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Meet the Board

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Roger Rumer


"My wife and I have been blessed with two daughters; when Mala and Greg Malstead visited our church in 2011, I was motivated to serve Freedom Firm when I realized that 'there but for the grace of God' they could have been in need of rescue."

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Amy Swanson

Amy brings to the board a wealth of experience in education and ministry in cross-cultural settings, following more than 25 years of teaching in secondary schools both in the US and abroad.  Amy has also been involved with anti-trafficking organizations for over 15 years. 

She and her husband volunteered with Freedom Firm in India over 11 years ago.  Ever since, Amy has continued to support Freedom Firm because of her sincere desire to see God's redemptive love and justice restore hope and joy to each precious girl that is rescued. 

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Gaye Shepherd

"Freedom Firm believes in the intrinsic value of every girl in India, especially those disregarded.  Through tireless effort, one-on-one support, they work to elevate the lives of those needfully rescued from ruinous girl at a time...with no effort being too large."

Gaye has had an enriching career in rehabilitation service as a physical therapist.  Her deepest joys and laughter have sprung from raising two cherished daughters.  Her life is a continual reformation only by God’s grace and mercy.

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Greg Malstead

Board Member Ex Oficio

Greg, an attorney, established IJM’s first overseas office in Mumbai in 2000. He assisted in the prosecution of more than 180 perpetrators and successfully attained convictions in 6 groundbreaking cases. After serving with IJM for five years, the Malsteads were eager to engage in the restoration of the girls in a deeper way. The Malsteads founded Freedom Firm in Ooty, Tamil Nadu in 2006. Together they pioneered anti-trafficking work across India, working to bring restoration to countless victims and strengthening legal systems to fight exploitation.

They now live in rural Kentucky and continue to actively support Freedom Firm USA.

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Evan Henck
Vice President

"Freedom Firm's work is so real, tangible and necessary. Once you have seen these girls faces and seen them go from bondage to freedom, it is hard to imagine not trying to help." 


Evan and Leah met at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia where they studied law and business respectively before serving with Freedom Firm in India for 7 years. Evan managed the field work in Maharashtra while Leah co-founded Ruhamah Designs, a jewelry making micro-enterprise for rescued women. Evan is currently the Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney in Grayson County, Virginia. 

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Margie Gardner

"I joined the Freedom Firm board because I believe in fighting for the marginalized. God has called us to rescue us the weak and needy; to deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Ps 82:3-4). The young women that have fallen into sex trafficking desperately needs our help!


First and foremost, I am a child of God and a Jesus follower. I have an amazing husband, Jack, two children and four beautiful grandchildren. For the past 20+ years, I have worked for non-profit organizations. I am currently employed at Grace Church in Fayetteville, GA. As the director of operations for Grace, I serve on the church leadership team, oversee all church operations and streamlining processes for the ministry teams."

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Anne-Nicole Walters

"Fighting oppression to restore identity and hope is always worth the effort. I believe in Freedom Firm’s combined approach of rescue, justice and restoration done in partnership with locals to create a real chance for long term change." 


Brian R

Brian and Erica have always had a heart for the marginalized. After helping families adopt children from China, they adopted a son from India. They spent many years in outreach to college students and built friendships with many Indians. During this time they became familiar with Freedom Firm and have supported the work and ministry of loving the broken through practical help and walking alongside those in need.

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Mala Malstead

Board Member Ex Oficio

Mala Malstead, an American, was born in Kolkata, India in 1970. She spent her first three years in Kolkata and then aboard Operation Mobilization's ocean-going ship. Living and attending school aboard the Logos, Mala experienced over 40 different countries before she turned 10 years old. The family moved to the US in 1980. When she was eighteen, Mala first heard about child sex-trafficking as a senior in highshool (1988). An Indian friend of the family who worked with women in the red-light district in Kolkata, told her about young girls who were sold and forced into sexual slavery. Deeply concerned about this injustice, she vowed to work in India after finishing college.


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