Leadership

Board of Directors 

Sarah Haught | Founder and President

Sarah Haught is the founder of Beauty From Ashes Ranch. Sarah is responsible for the vision, strategy, and facilitation of the team behind Beauty From Ashes Ranch. Isaiah 61:3 ends with, “The planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified”. Sarah’s strong Christian faith has guided her to help others since childhood and plant her faith in the Lord into the lives of the community. Whether it is missionary work overseas, coordinating memorial events for fallen soldiers, or working with the Special Olympics, Sarah has always given her time, faith, and love to others. Sarah attended college on scholarships for soccer, track and field, and cross country. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Jefferson State College. Sarah’s desire to help the community lead her career in law enforcement.  She has worked 9 years as a police officer, crisis intervention technician, and undercover officer in the Street Crime Interdiction Unit.

She is a member of the Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network (SAATURN). Sarah has been a teacher and mentor for students at Pima Community College for 3 years. Sarah sets the example through personal action and faith in God. She has the experience to build teams, and direct them to glorify God through helping others.

During her time working in the sex trafficking unit, Sarah saw a need for a long-term holistic care facility in order for survivors to fully escape and heal from their traumatic past. Sarah was always taught by her parents while growing up, “See a need and fill it.”

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lauri Haught | Treasurer

Lauri Haught was born and raised in Arizona, graduated from Central High School in Phoenix, and attended college on a scholarship . Lauri excelled in track and field in high school and college. Lauri has been married for 36 years to Carrel Haught, and is the mother of four incredible girls, Sarah, Melissa, Jessica & Shauna.  

The exceptional qualities and faith in the Lord that make Lauri a leader have driven Lauri to maintain a successful career. Lauri was a successful entrepreneur with Tupperware, Avon, and tax return preparation. She held several management positions in customer service and is currently working in all facets of accounting.

Lauri always steps up and takes leadership positions showing her daughters and other women they can be leaders, raise a family and maintain a career. Lauri is proof that all things are possible with Christ.

Mickey Petersen | Vice President  

Mickey Petersen has over 20 years law enforcement experience, a masters in education and an exemplary military career. Mickey has seen first hand the devastation and tragedies from sex trafficking. He has dedicated his life to protecting this country and helping others succeed, making him the perfect fit for Beauty from Ashes Ranch.  

Nick Cruz | Board Member

Nicklos Cruz has served with Beauty From Ashes Ranch since its inception. Working alongside the founder, Sarah Haught, to build the base of the organization. Nicklos has spent most of his adult life as a business owner in and or working in the development industry at a management/executive level. Nicklos currently acts as the CEO of a multi-market development company.

The issue of sex trafficking became heavy on his heart while serving as an intern for a pastor at Calvary Chapel. During this time he attended an event for the education of this huge issue facing the world today.  It made him realize there are many groups and or organizations that educate on human and sex trafficking but only a few that rehabilitate and help the victim. This realization thus put a spark in his eye and he knew he had to help. 

Carrel Haught | Board Member

Carrel Haught has been a leader in facilities management in the special event industry for more than 15 years. Carrel doesn’t brag about accomplishments; he is the type of man who builds teams, solves problems, and gets things done.

Whether on a construction site, ranch, or concert with thousands attending, Carrel is the man who makes things work. He is a true Arizona cowboy who has successfully managed organizations for over 30 years. Carrel has been married for 36 years and raised strong powerful daughters who are leaders themselves. Carrel has led his family to follow Christ’s example to see a need and fill it.

Carrel is a man who can accomplish anything and fears nothing because he knows Jesus. Beauty from Ashes Ranch is ultimately a result of the faith and love he and his wife provided for their daughters. Carrel does not need titles and praise, as being a part of the ranch is proof his service to God will continue for another generation through his daughters. The greatest title he holds is, “humble servant of the Lord.”

Erik Bauer| Advisor

Erik Bauer, Attorney at Law, has over 30 years of experience practicing law out of his home base in Tacoma, Washington. His practice has focused on representing abused children, and adults who were abused as children, in successful lawsuits against the perpetrators and other responsible entities.

Mr. Bauer has tried a variety of cases in State and Federal Courts, ranging from death penalty murder cases to personal injury claims. Recently, Mr. Bauer was highly focused on a series of cases involving minor plaintiffs in lawsuits against Backpage.com, a website devoted to prostitution advertisements. Backpage has enjoyed remarkable success in providing a nationwide forum for pimps to promote for sale, their victims of human sex trafficking. Backpage makes over 37 million dollars per year in revenue from their human trafficking website. Mr. Bauer played a huge role in taking the website down and continues the fight against sex trafficking today.

Beth Kennedy | Event Coordinator, Advisor

Beth Kennedy has devoted her life to helping children succeed. She is a retired physical educator and devotes her free time to helping kid's dreams come true through Make-A-Wish Foundation.  When she heard about Beauty From Ashes she jumped at the chance to be a part of it. She has played an integral role of promoting and developing this organization.