Diane L. Amos, Executive Director

Diane L. Amos, Executive Director

Diane Amos is the founder of Free NOLA, a faith-based non-profit serving the Gulf Coast region in the fight against human trafficking. Prior to Free NOLA, Diane served as the Executive Director of the New Orleans Dream Center, which currently serves the population of New Orleans with free health care services; such as medical visits, dentistry, chiropractic, pregnancy care, and veterinary services. Diane’s passion for serving others garnered her the 2010 Dr. Edward B. Shils Award for outstanding humanitarian of the year, a worldwide award presented annually to one individual. This same drive is what Diane brings to Free NOLA today with a desire to “set the captives free.” Free NOLA founded in 2013 to raise local awareness and bring human sex trafficking to the forefront in New Orleans, alongside Super Bowl 2013. Through Diane’s leadership, over 53,000 people were trained to recognize and report human trafficking. Over 341 hotels/motels were personally contacted and provided with information packets and coded soap. This is when and how Diane became passionately involved in fighting human sex trafficking. Free NOLA has now grown into a non-profit through Diane’s vision and leadership. She and her team continue to set captives free through awareness, education, outreach and victim rescue, one life at a time.

Bruce Falkenstein, Director

Bruce Falkenstein, Director

Bruce Falkenstein is a progressive, top performing, and solutions driven corporate leader with over thirty years experience in the banking industry. He thrives on a challenge and is considered by his peers as an exemplary leader, mentor, and motivator. Bruce has led his team to consistently hold the #1 SBA lending position in the entire state of Louisiana for the last seven years. Bruce believes in doing the right things for the right reasons. The best way to achieve any goal in life, according to Bruce, is through helping others reach their goals, dreams, and desires. Bruce brings his business knowledge to Free NOLA and with it his desire to see others “win”.

Carmen Burton, Director

Carmen Burton, Director

Carmen fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager while helping raise money for St. Jude Hospital located in her hometown of Memphis, TN. Inspired by her grandmother, whose philanthropic work was an integral part of her life with various organizations in the Memphis area. Carmen quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, as well. This resolve stuck with her throughout college at The University of Mississippi, and nursing school at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She has served in various capacities for other nonprofit organizations over the last 20 years. Carmen is able to provide vital support to Free NOLA with her nursing background of over 20 years which includes certification as a trauma nurse (TCRN), and as a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). Carmen and her family relocated to the New Orleans area from Nashville two years ago to oversee her mother-in-law who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Carmen spends her days keeping Louisiana and the Gulf Coast an amazing place to live, by helping one victim at a time.

Gayle Reuling, Director

Gayle Reuling, Director

Gayle is a gifted entrepreneur. Previously she operated the Image Center at the Ochsner Health Clinic in New Orleans. In that capacity, she worked directly with plastic surgeons, dermatologists, oncologists and infectious disease patients; making each patient feel and look beautiful. Currently, she owns beauty salons, with locations throughout the area. Gayle became passionately involved with the K-Bar-B Ranch for troubled girls. She taught them dignity, self worth and how to present a beautiful godly image to the world. When the facility closed, Gayle turned her attention and time to the Louisiana United Methodist Children’s Home. Gayle’s passionate heart for troubled and displaced youth has motivated her to dedicate herself to protecting those less fortunate from falling victim to human trafficking.

Beth Hinman, Corporate Secretary

Beth Hinman, Corporate Secretary

"Elizabeth “Beth” Hinman is a self-employed small business bookkeeper residing in St. Tammany Parish since 2002.  Beth has been involved with Free NOLA and the anti-human trafficking initiative for over six years in various capacities, making her an invaluable team member. Her servant heart shows itself in many different ways, but always with a spirit of excellence. Beth’s passion for the Free NOLA’s mission has inspired her to always be ready and available to help in whatever capacity is needed and providing new ideas and initiatives to help “set the captives free”.