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Our Team

The work of Safe Spaces Lebanon would not be possible without the dedication of our teachers and staff. They work daily with the students and are directly responsible for the breakthroughs we have seen in the children's lives.


Our Board of Directors work with networks in the United States and Lebanon to produce the most efficient results and opportunities.




Rev. Rachel Baughman is the senior pastor to Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. She is passionate about discipleship, social justice and hospitality for those on the margins. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Drew Theological Seminary, Rachel edited the CEB Women’s Study Bible and has contributed to a long list of curricula for Sparkhouse press. She serves on the leadership of Faith Forward Dallas, a multi-faith organization in the city. Rachel passionately pours her heart into a new non-profit called Safe Spaces Lebanon where she works to provide for the education and psychosocial needs of refugee children who are fleeing from the war in Syria. Her husband, Rev. Mike Baughman, is also a United Methodist minister in the Dallas area and founding pastor of Union Coffee.



Gus Charif oversees the execution of Safe Spaces’ strategic plan and ensures daily operations run smoothly. His long personal history of working with refugees began during the Lebanese civil war when, as a teenager, he helped local community leaders organize and shelter displaced Lebanese and Palestinians, while also volunteering at a local hospital. He led teams of students in preparing and delivering food to refugees and volunteered in one of the largest refugee camps in Lebanon, Ain El Hilwe, in his home town of Saida. After graduating from medical school in Russia in 1988, he returned to Lebanon and worked as a general practitioner for “Secours Populaire Libanais,” a nonprofit providing free medical services to those in need. He also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross as a physician for their mobile clinic mission in southern Lebanon. Gus is currently president & CEO of iMedReviews and lives in Dallas with his wife and two teenage children.



Jamie Griffin is the founder and principal of Good Workforce. He has nearly 20 years of experience in restaurants working in multiple facets of a high-growth quick service restaurant chains.  He is the founder and principal at Good Workforce where he specializing in helping restaurant chains improve, scale and grow their businesses through better strategy, people, systems and processes. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University and an Executive MBA from Tulane University, which he earned while commuting between Dallas and New Orleans.

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Megan Giesecke previously lived and worked in the Middle East with an international relief and development NGO, where she first witnessed the impacts of violent conflict & displacement. She has since volunteered with several local Dallas non-profits, including Human Rights Initiative of North Texas which provides legal aid to asylum seekers. These experiences led her to study conflict transformation, psychosocial trauma, and participatory theater at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Megan is also a passionate student of languages, including Arabic, and currently oversees translations at a global market research company headquartered in Plano.



Mara worked in corporate marketing and higher education administration before entering the world of ministry and non-profit work.  During her time as an administrator in the Cox School of Business, she simultaneously pursuing a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology and was accepted into the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program, commissioned in May 2017. Mara is working towards a career as an active duty chaplaincy and is currently ordained by Trinity of Full Gospel Churches. Additionally, she is serving as a staff member at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church.



Beaux Wellborn has spent much of his adult life dedicated to helping people in need. He has started programs like the Bully Suicide Project, 40 Acts of Kindness, and most recently a Backpack Project to help our cities homeless population and underserved children in Irving. He has been featured on CNN, Fox, and CBS Evening News for Katie Couric. In 2016, he was awarded a National Community Service Award and was named one of 2016 Texans with Character. He has a passion for service, traveling, and friends and family.