Rachel is the Founder and Executive Director of Her Song Jacksonville. She is a licensed professional counselor and an ambassador and advocate for human trafficking survivors. Rachel has a long history of dedication to the well-being of women through ministry, spiritual care, and discipleship which she says marries beautifully with counseling. She naturally offers compassionate care to others and is the lead counselor for the women who come to Her Song while also providing visionary leadership for the organization. In keeping with that vision, she has led Her Song to address the need for comprehensive care for survivors of human trafficking by opening NE Florida’s first residential care program for human trafficking victims where women can rest and recover in a safe community of support. She’s led Her Song to bring awareness of human trafficking all over Jacksonville through speaking and partnerships with local businesses, civic groups & faith based communities and has been featured in magazines, newspapers and local news channels and shows such as The Chat. In partnership with Duval County Public Schools, Her Song created a curriculum to bring awareness training to teachers, school staff, high-schoolers and 8th grade health and science students and it is now expanded into other counties in the area to help our children and families learn more about human trafficking. She works closely with strategic partners such as law enforcement, the state attorney’s office and the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition. Her Song has become a favorite place for interns from local universities who are training in criminal justice and public health.
Rachel is an alumna of Baylor University, of Liberty University where she graduated with High Distinction and of the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Jacksonville. She received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2016 from Director James Comey for her work in human trafficking in Jacksonville. Rachel is serving on the Leadership Council for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for 2018.
Rachel is leading her team to continue fulfill the urgent need for survivors of human trafficking to have a place to call home within a supportive, loving community while they take steps to reclaim their lives by expanding programs and opening new homes in the future. Rachel says she believes these women are truly exceptional and she enjoys seeing women empowered to reach their potential. Rachel says her first calling is to her family where she has been married 26 years and counting to Dr. Paul White and is a mom to four amazing young adult children who are currently finding their God-given purpose in life. Rachel states that founding Her Song has taught her to trust in God more and how faithful God is even in the gap time between the dream and its fulfillment.
The name Her Song represents a woman living in complete freedom. Psalm 30:11-12 says,
11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Lorin Thies joined Her Song in 2017. Lorin was born and raised in Neptune Beach. She attended the University of North Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and a Master’s in Public Administration. For more than a decade her focus has been in marketing and development for nonprofits, including work for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Tree Hill Nature Center, and the Florida Theatre. Lorin is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Florida. She is a mentor with Take Stock in Children and is on the board of the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. Her hobbies include gardening, traveling, and playing with every dog she meets.
Contact Lorin if you’re interested in making a donation, becoming a sponsor, including Her Song in your planned giving, or just learning more about the work we’re doing.
Kelly has been with Her Song since its inception in early 2013. She has a business background with experience in accounting, purchasing and manufacturing optimization, but her true passion lies in her philanthropic desire to help people who are hurting. As an extension of this longing for healed hearts, she has been involved in ministry to women and troubled teens for over 20 years. Kelly is currently serving Her Song in the capacity of Lead Coach and Outreach Coordinator. She is actively involved in her church and community working with international students from across the globe. Her compassion motivates others to realize their potential, and due to this, she has cultivated lasting friendships with innumerable individuals she has served. Kelly hopes for a renewed life for survivors of sex trafficking, by inspiring these women to regain a healthy sense of self-worth. She has been married for over 30 years and is the mother of two.
Courtney McClain joined Her Song in 2017, first through volunteering as a Project Coordinator for the safe house and now working as a Residential House Coach. She moved to Jacksonville a year ago from Richmond, VA. She has an extensive technical and administrative background in both the medical and educational fields, and she has led large scale administrative initiatives in Henrico County Public School District in VA. Courtney comes to Her Song because of her passion for mission-minded work and her compassion to help and inspire others. She has previously spent time on International Mission Board sponsored mission trips to Greece, China and South Africa. When she is not working with Her Song, you can find her spending time chasing sunrises and sunsets, spending time with her two children, two fur babies, and one grand-fur baby.
Tish Renninger comes to Her Song with a passion for empowering victims of trafficking; with a holistic approach that is based on her experiences with homeless women and families and decades of serving women in recovery. Tish has worked in catering and was an owner/operator of Pat-a-Cakes Bakery in Rock Hill, S.C.. She has worked for Marriott Hotels, The Billy Graham Evangelical Association, Southside Baptist Church and The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, where she currently serves the needs of Homeless Veterans. She also entertains small children and frightens skittish adults as Tissue the Clown. Tish has two children and six grandchildren. She also has four fur babies, including Charley Steinbeck, star of local films.
Ashley is a student at the University of North Florida, where she is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Health Education. While her education and work experience have been focused in the medical field, Ashley has a passion for the nonprofit community and an overall desire to help those in need of healing. Ashley is serving Her Song by designing and implementing a conflict-resolution program that will be utilized in the safe house. While she is not working with Her Song or studying, you can find her traveling, volunteering with Girl Scouts or challenging her personal running record. Ashley’s hope is to make the women she comes in contact with at Her Song feel peaceful, whole and safe.