We’re changing the world
(and having a lot of fun doing it).

We’re a team of go-getters and dreamers who hustle to create big, audacious change in our community and the world. Below you’ll find some of the smiling faces behind Allies.

John Nehme

President & CEO

After leading Allies as a volunteer for three years, John managed the organization’s transition from a grassroots movement to a nonprofit in 2014. Under his leadership, Allies has supported thousands of trafficking survivors, successfully petitioned the Austin City Council to unanimously pass a slave-free city resolution, tripled the size of the Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and launched Lighthouse, an innovative software platform to identify victims and visualize data. John also forged a research partnership between Allies and the University of Texas, funded by the Texas Governor’s Office, and co-authored the groundbreaking study “Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence and Economic Impact for Texas”. He also serves as an expert witness in sex trafficking cases across Texas. John has a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, where he studied as an Ingram Scholar. He earned a Master of Political Economy from the University of Sydney in Australia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. His cross-sector experience serving marginalized communities informs his work building solutions that protect the most vulnerable while also addressing the root-cause, systemic causes of their vulnerability. Outside of work, John is a backyard chicken farmer. He and his wife Rachel enjoy spending time outdoors with their three children and are active in Austin’s faith community.

Torey Tipton

Managing Director

Torey is deeply passionate about seeking justice for all people, and leverages her experience as a professional in the social sector in pursuit of that goal. She joined the Allies Against Slavery team after learning about the immense problem human trafficking presents to society. Torey believes in the power of collaboration to influence change, the importance of innovation, and loves working on the Allies team in pursuit of the Slave-Free City vision. She brings both a breadth and depth of social sector experience and training including grant writing, board development, fundraising, policy research, policy development, public finance, and economics. Torey has a Master’s in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service and Bachelor’s in Political Science from Texas A&M University. She lives in Austin with her husband, Craig, and their dog Rory. 

Becky Austen

Lighthouse Director

Becky Austen is passionate about blending her business and technology expertise with nonprofit and civic engagement to drive community impact and systems change. As Lighthouse Director, Becky leads strategy, development and deployment of the Lighthouse portfolio with our technology and field partners. Becky came to Allies through the Leadership Austin Fellows program in 2019, where she was also a Social Venture Partner Fellow at Mission Capital. Becky previously worked at IBM, where she held a broad range of executive and leadership positions in sales education, marketing, strategy, business development, offering management and software development. Becky has served in leadership roles with numerous boards and committees, including the City of Austin Commission for Women, Impact Austin, Girlstart, Texas Advocacy Project, Austin Women in Technology, Girls Rock Austin and Austin Gifted. Becky is a graduate of Leadership Austin, Leadership Texas, and the UT McCombs School of Business Institute for Managerial Leadership, and has a BA in mathematics from Vassar College. Becky plays upright and electric bass in local bands, and enjoys traveling and hanging out with her husband Stacy and two daughters.

Grace Dai

Technical Manager

Grace joined the team to help manage the development of the Lighthouse platform after serving on the Allies’ Board of Directors since 2014. Grace has a strong technical background, graduating with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. However, a desire to round out her technical side took her to Columbia University, where she received her M.B.A. Her studies have led her abroad to France, where she began her career in telecommunications at Orange/France Telecom, working with teams in Europe, Africa and North America. Upon returning to the U.S., Grace moved on from telecommunications to software and internet applications, working for companies such as Amplify (a subsidiary of News Corporation, formerly Wireless Generation), The XO Group (formerly The Knot), and most recently, Thomson Reuters.  She has a heart for survivors of trafficking and served on the board of Restore NYC from 2010 to 2013.

Tally Jorn

Partnerships Manager

With the belief that we’re better when we work together, Tally serves as the Partnership Manager at Allies Against Slavery. She works alongside Lighthouse partners across the state to build community, support their success, and ultimately bring about lasting change for survivors. Prior to her work at Allies, Tally most recently convened community leaders and champions for early childhood education at The DoSeum, San Antonio’s Children’s Museum, as their Corporate Partnership and Events Manager. 
 
She brings a history of evidence-based study and trauma-informed research to the team, with a Masters of Social Work from The University of Texas. Her experience working with survivors of trauma and exploitation as a frontline social worker in emergency departments, experience as an anti-trafficking trainer across Central Texas, and passion for helping partners achieve their goals through collaboration and teamwork guide Tally on the road to success with Lighthouse partners.
 
With a love for travel and the outdoors, you can find her camping, rock-climbing, and running off to the mountains with her dog, Hatch, every chance she gets.

Quinn Kenney

Marketing Manager

Board

Kyle McDaniel, CPA | Chair

Kyle is the Chief Investment Officer at Corrigo, an innovative investment management firm. Kyle brings over 25 years of executive experience leading diverse teams, managing complex global investments and executing on strategy and risk assessments in the public, private and social sectors. He is motivated to protect the dignity and inherent value of every person, and he is passionate about serving alongside our team here at Allies.

Tim O’Hara | Vice Chair

Tim O’Hara is Iodine Software’s VP of Client Experience, leading corporate and customer strategy to maximize client acquisition, retention, and health. Tim was previously a senior vice president with Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, where he was responsible for business operations and customer success for a software division that served over 1,200 hospital clients throughout the United States. In addition, Tim enjoyed a long career at The Advisory Board Company in a variety of executive roles focused on delivering client value. Outside of work, Tim volunteers extensively with nonprofits in the health and human sector, serving on the boards of SAFE Alliance and Allies Against Slavery and as a Social Venture Partner with Mission Capital. Tim has degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated with the highest academic record, and the University of Virginia, where he graduated as a Jefferson Scholar.

Houston Slatton | Treasurer

Houston is a Senior Director with BluWave where he leads research and operations activities. Prior to BluWave, he was a management and strategy consultant at Bush Consulting Group, North Highland, and IBM, serving clients in the Financial Services and Media industries. Houston received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BSBA from Vanderbilt University. He is passionate about helping Allies Against Slavery protect freedom and dignity.

Sophia Strother | Member

Sophia is the Founder of Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition (EDKC), a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 and L2E Industries. EDKC manages a statewide awareness campaign on Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence titled #GETLOUDGETOUT. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness around domestic violence and sexual abuse led to being commissioned a “Yellow Rose of Texas Award” in 2016 which is given through the Office of the Governor to recognize women for their significant contributions to their communities’ and to Texas in the preservation of Texas history, the accomplishments of our present, and the building of the future. Sophia has authored two books “Sophia I’m Back” and “Taking My Life Back” 9-week Study Guide detailing her own journey of survival and helping others to overcome their adversities. Sophia enthusiastically exhibits her passion by aiding different organizations and ministries to raise sponsorship and grant dollars through live events that have raised over $3.5 million dollars benefitting social, education, and economic issues.

Sophia is a doctoral candidate at Liberty University focusing on Public Policy – diving into the intersectionality of race and sexual trauma. She holds an MBA in Marketing and a BSBA in Business Management from American International College. Simply put Sophia is a survivor thriving, restoration strategist, national advocate, and inspirational speaker.

Krista Endsley | Member

Krista Endsley is the Chief Executive Officer at LINQ and former Chief Executive Officer for Abila and Cantata Health, all private equity backed companies, with more than 20 years of experience in leading teams in the software industry for both large and mid-sized companies. LINQ serves the K-12 education sector, enabling administrators to delight their staff, parents and students. At Abila, formerly Sage Nonprofit Solutions, Krista served as the General Manager and Senior Vice President leading the transition from a business unit within an international conglomerate to an individual private company. Krista’s leadership blends analytical acuity with a warmth and determination to foster emergent talent, leadership and creativity in every individual. She is motivated by the passion of her team members. Combine that passionate leadership with more than 20 years experience in leading teams in the software industry for both large and mid-sized companies, and the result is the perfect recipe for employee engagement and high performance teams.

David Lawrence | Member

David Lawrence is an attorney and partner with Rigby Slack Lawrence Berger Akinc Pepper + Comerford, PLLC where he practices commercial litigation. David graduated with honors from both the University of Texas McCombs School of Business with a BBA in Finance and from The University of Texas School of Law. David was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2021 and as a Texas Rising Star by Thompson Reuters in 2012-2017. In 2021, David was named one of Austin’s Top Attorneys by Austin Monthly Magazine.

Throughout his nearly 20 year legal career, David has consistently provided pro bono legal services to individuals and non-profits. David’s dedication to pro bono legal service has been recognized several times, including being named the pro bono attorney of the year for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP’s Austin office. David first became involved with Allies by providing pro bono legal services and was later asked to join the Board where he continues to serve.

Tina Lee | Member

Tina has spent over 15 years working in the intersection of social good and technology by building impactful partnerships with global NGOs, foundations and the private sector. She currently leads Dropbox’s social impact efforts where she is supporting nonprofits that defend human rights around the world through the Dropbox Foundation, and strengthening employee engagement programs through volunteerism and product donation. Under Tina’s leadership, Dropbox launched the ESG program including its first sustainability goals.

Prior to Dropbox, Tina worked at a number of nonprofits including NetHope as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships where she developed public-private partnerships with large tech companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Box and Okta that wanted to help support the world’s largest nonprofits by solving the toughest humanitarian challenges including disaster response and refugee crises. Tina served as Senior Membership Officer at the Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of philanthropists and social investors to advance international causes. Tina has also contributed to pioneering efforts in impact investing by benchmarking Fortune 500 companies across environment, social and governance performance.

Tina holds a MBA, MA in International Policy and a BA in Asia-Pacific Studies. A transplanted Canadian living in San Francisco, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area and chasing after her two young sons.

Kathy Smith-Willman | Member

Kathy spent 20+ years working for Austin technology start-ups, but her career has spanned various industries — education, entrepreneurism, and human resources. Most recently, she was the Senior Director of People & Talent for Bazaarvoice, a leading software company in Austin. She served in a leadership role in human resources with a focus on employee relations, HR business partnerships, and corporate culture and giving. Kathy was the driving force behind Bazaarvoice’s employee engagement and community involvement.

Kathy’s commitment and desire to help others has remained constant throughout her career. In 2011, Kathy was instrumental in founding the Bazaarvoice Foundation, dedicated to motivating and propelling the next generation of entrepreneurial youth. Her corporate experience spans shepherding Bazaarvoice through an IPO, along with a number of acquisitions, and the opening of numerous domestic and international offices with 3 different technology firms. In 2015, Kathy was asked to participate in a SXSW panel focused on Social Good, entitled: “Elevate: How Businesses & Entrepreneurs are Taking Social Good to the Next Level.”

Kathy is now retired from corporate life and, when she isn’t doing volunteer work, she enjoys reading, Pilates, spinning and exercise walking. She was the board chair of I Live Here I Give Here and is current Board Chair of Red Oak Austin. She and her husband Chad enjoy motorcycle trips.

 
John Nehme | President