities for 3Strands Global, including networking with major donors, partner organizations, government agencies, and other nonprofits combatting the crime. 

Ashlie has been dedicated to combatting human trafficking since 2008. She began her journey when a friend's 17-year old daughter was taken from a grocery store in her sleepy Sacramento suburb and trafficked. Inspired to act, she co-founded the nonprofit to mobilize communities. When Ashlie isn't working, she is spending time with her husband Ray, and their 4 children; David, JJ, Grace, and Matthew.

Ramon brings to 3SGF a strong legal background and a passion for direct services contributing to the vision of disrupting and ending human trafficking.


He has 20 years of experience working in human rights, disaster recovery, and violence against women. During the last decade in California, he worked with economic development programs for domestic violence victims, co-founded the Philanthropic Wave Project and served as CEO of a nonprofit working to assist victims of forced displacement in Colombia. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lina, his daughter Amalia, and their cat, Tiger. Together, they love to cook at home, sit around the fireplace, play board games and go outdoors to discover California’s hidden treasures.

Kylie primarily serves as Ashlie’s Executive Assistant and is responsible for various projects, including volunteer correspondence, schedule management, and event coordination. She also works as the internal marketing coordinator, developing and reviewing content for print and social media.


Kylie graduated from William Jessup University with degrees in Psychology and Bible and Theology. During her time at Jessup, she traveled twice to Cambodia, working with children and teens enrolled in human trafficking preventative programs. Her passion for working with survivors and those at-risk has only grown since first being educated about human trafficking years ago. Kylie is passionate about traveling and enjoys photography, hiking, and running. She can usually be found in a local coffee shop or bookstore.

Kaitlyn DiCicco
Reintegration Program Manager
Lisa Villanueva
Gordon Jackson

As the social worker for the Employ + Empower Reintegration Program, Kaitlyn works directly with survivors and at-risk youth to connect them with sustainable employment. 


Kaitlyn earned a degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University and Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). During her time at CSUS, she specialized in working with children and families, serving diverse vulnerable populations in schools throughout the Sacramento area, and conducting research evaluating a diversion program for sex workers in the Sacramento region. Kaitlyn enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with her very old and rather lazy dog.

Reintegration Case Manager

As the Case Manager for the Employ + Empower Reintegration Program, Lisa works alongside survivors and at-risk youth to support them in obtaining employment and connect them with the resources they need.


Lisa earned her degree in Psychology with an International concentration from William Jessup University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Counseling at Western Seminary. Lisa’s professional career has been primarily focused on working with survivors and at-risk youth in various capacities. She is adamant about encouraging others to see their potential and dreaming up new possibilities. Lisa loves planned adventures, dreary winter days and enjoys reading and creating new things.

National Director, PROTECT

As the National Director, Gordon is committed to managing the implementation of the PROTECT program in California and beyond alongside an amazing team of Regional Directors and Implementation Coordinators. 


Prior to joining 3SGF, Gordon enjoyed a 40-year career in public education as a high school teacher, vice-principal, principal and an executive in the California Department of Education, where he led a division that focused its energies on meeting the needs of California’s most vulnerable students. In his spare time, Gordon and his wife enjoy traveling throughout the world and spending every possible moment with their first grandchild.

Amanda Taggart
Senior Program Manager, PROTECT
Don Buchheit
San Diego Collective Education Director, PROTECT
California Implementation Coordinator, PROTECT
Riley Stoltenburg

As the Senior Program Manager for PROTECT, Amanda manages the implementation of the human trafficking prevention program's training modules, curricula, online systems, and marketing.


During her undergraduate, Amanda had a unique opportunity to intern at the International Criminal Court (Netherlands) and at the Sacramento State Capitol (California) while studying criminal justice, child development, and international relations. The more she learned about human trafficking, the more she wanted to play an active role in combatting it. Amanda loves to travel and explore new places. She has visited over 20 countries, 37 states, and has three cross-country road trips under her belt.

Don works for The San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective and is responsible for the implementation of PROTECT Prevention Education within San Diego, California. 


Before joining 3Strands, he served as assistant superintendent of Student Support Services and Programs for the San Diego County Office of Education. In that role, Don drew on 33 years in education to build school communities that are safe, inclusive and restorative for the region’s ​500,000 public school children. Don, a Navy veteran, received a Bachelor’s in Political Science at Westmont College and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Riley is responsible for the implementation and development of the PROTECT program in California. She supports all Regional Directors in their roll-outs and training, including, forming and maintaining good relationships with teachers, counselors, and other school personnel at levels varying from individual schools to counties and districts. She also works on data collection and the development of online learning platforms for PROTECT curricula. In addition, she works with the San Diego collective on monitoring and evaluation.


Riley graduated with her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center with a focus on Health Education and Promotion. She is passionate about working with under-served populations and preventive measures. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, being outside, and exercising.

Sean Brown
Regional Director for the Capital District and Bay Area, PROTECT
Regional Director for Central California, PROTECT
Jacob Thompson
Regional Director for Utah, PROTECT
Anneliese Tate

Sean is responsible for implementing and growing PROTECT Prevention Education across 15+ counties. He is able to leverage his diverse sales, communication, and execution skills to protect more students, which were developed through his unique background. He has worked in retail banking and several California Government departments.

Sean received his MBA from William Jessup University. He is an avid learner with a passion for being a steward to others. In his spare time, he loves to cook, dance, and spend time with his family.

Anneliese is responsible for growing the PROTECT Prevention Education throughout central California. She is passionate about serving youth and desires to connect with and empower them. She wants all youth to know their worth and strives to educate them on the dangers of human trafficking and how to protect themselves.


Anneliese has a unique background, having served in the education system for several years as well as the probation department. She also worked directly with victims of human trafficking for several months through a nonprofit organization in the Central Valley. She enjoys traveling, exploring different cultures, eating diverse foods, engaging in outdoor activities and recording music.

Jacob is serving as the Regional Director across the state of Utah. He also focuses on networking, building relationships, delivering presentations, and training. 


Jacob received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics at Weber State University. Following which he worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a project coordinator on research projects in 8 different countries across the world. He then returned to complete his Master of Public Policy degree from Michigan State University. Jacob enjoys traveling to new places, enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, fishing, backpacking, listening to music, dancing, and any type of adventure he can share with his wonderful wife.

Cynthia Cook
Josh Loaiza
Katy Randall
Regional Director for San Diego, PROTECT
Implementation Coordinator for Utah, PROTECT
Regional Director for Northern California, PROTECT

Cynthia is responsible for implementing the PROTECT Prevention Education program in the northern counties of California. She believes that the key to combatting human trafficking is rooted in mitigating the adverse childhood experiences that many of our children encounter.

Cynthia received her Master’s in Human Development with an emphasis in Education and Human Services from Pacific Oaks College. She couples her education with more than 40 years of management in a variety of businesses including banking, non-profit and education. For the last 25 years, she has been engaged in prevention and trauma-informed practices. In her spare time, she volunteers in her community, reads voraciously and loves to visit National Parks.

Josh is the Implementation Coordinator for the state of Utah. He specializes in marketing and business strategy. 

Josh received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the Goddard School of Business at Weber State University. After finishing his degree, Josh started his career in marketing and advertising, most recently for Sportsman’s Warehouse where he specialized in marketing analytics and promotional strategies. 3Strands Global Foundation has given Josh the opportunity to pursue his passion for helping people through the implementation of human trafficking prevention education within the state of Utah. As an IC, he values the opportunity to be creative daily and constantly find new and innovative ways to overcome obstacles. He also enjoys music, sports and spending time with his beautiful wife.

Regional Director for PROTECT, Texas

As a Regional Director and part of the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, Katy is responsible for the implementation of PROTECT Prevention Education within San Diego County.


Katy began her journey towards combating human trafficking in Amsterdam where she worked among victims in the infamous Red-Light District and lead an annual six-week seminar on the global sex trade. In San Diego, she worked as an advocate for those experiencing homelessness and at-risk of being exploited. She will be graduating with her MA in Global Development and Justice from Multnomah University in December. In her free time, she enjoys reading, lindy hopping, camping, and spending time with her cat, Remus.

Aimee Bonin

As the Regional Director, Aimee is responsible for implementing the PROTECT program across the state of Texas. She believes education is a key component to combating human trafficking and works towards establishing sustainable relationships, training, and collaborating with district and community partners. 


With a Masters in Education Administration and over a decade of classroom experience, Aimee knows firsthand how change can happen through education and fostering meaningful relationships with our youth. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Statewide Intake division.  During her free time, Aimee enjoys spending time with her family, training for triathlons, and crafting.

our board

Gamil Cain, Chairman of the Board

Security Architect, Intel


Lisa Cohen, Board Member

Senior Supervising Producer, CNN


Barry Davis, Board Member

Regional Managing Partner, BKD


Dennis Dias, Board Member

Former Naval Officer, Head of the Office of Analytics and Tradecraft (A&T)


Lisa Thee, Board Member

VP of Strategic Partnerships, BARK

Shelley Wetton, Board Member

Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Five Star Bank



Tina Ferguson, Board Member

Owner, Face in a Book

Mark McCombe, Board Member​

Head of Americas and Global Head of

BlackRock Alternative Investors, BlackRock

Chad Romine, Board Member

VP of Business Development, NautilusDT

Hilary DeCesare, Board Member

Entrepreneur, Executive Life Coach, Philanthropist

Jennifer Randlett Madden, Board Member

Law Partner, Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP

Roger Martin, Board Member

Chairman & CEO, Enduragive

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