New Friends New Life Announces Expanded Board of Directors, New Clinical Director

New Friends New Life announces the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the existing board are: Ashlee Kleinert, owner of Ruthie’s Rolling Café and co-founder of Executives in Action, and Jennifer Garberding, community advocate and former financial auditor at a major accounting firm.

The New Friends New Life Board of Directors works in collaboration with the nonprofit’s staff to make important decisions on the strategic direction of the organization, including determining how to leverage existing resources and identify new opportunities to help trafficked women and teen girls build new lives.

Other members of New Friends New Life’s Board of Directors include: Robin Bagwell; Nancy Best; Nancy Ann Hunt, Chair; Patty Langdale; Patricia LaSalle; Pat Lawson; Wendy Messmann; Deb Outlaw; Pat Schenkel; Paula Stein; Lisa Troutt; and Gail Turner.

“Our organization is truly privileged to benefit from the support of key business and community leaders in Dallas who are members of our Board of Directors,” said Chief Executive Officer Katie Pedigo. “We are pleased to welcome Ashlee and Jennifer to our board and are grateful for the investment of their time and resources as we diligently work together to end human trafficking in North Texas.”

Additionally, New Friends New Life announces Dr. HaeSung Han as its clinical director. In this role, Han oversees the counseling program, the women’s program, the children and youth program, the spiritual support program, as well as the survivor leaders circle.

Dr. Han is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Texas and New York) and a Board Certified, Nationally Registered Art Therapist. She received her master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University and also received a master’s degree in art therapy from New York University. Han completed two post-graduate certificate programs: one in international trauma studies from Columbia University and the other in civil and criminal forensic psychology from Montclair State University. Most recently, she served as the clinical coordinator of Letot Girls’ Residential Center in Dallas, developing the treatment program for post-adjudicated adolescent girls exposed to trauma and sexual exploitation.

“Dr. Han has spent her career working with children, adolescents, and adults exposed to complex trauma, including domestic violence, child maltreatment, and sexual exploitation,” said Pedigo. “Her extensive experience aligns perfectly with our organization and will help enhance our programs, which ultimately benefits the teen girls, women and children we serve.”