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.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home — creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic.
A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. This has taken Chris to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012 Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.
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. For the last few years, she has worked at Deloitte and Touche as a Senior Consultant to help technology, financial services, and nonprofit leaders discover and manage risks to their strategy. Lucy recently completed a fellowship at Center for the Edge, an innovation think tank, where she contributed to publications and organized workshops to help executives anticipate threats and seek opportunities.
A big advocate for mentorship, Lucy founded the Deloitte UCLA Mentorship to support college students with their career aspirations and also served with Spark as a youth career mentor. She is passionate about exploring how technology will shape the future and equipping individuals with the tools and skills they need to succeed in this rapidly changing environment.
Treasurer: Pamela Mader
Pamela Mader is a Southern California native who has been on the Board for Two Wings since 2011. She has held a few roles on the Board of Directors from Secretary to Business Development and most recently has held the role of Treasurer. Pamela currently works as an Advisor of Financial Planning and Analysis for a global manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and medical supply chain distributor. She received her Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of La Verne and her MBA from Claremont Graduate University. She is extremely passionate about the mission for Two Wings and always keeps an eye-out on how the organization can expand its reach to help the women we serve through new strategic partnerships and applying for grant funding to expand programming.
Board Member: Amy Yeager
From nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies, Ms. Yeager has represented a diverse client base providing government and public affairs services specializing in political advocacy and strategy, policy analysis and development, planning/land use issues, and resource development.
Prior to starting Yeager Consulting Group, Ms. Yeager worked with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Having successfully managed LACCD’s historic $3.5 bond measure campaign in 2008, Ms. Yeager became the Director of Resource Development for the District’s building program, focusing on securing grants for renewable energy projects. Her ability to bring together strategic coalitions of elected officials, government agencies and private sector entities resulted in LACCD being the recipient in $7.2 million of grant money over a brief one and a half year period.
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. She speaks at a group home called Crittenton, where she spreads awareness of trafficking and provides one-on-one peer counseling. Tika also mentors at Long Beach GRIP, an organization that helps at-risk youth.
She serves as a mentor to girls who have been arrested, getting them the resources they need for GED prep, trauma counseling, medical assistance, and housing. Tika also shares her personal story as a survivor to help kids in the Long Beach area understand trauma and guide them to accessing therapy. Tika is a graduate of the Two Wings Qualified Academy, a nonprofit organization that provides survivors job skills and resources to start careers. After graduation Tika now sits on the board and gives the organization a survivors perspective on the needs and wants of future cohorts. Tika has joined the organization and co-facilitates trauma information training. Tika plans to major in Business Administration or Psychology in order to start her own organization helping incarcerated girls connect to mental health specialists.