Who We Are > Staff
Candace Wheeler | Fay LeSane | Christina C. Pinnell | Jordan Snellenberger | Heather Halverson | Roger Larson
Meet Our Team!
Candace Wheeler, MA, LGPC, NCC | Founder & Executive Director
Candace Wheeler founded Restoration Ministries in 2003, but has been involved in social justice issues in the United States since 1988. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Spirituality and Trauma from the School of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland. Her impact on the African-American community in the DC Metro Area, and her academic excellence resulted in her winning the Azusa Street full scholarship at Regent during her final year. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honorary society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. In addition, she holds a Master’s of Public Affairs from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has received post-graduate training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), and thought field therapy, all cutting edge treatments for complex trauma.
Candace has worked in the arenas of anti-pornography, right to life, and ministering to homeless pregnant teens. She has served pastorally in Amsterdam’s red light district, in the slums of India, and has worked with anti-trafficking leaders in Vietnam and Haiti.
Domestically, Candace has worked with Washington, DC’s Bridge’s, a diversion program for prostituted adults, with the District’s youth detention center, in child and adolescent units at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, and with adult women at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility.
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Fay LeSane, LCSW (VA) | Psychotherapist
Fay holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Howard University, Washington, DC and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia. In her more than 25 year tenure as a clinical social worker, she has held multiple positions, including that of a college professor, the director of a crisis intervention program, a clinical field instructor for social work students at various colleges and universities, and a clinical supervisor for clinicians who are working towards licensure in the state of Virginia.
In 2010, Restoration One Ninety-Nine (R1:99) awarded Fay the Hope Award for her work with sex trafficking survivors. During her employment at a local residential treatment facility, she started to encounter adolescents who had been trafficked and created The Girls on a Journey Program to address their complex needs. A much sought-after speaker, Ms. Le Sane provides training and workshops to local and national organizations on the subject of domestic human trafficking.
Ms. Le Sane is a member of the Woodbridge Chapter of Soroptomist International and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Christina C. Pinnell | Teaching Artist
Christina is a teaching artist, clown, community organizer and world traveler fighting for women's rights and the eradication of sex slavery . . . using THEATER! She recently completed a 15-month fellowship with International Justice Mission (IJM) in Manila, the Philippines. At IJM, she created an advocacy program to help church, civil and government leaders join together to combat human trafficking.
Ms. Pinnell also piloted a series of drama and storytelling workshops for survivors of sex trafficking, training them to use their personal experiences to advocate for the nearly 2 million children enslaved by the commercial sex industry worldwide. Previously, she worked with Bond Street Theatre Coalition in New York, NY to establish theater-based programming for victims of sexual abuse in Haiti and Guatemala.
She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and is an alumna of the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Jordan Snellenberger | Board Certified Music Therapist
Jordan Snellenberger is a certified music therapist who holds a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Western Michigan University. With expertise in piano, voice, guitar, recorded music, and percussion instruments, Jordan creates music therapy experiences centered on relaxation techniques and healthy emotional processing through song writing and lyric analysis. She also helps clients use music to develop personal insights and progress toward treatment goals. After completing her music therapy internship working alongside Communities in Schools, Jordan has helped to start three separate music therapy practices working with at-risk youth, children with special needs, and adults.
Jordan recently moved to northern Virginia from the Richmond, Virginia area, where she worked as a full-time music therapist at a psychiatric facility. At this center, she focused treatment on adolescents and adults struggling with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse, depression, severe aggression, oppositional defiant disorder, and substance abuse and addiction. Jordan also worked with the hospital’s outpatient military program, helping those on active duty, veterans, and military family members to develop coping skills to better overcome depression, aggression, stress, and trauma.
Jordan developed a heart for helping sexually abused women and adolescents after spending time overseas in Thailand providing alternative income options for women who were actively immersed in human trafficking and prostitution.
Heather Halverson | Church Engagement Program Leader
In 2012, Heather was attending Liberty University Online when she became aware of the issues of domestic sex trafficking through a research assignment. The journey from awareness to action was a short hop, fueled by a strong desire to help put an end to this form of modern day slavery. While partnering with her church’s women’s ministry leader to help educate the congregation about this issue, they were eventually led to Restoration One Ninety-Nine (R1:99) in Washington, DC. Having completed R1:99’s Ambassadors of Restoration Program (ARP), Heather is continuing her involvement by leading the Church Engagement Program. She is a member of Capital Baptist Church, and her God-given passion is to promote the human rights of women and children.
In her professional life, Heather is a Certified Business Continuity Planner and a member of Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Heather resides in Annandale with her husband and two daughters, and their Morkie pup, “Pebbles.”
Roger Larson | Director of Development
Roger joined One Ninety-Nine (R1:99) in April, 2014 as Director of Development. For a number of years, he felt God calling him to assist in the eradication of human sex trafficking of teenage girls, and R1:99 has provided that opportunity.
A native Midwesterner, Roger grew up on a family farm in a small town in northeast Iowa. His first passion was to pitch for a major league baseball team, but a torn rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder ended that. He quickly turned to thoughts of human services and, eventually, social justice issues. He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. Although he planned to work a couple of years and then return to school for a graduate degree in psychology, within two years he was directing a small institutional program serving people with developmental disabilities. More administrative positions followed, and he eventually received his Master’s in General Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland, in 1992.
Roger has worked in Maryland for the past 28 years, serving people with mental health and substance abuse issues. A member of Life Point Church in Westminster, Maryland, Roger is now living out his passion of eradicating human sex trafficking.