MW-HAT has been so fortunate to welcome new board members that each bring an insurmountable amount of insight and talent. Let us introduce them…

Daniel Russell Hope Against Trafficking board member

Daniel Russell, Sr Vice President, DEM Group LLC “Set goals every day, lead by example and inspire others.” Daniel Russell’s philosophy on life translates seamlessly to his career.  He sees the potential in everyone he meets and knows that each person can make a positive impact. He believes in the importance of offering new ideas and exceeding client expectations. He is responsible for sales, marketing, recruiting and management of the sales team.  He also secures new business opportunities for the organization and leads the transition of new clients into the company.  He also helps to establish affinity business relationships with other business partners. Before joining DEM Group, he was an Assistant Vice President for Wachovia Bank in the mortgage lending division and an Assistant vice president/branch manager for Wells Fargo, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations; he was also an Assistant Vice  President with National City Mortgage, where he handled residential mortgage lending. Throughout his career, he has received numerous sales awards.  He attended Michigan State University and majored in organizational communications.  Dan also played football and ran track while he was a student at Michigan State University. Currently, he is Head Coach of the Cranbrook Kingswood High School Varsity Track Team and is a Coach for Cranbrook Kingswood’s High School Varsity Football and Basketball Teams. He also coaches the Michigan Storm AAU girl’s basketball team. Dan sits on the Board for the International Visitors Council of Detroit where they host hundreds of visitors a year from around the globe to the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Dan serves on the board for Covenant House of Detroit a homeless shelter for

Before joining DEM Group, he was an Assistant Vice President for Wachovia Bank in the mortgage lending division and an Assistant vice president/branch manager for Wells Fargo, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations; he was also an Assistant Vice  President with National City Mortgage, where he handled residential mortgage lending. Throughout his career, he has received numerous sales awards.  He attended Michigan State University and majored in organizational communications.  Dan also played football and ran track while he was a student at Michigan State University. Currently, he is Head Coach of the Cranbrook Kingswood High School Varsity Track Team and is a Coach for Cranbrook Kingswood’s High School Varsity Football and Basketball Teams. He also coaches the Michigan Storm AAU girl’s basketball team. Dan sits on the Board for the International Visitors Council of Detroit where they host hundreds of visitors a year from around the globe to the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Dan serves on the board for Covenant House of Detroit a homeless shelter for

Dan sits on the Board for the International Visitors Council of Detroit where they host hundreds of visitors a year from around the globe to the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Dan serves on the board for Covenant House of Detroit a homeless shelter for at-risk youth in the metropolitan Detroit area. He also serves on the Oakland Next board of directors which is an initiative of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson aimed at focusing on the next generation of leaders in Oakland County.

Finally, Dan serves as a Board Member for Winning Futures an award-winning nonprofit that empowers students through life skills and mentoring programs throughout Southeast Michigan. He is also a graduate of the ministry training school at Mt. Zion in Clarkston. When Dan isn’t working and coaching he enjoys spending time with his wife and six children. They enjoy all types of sports activities and love to travel.

Lexie Schwarze

Lexie Schwarze is the Life Impact Director with Woodside Bible Church. Over Hope Against Trafficking board memberthe past 10 years, she has been able to take a brand-new mission ministry with a part-time staff of 1, to today a staff of 4 serving 14 campuses, with over 11,000 attendees weekly, 45 international missionaries, 5 global partnerships, 2 orphanages with over 100 children, and 5 local ministries.

Her passion for human trafficking started 6 years ago, during a layover in Bangkok, Thailand.  She saw firsthand the red-light district where the very young being sold, she vowed to help stop the injustice of children being sold for sex.  Upon returning to the states she became aware of the numbers sold into human trafficking here in the states.  With a local focus in mind, she helped start Unshackled – a Voice for the Voiceless.

Before devoting working full time in ministry, she worked in the Television, Advertising and the hotel industry with The Ritz-Carlton as an Executive Sales Manager.  Her dual degree in Marketing and Computer Science are used every day as she continues to find creative ways to be that voice for those not allowed to speak.

Lexie lives with her husband, Fred and three sons in Lake Orion Michigan.