Team

Leadership

Kim Biddle, MSW

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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Kim Biddle began her work with human trafficking with the International Justice Mission in 2003. By 2010 Kim set her sights on domestic minor sex trafficking, and started SAVING INNOCENCE.  For the past seven years, 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. Pioneering comprehensive aftercare, prevention, and intervention programs throughout California, 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.

Most recently, she assisted the launch of outreach programs for street children in Kenya and an aftercare facility 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.

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.

Alan Smyth

Executive Director

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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.

Board Of Directors

Tyler Krohn (Chair), MD, MBA

Vice President of Northern Market Operations, Children’s Health 

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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.

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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 

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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.

Melanie Howard

Partner & Chair, Brand Protection Group, Loeb & Loeb

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Melanie Howard is a partner and chair of Loeb & Loeb, a brand protection group. Ms. Howard’s practice focuses on data privacy and security and intellectual property issues within the context of both litigation and transactional matters. She represents clients from a variety of industries, including advertising, automotive, technology, entertainment, media and retail. Ms. Howard was an assistant professor at Pepperdine Law School for three years and directed both the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion & Ethics, and was instrumental in obtaining endowments for both programs. Ms. Howard continues to enjoy adjunct teaching and guest lecturing.
 
Joshua Ungerecht

CEO and Chief Investment Officer, JRW Research & Consulting, Inc. 

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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.

Heidi C. Tuttle

Casting Director

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Heidi Tuttle attended Liberty University where she studied Marketing and Psychology. In the last 20 years she has worked in many facets of the Entertainment Industry, working as a casting director for such networks as MTV, VH1, BET, ABC, CBS/Paramount, NBC, Lifetime, Fox, and Bravo. Ms. Tuttle has also worked as a record label manager and concert promoter in pop and Christian music. She sits on the boards of Olivecrest (Foster Care) and Saving Innocence.