Dan provides oversight and guidance for the different departments of Worthwhile Wear, keeping in mind the big picture and long term trajectory of the organization. He works with staff to innovate and find ways to not only serve more women each year, but to continually evaluate and improve Worthwhile Wear's services.
Prior to founding Worthwhile Wear, Dan spent close to 6 years working in marketing and sales at an engineering firm before he left everything to follow his desire to help survivors of human trafficking. Dan holds a BS from Clearwater Christian College, but attributes much of his education to his years spent growing up in Ukraine as a missionary kid. (More about that here.)
Dan enjoys getting to interact and connect with participants, staff, volunteers, donors, business partners, and other supporters associated with Worthwhile Wear. When Dan’s not laying the groundwork for Worthwhile Wear’s next steps, you’ll likely find him listening to a podcast and working on his latest project. Whether it be a broken engine, a circuit board that needs soldering or some carpentry work, Dan finds his happy place fixing things.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, THE WELL
Carla creates and maintains programming for residents at The Well along with managing the house facility and staff so that participants can obtain the tools and resources for healing in a safe and supportive environment.
Before joining the Worthwhile Wear team, Carla spent over 8 years working in Behavioral Health for the county and over 15 years working in jail reentry. These roles helped her understand how to navigate the system and locate resources while also caring for men and women dealing with addiction and complex trauma. She’s seen how the right support and encouragement can lead to success and now she gets to act as a mentor and advocate for participants at The Well celebrating their successes with them.
Carla has her PN degree from Forbes Regional and is a lifelong learner having received training on human trafficking, trauma, ethics, recovery, mentorship, crisis, suicide, and more. When she’s not at The Well, she enjoys spending time with her family, preferably at a warm southern beach, and if she can’t get to the beach, you can likely find her warming up with a blanket and a good book.
Brooke helps oversee daily activities to ensure the different facets of Worthwhile Wear are running smoothly and moving forward.
Prior to Worthwhile Wear, Brooke spent a few years supporting various small business owners as they worked towards their business goals. She also flexed her creative muscles as a Director of Communications for her church through written and graphic design. These roles helped her to discover the joy in supporting others and shaped her analytical approach to work.
A strong believer in business being used as a force for good, Brooke was drawn to how Worthwhile Wear utilized their thrift business to support their programs. She’s worn a few hats since her early days as a thrift volunteer and now enjoys getting to be a part of all aspects of Worthwhile Wear (and still scratch that creative itch through marketing and planning events). She holds a BA degree from Eastern University. Although she may not work at Worthwhile Thrift anymore, outside of work you can likely find Brooke scouring her local thrift stores for her next great find or convincing her dog to give up the latest sock he discovered.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Ray coordinates opportunities for volunteers and businesses to get involved in the mission of Worthwhile Wear while also playing a large part in resource development.
After 20 years in the restaurant industry and a few years as a strategic accounts consultant, Ray was ready to make a career change. His past experiences gave him the opportunity to work for and alongside various walks of life and also helped shape his business mindset.
Drawn to Worthwhile Wear’s foundational message of hope and restoration, he knew he wanted in. Ray enjoys being a part of the Worthwhile Wear team and the collective efforts that are invested in survivors as they work towards restoration. Ray holds a BS from Liberty University and a Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. When Ray’s not reminding us of an upcoming grant deadline or joining a volunteer work group at The Well, you might find him brainstorming the hero for a series of graphic novels he hopes to publish.
STORE MANAGER, WORTHWHILE THRIFT
Lauren leads the store team at Worthwhile Thrift in helping customers have a great experience finding thrifted treasures and learn about how their purchases support trafficking survivors.
Before joining the Worthwhile Wear team, Lauren met a survivor of human trafficking at her church that opened her eyes to the realities of modern day slavery. That ignited a desire for her to take action, so with her BA in Fashion Management, and a love of all things thrift, she found the retail side of Worthwhile Wear. Lauren enjoys the staff and volunteers she works with along with creating relationships with customers at the store.
Lauren holds a masters degree from Trinity Bible College & Theological Seminary, but feels that much of her character has been shaped by becoming a foster parent. Through that role she’s learned that oftentimes the most difficult things in life are the most worthwhile. When Lauren’s not beautifying the store (or beautifying her own home) you might find her squeezing in a few laps around the local ice rink before work.
HOUSE ASSISTANT, THE WELL
Deja helps coordinate support services and brings a good dose of fun to The Well by planning activities for participants.
Deja holds a BA in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she also worked in various roles within the on campus community. These roles helped her learn how to effectively communicate which has been essential when working with participants at The Well.
Deja was drawn to Worthwhile Wear for its unique approach to working with survivors of human trafficking. Inspired by the stories of past participants, Deja quickly saw how Worthwhile Wear has made a positive impact on the women they serve. As part of the team at The Well, Deja enjoys providing participants with new experiences they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to engage in. When Deja’s not at The Well you might find her venturing out on a hike with her dog or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.
Overcoming the issue of human trafficking is only accomplished as a team and we are grateful for the additional team members and volunteers that help us work toward that mission. Want to join our team? Check out current openings here.
Meet the minds that help lead and guide all the big decisions of Worthwhile Wear. We are very grateful for all the time and resources that our Board of Directors selflessly donate to make Worthwhile Wear succeed.
Our core values shape our goals, the culture of our organization, and is reflected in our programs and care for survivors of human trafficking.
This shapes our view that all people deserve dignity and respect.
We treat others as equals, plain and simple.
We’re always looking for ways to grow.
There’s much to be learned from each other.
We’re not here to “fix” anyone.
We do as we say.
It’s free to give, so we give generously.
We’re a small, but scrappy team.
Clear communication is our backbone.
We understand that our choices can affect the entire team.