Christi, Arcadia’s founder and executive director, is originally from Pampa, Texas, but she now calls Fort Worth home. Christi spent most of her time as a professional practicing trauma/critical care nursing, in both pediatric and adult settings. She has always been driven by a passion to care for those in crisis.
She also is devoted to building up the community and helping those around her. This particular passion led her to co-found Domeo Construction with her husband, Joel. The company strives to provide ethical construction and contracting services that create innovative spaces aimed at the betterment of the city.
These two combined aspirations led Christi to India.
On their venture to India for an orphanage construction project, Christi and her husband, Joel, discovered the heart-breaking reality of sex trafficking. Upon return to Texas, they learned that sex trafficking is extremely prevalent here in DFW. They knew they had to do something about it.
Through finding ways to serve and help with this problem, Christi discovered that while most aid helps remove girls from trafficking, there isn’t much assistance in the form of helping them to maintain a healthy life in the following years. Because of this, most girls return right back to their previous situation. By leading the charge with Arcadia North Texas, Christi hopes to spread awareness and provide the crucial care that girls need upon being rescued from trafficking situations.
Christi is both professionally and personally familiar with trauma and crisis, but she has also witnessed and experienced the power of redemption. These experiences are integral to the formation of Arcadia as well.
Finally, at her core, Christi desires to cultivate meaningful relationships and serve as a change-agent in her community.
Where past experiences, passion, and vision come together–Arcadia is the result.
Brandon Chase is First Vice President, Investments for Beacon Hill Wealth Services of Raymond James in Fort Worth. He is a Certified Financial Planner Professional (CFP®), and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™). He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Christian University. Brandon is a past Chairman of the Board of Camp Fire First Texas, and a past Board member for Gill Children's Services. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Project 4031, as Chair of the Board Development Committee for Camp Fire, and on the Spiritual Life Committee for Southwest Christian School.
Brandon is a diehard Texas Rangers and TCU fan, and in his free time enjoys golf, CrossFit, and traveling to unique worldwide destinations. He is a self-published author and writer at www.brandonchase.net. Brandon is married to his high school sweetheart, Marie, and they have two daughters: McKinley and Delaney. Brandon and Marie love coaching their volleyball teams.
Joel is the owner of Domeo Construction in Fort Worth along with his wife, Christi. Domeo Construction serves clients in the DFW metroplex in commercial construction with a passion for building with a purpose.
Joel has an Associates degree in design from Amarillo College. In addition, Joel also attended the University of North Texas for Construction Engineering where he was Cum Laude and the founding president of the National Home Building Association student chapter of UNT.
His career led him across the world in 2014, when Joel was approached to design an orphanage in India. On that trip, his heart was broken for the girls and the sex trafficking industry that many of the innocent fall victim to. The orphanage that was being planned would prevent 200 girls from this fate.
This trip also led to research by Joel and his wife to understand the trafficking that was happening in our area and identify the missing link to victims’ healing. Through this research Joel and Christi discovered the lack of available long-term treatment that is necessary for recovery.
Joel serves Arcadia as the construction and design specialist, and his team at Domeo Construction will oversee the design and build of Arcadia.
Joel and his wife Christi have four amazing children that keep them very busy. They love to spend time as a family, and they enjoy sharing memorable adventures together!
Dr. Vanessa Bouché is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. In 1999, as a junior in college, Dr. Bouché read The Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen, founder of the International Justice Mission, and it changed her life. In 2003, she spent a summer interning at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala where she witnessed minor sex trafficking first hand during a midnight “tour” of the worst zones of Guatemala City with Casa Alianza. In 2007, during her Ph.D. program, after having read almost every book published on human trafficking to date and recognizing the need for sound empirical research on the issue, she decided to use her newly-gained empirical skills to study human trafficking with analytical rigor to offer data-driven solutions. And that is basically what she has been doing for the last decade.
Dr. Bouché has been the principle investigator of a number of federal grants on human trafficking from the Department of Justice and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is the principle investigator of HumanTraffickingData.org, an open-source, searchable database of federal human trafficking cases in the U.S., and she is expanding this database to include cases prosecuted in India. Dr. Bouché consults with several anti-trafficking organizations and has conducted trauma-informed surveys of victims and survivors in both the U.S. and Honduras.
She has a B.A. from Columbia University, a M.P.Aff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She previously worked as a threat analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Dr. Bouché and her husband, Noel--who is also her high school sweetheart--believe strongly that their first act of justice is at home. They have two daughters who they endeavor to empower with the thousand small choices they make every day to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly." They find that the most difficult part of this is modeling it themselves!
Nick Stanley serves as Outreach Director for Congresswoman Kay Granger in the 12th U.S. Congressional District in Texas. Stanley oversees all community outreach initiatives on behalf of Congresswoman Granger. Kay Granger is currently serving her 11th term as the Representative of the 12th District of Texas, which encompasses one of the most vibrant and fastest growing congressional districts in the nation. As a representative of Congresswoman Granger, Nick meets regularly with constituents, elected officials, non-profits and company executives to determine their legislative and non-legislative priorities. As Outreach Director, he works alongside community leaders, local elected officials, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to work towards overcoming a number of issues, such as human trafficking, homelessness, domestic violence and elder abuse.
Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Nick worked in the oil and gas industry as an independent oil and gas broker. He is a native of Arlington, Texas, and a graduate of Texas Tech University where he studied Political Science, Government and Psychology.
James graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Business Management before earning his law degree at the University of Houston. After receiving his law degree, James spent several years as a prosecutor at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. Now, James is the owner and founder of Luster Law Firm, PLLC.
In addition to his overall general knowledge of various legal issues, James’ specific experience in the criminal justice system gives him an understanding of the legal framework through which many victims of human trafficking are discovered and rescued.
James and his wife Carlotta are the proud parents of two children, and are members of The Hills Church in Fort Worth.