President | Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial
Aaron is one of the founding members of Wings. This is his fifth year serving as President of the Board of Directors. He is devoted to the execution of the mission "so exploitation ends for one more girl". His passion is for Wings to be excellent in every area and continue to grow to serve more. His full-time profession is working as a financial advisor with Thrivent Financial and in his spare time he enjoys working out, family vacations, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President | Business Owner
Kay is from Ames and has been newly elected as Vice President. Non-profit work is her speciality and she loves connecting people to needs within her community. It's been a tremendous honor for her to help the Wings family re-locate to their new home. Kay loves to garden and enjoys filling the Wings house with fresh flowers from time to time.
Secretary | Employee Benefits Advisor at AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
Michelle first started volunteering for Wings of Refuge in early 2017 after attending an annual Wings of Refuge fundraiser where she learned of the mission for the first time. It didn’t take long for Michelle to realize she wanted to be more involved and joined the board in October 2017. When Michelle is not sharing the Wings of Refuge mission you can find her and her husband on their bikes exploring new trails and cities.
Treasurer | Executive Director at Christ-Life Ministries
Jim's calling at Christ-Life Ministries is to teach people to exchange the lies they've been told for truth so they can see themselves as God sees them. He's passionate about creating an environment where survivors can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually set free. When Jim isn't working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his two children and three grandchildren.
Board Member | Administrative Assistant at River's Edge Church
Jean is one of the "original 12" individuals who prayed Wings into existence. This is her fifth year serving on the Wings board. She has a huge heart and passion for the women and mission at Wings of Refuge. She has been coined as "Fun Aunt Jean" to those who know her.
Board Member | Financial Coach / Office Manager
Paula is also one of the “original 12”. She has five beautiful and amazing grandgirls, so the awareness and prevention aspect of human trafficking is very important to her. She is inspired by the awesome Wings staff that God consistently provides, the courageous participants, and the donors that selflessly give. It is an honor and blessing to serve in this God-led organization.
Board Member | Pest Control Technician and Pastor in Union, IA
Rick is most passionate about about seeing victims of society who have been made to feel worthless heal and grow as God had originally designed them to do. Coming from his own depression he is filled with a joy that comes from Jesus and he wants to be the light that leads others to the one true healer. Rick's favorite things are his wife Lora, their two daughters, and chocolate.
Board Member | Deputy Sheriff, Hamilton County Iowa
Alex has been serving on the Wings of Refuge board since 2016. He first learned about human trafficking pursuing his career as a Law enforcement officer. His passion to end human trafficking comes from his calling as a disciple of Christ. Alex is a loving husband and father of five children who has a deep desire to see their world become a safer place.
Board Member | Retired Sergeant from Webster County Iowa
Jayson comes to Wings as a 30 year veteran of law enforcement where he had witnessed first hand how demoralizing and ugly sex trafficking is. After retirement, he knew he would have to fill the need to help others - Wings gives him that opportunity. He loves working alongside the amazing leaders at Wings of Refuge in an organization that is healing broken women, not by secular means, but with the love of Jesus. He is enjoying retirement and loves everything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also loves spending time with his grandkids.