Founder: Michael Gallagher, Portland Police Bureau   Twenty-six year police officer with the past 9 years in the Portland Police Department Sex Trafficking Unit. Mike has been a pivotal member of the Sex Trafficking Unit and has seen the devastation caused when an individual is forced into a life of sexual exploitation. Mike works to establish relationships with victim-advocate groups, the district attorney’s office, community and church members, and charitable organizations to systemically confront sex trafficking.  Mike is passionate about seeing victims get the help they need to move from victim-to survivor-to thriver. He also works diligently to address the demand side, because eliminating the demand would eradicate sex trafficking. Mike coordinates the SBAD (Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion) school to educate sex buyers on the damage and destruction their dollar is doing to women, children, their marriage, job, and community.

Founder: Michael Gallagher, Portland Police Bureau

Twenty-six year police officer with the past 9 years in the Portland Police Department Sex Trafficking Unit. Mike has been a pivotal member of the Sex Trafficking Unit and has seen the devastation caused when an individual is forced into a life of sexual exploitation. Mike works to establish relationships with victim-advocate groups, the district attorney’s office, community and church members, and charitable organizations to systemically confront sex trafficking.

Mike is passionate about seeing victims get the help they need to move from victim-to survivor-to thriver. He also works diligently to address the demand side, because eliminating the demand would eradicate sex trafficking. Mike coordinates the SBAD (Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion) school to educate sex buyers on the damage and destruction their dollar is doing to women, children, their marriage, job, and community.

President: Darlene Domenigoni   Darlene has worked in anti-trafficking efforts since 2011, coordinating resources from churches and community partners for sexually exploited victims. In 2013, she developed a mentoring program for survivors and was the Director for fours years. Darlene been a part of Bridging the Gap since it was formed as in January 2014.  Darlene formed and serves as the Director of the Mentor Support Collaborative, LLC. The MSC is a team of trauma informed leaders dedicated to developing healthy leaders, training and equipping the Faith Community for anti-trafficking efforts. Darlene has been building trusted relationships with the anti-trafficking community for the last 7 years and believes it’s critical to collaborate in our efforts.  Aside from anti-trafficking work, Darlene has over 20 years of administrative experience, was a real estate broker, and spent eight years working in the accounting department of three companies reconciling and auditing corporate accounts.

President: Darlene Domenigoni

Darlene has worked in anti-trafficking efforts since 2011, coordinating resources from churches and community partners for sexually exploited victims. In 2013, she developed a mentoring program for survivors and was the Director for fours years. Darlene been a part of Bridging the Gap since it was formed as in January 2014.

Darlene formed and serves as the Director of the Mentor Support Collaborative, LLC. The MSC is a team of trauma informed leaders dedicated to developing healthy leaders, training and equipping the Faith Community for anti-trafficking efforts. Darlene has been building trusted relationships with the anti-trafficking community for the last 7 years and believes it’s critical to collaborate in our efforts.

Aside from anti-trafficking work, Darlene has over 20 years of administrative experience, was a real estate broker, and spent eight years working in the accounting department of three companies reconciling and auditing corporate accounts.

Secretary and acting Treasurer, Michele Lathrop   Michele joined International Teams in 2011 after learning about the issue child trafficking in the United States. She has served as the Anti-Trafficking Ministry Coordinator for their Portland team for five years. Michele’s focus has been prevention through community awareness, education and working with youth to empower them with knowledge and personal resources to equip them to be less vulnerable to the manipulations used by traffickers.  Michele has worked alongside many Portland agencies to address core issues of human trafficking related to prevention at the community level. She has co-authored the “Girl Empowerment” prevention curriculum in partnership with World Venture. Aside from her work in anti-trafficking efforts, Michele has experience as a bookkeeper for local nonprofits.

Secretary and acting Treasurer, Michele Lathrop

Michele joined International Teams in 2011 after learning about the issue child trafficking in the United States. She has served as the Anti-Trafficking Ministry Coordinator for their Portland team for five years. Michele’s focus has been prevention through community awareness, education and working with youth to empower them with knowledge and personal resources to equip them to be less vulnerable to the manipulations used by traffickers.

Michele has worked alongside many Portland agencies to address core issues of human trafficking related to prevention at the community level. She has co-authored the “Girl Empowerment” prevention curriculum in partnership with World Venture. Aside from her work in anti-trafficking efforts, Michele has experience as a bookkeeper for local nonprofits.

 
 
Board Member, Andrea Benson   Andrea has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Global Studies. Andrea currently works as a Client Service Manager for a Financial Company. Andrea’s deep passion is for spreading awareness of sex trafficking with the hope that no one will ever have to endure what she has as a sex trafficked survivor.  Some of Andrea’s anti-trafficking efforts include being a part of the U.S.Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign and the Novo Foundation’s Life Story Project.. She’s been featured in Educational Campaigns, public Service Announcements, and several local media broadcasts. Andrea has also been a keynote speaker for many anti-trafficking organizations, churches, events, and training with the Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit.  Having a survivor-leader on an anti-trafficking organization’s Board is vital and valuable to our BTGO’s efforts.

Board Member, Andrea Benson

Andrea has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Global Studies. Andrea currently works as a Client Service Manager for a Financial Company. Andrea’s deep passion is for spreading awareness of sex trafficking with the hope that no one will ever have to endure what she has as a sex trafficked survivor.

Some of Andrea’s anti-trafficking efforts include being a part of the U.S.Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign and the Novo Foundation’s Life Story Project.. She’s been featured in Educational Campaigns, public Service Announcements, and several local media broadcasts. Andrea has also been a keynote speaker for many anti-trafficking organizations, churches, events, and training with the Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit.

Having a survivor-leader on an anti-trafficking organization’s Board is vital and valuable to our BTGO’s efforts.

Board Member, Dana Clark   Dana has led anti-trafficking efforts since 2012. She is the Chair of East Portland End Sex Trafficking Committee, coordinating the anti-trafficking efforts of four local Rotary clubs.  Dana coordinates training for the hotel industry, which includes the committee’s efforts of distributing 10,000 bars of soap labeled with the HT National Hotline number for victims to call for help. Dana is also the marketing coordinator for awareness ads on buses, shelters, local newspapers, and currently spearheading a project with the Port of Portland to get signs in the PDX airport.  Dana has been a community leader for decades and is a retired broadcaster.

Board Member, Dana Clark

Dana has led anti-trafficking efforts since 2012. She is the Chair of East Portland End Sex Trafficking Committee, coordinating the anti-trafficking efforts of four local Rotary clubs.

Dana coordinates training for the hotel industry, which includes the committee’s efforts of distributing 10,000 bars of soap labeled with the HT National Hotline number for victims to call for help. Dana is also the marketing coordinator for awareness ads on buses, shelters, local newspapers, and currently spearheading a project with the Port of Portland to get signs in the PDX airport.

Dana has been a community leader for decades and is a retired broadcaster.

Board Member, Christine LeVay   Christine is the Vice President of Sales WA, OR & HI for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Christine has a passion for helping the vulnerable, especially those who have been abused and exploited. Christine has over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, and sales.

Board Member, Christine LeVay

Christine is the Vice President of Sales WA, OR & HI for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Christine has a passion for helping the vulnerable, especially those who have been abused and exploited. Christine has over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, and sales.

 
 
Bridging the Gap-Oregon Outside Advisor: Pastor Marc Estes, Mannahouse Church   Pastor Marc is a nationally and internationally known creative communicator and author who has reached thousands with his dynamic leadership skills and unique perspectives on the Bible. He is well respected in Portland/Vancouver and has worked relentlessly to build bridges with other churches, public schools, law enforcement, anti-sex trafficking groups, foster care agencies and other groups to transform our community and break down the walls that have divided it. He is also the President of Portland Bible College that focuses on training leaders around the globe.

Bridging the Gap-Oregon Outside Advisor: Pastor Marc Estes, Mannahouse Church

Pastor Marc is a nationally and internationally known creative communicator and author who has reached thousands with his dynamic leadership skills and unique perspectives on the Bible. He is well respected in Portland/Vancouver and has worked relentlessly to build bridges with other churches, public schools, law enforcement, anti-sex trafficking groups, foster care agencies and other groups to transform our community and break down the walls that have divided it. He is also the President of Portland Bible College that focuses on training leaders around the globe.

 
Bridging the Gap-Oregon Technology Consultant: Craig Wishart, Custom Built Apps

Bridging the Gap-Oregon Technology Consultant: Craig Wishart, Custom Built Apps