Board of Directors


Mike Warren

Board Chair

Mike is a Senior Managing Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. He was born in Carrollton, Georgia, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a commercial real estate broker for 33 years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, college football, and eating BBQ. He is an active member of Northpoint Community Church (Buckhead campus). He and his wife, Carol, have been married 28 years and have two kids.


Sherri Scott

In her 17 years as a media professional, Sherri Daye Scott has done a bit of everything: ran corporate communications for a Forbes-list convenience retailer; helped Coca-Cola sell more syrup to restaurants at Fitzgerald+Co; top-edited a leading B2B publication; acted as a foodservice expert for Fox Business, CNN, USA Today, CNBC and NPR—and produced an award-winning short film (or two) along the way. Her agency background, coupled with her firsthand understanding of how client-side marketing decisions are made and how compelling stories are crafted, makes for a unique mix of skills and connections.


Brandy Protho

Brandy provides coaching, encouragement, and leadership to victims of commercial sexual exploitation. In addition to being a Serenity’s Steps board member, she serves multi-disciplinary teams such as Wellspring Living, Georgia Center of Child Advocacy Center, and the Intersect Project Advisory Council Member where she provides vital information about the victims and survivors in order to help determine the sense of urgency for specialized services. She also serves as an advocate for victims as they progress through the System of Care treatment plan.  Brandy has served as the Tri-chair of the Prevention Work Group, a part of the Governor’s Office of Children Families Crisis Intervention Team, a co-trainer with GOCF trainers to youth serving providers, as part of the role of the Intervention Specialist under Children’s Advocacy Center. Brandy’s past personal life experiences as a CSEC victim, her relentless compassion to help CSEC victims during their healing process, her non-judgmental approach, and her passion to mentor troubled youth make her an integral part of Mpower. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Brandy a graduate of I.T.T. Technical Institute, with Associates Degree of Computer-Aided Drafting. Currently, continuing education in Psychology. Brandy is not just a survivor, but a leader.


Joseph Starr

Development Chair

Joseph is in the family business of insurance at Starr Insurance Agency along with holding his real estate license.  Currently living in College Park, he is a native of Clayton County and an active member of East Point Church.  Never one to sit still, Joseph enjoys playing golf and softball, skiing and Crossfit and has even channeled his intense love of BBQ into a catering company, Hey Bub BBQ.  Joseph and his wife Audra have been married for six years and have two young children.  


Joy Thomas

Joy Thomas is from Chattanooga, TN and has lived in Atlanta for 16 years. Her career included 10 years in print and web design but took a 180 degree spin toward teaching creative potential in art class to kindergarteners through eighth graders. Nothing can compare to where she spends the majority of her time currently: as a stay-at-home mom with her three children while teaching art and volunteering on the side. She and her husband Don love being involved at Buckhead Church including investing in marriages by mentoring engaged couples. Joy enjoys running and reading in the .5% of her leftover time.


Josh Clark

Josh is an Operations Manager at McMaster-Carr, a national industrial supply company. In his 11 years with the firm he’s worked in customer service, marketing, product support and inside sales support. Josh grew up in North Carolina and as an undergrad he pursued studies in the humanities and theology at Atlanta Christian College. Following that he completed a masters in the philosophy of religion and ethics at Biola University. More recently he completed an MBA from Georgia Tech. He enjoys catching a good or even a not-so-good movie and he likes to read but not nearly as much as Leroy. He loves running and also occasionally pretending to be a lego master builder. Josh and his wife of 12 years have three children and are active members of North Metro Church in Marietta.


Katrina Owens

Katrina Owens impacts the lives of youth and young adults affected by sex-trafficking still trapped in ‘the life’ or those who struggle with its after-effects. She is a victim’s advocate and expert speaker on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). Often tapped by government entities, law enforcement, social service agencies, nonprofits, juvenile court systems, mental healthcare providers and families to inform treatment services, facilitate training and create awareness; her insight has proven invaluable. As a restaurateur and entrepreneur, Katrina has partnered in numerous ventures employing survivors, and currently, manages a dining establishment grossing over $6 million annually. She has used her experience and expertise to create opportunities for survivors, giving them a reflection of the possibilities beyond their trauma and their circumstances; from victims to survivors to leaders.