OUR LEADERSHIP

3 Strands Shop fights to eliminate human trafficking by creating employment opportunities for trafficking survivors and those at risk around the world.

3 STRANDS SHOP ADVISORY COUNCIL

The 3 Strands Shop Advisory Council provides strategic advice and management to support 3 Strands Shop to ensure we are maximizing our potential for employment for survivors and those at risk. Each member uses their expertise and experience to provide 3 Strands Shop with extensive knowledge and resources to further support 3 Strands Shop’s mission.

We are grateful for these key individuals for stepping in and helping to guide our organization with wisdom and compassion.

Dr. John J. Jackson

President of William Jessup University

Since becoming the sixth president of William Jessup University, Dr. John Jackson has overseen the growth of the University has almost tripled in enrollment, increased its budget from $17 million in 2011 to more $43 million in 2017, and has been pleased to have the University add multiple degrees in math, science and arts, graduate programs, and online degrees during his tenure.  John has demonstrated strong communication, strategic and organizational leadership skills in his work with national and global organizations and ministries.  John has written and co-authored six books on leadership, cultural transformation and spiritual formation and is a sought-after speaker and consultant.

Prior to joining William Jessup University, John served as the executive director of Thriving Churches International and as a senior pastor of Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California.  He is the founding pastor of LifePoint Church in Minden, Nevada, and previously was the executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (now Transformation Ministries) where he was responsible to serve more than 270 churches in four western states.  John also served as the senior pastor and in several staff roles at First Baptist Church of Oxnard and as the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Buena Park.  John earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Administration and Organizational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Theology (Christian Formation and Discipleship) at Fuller Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in Religion (Christian History and Thought) from Chapman University.  

John is married to Pamela Harrison Jackson and they make their home in Rocklin, CA; they have five children, three of whom are married, and have one beautiful granddaughter and another on the way!

Ken Petersen

Co-Founder of 3 Strands Shop and 3Strands Global Foundation, Founder of Apricot Lane Boutique, Board Member of Agape International Missions

Ken co-founded 3 Strands Shop to work with artisan groups to provide employment opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk in communities around the world. 3 Strands Shop markets, sells and distributes fashion accessories including bracelets, bags, scarves, t-shirts and other accessories. Ken also co-founded the non-profit, 3Strands Global, Inc., which later became 3 Strands Global Foundation, an organization that mobilizes a worldwide community in the fight against human trafficking through prevention education and reintegration programs. 

Ken also serves on the Board Chair of Agape International Mission, a non-profit with a mission to prevent, rescue, restore and reintegrate survivors of sex trafficking with operations in Cambodia.

Ken is the founder of Country Visions, Inc. the franchisor for Apricot Lane Boutique, a women's fashion retail concept with stores in malls and lifestyle centers across the country. A serial entrepreneur and retired fire captain, Ken has been involved in many business startups in the areas of retail, wholesale, distribution, real estate, consulting, franchising, international manufacturing and non-profits. As a member of Convene, a trusted community of high performing Christian CEOs and business leaders, Ken enjoys accountability with like-minded business men and women across the country. 

A husband and father of four, Ken treats money, power, fame and status as resources and plans to devote the rest of his life to helping others with his experience, knowledge and gifts.

Jennifer Bulotti

President of Styker-Munley Group Sacramento, CEO of 3 Strands Shop, Board Member of Agape International Missions

Jennifer Bulotti is the president of Stryker-Munley Group Sacramento, a national marketing and PR firm, and CEO of 3 Strands Shop.

Jennifer is the CEO of 3 Strands Shop, an accessory brand that employs survivors and those at risk for human trafficking. Through this work, she co-founded 3Strands Global Foundation, a non-profit fighting human trafficking through education and employment initiatives. In these capacities, Jennifer helps lead the organizations in efforts to increase awareness, funding and engagement for the issue globally. Jennifer’s key role is establishing partnerships to further the fight against human trafficking around the world, but she is also at the forefront of developing and supporting prevention education programs in schools, rescue and recovery efforts, restoration of victims, and employment for survivors. Jennifer has developed an Advisory Council, bringing together global thought leaders to create a world free from modern day slavery.

Although a significant amount of her work is global, most recently she helped initiate what became AB 1227 in California, a bill signed into law by Governor Brown mandating prevention education to fight human trafficking in grades 5-11 in California (other states are considering adoption). She also helped create an employment program for survivors of human trafficking in collaboration with the Kings Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of partners and sponsors.

Her experience in PR and marketing ranges from advising clients on corporate branding and marketing strategies, to implementing large-scale community relations, philanthropic, public information, public involvement, and awareness programs. She is particularly adept at identifying target audiences and messaging with the right “voices” in front.

Jennifer’s experience includes work on behalf of companies in the high tech, biotech, investment services, healthcare, insurance, and entertainment industries, among others. In addition to extensive private sector experience, Jennifer has helped facilitate local, statewide, and global public information campaigns publicizing issues ranging from health (anti-smoking, anti-trafficking and anti-DUI), education, and social justice, to public infrastructure, capital improvement, land use and transportation. Jennifer’s wide array of expertise also includes facilitating community and coalition visioning and planning processes for local governments, jurisdictions, social justice movements and corporate boards. Her clients have ranged from Microsoft and Genworth, to branded reality show celebrities including Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.

Jennifer has a Bachelor's degree in Communications, and a Master's in Public Administration.

Don & Bridget Brewster

Co-CEOs and Co-Founders of Agape International Missions (AIM)

After watching a TV special on the sex trafficking of children called “Children for Sale,” Don and Bridget Brewster knew they had to do something.

For Don and Bridget, that “something” has changed the course of the lives of hundreds of children who were victims of sex trafficking.

Twelve years ago, Don and Bridget sold their Lincoln, California home, Don gave up his position as executive pastor of Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, and they moved to Cambodia to lead Agape International Missions (A.I.M.), a non-profit organization striving to end sex trafficking and to provide long-term care to young women after they are rescued.

Over the course of twelve years, the couple spearheaded the effort to open and operate AIM Restoration Home, Rahab’s House, the Lord’s Gym, a community church, an Emergency Family Care center, a retail store, Transitional Homes, employment centers and their own Rescue Team. An accredited elementary school that teaches a Cambodian-approved curriculum opened in January 2011. These facilities offer children and their families free meals, medical care, spiritual guidance, housing, cognitive therapy and career training options. 

These programs have led to the rescue of more than 750 children, women and men; more than 600 girls and young woman have been restored and reintegrated; and AIM has helped prevent the trafficking of more than 3,500 people in the communities impacted by this ministry.

Don and Bridget have been recognized by the Cambodian government for their work. AIM partners with Cambodia’s anti-trafficking police to successfully investigate, raid and convict perpetrators.

William Jessup University awarded Don the “Faith and Service Award” in 2008. Don Brewster is a graduate of William Jessup University and received his Masters of Divinity, with a major in Christian Leadership, at Liberty University, Va.

Lisa Varga

Founder of Phoenix Energy Technologies

Lisa Varga, retired CEO and founder of Phoenix Energy Technologies, brings 20+ years of energy and waste management experience to the dynamic PhoenixET Team. Prior to founding PhoenixET, Lisa led sales and marketing efforts for a leading waste management company. Lisa brings a wealth of retail knowledge and experience to the PhoenixET organization and has put this knowledge to use in some of the industry's leading trade organizations.

Lisa has served on several boards including the board of directors for Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) since 2007. In 2015, she became treasurer of PRSM and is co-founder of PRSM's Sustainability Council, a resource center for green initiatives, legislation, and best practices. Lisa is also vice-chair for CleanTech OC, an association promoting economic growth in Orange County’s clean technology industry.

Chris Lanning

Founder of CTL Retail Partners LLC, President of Retail, Country Visions, Inc., DBA Apricot Lane Boutique

Chris Lanning is a recognized retail and consumer products executive, with 30 years of experience leading and managing consumer goods businesses across a wide spectrum of channels and categories. Chris's expertise spans vertical specialty and department store direct-to-consumer, licensing, wholesale, consulting and attractions within men’s, women’s, kid’s apparel, accessories, personal care, sleepwear, footwear and hardline's categories. Chris has held general manager and senior leadership roles within world class brands, such as Gap, Limited Brands, The Coca-Cola Company and DSW. Highly accomplished in creating consumer winning experiences, Chris is a customer-centric leader focused on creating branded experiences that immerse consumers in the brand, resulting in strong relationships and ensuring customer/guest loyalty and future engagement. Chris is recognized as a champion for protecting and building a brand culture through best-in-class business operations, capabilities, while developing top talent teams. He also shares substantial experience in leading seamless change initiatives and strategy integration efforts.

Chris most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of Gap North America, a division of Gap Inc. Chris was a member of the Global Leadership Team, responsible for all disciplines of the $1.8B North America specialty business. His scope of responsibilities included leading commercial business plans, post and preseason merchandise strategy development, inventory management and customer experience.

Chris founded CTL Retail Partners LLC, a retail and consumer products consulting practice designed to partner with senior leadership teams in the creation of profitable revenue growth strategies. Chris provides expertise and thought leadership in the disciplines of brand management, consumer experience strategies, business operations, talent management initiatives and multi-channel integration capabilities.

A recognized keynote speaker, Chris's insights have been noted in various retail and consumer products publications such as WWD, Chain Store Age, VSMD and Display & Design Ideas. Chris is actively involved in non-profit organizations through board engagement and service.

Eva Hill

CEO of Venture Oaks Real Estate Group

Eva Hill is the CEO of Venture Oaks Real Estate Group. The company’s core focus is on real estate investing services including legal, tax and financial planning, risk management strategies, hotel operations, compliance services, banking and lending advisement, and business management.

Eva has extensive experience in organizing and developing complex partnership structures, U.S. and foreign tax-structured deals, corporate and real estate finance, and asset and property level management. She was the team lead throughout a complex high-profile litigation process spanning four years, in addition to transitioning a brand-operated luxury hotel to a newly-branded luxury independent hotel which earned a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond and Conde Nast #1 Resort Hotel rating in Florida in less than three years.

Eva has more than 24 years’ experience as CEO of Britannia Pacific Properties, Inc., the U.S. company for the Lewis Trust Group, a high-net-worth family business based in London.

Under her executive leadership, Britannia and its 85+ affiliated companies have partnered with real estate developers and institutional investors to develop and operate more than 6.2 million square feet of commercial real estate projects that have generated hundreds of millions in real estate investment profits.

Eva was a member of Lewis Trust Group’s Global Hospitality Board, which oversees the Lewis Trust Group’s two development projects, including one in Thailand and 19 hotels in Israel.

Eva has a continuing role as asset manager and board advisor for Lewis Trust Group’s two hotels in the U.S.

As a passionate fundraiser and advocate for charities that benefit underprivileged and victimized women and children across the world, Eva is currently an Advisory Council Member of 3 Strands Shop, and works on the ground to create employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking and those at risk.

Eva has been a member of the U.S. Bank Sacramento Advisory Board for the past 12 years, and is a board member of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.

Eva is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Global Management Accountant. She graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University.

Brad O’Donnell

Chief Creative Officer of Capitol Christian Music Group

Brad O'Donnell is chief creative officer of Capitol Christian Music Group. He joined the company in 2001 and oversees the rosters of the label group’s three imprints (Sparrow, Forefront, and Credential) and three joint ventures (sixstepsrecords, Jesus Culture and Hillsong), with responsibility for all A&R and creative-related strategic objectives and staff (including A&R administration) for both recorded music and music publishing businesses. During his time at the label, Brad has signed and worked with Gold and Platinum-selling artists including NF, Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Britt Nicole and others, several of whom have won both Grammy and Dove Awards. A graduate of the University of Miami, Florida, Brad has a Bachelor’s and Master's, and has worked as a session musician, songwriter and producer as well as a touring bass player. Brad lives with his wife Erin and their three kids in Brentwood, Tennessee.

David Zach

Singer/Songwriter and Lead Singer of Remedy Drive

David Zach is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Remedy Drive as well as an advocate in the fight against human trafficking. The band has recorded two concept albums to shine a light on slavery and to celebrate the modern-day abolition. The band's community and fan base has contributed approximately $350,000 in donations and in-kind contributions to the counter-trafficking organization, The Exodus Road.   

When the band is not on tour, David volunteers with The Exodus Road as an undercover operative. He spends time in brothels and in the red-light districts where underage girls and boys are sold by the hour. His role while undercover is to identify instances of minors being sold, and to capture actionable evidence of their trafficking using covert gear, some of which is funded by the Remedy Drive community and fan base.   

Upon returning from deployment overseas, David uses the band and his platform to advocate for the victims of human trafficking, to shine a light on slavery and to speak about his time overseas with the goal of recruiting and funding the fight which is the modern underground railroad. He has spoken at many of the major festivals during talkback sessions, main stage performances and seminar tents. He also speaks at colleges, conferences, high school campuses and churches. A great key fact is that David buys his merchandise through 3 Strands Shop and our partner Agape International Missions employment centers in Cambodia. David's message centers upon a core belief of both Remedy Drive and The Exodus Road - "Justice is in the hands of the ordinary."

Gene Krcelic

President of Premier Foundation

Gene Krcelic is the president of the Premier Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to serving the world’s orphaned and impoverished while fighting for justice for children victimized by sex slavery. Its Adopt the Block program currently partners with humanitarian projects in Africa, Cambodia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, and the United States.

Gene developed a professional representation company, under the foundation umbrella, serving as management and marketing agents for professional athletes and artists with commissionable proceeds benefitting charitable endeavors. Current clients include NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Michael McDowell, world-renowned performance artist Jared Emerson and acclaimed artist Troy Murray, TYP, from Detroit. He has also negotiated significant business arrangements with Family Christian Stores and E6 Apparel.

Gene is the author of the 2011 book "Loves Like a Hurricane" (Emerald House / Ambassador International), and has recently completed the autobiography of Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Before joining Premier, Gene served as founder and CEO of OMG SportsEntertainmentMusic, a multi-faceted music, sports, sponsorship, and event management firm with offices in South Carolina, North Carolina and California.

While at OMG, Gene built an NFL and NBA representation firm, developed a statewide radio show network, built a record label and publishing company and acquired the former Capricorn Recording Studio. Gene negotiated a record imprint deal with Capital Records (formerly EMI) and navigated the band Chasen to chart-topping success. Other accomplishments at OMG include creating and managing music events across the country as well as negotiating sponsorship deals with Nike, BMW, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Reebok, Landrover, BET among other national brands.

In the early 1990s, Gene served as president of the non-profit event management firm Greenville Events, Inc. where he managed events and relationships with the ACC Baseball Tournament, First Night, Main Street Jazz, BMW Olympic Torch Run, the Chinese Olympic Federation, and Tour DuPont.

Gene has volunteered his time and resources extensively in disaster relief with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the National Response Team. He earned dual degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gene lives in Greer, South Carolina with his wife, Mary, and is blessed with two accomplished daughters (one of whom volunteers and supports 3 Strands Shop as well!).

Jim Bulotti, Jr.

Partner and Vice President of InterWest Insurance Services

Jim Bulotti, Jr., has been an employee benefits broker with InterWest Insurance Services since 1993. He specializes in developing and managing employee benefit and insurance programs for large employers including health, life, disability, dental and 401k. With the technical expertise and depth of knowledge provided by Jim, employers are given the tools to determine their organization’s needs, discern between a variety of options in the marketplace and arrive at a program that meets the needs of both employers and employees.

Jim assists organizations in developing and administering an overall employee benefit plan, managing carrier negotiations for new plans and renewals and resolving claims and administrative issues. His team acts as an in-house human resources department by managing the implementation of the entire employee benefits package.

Enrollment meeting planning, wellness and risk management program design, human resource consultation, and regulatory compliance management are among the services the employee benefits division provides. Through InterWest, Jim also offers a wide range of value-added services to help employers manage their employee benefits program.

In addition to serving on InterWest’s Board of Directors, Jim serves on the broker advisory boards for several leading insurance carries as an advisor on product and service development.

Most importantly Jim invests his time, talent, treasure and connections in the fight against human trafficking with 3 Strands Shop.

Jim is a graduate of California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Jim grew up in the Sacramento area and now resides in El Dorado Hills with his wife (you may notice her name among those listed here) and two grown children.