Rachel White, M.A., LMHC
Founder and Executive Director
Rachel R. White, LMHC: Rachel is a licensed counselor, an ambassador and advocate for trafficking victims, and the founder of Her Song Jacksonville where young ladies from Jacksonville and all over the nation find refuge in the aftermath of human trafficking. Rachel led Her Song to open the first residential safe homes with comprehensive programs in the Northeast Florida area for sex trafficking victims closing a gap in services for the First Coast. Rachel and Her Song work with dedication to end the slavery of girls in our community and create a 100-year legacy of freedom and vibrant living for the exploited by offering programs that assist young women in exiting cycles of abuse and trauma and empower them to take back their lives. Her Song reaches out and identifies victims hidden within our correctional systems, actively coordinates care in local anti-trafficking networks to ensure survivor needs are resourced, offers community-based economic empowerment programming for survivors, and supports the education of our youth through an educational curriculum in Duval County Public middle schools and high schools.
Rachel is an alumna of Baylor University (B.A.), of Liberty University (M.A.), and of the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Jacksonville, Florida. She received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2016 at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., for her leadership and work in anti-trafficking in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Award for outstanding community service in a case that led to a trafficker being prosecuted and sentenced to 25 years in prison, has been recognized by the city council, local community groups, local newspapers and magazines, local faith communities, highlighted in podcasts, national and local online news and media articles, and local news stations.
Rachel is leading her team to meet the high demand for restorative services in the Northeast Florida area and expand to fulfill the urgent need for survivors of human trafficking to have a place to call home while they take steps to reclaim their lives. Rachel is married to Dr. Paul White and is a mom to four young adult children.
Harry M. Parsons
Harry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Florida State University. He now works for a company called Binder Dijker Otte & Co (BDO) and provides consulting and tax planning services to nonprofit organizations, commercial businesses and individuals. Most recently, Harry has been instrumental in the due diligence process for numerous firm clients as they have navigated through merger and acquisition transactions. He is professionally affiliated with both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to serving as a board member for Her Song, Harry is a co-founder of La Esperanza de Jesus (a Honduran orphanage) as well as an advisory board member for Peace of Heart Community. Harry became involved with Her Song because he believes as people we are all called to serve those in our community who are in need. Her Song strives to fill that need within the community by providing a safe place for at risk women to experience transformative healing.
E. Wayne Plummer, Treasurer, Advisory Board
Wayne retired from International Paper Company in 2010 after 33 years in the business. He played a key role in IP’s divestment of over 12 million acres of forestland from 2000 through 2010. Since then, he has owned and operated a consulting business which provides analysis, advisory, and transaction services to private landowners, working with clients and on projects in Jacksonville and throughout the US. His professional experience includes operations, forestry, real estate, finance, strategy and analysis, and complicated business transactions.
Wayne and his wife Mary Jo were married in 1984, and have an adult son living in Baton Rouge, LA. They moved to Jacksonville in 2011, their sixth and final move. They are active members of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Mandarin. Through mutual friends, they got to know Rachel and the mission of Her Song. In 2016, after attending the “Bring Her Home Gala”, Wayne felt a calling and reached out to Rachel to ask if his experience could be of value serving Her Song. This resulted in an invitation to join the Board.
Dr. Gary Lee Webber
Gary has served as the Senior Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville since 2008. He and his wife Sheri were married in 1993 and have four children: Caleb, Emma Grace, Abigail and Maisy. Though born in Dayton, Ohio, Gary grew up in Jacksonville where he graduated from Jacksonville University and earned a degree in Music Education. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and a Doctorate of Ministry from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Gary has served as the Associate Pastor of Milford Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia and Rivertree Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Gary was born to a teenage mother and cares deeply about the struggles and difficulties faced by the most vulnerable in our city. He believes passionately that the church is called and uniquely equipped to address issues faced by the “least of these” and seeks to lead Southside and other churches to engage in the mission field of the forgotten and marginalized, believing that is the best place to meet Jesus in all of His “disturbing disguises.”
Dr. Patricia Schroeder
Dr. Schroeder received her medical degree from the University of Miami in 1988. Her medical career began as a nurse in the field of OB/GYN. Her passion for women’s healthcare led her to further pursue her studies as a physician. Dr. Schroeder completed her residency in 1993 at the University of Florida Health Science Center. She was recognized for her excellence in teaching and was the winner of the Research Symposium in 1992. She has practiced at Jacksonville Beach for more than 20 years. Dr. Schroeder is married and has two children whom she enjoys spending time with. Her hobbies include working out, gourmet cooking, music, ballroom dancing and hiking in the mountains. She is also involved in mission trips to Honduras supporting abandoned children. Dr. Schroeder has served on numerous boards and is a part of several professional organizations. She is active in her community and it is her passion for women’s healthcare that led her to be involved in Her Song’s mission and to serve on the board. She believes all women deserve to have a full, happy and safe life.
Nicole Bickford, Marketing, Advisory Board
Nicole has been in the sales and marketing industry for 16 years, working for two of the largest for- profit, post-secondary education companies in North America. During her tenure, she successfully developed new sales and recruiting initiatives, processes and procedures as well as consistent year after year growth. She is a University of Pittsburgh graduate where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Most recently, Nicole has assisted with fundraising and marketing projects within the Jacksonville area. A Pennsylvania native, Nicole and her husband made the move to Jacksonville in 2005. When she recently heard the mission and vision around Her Song, she felt compelled to become involved. The organization demonstrates commitment, passion, and urgency to help human trafficking survivors, and Nicole knew she wanted to take part in this journey – and contribute to positively impacting lives. Nicole’s interests include volunteer work, health and fitness, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Jason Cullum, Build Team, Advisory Board
Jason Cullum is the Lead Pastor of Christ’s Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Christ Church is a non-denominational church that has five campuses all over North Florida and a K-12 school. He is married to his wife of 21 years, Anne, and has two sons, Elijah and Silas. Jason has a passion to see life change in people’s lives and to multiply his life and ministry for Kingdom impact. Jason is passionate about the city of Jacksonville and serving the underserved, overlooked, locked up and forgotten. He has been working with several global organizations fighting human trafficking in Cambodia, Vietnam and Haiti. He helped launch a safe house for “restavek’s” (child slaves) in Port-au Prince, Haiti. Upon learning of the trafficking crisis in North Florida he began looking for partners to address this issue and found Her Song. Pastor Jason is excited to serve along side this formidable ministry that is not only helping survivors heal but proactively attacking the problem at the source with education and prevention. He looks forward to the day when Her Song will reach it’s vision to have an 1) Assessment Center, 2) Safe House and 3) Transition Home to help the amazing women get back on their feet and be spiritually, emotionally and physically healed.