MEET THE TEAM

People like you, called to make a difference.

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SARA LEFEVERS

President/CEO

Sara Lefevers serves as the President of The NISSI Project. Sara graduated with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2014. She then served as Community Outreach Coordinator for the First Florida U.S. Congressional District for three years. After her time as an aid in Congress she served as Director of External Affairs for the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce leading public policy efforts for nearly 1,200 businesses. She then transitioned to serve as the Executive Director of the Pensacola Chamber Foundation where she led community efforts and created Pensacola's first, holistic strategic plan. Sara is involved in her community in various ways. Sara is married and has one son. Sara believes her purpose is to help everyone access prosperity and uncover their God-gifted purpose in life.

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ANNA GRACE CARRICK

Administrative Coordinator

Anna Grace serves as the administrative coordinator for The NISSI Project.Anna Grace is passionate about building relationships and pouring into her community. She is so excited to be the administrative coordinator with The Nissi Project. Anna Grace is also the House Manager for Long Hollow Creatives and when not working you can find Anna Grace  traveling to see her family, on the beach reading a book, or in search of a great cup of coffee.

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KELSEY HILL

Director of Mission Ambassadors

Kelsey Hill is the Founder of The NISSI Project's largest fundraising event and sector outreach - Fashioned for More. As a small business owner, and hair stylist, Kelsey was passionate to share the message of The NISSI Project and the realities of human trafficking with the beauty industry. Since being with NISSI she has developed and produced Fashioned for More, a fashion show that shares the realities of trafficking while showing the community we all have a part. Additionally she has developed a comprehensive human trafficking training for the beauty industry called Beyond Beauty. She is a military spouse, and mom of three boys. Since being re-stationed she has found unique ways to carry NISSI's message to other cities. We are so excited to have her teach others how to be ambassadors of our mission and spread hope for survivors everywhere.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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STEPHANIE COSTOLO

Board Chair

Stephanie Costolo is the former Vice President of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (U.S. Institute), a national nonprofit, faith-based organization working to end human trafficking in the United States. During her time at the U.S. Institute, Stephanie has helped create and scale the TraffickingFree Zone program; a county- level initiative focused on reducing the demand for sex-trafficking. Stephanie has led the program through a quick, efficient expansion, driving cities, counties and organizations to declare themselves TraffickingFree Zones, directed thousands of online sex buyers toward resources to get help, implemented law enforcement training at police departments across the nation and trained thousands of community members on human trafficking awareness.
In addition to her work at the U.S. Institute, Stephanie serves as the vice chair of the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking and as an advisory board member for the Post 911 Veterans Nonprofit Community Organization. She is also a published author.
While serving in the United States Air Force, she earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. She also holds a master’s degree in entrepreneurship in applied technologies from the University of South Florida.
Stephanie resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

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CRAIG HINDSMAN

Board Co Chair

Craig started his ministry life at 19 years old as a student pastor pouring into teens on the west side of Pensacola. Since then he has served in 4 different churches and communities across Escambia and Santa Rosa County area for over 20 years. He came to Marcus Pointe as the Student Pastor over 10 years ago and has since transitioned to serve as our Connections Pastor. His heart is to help people to connect to God and each other here at MPBC, and then to help them find their unique ministry calling. 


He has been married for nearly 20 years to his amazing wife, Amanda, and they have 2 kids.  Together they have served with many non-profit boards and organizations in the Pensacola community, and traveled overseas to 4 countries leading mission trips for Marcus Pointe.”

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JODI PALMER

Board Member - Eduction and Training

Jodi started her life of service at the age of 18 joining the United States Air Force and working as a cryptologic linguist and an intelligence analyst.  After six years of military service she dedicated her life to her children and family while also pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University.  She then pursued a Florida teacher certification with Northwest Florida State College so that she could serve the families and children of her community as a school teacher; first in Walton County School District then in Okaloosa County School District.  She is currently a 5th grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary in Fort Walton Beach Florida and is pursuing a Master of Science in Education with Liberty University.

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GRETCHEN BUSBEE

Board Member - Victim Advocate

Gretchen Busbee started her federal career almost 25 years ago at the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) at their headquarter office in Tallahassee. She interned in their office while finishing up her last semester at Florida State University where she double majored in Criminology and Psychology.  Gretchen was lucky enough to secure a permanent position with the USAO and has spent more than half of her time there working with federal crime victims.  She has always enjoyed working with witnesses and victims by helping them understand the criminal justice process which can be overwhelming and traumatic in itself.  Gretchen understood early on that it was important to bring a victim-centered approach to those she serves which was largely missing in the judicial system.  She works with all types of crime victims to include victims of sex trafficking.  Gretchen is also currently the chair of the Circuit
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When Gretchen is not helping seek justice for the victims she serves, she spends time with her wonderful husband, Clyde, and their two kids, who keep her super busy… and let’s not forget her favorite four-legged son, Bear.

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PATTY BROWN

Treasurer

Patty was raised in a military family and had the incredible privilege of living in many different cities and states around the country before coming to Pensacola, FL in 2000 to attend Pensacola Christian College.  She graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida.  Over the past fifteen years, Patty has worked in many different accounting fields.  Most recently she has discovered a passion for using her skills to assist nonprofits and churches with their unique accounting needs.


Patty also has a passion for showing the love of Jesus to children in the foster care system who have been abandoned, neglected and abused. She and her husband Dave have been licensed foster parents for seven years and have had the privilege of caring for many children.  They have two beautiful daughters and however many "extras" they are loving at the moment. 

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MIKE BROWN

Board Member - Spiritual Discipleship

Mike has been leading as Senior Pastor of West Florida Baptist Church since 2016, providing solid biblical teaching, preaching, and counsel. He began serving at WFBC in the fall of 2000 as a college intern while attending Pensacola Christian College. After graduating, he assisted in the bus ministry, led the summer day camp program, and taught sixth grade for two years. He also served faithfully as the Assistant Pastor/Youth Director for ten years prior to becoming Senior Pastor. He and his wife Alana have three sons and a daughter.

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EMILY LALAS

Board Member - Secretary

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