Mission Statement

The Rebecca Bender Initiative is committed to changing the mindset of our culture by equipping front line advocates and communities on issues that affect today’s culture, and assisting victims of sex trafficking in finding true freedom through individual restoration and empowerment.

Vision Statement

RBI'S vision is to see a world free of oppression and exploitation, where all people can go after their dreams with zealous abandon. We desire to help people reach their dreams, knowing that their past does not have to define nor determine their destiny. By creating innovative and culturally competent programs, we are able to provide direct services to victims of sexual exploitation and assist those who are working the front lines. By participating in a multi-media approach, we can radically shift the way culture sees the issue of commercial sexual exploitation in America.


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NICK LEMBO

PRESIDENT

 

 

Pastor Nick Lembo has served as area general manager for large health club groups in three different urban communities over 12 years, as well as a market manager for Office Max stores, which has enabled him to interact with large groups of people in corporate environments and also informed his views regarding various community issues. He now assists community needs-based groups that serve the homeless.

Nick also currently sits on the Board of Shared Hope International and is Co-Chairman of Defenders USA, the men of Shared Hope International (SHI). For the last three years he has been a presenter for SHI at their national conferences, and has also spoken at community forums throughout Washington State. Nick is an active supporter of Domestic Abuse Women’s Network of King County Washington as well as other government organizations. He is networked in his community through education, business and politics throughout the Pacific Northwest. Nick is very happily married with four children and four grandchildren.


 

 

SCOTT PETERSON

BOARD MEMBER

Scott Peterson is a committed Christian with a heart to serve God and His kingdom with his time, treasure and talent.  The Peterson’s have attended Gateway Church over the last ten years. He and his wife Rachel reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as they operate Praus Construction, a thriving and successful business in Texas.

Scott developed a heart to serve as an intern in a Dream Center program in Seattle.  His desire to serve has continued as now his commitment is to fight sex trafficking. They both have a passion to see Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking stopped in the United States.  Rachel and Scott have attended Shared Hope International’s JuST Conference in Washington D.C.  It is there they became aware of the work that is needed to be done.  It is also where Scott signed the Defender pledge designed by the men of Shared Hope.  It is through that training they decided to become an active part in fighting human trafficking.


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HENRY LOZANO

BOARD MEMBER

 

Henry Lozano was appointed as a Steering Committee Member by Steve Robertson of Peace on Earth Project on December 16, 2015 – present. He was Director of Los Angeles County Teen Challenge and Urban Ministry Initiatives July 1, 2011 – October 1, 2014. Mr. Lozano was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve the California cabinet office, California Volunteers, as a Commissioner and presently continues to serve in this capacity for Governor Edmund G. Brown in 2010 – Present.  

Mr. Lozano is a national leader in Hispanic communities where he served on the board of directors for the National Latino/Hispanic Prevention Network in 1999 – 2004.  Mr. Lozano was the founder and director of the US Border Center for the Application of Prevention Technology in 2002 – 2006.   

Mr. Lozano is a national leader in Native American communities and serves on the board of directors for White Bison, Inc. 1992 – Present; and has served as a National Advisor to the Founder and Executive Director of the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. since 1994; and became a member of the Board of Trustees in July 2014. Mr. Lozano has been a national trainer and keynote speaker for University of Oklahoma American Indian Institute in 1997 – 2003.

Mr. Lozano was named Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps on September 11, 2007.  As Director of USA Freedom Corps, Mr. Lozano was charged with implementing President Bush’s vision for volunteerism and service in America.  Echoing the President’s Call to serve, this launched the initiative in his 2002 State of the Union.

Mr. Lozano worked to promote and expand opportunities for Americans looking to service causes greater than themselves.

Mr. Lozano was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service from 2003 to 2007.  Mr. Lozano was appointed by George W. Bush as Co-Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities serving the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director John P. Walters in 2001 - 2003.  

Mr. Lozano was appointed by President William J. Clinton to the President’s Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities serving the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director General Barry McCaffery in 1998 – 2001.

Mr. Lozano has had the privilege of serving the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council; serving Secretary Donna D. Shalala, Secretary Tommy Thompson and Secretary Michael Leavitt in 2000 – 2007. Mr. Lozano continues to serve the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment as a National Partner to the National Recovery Month Campaign.  

Mr. Lozano was recognized by White House President, George H. W. Bush and the President’s Drug Advisory Council, as one of the top drug prevention coalition leaders in the United States at the National Leadership Forum in 1990.  

In 1985, shortly after United States Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers, Congressman Duncan Hunter invited Kiki’s high school friend, Henry Lozano, Director of Imperial Valley County Teen Challenge to launch “Camarena Clubs” in their hometown of Calexico, California.  These Camarena Club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifice made by Kiki.  In 1986, Henry, as a board member of Californians for Drug-Free Youth, Inc. launched the first California Red Ribbon Week celebration.  This drug abuse prevention initiative was launched nationally in 1988 and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 80 million Americans participated in some way during 2011.

Mr. Lozano continues to travel nationally during the National Recovery Month Campaign in October to speak to schools, communities and federal agencies on behalf of his friend, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.  

The leadership of My Life My Power (https://www.mylifemypower.org) an International 501(c) 3 Organization, joined Henry C. Lozano as Co-Founders of the International Red Ribbon Movement (http://www.internationalredribbonmovement.org/) that launched on

October 14, 2015 in four states simultaneously, Texas, Arizona, Florida and California.  The International Red Ribbon movement also has support from Japan, Korea and Africa.  


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NANCY TRIFILO

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD

Nancy Trifilo has a heart to speak for those who have no voice. Compassionate from childhood toward others’ suffering, Nancy purposed to live out the Biblical mandate of Psalms 82:3,4: “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy. Help them escape the power of wicked people” and Proverbs 31:8: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”

Nancy began her work in the anti-trafficking movement after a trip to Cambodia where she saw firsthand, the exploitation of children. Upon her return she purposed to make a difference. She authored 2 books, Held Captive No More, an honest approach to healing addictions and specifically the addition of pornography – one of the main demands in sex trafficking. Her second book, Opened Doors: Restored Lives is a step-by-step manual for those desiring to open a safe house for rescued victims of sex trafficking.

Nancy understands the necessary components for initiating, organizing and maintaining an organization. She is blessed with a mind for details, the ability to bring the vision to practical functionality and a heart for training others to carry on the future work with excellence.


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BRIAN PARSONS

VICE PRESIDENT

Brian Parson's conviction for justice and freedom was cultivated by his devotion to the Lord, compassion for life and unwavering belief that each life is uniquely created with purpose, value beyond measure and is to be protected, respected, honored and cherished. People were not made for cheap sex or labor. His activism against tyranny, oppression, degradation and abuse, ignited by his passion for helping people, began as a United States Marine, corrections officer for the state of Colorado and ushered in his work with Traffic Jam in 2011 as a songwriter and musician campaigning for victims and survivors of exploitation and gender violence. Brian continues to advocate against human trafficking in all of its facets. Brian is married to a very patient, tolerant and understanding woman with a unique sense of humor and has two amazing children who take after their mother.


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Al Winn

BOARD MEMBER

Albert (Al) L. Winn leads the consulting company WINNing Strategies LLC.  He provides business and technical services to aerospace companies.  Al is a member of the Board of Directors for Grand Canyon Bank (proposed), a de novo Arizona Bank. 

Al retired from Boeing on 1 October, 2010. His position at retirement was Vice President of Apache and AH-6 programs for The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz., home of the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter and a variety of military support programs.  As the Boeing Vice President of the Apache and AH- programs, Winn led the company’s global efforts to produce and sell the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter(s) to a growing number of customers around the world.

Winn, who joined the company in 1984, was named to his Vice President position in 2001. Prior to that, he was general manager Rotorcraft Engineering, responsible for engineering support to the AH-64, CH-47 and V-22 programs.  Prior to 1997 at McDonnell Douglas, Winn was vice president, Production, Engineering and Operations; vice president, Integrated Product Definition; vice president, Engineering; director, Apache Longbow Engineering; and manager LHX Technology, Flight Technology, Advanced Configuration Design, and AH-64 Product Definition.

Before joining the company, Winn held several engineering and executive positions within the U.S. Army Aviation Research and Development Command and the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command. He was responsible for engineering support of integration, design, and airworthiness qualification during the aircraft development cycle of major Army helicopter systems, including the AH-64 Apache, the UH-60 Blackhawk and the OH-58D Kiowa. He was the technical lead for the team that started the JVX, now called V-22 Osprey. He was responsible for the annual publication of the US Army Aviation RDT&E Plan, and also co-authored the first U.S. Army Aviation Modernization Plan.

Winn received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in business administration from The New York Institute of Technology.

Winn is a member of the American Helicopter Society, the Association of United States Army, and the Army Aviation Association of America. He is the recipient of the Army Aviation Turk Award, and the Technical Director’s award for flight test excellence, the Department of Defense Meritorious Service medal, the McDonnell Douglas President’s Award, American Helicopter Society Fellow(Technical and Honorary), the United States Government Hammer Award, and  the  Army Aviation Association of America Order of St. Michael(Bronze and Gold).

In his service to the community and involvement with professional associations, Winn was/is affiliated as an advisor to the Department of Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. Winn was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Business and Education Coalition as well as an advisory board member of Executive Service Corps of Maricopa.