Nicole is the mother of four children, author of A War Against the Cowbird, and host of the Red X Podcast. She served the anti-trafficking organization, Transforming Hope, for four years and worked in a variety of advocacy, service and behavioral research positions before founding Shield NC. She also serves on the boards of Esther International, Western Wake Crisis Ministry and the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
We need but one reason to fight against the evils of human trafficking: we learn that it exists. Shield North Carolina draws a line in the sand. We are bold and strategic in our collaborative efforts to prevent trafficking, affect policy, and support restoration services. Stand on the mountain-top with us and see what we see: a future where all North Carolinians are free.
We insist on it! We fight for it!
Patty Patrick is a proven champion of game changing leaders. With over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management, ministry, education and business she elevates and promotes the higher principle in mission and vision. Patty enjoys her thriving family and is a professional life coach and business consultant.
Heather T. Pane Seifert, Ph.D., M.P.P., is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works as a Clinical Implementation Specialist and Senior Leader Faculty for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP), Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH), which is affiliated with Duke University and the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN).
Officer Kenneth Ragland graduated from Southeastern College with degrees in Biblical Studies and History of Ideas. He went on to earn a M. Div in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Officer Ragland is an active member of his church and proudly serves the citizens of Apex, NC as a Community Police Officer with the Apex Police Department. In this roll, he seeks to build positive relationships between the community and the police department.
Luaskya Nonon is the Deputy General Counsel & Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Chair, for a local IT company. She has been practicing law for over 15 years and is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. She is a Certified Diversity Practitioner and the founder of Equity Principle Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm which focuses on helping clients make equity conscious decisions, create more inclusive workplaces, and leverage their diverse workforce to be more competitive in the marketplace.
Niki Miller graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics. For almost ten years, she worked in various management positions in the brokerage industry before taking a leap of faith to return to college and earn a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Through her studies at Liberty, Niki was connected with the Sex Abuse Treatment Unit of the Wake Co. Dept. of Human Services. While working with this Unit, she served as a therapist to juvenile survivors of sexual abuse and was responsible for the rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders. Niki brings the right mixture of a counselor’s compassion and a business woman’s no-nonsense tenacity.
Susan Pettengill currently serves as the Vice President of Healthy Living for the YMCA of the Triangle Area, overseeing wellness initiatives within 21 branches and program centers across the Triangle Region. Susan has held numerous roles within the organization for more than 30 years, developing expertise in community and corporate collaborations, and youth and wellness program initiatives.
Theresa DeFreece is a strong supporter of teamwork to see visions fulfilled and an encourager to leaders fighting for change and equality. She has over 20 years of accounting experience, with 15 years focused in a variety of non-profit and ministry organizations. She has a passion for systems and processes that make work flow effectively and allows team members to focus on the things they are called to do. She enjoys her family time and being outdoors.
Callie Kim is currently a student at Apex Friendship High School and has been interning at Shield NC since June of 2019. She promotes education and awareness among other students and teenagers. Callie also advises our Strategic Awareness Team on the best avenues to reach a younger audience and maintains our Instagram presence.
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