who we are
board of directors
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Shannon Sergey serves as the President of Forever Found, a nonprofit organization her and her husband started in 2010. Since then Shannon has been featured in newspapers, online journals, radio stations and talk shows to raise awareness and support for child trafficking and prostitution.
Shannon is also a singer, songwriter and author who has devoted her talents to further the rescue and restoration of children trapped in sexual slavery. A devoted follower of Jesus Christ, Shannon lives each day with the desire to follow him and love his people as he has commanded. Her goal in life is to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23.
Shannon studied Theology at Oxford University in England and received her Bachelors Degree in Journalism with a minor in Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University.
She lives with her husband and her three sons in Simi Valley, CA.
As co-founder of Forever Found, husband, father and business man, Taylor Sergey brings a unique perspective to the Forever Found Board.
Mr. Sergey received his B.S. in Business Marketing from Azusa Pacific University in 2007. Proceeding his graduation from APU, Mr. Sergey spent several years gaining business and management experience at L.A. Fitness, Osteem Dental Impants, Inc., and currently serves as the West Coast Sales Manager for Applied Medical Technologies. He is known to consistently go out of his way for the benefit of his clients and their patients - children who are forced to live life with gastrointestinal tubes used to facilitate feeding.
As a long time member of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Taylor had the opportunity to grow aware of the horrific reality of human trafficking, and desires to use his skills and devotion to further the mission of Forever Found.
Sandra Schmid has sacrificed much in the fight to rescue children from trafficking and prostitution, mainly in Thailand and Burma. She has voluntarily managed the administrative affairs of Life Impact International for over four years. For the past 11 years, Sandra has worked as the assistant for bestselling author and international speaker Francis Chan. She served as the office manager and assistant to Executive Pastor Todd Nighswonger at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley. Currently Sandy is running our dba Second Story, a local thrift store completely run by volunteers. Proceeds from the donated items go directly to fund the efforts to prevent, rescue and restore victims of child trafficking.
Sandy’s devoted heart for hurting children and the Gospel, along with years of experience in management and Christian ministry, makes her an invaluable asset to Forever Found’s Board of Directors. Sandy has been married for 43 three years to Ted Schmid and they have three adult married daughters and eight grandchildren.
Ted Schmid has almost 35 years of experience as a finance manager. He worked for 30 years as the Financial Controller for BWIP International, followed by working as the Vice President of Finance for New Gen Acquisitions MFG. in Costa Mesa.
Ted has been retired for the last 11 years, and enjoys time with his family and grandchildren and serving in the ministry his wife led them to…the fight against child trafficking. Ted’s years of financial management and accounting, and desire to sacrifice his time to the rescue of victimized children, are an incredible asset to Forever Found’s Board of Directors.
Ted has been married for 43 three years to Sandy Schmid and they have three adult married daughters and eight grandchildren.
Karen Simeri has over 16 years of teaching and management experience at the largest private elementary school in Simi Valley. She began teaching first grade at Grace Brethren Elementary in 1995. Within eight years she became vice principal, and currently serves as the Principal of Grace Brethren Elementary School. She feels blessed to work at Grace Brethren and appreciates the relationships formed over the years. She received her Liberal Arts Degree from California Lutheran University, holds her Masters in Science and Education, as well as the California State Teaching Credential. Karen’s vast leadership skills and experience, along with her management expertise and heart for God’s children bring a unique and necessary perspective to Forever Found’s Board of Directors.
Born and raised in California, she has lived in Simi Valley since 1979. She has been married for 33 years to Art Simeri, and has been blessed with two wonderful boys; Erik and Bryan. In addition to two sons’ she has an adorable daughter in-law, Liz. Their family loves to travel, houseboat and play together.
Karen has attended Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley since 1994 and her life verse is Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
Joe Melia defines himself first and foremost as a follower of Christ and servant to those in need. Joe has invaluable business skills and leadership experience after being in the construction industry and a business owner for over 25 years, with Melia Builders, Inc.
In the past four years God has completely renewed Joe’s passion for Jesus. Joe’s desire to please, serve and surrender to God’s plan has completely changed his life. Which is why in addition to running his business, he is also serving on the Board of three nonprofit organizations, and mentoring other men and woman with his wife Jody. Joe’s commitment to Christ and his ministry, along with his strong business expertise make him an incredible blessing to Forever Found’s Board of Directors.
Joe Melia has been married to Jody Melia since 2003 and they have three boys: Nicholas, Joseph, and Brandon. One of Joe’s life verses is Isaiah 12:2 – “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Julianne is an attorney devoted to truth and righteousness. In her day job, she fights for justice defending her clients as a trial lawyer in employment and civil rights cases. However, Julianne's true passion is fighting for justice for those without a voice, the orphans of the world, particularly those who are forced into slavery. Thus, she is committed to Forever Found's mission of preventing, rescuing and restoring children from human trafficking. In fact, her commitment extends to founding and developing businesses in order to raise revenue for this cause. Julianne is motivated by Esther who had courage to save her people, despite the risk to her own life, and the words that called her to take action in Esther 4:14 "...And who knows whether or not you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?" Julianne believes with all her heart that she was born at this time on earth to help abolish the practice of child slavery. Will you join her?
Chief Financial Officer
Bryan, a CPA, has been an accounting/finance executive for over 25 years. His extensive experience in working with successful entrepreneurs has equipped him with ability to help senior management teams leverage their organization's assets and employees to maximize efficiency. He is currently the CFO for Luxury Mortgage Corp - a subsidiary of the publicly traded Tiptree Financial. Prior to Luxury, Bryan served as the CFO for Prospect Mortgage as well as for Oakmont Mortgage and the CAO for Prospect Mortgage. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and is married with four children and 2 grandsons.