Our Leadership Team 

Heather Goode 
Co-Founder, Lead Pastor and
Executive Director

In 2016, after 26 years juggling life as a wife, mother, business owner, real estate developer, church leader, teacher and mentor, Heather left a successful career to focus on her lifelong calling to become an ordained minister with a passion to help women discover their identity, purpose, calling, connection and influence. Heather became an ordained Pastor in 2018 and along with speaking engagements, one on one mentoring, international missions and pastoral leadership, Heather is currently writing a book, enjoys coffee from Coffeetopia, camping, lunch dates with friends, dinner gatherings, and spending time with her husband and three boys. 

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Rebecca has been focused on the issue of human trafficking since 2010 when she founded the STOP Club (Stop Trafficking of People) at her High School (which is still active at several high schools and universities today). She spent four years volunteering through her college campus with CURE International, a non-profit organization that operates charitable hospitals for children in under-served countries. After serving in Kenya at a CURE Hospital, she redirected her path from medicine to ministry. After earning her BS in Biological Sciences at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in 2016, Rebecca served for 3 years in Cambodia with Agape International Missions as the Policy and Administration Coordinator at the AIM Restoration Home. She enjoys the outdoors with her husband and Golden Retriever, Roxy. 

 

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Rebecca McGill 
Arukah Project Coordinator
Lawrence Martinez
Board Member and Advisor

Lawrence joined our Arukah Team in 2018. He is a passionate follower of Jesus, declaring His gospel in everything he does, everywhere he goes and to everyone he meets, Lord willing. He has a passionate heart to set men and women free from bondage and to see them walk in freedom.  Along with serving with Arukah, Lawrence also serves as the Worship Coordinator for The Point Church and even has his own ministry, called Dunamis Rhema, where he creates music with a reggae and funk influence for all to enjoy. He loves surfing, photography, his family, and music. 

 

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Our Vision

 

We see a vibrant city, where the body of Christ, fully engaged in all sectors of society,

is creating a network of safety and light, where darkness can not dwell.

Our Mandate

Arukah Project is mandated by the Lord to restore, renew and rebuild the following tenets:

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Our Leadership Team 

Heather Goode 
Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Pastor
heather.goode@arukahproject.org

In 2016, after 26 years juggling life as a wife, mother, business owner, real estate developer, church leader, teacher and mentor, Heather left a successful career to focus on her lifelong calling to become an ordained minister with a passion to help women discover their identity, purpose, calling, connection and influence. Heather became an ordained Pastor in 2018 and along with speaking engagements, one on one mentoring, international missions and pastoral leadership, Heather is currently writing a book, enjoys coffee from Coffeetopia, camping, lunch dates with friends, dinner gatherings, and spending time with her husband and three boys. 

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Loreal Weitzel 
Co-Founder, President, and 
Anti-Trafficking Ministry Director 
loreal.weitzel@arukahproject.org

Loreal graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Santa Cruz in 2013. She found her true calling in 2015 when she took a mission trip to YWAM in Perth, Australia where she worked toward the prevention, release and care of those enslaved in sex trafficking. Loreal returned from Australia with a resolve to rescue, restore and reintegrate survivors here in Santa Cruz. Along with having worked as an Early Intervention Behavioral Specialist and traveling on international missions and pastoral leadership, Loreal is a Certified Human Trafficking Case Manager in California and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies with a focus on Children at Risk at Fuller Seminary. She enjoys hikes, playing with her Golden Retriever, Kaya, cats, Lily and Tucker, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, friends and family. 

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Kenny Besk
National Training Director and
Law Enforcement Liaison   kenny.besk@arukahproject.org

Kenny Besk can best be described as a jack of all trades and a master of MOST when it comes to his work to end human trafficking. His 16 year career in law enforcement started as a correctional officer, he was then a patrol deputy, Narcotics Detective, Swat Support Team Member, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and is a Recognized Expert in Narcotics. In 2012, while working as a narcotics detective, his eyes were opened the the dark world of human trafficking. In 2015, he left law enforcement and he and his wife moved their three children to Thailand to work to combat child trafficking and online exploitation with Zoe International Foundation. Kenny spent three years in Thailand as an Investigations and Security Team Manager working on the front lines of human trafficking. In 2018, he and his family returned to America, where he continued his law enforcement career at the District Attorney’s Office - as a special investigator with a specialty in Human Trafficking cases. He is a court recognized expert in human trafficking and related crimes and  developed partnerships with numerous sectors, victim service providers and NGO’s to promote collaboration, training and awareness within Santa Cruz County to provide the best care and services for human trafficking victims. 

Lawrence Martinez
Board Member, Mentor, and Advisor

Lawrence joined our Arukah Team in 2018. He is a passionate follower of Jesus, declaring His gospel in everything he does, everywhere he goes and to everyone he meets, Lord willing. He has a passionate heart to set men and women free from bondage and to see them walk in freedom.  Along with serving with Arukah, Lawrence also serves as the Worship Coordinator for The Point Church and even has his own ministry, called Dunamis Rhema, where he creates music with a reggae and funk influence for all to enjoy. He loves surfing, photography, his family, and music. 

 

Amber West
Board Member, Vice President, and Advisor

Bio coming soon!

Angelo Segretto IV
Social Media and Communications

Angelo joined our Arukah Team in June 2021. He is a Cabrillo College student working towards his degree in Business and Computer Science. He is also an avid athlete who enjoys being in the outdoors. He has coached young athletes and has served at The Point - A Jesus Community in their worship department. He has skills in social media, communications, web design, graphic design, and sound. In his spare time he loves hiking, spending time with his girlfriend, practicing survival skills, making music, and spending time with his family.

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