Founder and Co-Executive Director
Kaitlin Vilasuso is a South Florida native, currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She is an actress, podcast host, content creator and founder of "That Cozy Life," but her most cherished role is that of 'momma' to her daughters, Riley and Everly. Kaitlin is very active in celebrity relations and philanthropic causes, with a particular passion for the safety of our youngest generation. She believes that, together, we have the power to take back control of our children's safety and their futures and is eager to help facilitate Code Red creating a movement for effective change.
Former WNBA player and Championship Coach Crystal Robinson has dedicated her life to being a mentor for young adults. Crystal has joined the Code Red team to ensure that our students have a voice and the opportunity to use it.
Ryan served as the VP of Marketing at Howard Books, a well-established book publishing company owned and operated by the Howard family, until their sale to Simon and Schuster. The company boasted multiple New York Times bestsellers and upon its sale, Ryan founded the Here to Him Music Group where he received numerous accolades including a Dove Award.
Bailee Madison, a South Florida native, began her acting career at six years old as May Belle Aarons in the blockbuster Disney film Bridge to Terabithia. She has since grown up on both the big and small screens and, at 21, has found a passion in fighting for kids in support of Code Red: Youth of the Nation.
RALPH MENDY G. HENDERSON, Jr.
Ralph Henderson is the former President of Ebony Entertainment, advisory board President of the Equal Justice Now Foundation and current President of Deal Metrics. Ralph has a passion for helping to create safe, stable environments for children to grow up in.
Stacy Shepherd has dedicated her life to promoting the vision that our children should be given the every opportunity to reach their full potential through help, motivation and encouragement. Stacy earned her Masters in Education, leading her to spending thirty years in the public school system as an English teacher. Stacy would be honored twice as a finalist for Oklohoma’s Teacher of the Year. Currently, Stacy serves as the Executive Officer of Member Services for the Choctaw Nation and serves on the Board of the Chahta Foundation.
Before I jump into the story of my path to the Code Red Foundation and one particular 'aha' moment that changed it all for me, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here. Your presence means that, you too, care deeply about our kids and believe that there is a way that we can better protect them. Without you, and people like you, our movement for change won't work- but here you are. Thank you.
Now that we've got that covered! While my brother, Conor, was on set in Florida directing the very first parts of the Code Red documentary, he would often call me to chat through concerns, vent, or just grab some big sister encouragement. One day when he called, he seemed particularly stressed about something going on with the production (director life!) and I specifically remember worrying that perhaps the task at hand was just too big. It was at that moment that he said to me “Kait.. if we can save just one life with this documentary, it will have been worth it.” And that was it. That was the defining moment for me, one that eventually led to creating this foundation for change, and a moment that I have looked back at time and time again over the past two years as we've developed solutions and programs for problems facing our youth that often feel so very big. I think back to the truth behind his statement - that if we save just one life, it will have all been worth it - and am reminded that we have the opportunity and power to do just that. Over and over again. Let's do it.
With gratitude and determination,
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