About Two Wings
“Every bird has two wings: Hope and Courage. Where our clients bring the courage we provide the hope they need to soar…”
Rescued… Now What?
Being rescued from victimization is the vital first step towards recovery from sex trafficking. But what happens next? Unfortunately, over time, far too many survivors are pulled back into “the life”, often due to economic desperation. Without the skills or know-how to support themselves in today’s global economy, they see no other option.
Survivors need hope – and they also need tools, guidance and direction if they are to not only survive, but THRIVE in their life beyond sex trafficking. This is where Two Wings steps in.
Our Mission, Our Dream
At Two Wings, we empower survivors of sex trafficking to identify and pursue their dream vocation through mentoring programs, life skills classes and career training workshops, creating the path for a life of financial and physical independence.
Our dedicated volunteers and expert staff are committed to guiding our clients towards the future of their dreams. Our dream is to one day see how these transformed lives will dynamically impact our world for the better.
Two Wings is a 501(c)3 non profit.
Meet Our Expert Staff & Team
Elena Shahnaian, Founder & CEO
Elena was born in the Republic of Georgia, moved to the United States with her family at five years old. Her passion for people was evident from a young age, believing that everyone deserves a chance at their biggest dreams. Elena’s stance is that, no matter what someone’s past has been, it takes just one person to believe in their greatest dreams, some often unrealized for many years.
As Founder of Two Wings, Elena believes strongly in human resilience, promoting confidence through education and custom-fit mentor relationships provided to every client. She holds a BA in Social Work, MBA and MA in Education, and additionally has a background in fundraising and development. The passion felt by Elena is what motivates her to be the key to those big, unapproachable doors that lead to the dreams held by the clients at Two Wings. She considers it a great honor to work among such strong, compassionate and intelligent women, both clients and mentors alike, daily pursuing her calling of matching each individual key to its unique (dream) door.
Alexis Moreno, M.A., M.S., Program Development Specialist
Alexis has worked extensively with public health and social service agencies to assess community needs, develop and implement research-based programs, and evaluate prevention and intervention effectiveness. As a psychology doctoral candidate with a background in marriage and family therapy,Alexis aspires to support the development and maintenance of healthy relationships and overall wellbeing.
Charlie Shahnaian, Sr. Copy Editor
Charlie splits his focus between copywriting/marketing work for a diverse group of clients, and creative writing, with over fifteen years of entertainment industry credits.
Psalms Rojas, Jr. Designer
Psalms Rojas is studying Social Work at Azusa Pacific University. As Junior Designer, she is excited about the opportunity to combine her talent for design with her passion to help victims of sex trafficking.
Dana Zillgitt, Copy Editor
Dana has always had a strong affinity for helping others, especially thru the written word. She loves creating something out of nothing and knowing that the human spirit is a force to be reckoned with. Being a part of the Two Wings team has been a phenomenal experience thus far.
Chair: Christopher Heuertz
Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness.
Secretary: Lucy Pan
Lucy Pan is passionate about empowering those around her through education and mentorship. Lucy first became involved in social justice while at UCLA, where she helped to host the school’s largest benefit concert to raise awareness on sex trafficking.
Treasurer: Catherine Rivkin
Catherine Rivkin is a native of Chicago, has lived in Temecula, and now resides in Los Angeles where she will be happy to eventually retire somewhere by the beach. She has worked in retail off and on since she was 16, but has also dabbled in insurance and finance.
Board Member: Vic Merjanian
Vic Merjanian is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP’s Newport Beach Office. The attorneys at his firm have achieved over $1 Billion in recoveries on behalf of their clients, spanning their Antitrust, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury practices.
Survivor Advocate: Tika Thornton
Tika Thornton is an advocate against sex trafficking. A survivor herself, Tika in her early 20s started a management company and a detail company. She then moved into mentoring and speaking to raise awareness of sex trafficking.
Appearances In Print & Press
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