Kim Biddle, MSW
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Kim Biddle began her work with human trafficking in partnership with the International Justice Mission in 2003. By 2010, her mission refocused and she founded SAVING INNOCENCE to help children within the United States escape sex trafficking and protect our national value of innocence and human worth.
Kim has launched and developed programs to advocate for at-risk youth and survivors of human trafficking in multiple countries throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Before starting Saving Innocence she assisted the launch of programs for street children in Kenya and an aftercare home for child survivors in Haiti, in partnership with national organizations, while working with the University of Southern California to conduct research relating to effective intervention strategies for homeless youth in Los Angeles County.
Now for the past decade, Kim has been pioneering comprehensive crisis intervention, aftercare, and prevention programs throughout California and Texas, as well as working closely with local judges, probation officers, aftercare placements, police detectives, and social workers to create new policies within the legal system.
Kim earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She went on to receive her Masters in Global Health certification from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and has earned special certifications to work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Her work to end child sex trafficking has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC News, CBS News and The Huffington Post. Kim has received multiple awards for her work nationwide, including those from Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and L.A. Weekly’s People of the Year, naming her “The Human Shield”.
With over 25 years of nonprofit management and experience, Alan Smyth joins the team to cultivate strategic partnership on behalf of SAVING INNOCENCE reporting directly to CEO and Founder Kim Biddle. Most recently, he served for 14 years as the Regional Director for Young Life in the Greater Los Angeles Region and before that he was an Area Director for Young Life in San Francisco Bay for 11 years. During his tenure, Alan was responsible to fundraise for and oversee an overall annual operating budget of 4 million dollars as he led a charge to expand work into South LA. His responsibilities included recruiting, hiring, training & supervising staff as well as volunteers. Additionally, Alan executed hundreds fundraising events, strategic planning activities and developed marketing strategies that proved successful for Young Life in Los Angeles. Alan got his Bachelor of Communication Studies from San Jose State University.
*We are unable to share the names and biographies of our Director of Clinical Programs or our Crisis Case Managers to protect their identities.
Tyler Krohn (Chair), MD, MBA
Vice President of Northern Market Operations, Children’s Health
Dr. Krohn is the Vice President of Northern Market Operations at Children's Health, which is one of the nation's largest children's hospitals and the leading pediatric health system in North Texas. Previously a consultant at Bain & Company, Dr. Krohn began his career as a pediatrician and practiced medicine for nearly 10 years. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, received his medical doctorate from the University of Southern California, and graduated with honors from the Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Southern California.
Mike L. Boone
President & CEO, Boone Aerospace, Inc.
Mr. Boone started his commercial aircraft parts company in 1990, growing it into a multinational enterprise before selling it in 2009. Mr. Boone then started Boone Aerospace in 2014. For the past 17 years, Mr. Boone has served as a local board chair for Young Life.
Michelle D. Talley, LCSW
UCLA Luskin, Department of Social Welfare Faculty
Faculty University California Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare
Michelle Talley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose focus is Public Child Welfare. As a field consultant with the Inter-University Consortium, a collaborative effort of Southern California social work programs that trains social workers in the area of child welfare, Ms. Talley works with first and second-year MSW students placed in the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Ms. Talley has also worked as a mental health clinician dealing with children impacted by abuse and neglect within their family nucleus. Ms. Talley has also worked as an adoption social worker with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Partner & Chair, Brand Protection Group, Loeb & Loeb
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, JRW Research & Consulting, Inc.
Joshua Ungerecht is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of JRW Investments and is a managing partner for Telos Capital, and ExchangeRight Real Estate. Mr. Ungerecht serves on the board for The Mentoring Alliance, a non-profit focused on partnering with communities to rescue at-risk youth and provide them with meals, educational support, counseling, life skills, and mentoring.
Allison Burkett, MSW
Executive Director, Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades
Allison Burkett is the Executive Director of Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades, where she is primarily responsible for overseeing strategic planning and communications. She has been part of the Ministry Staff Team at Calvary since 2013, and prior to her current role she was the Director of Women’s Ministries. Prior to that Ms. Burkett worked as a Behavior Specialist for The Help Group in Los Angeles and Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. Ms. Burkett has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Ms. Burkett is also the proud mother of two sons and one daughter.