Shari has lived in Lansing since 1974 when her family moved from Traverse City. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1979 with the desire to work as a teacher's aid at Michigan School For The Blind. Unfortunately, the school ran into trouble and eventually closed. She then joined the family business, Pollack Glass, and began working as customer service representative. She eventually advanced into sales, became the assistant vice president, and then bought the company in 1998. Pollack Glass is viewed as one of the top auto glass companies in Mid-Michigan.
Shari joined the CASA of Ingham County to help be a voice to abused and neglected children in the courtroom. Working her way up through the system she began the training to learn how to advocate, sat on the Board, and eventually became the Interim Director. Shari is continuing her passion to help those whose voice has been silenced. The House of Promise, a live-in home to help heal & restore sexually abused & trafficked women.
Julie’s passions include The House of Promise, Conquest Health and Fitness Foundation and Friends of Wacousta Playground Project. She is a Marketing Specialist, Senior Account Executive at WLNS CBS TV6 and WLAJ ABC 53. Specializing in partnering with businesses. Creating strategic marketing that builds traffic and sell products through assertive advertising using broadcast and digital campaigns.
Julie is a Michigan State University alumni, She graduated with a BA in Communication in 1990. She is a long standing member of Believers Christian Church where she is a member of the prayer team and has lived in the Lansing surrounding area her entire life.
Bernie believes in giving his time in helping those in need. He is involved with the Care ministries at Mount Hope Church with Men's Prayer and as a District Minister. He is looking forward to the day when House of Promise opens it's door and start impacting the lives of young women in a positive, life changing way.
Bernie helps make decisions to direct the activities of House of Promise. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. While attending university, Bernie fell in love with Mid-Michigan and his wife of 37 years. He is a long standing member of Mount Hope Church and has lived in the Lansing area for 42 years. Bernie is the Admin Services Manager of a local internet company and has worked there since 2001. He and his wife also own the Mercy House Apartments in Lansing.
John is a mental health therapist in the Lansing area. John earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern A/G University in Waxahachie, Texas. John has dedicated most of his career helping people overcome their challenges through counseling and therapy. His dedication to seeing people reach their highest potential is the reason why he is part of The House of Promise. He provides counsel and expertise in the areas of program development, evaluations to survivors upon entry, case management.
Al is passionate about helping the victims of Human Trafficking. He spent 26 years in law enforcement, specifically as a part of the Organized Crime Unit, and he later retired from the Michigan State Police.
Currently, Al is the Owner/Senior Investigator with PROVIDENCE-Specialized Investigative Solutions, which is licensed in Michigan and Ohio with a total of 41 years of experience. He maintains and practices in his certifications in numerous areas of investigation and is qualified as Human Trafficking Investigator.
Shannon Schlegel is the Owner / Attorney of Shannon L.W. Schlegel, PLLC. She graduated with her B.A. from U.C. San Diego and earned her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
She has over 17 years of experience serving Michigan in Child Welfare, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Small Business. Prior to working as an attorney Shannon served as the Juvenile Court Drug Supervisor in Macomb County and also worked as a Crisis Counselor for Gateway Community Services in East Lansing. She is an active member of the legal community, having served as President of the Clinton County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the Ingham County Bar Association. She serves as a case evaluator in civil cases and as a mediator in domestic related cases. Shannon is committed to her community and has a long standing history of serving in local government and community based organizations. She served on the DeWitt Township Zoning Board of Appeals, the Clinton County Agriculture Preservation Board and currently serves as the Chair of the Clinton County Planning Commission. She is an active member of St. Johns Kiwanis, Clinton County Farm Bureau, DeWitt Area Chamber of Commerce, Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and Zonta of East Lansing.
Carla is an entrepreneur and CEO of Qubic Media Group, a boutique marketing agency in the Lansing area. Carla’s background and expertise go beyond business, she has been involved in supporting non-profits both on a national and international level for many years. When Carla met Shari and learned about the vision to help victims of sex-trafficking she gladly volunteered to serve. Her passion to see these women rebuild their lives runs deep and it fuels her involvement.
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