Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.
Brandi Jude - President
Brandi is a veteran and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to service. Throughout her time in the service, she had the opportunity to serve abroad in Iraq and Germany. Brandi received many awards such as; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal. She has a range of insight about people and social issues that have a local, national, and global impact. She dares to take risks, meet new challenges, and most importantly, capitalize on her personal strengths.
These qualities brought Brandi back to ND to start-up the non-profit, Invisible Innocence, which focuses on the human trafficking. Brandi continues to pursue many opportunities to enrich her competency and proficiency to combating human trafficking; while attributing to Invisible Innocence’s success such as;
- Serves on the AG Human Trafficking Commission’s training sub-committee.
- Women's Leadership Alumni
- Member of Centurion Toastmasters Club
- Founding Member of BisMan Power of 100
- Serves on Bismarck MDT
In her spare time, Brandi thrives in testing her limits as a human being in travel, work, and activities with her loved ones.
Sommer Jacob - Interim Vice President
Sommer Jacob is a passionate entrepreneur, mother, daughter, wife, mentor, mentee and life-long learner who enjoys cultivating success in others. She is the C.E.O./President and co-owner of Northland Concrete & Excavation, Inc., a company she co-established ten years ago. She uses her abilities to strategize and cultivate culture to continually improve the processes and efficiency of her team, while providing a family-style atmosphere, where employees are supported and encouraged to grow both personally and professionally. Sommer is also the owner of Studio North, a branding boutique, where she has paired her business knowledge and experience, with her background in design and marketing to help other business owners brand their businesses with authenticity and integrity. A design junkie and brand consultant with over 20 years experience, she is highly regarded for her ability to create visual brands and specializes in helping women entrepreneurs to not only attract more ideal clients, but build a brand that they love.
In her spare time, Sommer enjoys helping others empower themselves and watching their success in addition to continually learning, spending time with friends and family, and giving back to her community. Sommer has served on several board of directors and been a member of many philanthropical projects over the years. Listed below are a few organizations she's a part of;
- Founding Member of BisMan 100
- Member of Bismarck-Mandan Women’s Entrepreneur group
- Women’s Leadership Program Alumni
- Member of Bismarck-Mandan Chamber
- North Dakota Certified Women Owned Business
Stacy Hall – Treasurer
Stacy Hall is currently employed at Starion Bank as the Chief Information Officer/Chief Operations Officer. In his role at Starion Bank, Hall is primarily responsible for the overall administration of the bank’s technology, accounting and operations teams. He provides vision and insight into the development of the business strategy for the operation and technology of the bank, demonstrates leadership and expertise for technology initiatives and assists in attaining established operational goals.
Hall has used his strengths in strategic vision in his 15 years of banking experience to excel as a divisional information officer, business process manager, project manager, compliance officer, operations officer and general lender. He is a certified project manager and attended the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hall’s ability to see through clutter and put many different perspectives together will help Invisible Innocence in the startup and ongoing operations of their mission. His background in finance and operational support provide the knowledge to support Invisible Innocence as their treasurer.
Hall earned his Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wyoming – Laramie and his Masters of Business Administration in technology management from the University of Phoenix and post graduate degree from the Pacific Coast School of Banking.
Kaitlin Bohlander - Secretary
Kaitlin Bohlander is a native resident of Bismarck. In 2013, she earned her BA in Business Administration from Dickinson State University. Kaitlin is a series 7 and 63 licensed financial representative with Thrivent Financial. With the client’s input, Kaitlin enjoys putting together the puzzle of finance so her clients can wisely invest their money to reach their individual financial goals. She takes pride in tailoring her approach to best suit each person’s individual needs, based on their background and where they want to go in the future.
Kaitlin is knowledgeable in the ways that women’s’ financial details can be unique, and is attentive to those differences when creating and explaining financial strategies. With a positive outlook, she loves to celebrate successes, but also has an empathetic drive to hear the unvoiced questions and needs of those she works for.
To date, Kaitlin has participated in three Habitat for Humanity International Builds in El Salvador, and has greatly valued the ability to see the world through a different perspective. Kaitlin is passionate about traveling, feminists’ issues, coffee, and rules of etiquette. After a long day, Kaitlin enjoys cuddling up to her cat named Sir Winston Purrrchill. She believes that, no matter the setbacks, one must never lost one’s sense of humor, and is always quick to offer a smile or a joke.
Jenise Wilson was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. Her ND roots have kept her grounded, and helped her realized the desire to help those who are in need. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Counseling, and am currently working on her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her professional background varies from advocacy at YouthWorks and the Abused Adult Resource Center to being an educator at the University of Mary. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of agencies, people, and in a variety of environments. Her current position is Field Work Director of Counseling at the University of Mary, and Licensed Professional Counselor at St. Alexius.
She enjoys making the world a better place, help others, and better serve the North Dakota community. She currently resides with her two dogs, Lucy and Goose, and cat, Frieda.
Our advisers have a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services.
Stacy grew up on a farm outside of a small town in North Dakota. It was through growing up on a farm that she learned what hard work and dedication to something really means. Stacy often credit her motivation, work ethic and determination from growing up and living in a farming community.
As her research progressed she began writing papers and giving presentations. As the 2011 Miss North Dakota International, Stacy was able to educate others across the Midwest on human trafficking.
Stacy is the founder of31:8 Project. Through her non-profit, she has had the opportunity to share her research and knowledge regarding human trafficking with medical institutions, faith organizations, service clubs, colleges and high schools throughout the Midwest. She has partnered with organizations across the United States and the world to both educate and work with victims of human trafficking.
Stacy currently directing all her energy on fighting the human trafficking occurring right here in North Dakota by advocating, providing informative seminars, conducting research, and creating curriculums applicable to all levels of education.
Dr. Esha Sharma
Esha Sharma is a medical graduate from Mumbai, India. She attained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (M.D. Equivalent) in October 2012. She graduated from K.J. Somaiya Medical College which is one of the only private teaching hospitals in Mumbai. During her intern year she also had the opportunity to be a part of Brown University’s international medical student electives in 2011-2012 which focused on HIV/AIDS. For her excellence in medical education, she was awarded the JRD TATA scholarship award in 2010.
Dr. Sharma is a member of the honorary Indian Medical Association. As a general practitioner she conducted health camps and check- ups for one of the Non- government organizations in Mumbai called ‘Prerana’ which focuses on the eradication of second generation Human sex trafficking. Apart from that, she volunteered for an internship in the welfare home for the children of sex workers built by the Prerana foundation. The welfare home built in 2010 by the Prerana Anti- Human trafficking organization provided a shelter for these children with an aim to secure the future of these children and help them provide a better upbringing.
Dr. Sharma’s internship in the welfare home was primarily focused on the educating the children about the sexually transmitted diseases especially the girls in the age group of 12 -18 and also discussing future career prospects based on their hobbies. She also got an opportunity to create awareness about the benefits of the welfare home among women in the sex trade. This experience has given her an in -depth understanding about the psychological issues and childhood trauma associated with human sex trafficking.