Board Of Directors

Karen Cody  –  President

Karen Kay Cody is an Actor/Singer/Teacher, her career spanning 35 years, performing at the Seattle Rep, ACT, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Denver Center Theatre Co., The Kennedy Center Theatre in Washington D.C. and on Broadway in the 1996 Tony Award winning play “Master Class”. Karen has provided voice talent in over 300 radio and TV commercials and CD rom games and has taught acting and musical theatre at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Powerful Schools program, The Northwest School, Stage Struck and currently teaches with Sing Out Seattle. Karen has been active on many boards, serving as President at Cascade Middle School, Mt. Rainier High School and the Highline Council PTSA. Karen is proud to serve as a volunteer on the Seattle Police Department Victim Support Team, providing resources and assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Leslie Briner, MSW – Vice President

Leslie Briner has worked in the field of direct services with children, youth and families for twenty years.  She began working in programs serving: families experiencing homelessness, youth with developmental disabilities, youth in the foster care system and, since 2005, has worked with commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth.  In the past decade she has designed, implemented and directed services for sexually exploited and trafficked youth.  First, as the Program Director of Youth Services at Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE), in San Francisco, CA and then as the Associate Director of Residential Services for the Bridge Program at YouthCare in Seattle, WA.  Leslie has developed training, as well as a Train the Trainer, on the topics of sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth and has, to date, trained over 5000 people as well as providing substantial technical assistance and consultation on these issues in Washington State and across the country. 

Currently, Leslie operates Notes from the Ground, a training and consulting practice based in Seattle, Washington.   She is also the part-time Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare and she teaches social work at the University of Washington, School of Social Work.  Ms. Briner is originally from the San Francisco, Bay Area.  She relocated to Seattle in 2007 and holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington, School of Social Work.

Jennifer D. Larsen, MBA, MSOD – Secretary

Jennifer has 19 years of diversified experience in Information Technology at the Boeing Company. Her educational highlights include a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University (2014), a MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology (2010), and being a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaching Federation (2016). She is an alumna from the inaugural class for the three-year Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program at Boeing (2013), and a 1 year IT Leadership Development Program (2008). Jennifer currently works in an Information Security organization at the Boeing Company.

Jennifer has passion around People, Inclusion and Diversity, Process Improvement/LEAN, Root Cause Analysis, Organizational Development, Business Operations, and Strategy. Jennifer has extensive experience volunteering on corporate level Diversity Councils and Mentoring Programs. She is also a mentor and life/career coach for nonprofit and community members. Her main volunteering pursuits are for the annual The Pride Foundation volunteer (11 yrs), and as a board member for OPS, the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (3 yrs) currently as the board secretary in Seattle, WA.

Roderick Boatner –  Treasurer

GENERAL BOARD

Alisa Bernard

As a survivor of prostitution, Alisa understands firsthand that prostitution and trafficking are systemic societal problems negatively changing the lives of women, children and men. Alisa is a powerful public speaker and educator who regularly presents at engagements in the region on the topics of prostitution and trafficking related trauma, victim identification, mentoring, women’s equality, men’s accountability, and gender socialization as it relates to gender based violence. She is heavily involved within OPS, SWIFT and the King County CEASE network core team. Alisa maintains a reputation for being a prolific writer and an activist in favor of adopting the Nordic model of dealing with prostitution as a form of gender based violence. She holds membership in a national honors society and is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree with plans to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology. Her eventual goal is to create a modern and holistic therapeutic treatment model for victims of sexual trauma. She lives in beautiful South Seattle with her husband and 2 dogs.

Easton Branam

Easton is an Army combat veteran and urban designer who joined the OPS Board in 2014. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Landscape Architecture. She studied the Nordic Model extensively and has published and presented on the impacts of prostitution policy on public space and equity.

Ed Burke

Kaylee DiMaggio

Kaylee works in the domestic violence field, and is currently at the Seattle Police Departments’ Victim Support Team (VST), as the Volunteer Supervisor. Kaylee joined the Organization for Prostitution Survivors on the ground floor in 2012. She worked as a staff member in a variety of capacities, until joining the board in 2014. The mission and vision of OPS line up with her values and lifelong goals of working to uproot gender based violence. Over the past 5 years, Kaylee cannot believe how immensely OPS has grown, and she is proud to continue serving. Kaylee lives in Columbia City with her husband, and loves to cook and share meals with community.

Alan Merrihew

Alan volunteers with two non-profit organizations focused on fighting Sex Trafficking and Human Slavery: The Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and Seattle Against Slavery. He a core team member of the OPS Male Allyship program that sponsors a groundbreaking 10-week Sex Buyer Intervention program called “Stopping Sexual Exploitation: A Program For Men.”  Alan also volunteers with the Mankind Project (MKP).  MKP offers experiential training and leadership programs for men, supporting men to develop, refine and live missions of service in the world.  He is a former Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters and still stays in regular contact with his former Little Brother.  He is also a former board member for the Global Technology Academy at Garfield High School in Seattle.

Alan spent over 27 years in the IT industry managing Technical Sales, Business Development, and Software Development for Cloud Computing, Data Analysis, and Government computing architectures.He is an accomplished composer and saxophonist and is the owner of Saxophone Insights, a saxophone accessory boutique in Seattle that offers personal consultation specializing in saxophone mouthpiece measurement, analysis & testing.

Nicholas Oakley

Nicholas is an Associate Attorney at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of criminal, family, juvenile law. He also serves as a Part-time Lecturer in the University of Washington School of Law’s Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic, of which he is also an alumnus.  Nicholas has worked in the past on the development of a statewide protocol for responding to and serving commercially sexually exploited youth with the Center for Children and Youth Justice and was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the former soviet republic of Georgia.

Angie Schleck

Angie is an associate attorney at Wood Smith Henning & Berman, where she practices in various areas of civil litigation. Angie is a former prosecutor with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, where she practiced in criminal law. She has lived in Seattle her entire life and attended the University of Washington for both her undergraduate degree and her J.D. In her spare time, Angie also volunteers at Planned Parenthood. 
 
 
 
Naomi True 
 
Naomi is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctorate program. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working towards her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Naomi will provide affordable, accessible, quality mental health care services in a multi-disciplinary, community-based healthcare setting for survivors of prostitution.