Our Founder

Esther Rodriquez Brown

Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Esther Rodriguez Brown arrived in the United States in 2001. She started servicing youth in the streets of Las Vegas, using her car as her main office and many times opening the doors of her home for those youth who needed it. In 2007, she began working with incarcerated youth and, in efforts to teach them empathy skills, she founded The Embracing Project (TEP). Initially, she developed a curriculum that parallels the effects of genocide and gang violence as well as the links between gangs and the exploitation of girls. Since then, Mrs. Brown has been serving survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking though her non-profi… Read More

Our Board

TEP - Board - Michael Brown HeadshotMichael Brown, Co-Founder & Treasure

Michael Brown, a veteran of 11 NBA seasons, former head coach in the NBA’s Developmental League, and assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls, hung up his sneakers and whistle and moved from the NBA courts to the juvenile courts. 
A Newark, NJ native graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Criminal Justice, Mike is helping youth to find their path and motivation in live.

Magann Jordan, President

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Magann Jordan is the Program Administrator for the Victim/Witness Assistance Center with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and an adjunct instructor for the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to working for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Magann was the Director of the Youth Advocate Programs; a non-profit dedicated to assisting youth and families in the Clark County area. In addition to donating her time to various non-profit agencies, Magann participates in the Clark County Human Trafficking Task Force, UNLV’s Mock Trial Club, STOP DUI, member of the Community Coalition for Victim’s Rights and the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Magann obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from UNLV in Criminal Justice and has written/co-written multiple articles in various journals, most recently, in Paradigm Magazine, “High Risk Behaviors among Sexually Exploited Youth” with Dr. Alexis Kennedy. Magann is on a mission to help others and to give a voice to victims of violence.

Danielle Green, Secretary

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anielle Green of RadicallyCurly.com has over 20 years in the Artistry of Hair Design. She is an insightful educator & colorful leader within the beauty industry. Although Radically Curly® serves the local Las Vegas community, many of Danielle’s clients who do research on curly hair, find her and travel from all over the world to have their hair done by her. They enjoy her expertise in coloring and shaping hair of all textures and her professionalism & warm personality. Green was awarded the Be Curly Hang Straight Award, and received the Train the Trainer Certification from the prestigious Aveda Institute. Featured in Rock Over America magazine, Danielle is an environmentally conscious stylist. Green has always felt strongly about giving back to the community and environment. She has offered not only her personal time, but also her hair services and performed fund raising activities for various organizations including; Hope For Lives, The AmericanCancer Society, Look Good Feel Better, St. Baldrick’s and Black Girls Code. Ms. Green plans to continue her humanitarian work with The Embracing Project and enrich the lives of deserving children around the world.

Christine Maddela, Director

Christine Maddela is the weeknight evening news anchor on FOX5 News in Las Vegas. She has worked as a volunteer and mentor for organizations like the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. She also started a scholarship in her brother’s name after he tragically died in a car crash in 2008. Christine joined FOX5 from WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where she was a reporter and anchor. Prior to Philly, she was an anchor and reporter at WKRN-TV in Nashville, TN, with a stint also in Washington DC and El Paso, TX. Throughout her career, Maddela has received numerous honors for her work, including an Edward R. Murrow Award, “Best TV News Anchor” Associated Press Award and six Emmy Award nominations. Maddela began her career in Columbia, MO, while she attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She graduated from Mizzou with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a double minor in political science and Spanish.

Christopher West

Chris was previously the Behavioral Health Service Line Administrator for Via Christi Health system in south central Kansas. In that position he was responsible for the strategic, financial, and clinical operations of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care that spanned a freestanding inpatient psychiatric facility, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, an emergency psychiatric assessment center, two outpatient psychiatric clinics, and behavioral health operations across three medical-surgical hospitals. Prior to that Chris served ten years in the United States Army, deploying twice to Iraq, and held various behavioral health leadership roles. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Chris is married and has two children. Chris is looking forward to he and his family getting involved in the Clark County community. In his previous community he supported the local Crisis Intervention Training program for first responders and volunteered with United Way. As an avid “outdoors family,” the Wests are excited about the various community and national parks in the area.