Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Lynch is the owner and president of the William D. Lynch Company and the founder and chairman of the board for the William D. Lynch Foundation for Children, founded in 1989. William Lynch has been an active member of the greater San Diego area for almost 40 years. His philanthropic focus has been education and children. He has contributed time and resources to many organizations throughout the community and received numerous recognitions including “Man of the Year” from the San Diego Nice Guys and the “Champion for Children Award” from the San Diego County Office for Education.
Mr. Lynch’s impact and contributions extend far beyond Southern California. The William D. Lynch Foundation for Children’s (Foundation) mission is to organize, motivate and support the care and education of children. One of the organizations Mr. Lynch helped form was the Reading Recovery Council of North America founded in 1996. The Reading Recovery program is recognized as one of the most effective programs for at-risk readers. That program is now in every state and in over 8,000 schools and 20 universities.
Recently, the Foundation has expanded its commitment to care for children by partnering with law enforcement to stop child sex trafficking. The efforts of the Foundation include education, prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation.
Suzi is the quarterback for all team efforts of the foundation. Her focus is on maintaining and building brand partnerships, community relationships, and planning all aspects of fundraising events. Additionally, she oversees the foundation's social media and marketing and keeps it in-sync with the foundation's mission, which is to fight child sex trafficking in San Diego through education, victim services, and assisting law enforcement in locating and recovering runaways with help of Saved In America.
Brooke Mosteller Burris, Esq.
East Coast Regional Director
Brooke ensures the Foundation's efforts are maximized, efficient, and collaborative. She worked for the Foundation in San Diego as the Director of Policy and moved to Chapel Hill, NC, to start the East Coast branch in North and South Carolina in July 2017.
Brooke clerked at the South Carolina Supreme Court for the Chief Counsel to the Honorable Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, drafting opinions and engaging judicial policy and access to justice. She was first introduced to the human trafficking epidemic as a law clerk at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office Criminal Prosecution Division.
In 2013, Brooke was Miss South Carolina and Miss America's Miss Congeniality. A licensed attorney, she earned her law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law, receiving honors for her dissertation on health policy. She graduated cum laude from Furman University with a BA in Political Science.
Lani Lutar is president of Responsible Solutions, LLC, a public affairs firm specializing in advocacy, coalition building and government relations. She has more than 15 years of experience in public policy analysis, business development, strategic marketing and media relations. Prior to establishing Responsible Solutions, Lutar led three respected local non-profit organizations as CEO/Executive Director over a period of ten years: San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Equinox Center and the Asian Business Association of San Diego.
Lutar is chairwoman of One San Diego and serves on the boards of San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the advisory boards for the Pacific Arts Movement (formerly the San Diego Asian Film Foundation), Asian Business Association of San Diego, and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Group.
Lutar’s editorials and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Voice of San Diego and San Diego Business Journal. She earned a Master of Pacific International Affairs degree from the University of California, San Diego and graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Psychology.
Carissa Phelps, Runaway Girl, Inc's founder and CEO, strives for social impact. She is a licensed attorney, author, trainer, consultant, and small business owner. Carissa's fearless leadership in the survivor community has led to an increased level of awareness among communities, as well as improved legislation and responses to human trafficking victims, especially children. In 2012, Carissa founded Runaway Girl, Inc., a training company that offers survivor-led experiential trainings to individuals and communities. Runaway Girl, Inc. has offered hope to survivors through opportunities to lead in their own communities. As a social purpose corporation, the company has a charitable purpose to improve outcomes and create opportunities for runaway and homeless youth. Carissa's inspiring memoir Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time, has been instrumental in changing countless hearts and minds. In 2008, she co-produced the award winning short documentary that took her back to the streets where she was trafficked at 12 years old. Her memoir and film are used as tools to train and teach by organizations worldwide. In 2007, Carissa earned both a Juris Doctorate and MBA from UCLA. In 2010, she was named one of the top 100 inspirational graduates by UCLA Anderson School of Management. She holds a BA in mathematics summa cum laude from Fresno State, and in 2013 she was celebrated as a Top Dog by the university. Carissa lives on the Central Coast of California, where she creates and contributes to positive impact businesses as a social entrepreneur.