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, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. Consulting Psychologist and Program Development Specialist
Dr. Moreno 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. Through her work with Two Wings and her media consulting practice, Wit and Reason, Dr. Moreno aspires to promote the development and maintenance of healthy, safe relationships and overall wellbeing.
Asia Hall, Program Director
Asia’s journey with Two Wings began in 2012 as a Designer Partner, which eventually led to her serving as a volunteer Workshop Facilitator and Youth Mentor. As she became more involved with Two Wings’ clients, Asia realized her true career calling was to work with these brave survivors. In 2018, she joined the Two Wings team as the Program Manager overseeing the Qualified Academy, Career Mentoring, and Youth Mentoring programs. She was then promoted to Director of Programs in 2019 as the organization continued to rapidly grow. Her extensive experience working directly with Two Wings’ participants and volunteers has greatly aided in the extension of the organization’s programming and services.
Alma Carrillo, Program Coordinator
As a Latina born and raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents, Alma has always dreamt of giving back to underserved communities. While in college, Alma worked several internships in the nonprofit world as a way to better understand the needs of those around her. As a woman of color, she understands the need to amplify the voices of those that have often been forgotten or overlooked, and how, as a team, we can create real change in our society.
Psalms Rojas, Social Media Manager
Psalms is passionate about people and the stories that weave them together. Her first involvement with Two Wings was as a Jr. Designer Intern in 2013. After pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she returns to Two Wings as a Social Media Manager. Her drive to do this work rests in utilizing storytelling as a way to empower survivors, connect supporters, and raise awareness.
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 this far.
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.
Fantayjah has a passion for bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking with an emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation. Having been trafficked from the ages of twelve to nineteen, Fantayjah knows firsthand what makes a young girl susceptible to a trafficker, and also understands the power of rehabilitation through her time as a Qualified Academy participant. With the support of her loving mother and two beautiful daughters, Fantayjah is committed to using her personal testimony to inspire and properly inform others on how they can join the fight to end modern day slavery.
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.
Survivor Advocate: Tyesa Harvey
Tyesa Harvey is passionate about raising awareness and educating the public on the issues of sex-trafficking and sexual exploitation. Tyesa, herself a survivor of domestic sex trafficking and childhood trauma – including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse – knows the depths of trauma inflicted by these heinous acts. She utilizes her testimony to educate and raise public awareness of the hardships in overcoming a past with so much heartache; and she details the fears associated with entering the unknown world of normalized society while breaking the chains of a lifestyle that held her hostage for so many years.
Appearances In Print & Press
As an ever expanding community, we’re always on the lookout for talented and driven individuals. With your time or donation, you can make a difference in the life of one, or really make a lasting impact in the lives of many.