2012 Speaker Profiles

Commissioner Christine MacMillan

Christine MacMillan, a native of Canada, served the Salvation Army around the globe as an officer from 1975 until her retirement in 2012.   She began a nine-year appointment in the Vancouver, British Colombia region working at The Homestead, a treatment center for women with addictions and later founding the Kate Booth House, a haven for battered women and children.  In 1990, MacMillan was transferred to London, England, where she chose to spend her orientation period living and working in Hopetown, a Salvation Army hostel for women in London’s East End – the same district in which William Booth founded The Salvation Army in 1865.

As the Associate Director of the London Homelessness Project, which addressed a wide range of social concerns, she traveled throughout the UK assisting both social services and corps (community church) centers develop program and evaluation strategies.  This dual focus, social services and church ministry, typified her work in Australia, as the Secretary for Program in Australia East Territory, and later in Papua New Guinea as the Territorial Commander.  

In 2003, Colonel MacMillan returned to Canada and Bermuda as the leader of The Salvation Army which included serving as Chancellor of the William and Catherine Booth College, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Four years later she moved to New York City to become the Salvation Army’s first Director of the International Social Justice Commission (ISJC).  Having retired as a Salvation Army officer in 2012, she is currently the Senior Advisor for Social Justice for the World Evangelical Association (WEA).

In her long career, Commissioner MacMillan has worked on issues of homelessness, substance abuse, violence against women, trafficking and many other social issues, while retaining her passion for creative expressions of sharing the Gospel.  To this end has written lyrics and directed plays for a variety of settings.  She has recently co-authored a book, When Justice is the Measure, which will be available soon.

Chris Heuertz

Chris Heuertz has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God's goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris moved to India after studying at Asbury University and was thoughtfully mentored for three years by Mother Teresa. Shortly after, he helped launch South Asia's first pediatric AIDS care home, creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic. For the last 20 years Chris and his wife Phileena have served with the Word Made Flesh community, working for women and children victimized by human trafficking into the commercial sex industry. All of this has taken Chris to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world's poor.

As a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a hustler of hope, Chris fights for a renewal of contemplative activism. He is known for his provocative storytelling, and has written 3 books that reflect such dialogue:

•       Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World (2008) shows how a lifestyle of humility, community, simplicity, submission and brokenness sustains us through the challenges of life in a struggling world.
•       Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission (2010) is the 4th title of Duke Divinity School's Center for Reconciliation's book series.
•       Shared Space: Discovering Unexpected Gifts in Community (2012) offers insight on how the soul is shaped through fidelity in difficult relationships.

Join Chris on Facebook and Twitter (@ChrisHeuertz) in his adventures to love on the margins.

Nicole Chere’ Wood, MPH, MA

In April 2012, Nicole joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships serving as the program specialist in leading the development, coordination and outreach initiatives against human trafficking.  Nicole also plays a role in connecting people from various faith traditions and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to emergency management systems. Prior to her current position, Nicole was the coordinating director of the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking [FAAST] located at World Relief.  In this role, Nicole managed communications and served as a liaison to US and international programs focused on the eradication of human trafficking and the restoration of survivors.  Throughout Nicole’s career, she has demonstrated leadership among at-risk and traumatized populations.  Nicole is dedicated to serving disadvantaged children, women and their families, in inter-religious, marginalized and multi-ethnic populations.  She has worked in communications for members of congress, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and faith-based communities.  Nicole has a master’s degree in Urban Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, a master’s of Public Health in International Community Health and Health Promotion from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Adelphi University.  Nicole has served and/or lived in Switzerland, Senegal, Brazil, Spain and Jamaica.  Presently, Nicole resides in Maryland with her husband and twin toddlers.

Sergeant Blake Carlson

Sergeant Blake Carlson is a seventeen year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department.  During his career he has worked assignments in the Patrol Division, Training Bureau, Employment Services Bureau, Organized Crime Bureau and the Drug Enforcement Bureau.  As a detective, he specialized in organized crime investigations dealing with money laundering, drug trafficking, conspiracy, human trafficking and asset forfeiture.  As a supervisor, Sergeant Carlson has worked in patrol and led the Targeted Enforcement Squad which interdicts violent gang parties. In his current assignment, Sergeant Carlson is coordinating the hiring of recruits and developing the training curriculum for the inaugural Phoenix Police Department Detention Officer Academy. Sergeant Carlson is married and has two teenaged daughters.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. 

Jose Miguel and Luz Stella De Angulo

Luz Stella Losada de De Angulo, along with her husband, Dr. José Miguel De Angulo, helped established MAP International’s Bolivian Community Health Promoter Training Center in  1988 in which more than 1,000 men and women have participated from urban and rural areas throughout the Department of Cochabamba.  She regularly acts as a consultant for private volunteer organizations [PVOs], non-government organizations [NGOs], and universities around the world on the topics of health education, holistic development, management, human rights, and sexual abuse issues.  With her husband, she has co-authored over a dozen books on these subjects. Luz Stella, Colombian born, graduated from the Colegio Mayor de Cultura in Popayan, Colombia in 1976. In 1997 she received a master’s degree in Health Education from Limburg University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. She and her husband co-founded The School for Life in Chilimarca, Bolivia, a pre-school and early education school patterned on Montessori, problem-based learning and cooperative learning education principles.  In 2004 she co-founded The Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza in Cochabamba, Bolivia for child victims of sexual abuse. She has been intensively involved supporting healthy early child development programs.  Her work is focused on program quality and resource development. She and her husband, Jose Miguel, have five adult children, three of them married.

Dr. De Angulo, Latin America Coordinator and Bolivia National Director, established MAP International’s Bolivian Community Health Promoter Training Center in 1988 in which 1,000 men and women from urban and rural areas have participated.  His community health experience, combined with his medical credentials qualifies him as a consultant on the topics of health education, holistic development, management, human rights, and sexual abuse issues.  With his wife, Luz Stella Losada de De Angulo, he has authored over a dozen books on these subjects. Dr. De Angulo, Colombian born, received his medical degree in 1978 from the Universidad del Cauca in Popayán, Colombia.  He then pursued a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, MD and a Master of Arts in Religion from the Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. While studying in the United States, he participated in public health programs, community health promotion, and grass-roots community organization efforts in both Baltimore and Philadelphia. His most recent accomplishment is co-founding, with his wife, the Support Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In the last decade he has focused his work on healthy early child development programs.  Dr. De Angulo has served on multiple leadership boards and is currently a member of the international board of World Vision International.

Renan Salgado, Worker Justice Center

Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1973, Renan Salgado migrated to the United States in 1984 and lived in Brooklyn, New York.  In 1991 he enrolled at SUNY Binghamton and received a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing.  Fluent in Spanish, French, and English, Renan began working at Farmworker Legal Services of New York [FLSNY] in January 2000. Now called the Worker Justice Center, Salgado continues his work as the agency’s investigator, educator, and advocate for the Human Trafficking program. 

A member and co-founder of the Western NY Trafficking Taskforce, he currently conducts multiple training events for law enforcement and non-government organizations in western New York.  He is also the founder of the Capital Region Anti-Trafficking Taskforce and member and co-founder of the Central Region Anti-Trafficking Taskforce.  Renan has been a panel participant and speaker at various conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Currently he is leading multiple investigations of ongoing trafficking cases, partnering with agents from the FBI, ICE and local law enforcement, as well as training new local, state, and federal law enforcement agents.

Kerry Battenfeld, International Institute of Buffalo

Kerry Battenfeld is the Community Educator and Advocate with the Trafficking Victim Services Program at the International Institute of Buffalo [IIB].  She is also the upstate New York regional coordinator for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium [NTAC] and provides technical assistance to NTAC service providers across New York State.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to working at IIB, she served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.  While there, she developed Spanish fluency and worked in the areas of water and sanitation and HIV/AIDS prevention.