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.
Dr. 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, Director of Programs
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
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 Callis, Outreach Advocate
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.