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Matt Morgan

Founder

Board Member

Matt Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Morgan Construction & Development, a commercial construction company with construction and development projects throughout the Northwest. Matt’s own childhood sexual abuse, and his journey of discovery and healing as an adult, lead to him found Building Hope Today. His personal generosity launched the nonprofit as it seeks to inform, equip and advocate for individuals and organizations to more effectively address the “silent-violent epidemic” of sexual abuse.

Lynne Morgan

Co-Founder

Board Member

Lynne Morgan has stood be her husband, Matt Morgan, through good times and bad. She has been by his side as they started their business, raised their family and went through the dark valley of alcohol abuse and the after affects of sexual abuse. Alongside Matt, she helped research, explore and conceptualize the founding of Building Hope Today. Her primary interest is the work of educating families to prevent child sex abuse.


Liz Bigham

Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Board Member

Liz Bigham is a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). She has served as Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator as well as her work as a criminal investigator in child abuse/molestation, rape and homicide. Since 2013 Liz has served on the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit conducting proactive and reactive investigations involving crimes against children on the Internet. Liz serves Building Hope Today as both a Board member and a presenter.


Lorie Brisbin

Correctional Program Specialist

Board Member

Lorie Brisbin works in Washington, DC as a Correctional Program Specialist at the National Institute of Corrections. She is a recognized authority in the area of sexual violence with expertise in both victim and offender perspectives. Prior to her work in DC, Lorie served the Idaho Department of Corrections. Currently her work in the Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers Initiative informs the victim focused work of Building Hope Today where she is both presenter and Board member.


Danny Clark

Prosecuting Attorney

Board Member

Danny Clark is the Prosecuting Attorney of Bonneville County, Idaho. A resident of Idaho Falls, Clark served as deputy prosecutor and chief deputy prior to his election as Prosecuting Attorney. Danny’s ties to Building Hope Today began when he used the Morgan Case ‘grooming as evidence’ practices in a criminal sexual abuse case (Idaho v. Dunn). Now Clark serves on the Board and as a presenter, equipping prosecutors and investigators with effective tools to hold offenders accountable.


Jean Fisher

COO of Faces of Hope

Board Member

Jean Fisher is the Chief Operating Officer of Faces of Hope, the Ada County Victim Center in Boise, ID, specializing in sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and child protection. In leading Faces of Hope, Jean convenes the countywide Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) investigating sex crimes and caring for victims of sexual abuse. A seasoned attorney in her own right Fisher has successfully prosecuted hundreds of sex abuse, domestic violence, rape and murder cases. She presents nationally on prosecution ethics and serves as present and Board member of Building Hope Today.

https://www.facesofhopevictimcenter.org/


Steven Marten

Writer

Team Member

Steven Marten helps Building Hope Today tell its story. He is a writer, ghostwriter and story developer for publishers and producers, working on productions in Los Angeles, Nashville, Paris, Shanghai, Jerusalem and more. With a heart for kids—especially those in recovery—Marten’s clients have included Dreamworks Animation, Glenåt Editions, Laika Studios and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Steven is pleased to bring Matt Morgan’s story to light.


Pat McKenna

Police Detective, RET.

Board Member

Pat McKenna served 27 years as a police officer, serving as a detective for many of those years. Pat specialized in crimes against children and crime scene analysis investigation. He has extensive knowledge and experience in forensic interviewing in sexual abuse crimes. Pat has also served in K-9 training, SWAT Team and on-scene negotiator. He and Matt Morgan were childhood friends, and now he serves on the Building Hope Today Board.


Lydia Newlin

Minnesota Department of Corrections Victims Services Manager

Board Member

Lydia Newlin is the Minnesota Department of Corrections Victims Services Manager. She oversees all processes related to victim notification and post conviction victim advocacy. She also manages the Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability and the developed the Domestic Violence Initiative to screen offenders and identify victims. She has served on the board of the Sex Crimes Investigator’s Association, is a sought after national presenter as well as Building Hope Today board member and presenter.


Tom Tueller

Counselor

Team Member

Tom Tueller is the founder of Tueller Counseling Services. His career began in Child Protective Services and he has continued to care for victims of violence and sexual violence within his practice. Tom is an expert in matters of sexual grooming, its stages and investigative practices. He frequently serves as an expert witness in child sex abuse cases. Tom joins the Building Hope Today training sessions to incorporate his expertise in the Multi-Disciplinary Team’s practices in both investigation and prosecution.


Alethea Cox

Social Media Administrator

Team Member

Alethea Cox comes to us with decades of professional experience in corporate infrastructure and growth along with nonprofit background. She brings years of experience with fortune 500 companies holding responsibilities as EVP of sales and COO. Her professional experiences have been found invaluable in helping Building Hope Today get entrenched into making a difference in our community. As a young child Alethea experienced unfortunate acts that resulted into years of a second perpetrators violation. This sequence of events placed Alethea into the Foster Care System. With her trauma riddled past she was determined to find a path of healing and helping others. She has a career in helping others move forward in life with putting goals into plans and establishing breakthrough belief systems to enhance skill sets. She has spent years learning aspects that help empower others to life changing results. Alethea uses her professional background, stage presence, and passion as a public speaker giving voice to the many who don’t have one. In finding a divine connection with Building Hope Today she can further her reach in helping others that have experienced unfortunate acts.


Lavar McBride

Penn State Criminal Justice Professor

Team Member