Mike Nowlin | Executive Director
Mike Nowlin comes to the role with extensive professional qualifications; he has a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology & Sociology from Hope College-Holland, Michigan. He has completed certificate programs in Global Mental Health and Recovery from Harvard University, Human Services Management from the Ohio State University, and Leadership and Biblical Studies from Vineyard Leadership Institute.
Mike brings to the US role his extensive networks in the non-profit sector, executive experience leading more than 100 staff across Hagar’s complex Cambodian operations, as well as a deep understanding of Hagar’s unique trauma-informed recovery model. “I am honored that the Board has given me the opportunity to lead the US operations. It is a critical time for Hagar to secure new donors and funding partnerships that will allow an expansion of Hagar’s work rebuilding broken lives. Hagar has a new 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and I want to ensure that we can deliver on those ambitious plans to support more survivors of abuse and exploitation,” says Nowlin.
Mike brings a wealth of sector expertise and experience to the role after serving as Executive Director, Hagar Cambodia since the beginning of 2016. He has two decades’ experience in child and family protection including three years in senior leadership roles with Hagar Cambodia, based in Phnom Penh. Mike Nowlin will be transitioning from his Hagar Cambodia role to the Hagar USA position over the next eight weeks, taking up the Hagar USA role permanently from July 5, 2017.
Jennifer Valliant | Communications Specialist
Jennifer is a graduate of Montreat College’s Bible and Religion department. Her studies focused on youth ministry and business administration. She comes to the organisation with two years experience of living with women and discipling those around her.
Jennifer came to Hagar in August of 2016 as the part-time Communications Specialist. She has long desired to work alongside and participate with an organisation that is passionate about helping people who have been used and abused. Jennifer is eager to be a part of bringing wholeness and healing to people who are hurting.