Founder of WPC Nepal
Ms. Lila Ghising, Seattle, WA
Ms. Lila Ghising has more than 15 years of experience working with women and children in social services. She has provided advocacy and program management for various social services organizations both domestically and abroad. She has focused on rehabilitating, advocating and educating the survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. During that time, she passionately strived for the rescue of women and children. In Nepal in 2001, she founded the (Women’s Protection Center / नारी संरक्षण केन्द्र). Over 600 women and children have been helped through this organization.
Ms. Ghising obtained her BA Degree in Bangalore, India, and Masters Degree in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship (MASCE) at Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington.
Board of Directors:
Melissa Moffett, Tacoma, WA
Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Melissa Moffett graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1994 with a major in English and minor in Asian Studies which she then utilized for the next three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Her initial post with the Peace Corps was in a remote village teaching English as a second language and training local teachers. Later, she worked at the National Center for Educational Development in Kathmandu as a trainer of teacher trainers where she helped establish the curriculum for teacher education programs, national exam questions, and programs used by all Peace Corps teachers in Nepal. She obtained a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington Tacoma and currently teaches Humanities at Industrial Design, Engineering, and Art School (IDEA). In addition to her already demanding job, Melissa coordinates the Service and Study Tour Program for both IDEA and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) and has led numerous student groups to Nepal to volunteer with the WPC safe home, among other things. Melissa is a human rights advocate who actively teaches human trafficking awareness and prevention to her students both in class and through experiences in Nepal. Her understanding of Nepali culture and language are assets to the Board.
C.J. Grove, Bothell, WA
C.J. Grove graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2005 and completed a master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington in 2007. C.J. is a registered professional engineer in Washington State and currently works as a transportation engineer for HNTB Corporation.
Mr. Grove has volunteered with Key Club and Circle K, the high school and college level Kiwanis clubs, and is an active member of Every Nation Church Seattle. He has helped organize humanitarian project campaigns with the Go 2 Guys and traveled with them to the Women’s Protection Center Safe Home in Hetauda, Nepal in 2012 to evaluate building project needs.
Noah Fletcher, Seattle, WA
Noah Fletcher is a senior manager in West Monroe Partners’ Operations Excellence practice in Seattle. As well as helping Friends of WPC analyze financial resources, his expertise helps create business partnerships.
Noah is passionate about helping fight human trafficking. He says, “I think human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices within our society today and one that Christians should be passionate about battling. I love the mission of WPC and how it is taking a massive problem and focusing its impact on transforming lives for a specific group. I would love to be engaged in continuing to amplify the impact to change the course of lives for young women in Nepal.”
Jennifer Schauer, Seattle, WA
Jennifer Schauer stumbled upon WPC back in 2013 when looking for a partner organization to provide pro bono project work with a central mission of eliminating human trafficking. She proved her ability while living in Nepal working along our team to develop a new awareness program that educates rural communities on trafficking techniques and warning signs. Now, she actively supports our corporate direction through board membership.
As a Chicago-Native, Jennifer was drawn to the West Coast in search of lush greenery and climbable mountains. She spends most of her free time in the Cascades exploring new terrain. Professionally she is currently a Senior Consultant for West Monroe Partners, where she utilizes her project management skillset for various technical and strategic efforts. Shortly she will be attending University of Washington’s Evans School to obtain her MPA with a concentration in International Development, Nonprofit Leadership & Poverty Alleviation.
Steve Reynolds, Puyallup, WA
Steve Reynolds has worked with World Vision for over 33 years, including 12 years overseas, in Africa and Asia. Early in his career, he was involved with many of World Vision’s emergency relief responses, beginning with the Ethiopia Famine of 1984-85, where more than 1 million people starved to death as a result of drought and conflict.
Through his work with World Vision, Steve has seen first-hand the devastating physical and psychological effects of trafficking and exploitation. “Human trafficking is now the second largest criminal activity in the world, second only to the drug trade,” he said. “I am committed to doing all I can to see this tragedy come to an end.”
Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Regent University and is currently Director of Advocacy Mobilization for World Vision United States. In this role, Steve works with churches, organizations and individuals to advocate for poor and marginalized people around the world.
Steve lives in Puyallup with his wife, Nancy. They have three grown children.
Nicole Williams, Seattle, WA
Nicole Williams started volunteering with the annual auction for Friends of Women’s Protection Center Nepal in 2015 when she moved to Seattle. One night, while working late writing the auction catalog in 2016, she felt a strong internal pull to get more personally invested in the work against human trafficking, which led her to take on various staff roles in the Seattle office. Since that time, she has seen the work of the safe home in Nepal firsthand and consistently motivates others to contribute to this important mission. Her favorite part of the work is seeing the loving, healed hearts of the young women who live in the home.
Before her work with Friends of WPC Nepal, Nicole taught high school English in NC and then served as a lead administrator in a church in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years. She holds a Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys serving international communities. Her work promoting the fundraising efforts is the most fulfilling and exciting job that she has held to date.
Sarah Longino, Renton, WA
Sarah Longino attended Western Washington University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2010. She previously worked at a Marketing technology firm in Seattle for 4 years. In Spring 2017, she was inspired to volunteer with Friends of WPC shortly after learning about the rising epidemic of human trafficking activities in not only other countries, but in the city of Seattle as well. She helped with the 2017 Hope for Freedom Gala and also volunteered for 3 months at the WPC safe home in Nepal where she helped coordinate the completion of the new safe home. After getting to know the kids and seeing the dedication of the WPC Nepal staff, she was even more motivated to promote the efforts of Friends of WPC. She started working as an Administrative Assistant in March 2018 and continues to volunteer.
Dr. Nancy Murphy, D.Min/LMHC, Northwest Family Life
Pastor Perry Burkholder, Every Nation Church, Seattle, WA
Mr. Atul Regmi, Nepali Community, Seattle, WA
Ed Moersch, Puyallup, WA
Pro-bono legal assistance provided by a prestigious law firm of Seattle – K&L Gates LLP, Seattle, Washington.
Note: Women’s Protection Center in Nepal and Friends of WPC Nepal are separate and independent organizations. Friends of WPC Nepal uses its funds to support programs that help victims of human trafficking, most notably programs operated by the Women’s Protection Center of Hetauda, Nepal.