BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jamie Beason has been a long-time friend to My Refuge House. Since her first visit to the House in Cebu in 2010, she has slowly grown closer to MRH. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Dan and son Eli. Jamieworks as an Inventory Manager for Ingersoll Rand and will happily discuss the ins-and-outs of supply chain with anyone willing to listen. Her family also operates the 501(c)3 non-profit, JOYAMP, which was born out of their eagerness to find ways to support MRH.
Russ Bermejo currently serves as a Senior Program Associate with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this capacity, he facilitates technical assistance regarding child welfare and substance abuse related issues for multiple projects. Prior to joining Children and Family Futures, Russ served in the Philippines as an Aftercare Fellow for International Justice Mission, where he worked on a project aimed in preparing sex trafficking survivors for vocational training and employment and later served as the Clinical Director for My Refuge House.
Heather Bland (ex-officio) is the CEO of My Refuge House. She is an experienced leader and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Illinois. Her professional philosophy is grounded in infusing hope and promoting resilience as a means to fully support individuals, families, teams, and communities that are moving toward realizing their potential. Click here for a more in-depth bio.
Yuen Chau has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets, both in public and private equity. He has worked extensively throughout the Asian region advising on capital market transactions and in investment management. His involvement with My Refuge House the past seven years has been as a volunteer, board member, and cheerleader (cartwheels and splits successfully attempted). Yuen has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Southern California.
Paula Dial is a CPA in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who has owned her own firm since 1998. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Accounting. She has worked with our Fashioned for Freedom event in Dallas, TX, which raises financial support and awareness for My Refuge House. Paula is a member of Irving Bible Church and lives with her husband Kevin and three children in Flower Mound, Texas.
Crystal Sprague has been with My Refuge House since 2009. She managed the initial build out of current My Refuge House facilities, hired key staff positions locally, and implemented the trauma-informed programs and approaches to care and rehabilitation that are currently in place in our home. Crystal worked and volunteered with multiple anti-trafficking organizations before joining My Refuge House, including International Justice Mission (IJM).
Lea F. Jocson, RSW, MPAG is a Philippine licensed social worker. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and Master’s in Public Administration and Governance at University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. She has various experiences in the field of social welfare and development. She is passionate in helping others. Her job experiences exposed her to different organizations dealing with various clients such as special children, alcoholic and substance abuse, victims of trafficking, sexually abused children, disadvantaged people and communities. She also had research experience at the University of Memphis, TN, USA as research assistant. She helped develop the research survey and coordinated contact with research site leadership. Prior joining MRH, she worked at IJM as social worker.
Florimae C. Velasco is a CPA-lawyer based in Cebu City, Philippines. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of DIADEM Terminal Maritime Services and Realty, Inc. (DIADEM), a logistics company fully-owned by Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR). She is a member of Christ Commission Fellowship where she is actively involved in the Music Ministry.