Serving Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Our Team

Our team and board is made up of child abuse professionals, counselors, survivors, entrepreneurs, and people who love to serve.  


Mike Franklin, CEO

Kris Barnes, Retreat Director

Chi Mathias-Reed, Program Coordinator

Administrative Support, The Torch 

Board of Directors

Marlan Wilbanks, Chairman 

Eric Leister, Vice Chairman

Jim Wade, Treasurer

Annis Lyles, Secretary

Pastor Mike Franklin, Member

Lauren Seiple-Crites, Member

Volunteer Advisory Team

Pastor Mike Franklin

Chi Mathias-Reed

Dawn Dutton

Renee Graham

Christina Alston, Counselor

Melissa Shepherd, Counselor

Arkisha Lewis, Registered Nurse

Renee Franklin, MD (physician on call for weekend retreats) 


Not all volunteers are listed above. We want to acknowledge and show sincere gratitude to the MANY dedicated volunteers who offer hope and healing support at our retreats. Our work would not be possible without your generous support. Together we make a difference in the lives of those we serve.