“Bridging the Gap Between a Survivor’s Rescue and Restoration”
MEET THE TEAM
Sara Lefevers serves as the current President and CEO of The NISSI Project. Sara graduated with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2010. 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. Sara has been involved in her community in various ways by serving as a Guardian Ad Litem (court-appointed child advocate), a volunteer for numerous anti-trafficking organizations and initiatives, and served as board member for Pensacola Young Professionals and Safe Harbor Pregnancy Resource Center. Sara is the founder of Grace Unlimited, a ministry for single or struggling moms which developed from her love for and the need she saw while serving as a NICU Cuddler. She currently also serves as chair for the Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force and volunteers with search and rescue operations for KLAAS Kids whenever possible. Sara is married and has one son. She and her husband have recently put their love to action and have become licensed foster care parents. Sara believes her purpose is to pave a way for everyone to achieve prosperity and uncover their God-gifted purpose in life.
Chief Awareness Officer
In 2013, Genna uncovered the massive tragedy of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. She vowed that her life would be devoted to being a voice for the voiceless. That same year, Genna moved from NJ to her husband’s hometown of Pensacola. In 2015, God led Genna to a local awareness group called A21 Pensacola. This is where God started cultivating her gift of teaching and public speaking. Genna spent nearly three years speaking to groups and individuals about the reality of human trafficking. In 2017, Genna assisted in the launch of the Pensacola Dream Center leading the focus on HT Awareness and Education while also assuming leadership for the Pensacola Walk For Freedom. In September of 2020, the Lord led Genna to start an initiative to provide immediate tangible needs to survivors. The ’Red Bag Project’ was inspired by the red rolling bag she carried during her encounter with homelessness. Her heart is for every survivor to feel worthy of the love and healing Jesus freely offers. Genna currently serves as the Chief Awareness Officer at NISSI. She also volunteers with search and rescue operations through the KLAAS Kids foundation and Called2Rescue. Genna is the host of the show, Christian Music Countdown with Christian Television Network. She loves a cup of coffee and a conversation about Jesus. Genna is an avid runner and serves as a worship leader whenever the opportunity presents itself. If Genna is not raising awareness about purpose or human trafficking then she is outdoors with her husband, three amazing kids and daschund Peppa.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Christian graduated with a bachelors in Business Management and Marketing in 2017 and got his masters in Business Administration in 2020 from Pensacola Christian College. Christian always had the example of service from his mother recognized in 2006 by the United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award for her lifetime work, rescuing young drug addicts from the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 2017 Christian started working for The Nissi Project as the Marketing Director, developing relationships with other non-profits and establishing a strong online presence. In 2019 he started Zion Creative, a creative agency and in 2020 he moved to Los Angeles, CA, to continue his work with startups and non-profits. Christian believes in demonstrating God’s love and compassion through the creative.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
WHO DO YOU SERVICE?
We service any victim of human trafficking or sexual exploitation.
DO YOU TURN ANYONE AWAY?
No! We meet people where they are at. We provide immediate services that we have available and connect people to additional services that may be needed.
ARE YOU A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION?
We are a faith-based organization and we respond to the call that Jesus gives to Christians - Love God and Love People! However, we do not force religion or beliefs on those we serve. We simply love them the way Jesus taught us to love them.
HOW LONG ARE YOUR SERVICES OFFERED?
Typically our services exist to serve immediate needs from 24 hours to 7 days; however, we provide services for victims between their rescue and restoration as long as that process may take.