STEPHANIE GARMAN FREEDCEO
Stephanie Garman Freed co-founded Rapha International in 2003 after she was challenged by her father to research the issue of human trafficking. Beginning with one aftercare program for under age female survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation in Battambang, Cambodia, 15 years later, Rapha now serves child survivors in Cambodia, Thailand, and Haiti. Stephanie is a firm believer in quality programming and collaboration, which allows Rapha to enjoy the cooperation and respect of the governments where they are working.
Stephanie is an activist in empowering girls who have faced extreme trauma to understand their great worth and value and ultimately to live in sustainable freedom. Using her voice in a variety of public speaking venues, including churches, civic events, and conferences, Stephanie is committed to engaging and educating people on these topics. She has helped produce a documentary on the issue of human trafficking in Cambodia, ‘Finding Home’, which spent two years on Netflix and won multiple awards at film festivals.
A self proclaimed “soccer mom”, Stephanie has a message that God can call us and equip us to serve Him in ways we could never imagine. Stephanie and her husband, Brandon, live in Joplin, Missouri and have three amazing children- Blair, Brooke, and Barrett. When Stephanie is not traveling, she can usually be found in her backyard enjoying her family, flowers, and dogs.
ANGELA FOSTERUS OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Angela's heart was deeply changed after taking an awareness trip to Cambodia in October 2011. After returning from her trip, she began volunteering once a week and eventually joined the staff in June 2012. She leads the team of staff at the U.S. office as the US Operations Director, and she seeks ways to involve each and every person who has an interest in Rapha.
ARYN CROWFORDAFTERCARE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Aryn first partnered with Rapha International in 2018 when she collaborated with our Aftercare Director, Robin Blair, to conduct child welfare trainings in the community. Ms. Crawford has worked extensively with child victims of abuse and neglect as a forensic interviewer, child advocate, and community outreach specialist at the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri. She has trained teachers, medical providers, church staff, and other professionals to detect and prevent child abuse. In 2019 Ms. Crawford joined the Rapha team as a contracted trainer to help develop and deliver the Culture of Care program. She became the Aftercare Development Manager at Rapha in 2020. In this position, Ms. Crawford collaborates with other Rapha International staff on child welfare initiatives, primarily in Haiti, and works on grant writing and development. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha."
TRAVIS BUCHANCHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Travis first discovered Rapha International while attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. He began volunteering with Rapha in the summer of 2012 and came on staff later that year. As Chief Financial Officer, Travis helps oversee the financial operations of Rapha. He is a Certified Public Accountant and he enjoys using his business expertise in a supporting role to help speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
DAVID PETERSCHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER
The Old Testament prophets woke David to Jesus’ teaching and the heart of God for the poor, widow, orphan, alien and oppressed. Through church work in Miami, seminary, and law school, David and his wife Anastasia endeavored to figure out how they were supposed to serve the marginalized and forgotten, especially once they were confronted with the horrors of human trafficking. While a professor, David began a partnership with Rapha that went from part time now to full time. With Anastasia and their kids, David is more eager than ever to empower the church to be God’s heart and hands in the world, especially to the "least of these" that mean so much to God.
PATTY FANCHERPREVENTION DIRECTOR
Patty's life was turned upside-down on her first mission trip to Honduras, where her heart was broken and missions became a lifestyle. Her heart was not only changed, it was enlarged, as she saw the world through a different lens. As a director on the Engage team at Christ In Youth (CIY), Pat led hundreds of students on mission trips around the world. However, an awareness trip to Cambodia in March of 2007, changed her life once again. Educating others about modern-day slavery became a burning passion and the ministry of Rapha became an important piece of her life. Recently, Pat retired from CIY and has transitioned to RH in the role of Prevention Director, where she plans to pray for miracles, stand for justice, and be an advocate against slavery. Her favorite quote is "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa
ROBIN BLAIRAFTERCARE DIRECTOR
Dr. Blair earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, and has been involved with Rapha International in various capacities since 2007. As Aftercare Director, Dr. Blair combines her clinical expertise and her research in trauma treatment in international settings to "help the helpers." She works alongside International Directors to oversee client services programs, with the overarching goal of ensuring the safety and protection of clients and staff. She helps provide a high quality of care and services to clients through developing and implementing culturally competent policies, procedures, and trainings to help staff do their work in an effective and sustainable way. Additionally, Dr. Blair co-created the Culture of Care program, which is a combination of expert training and consultation designed to assist churches in the U.S. in promoting safety for children and supporting survivors of abuse and exploitation.
JOSEPH LANGENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Joseph was introduced to Rapha International at a Christ in Youth conference when he was a highschool student. At CIY, he had the opportunity to see Baht, a short film produced by CIY to spread awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation which changed the trajectory of his life. Walking out of the theater, he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. After seeing BAHT, Joseph attended Ozark Christian College to further kingdom work through film making and investing in the people around him. He started going on mission trips overseas that further developed his passion for teaching people about Jesus. In 2010, Joseph spent a summer in Bangkok, Thailand where he became aware of the urgent need to take care of children who are trapped in a cycle of brokenness.
Joseph and his wife spent six years working for a church in Florida before moving back up to Joplin, MO in 2020. His core passion is to develop Rapha’s media teams. Joseph often says, “I was impacted by watching the BAHT film and will never forget that moment that changed how I saw life. At Rapha, I want to continue creating those same life-changing moments for generations to come. We are in the fight to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation and it’s going to take both this generation and the future ones to do so.”
ASHLEE JOHNSONSTAFF WRITER AND OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Ashlee grew up in Bangkok, Thailand where her eyes were opened at a young age to issues of injustice happening in Southeast Asia. After her family adopted 3 kids from Thailand, her passion for wanting all children to have a safe and hope-filled future grew. In college she studied Education and Intercultural Studies with the intention of using her degrees to help children overseas be equipped to have sustainable freedom. It was during her time at Missouri Southern State and Ozark Christian College, where she saw Finding Home and was immediately compelled to join Rapha.
Ashlee served as a Rapha volunteer for a year and then was hired as a staff writer. While writing she became more convicted to take further action in fighting for underage victims of exploitation. As a result, Ashlee lived in Cambodia for two months and then worked at Rapha's aftercare campus in Chiang Mai, Thailand for seven months. Mentoring the girls at the aftercare campus and hearing their stories first hand deeply impacted her. Ashlee returned to the US in 2019 to continue working for Rapha as our Staff Writer and Operations Coordinator. Her greatest lesson learned at the safe house is that there is no story too broken for God to heal and no situation too dark where God cannot provide hope.
SARAH SPENCERDESIGN AND CONTENT DELIVERY COORDINATOR
Sarah was first introduced to Rapha International during a presentation by Stephanie at a College Heights Christian School chapel service. She felt a deep moving of her heart to be involved in this ministry and help fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She then spent two of her CHCS spring break missions weeks volunteering at Rapha and continued to volunteer as she began college at Ozark Christian College. It was at college that she discovered a love for design and publications which she decided to pursue through a degree in graphic communications at Pittsburg State University. When asked what Sarah wanted to do with her degree, she would often respond “I’d love to work in a church or for a non-profit like Rapha International”. In 2019 God opened some unexpected doors resulting in exactly that happening and Sarah ended up with the opportunity to step onto the Rapha team as the Design and Content Delivery Coordinator. Sarah loves this ministry and continues to be amazed at how God uses this ministry to love, fight, and provide hope for those who have experienced unspeakable trauma.
ALEXIS GRANDONMERCHANDISE MANAGER
Alexis first felt the calling to fight against human trafficking and child sexual exploitation right after she graduated high school. After spending a month in the Middle East helping refugees, Alexis knew the Lord had called her to help Rapha International- specifically the merchandise program. Alexis interned at Rapha for six months before she became the Rapha Merchandise Manager in April of 2019.
Alexis graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Women's Studies. She is continuing her education at Pittsburg State University pursuing her Master's degree in Communication. She has a passion for defending the oppressed of all nations, and loves using her merchandising skills for Rapha.
BEVERLY MILLERDONATIONS COORDINATOR
I was first introduced to Rapha International while working for Stephanie Freed’s husband Brandon. I knew about Stephanie’s mission, and was affected by the Finding Home video. While working for Brandon, I was able to contribute in a small way by notarizing documents as needed for Rapha International.
Because of circumstances, I became unemployed about the time that the Donations Coordinator position opened at Rapha International. After interviewing for the position, I was invited to join the Rapha team as the Donations Coordinator. I hope that my position on the team will better allow those who are working directly with those we serve to be the hands of God’s work.
US Board of Directors
- Stephanie Freed - Board Chairwoman and CEO, Rapha International
- Bill Blair - Vice President, American Rehabilitation Ministry
- Dorothy Perconti - Vice President, Perconti Data Systems
- James Richards - CEO, Stronghold Data
- Mark Davis - McKee Foods Corporation