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Jeremy Courtney
Founder & Executive Director, Iraq

It’s hard to write about what Jeremy can do, because we’re not really sure what he can’t do. Between web & graphic design, photo and videography, writing & recording music, learning languages and much more, he’s quite multi-talented. But it’s his vision and leadership that drive Preemptive Love forward.
For more on Jeremy (bio, schedule, etc.) –>

Cody Fisher
Founder & Development Director, Iraq

Cody is the epitome of a peacemaker, and it shows. You can see it in the books he reads, the things he says (and the way he says them), or just the way things feel calmer when he’s around. For him, a good day is spent waging peace through photography, storytelling, stirring up dialogue, saving kids, and inspiring communities to engage “the other”. For more of Cody’s story –>

Michelle Fisher
Finance Director, Iraq

Michelle double-majored in International Business and Management. Mix that in with her years of experience living overseas, and you’ve got a perfect fit for our Financial Director. Without Michelle to write up financial reports, keep track of donations, and reconcile our accounts (and much more), we couldn’t do what we do! When not crunching numbers, Michelle can be found visiting families, hosting friends, and checking up on children after their surgery.

For finance-related questions, please feel free to email Michelle: michelle[@]

Matt Willingham
Press Secretary, Iraq

Matt started tracking with PLC’s work back in the beginning. After visiting Iraq and seeing PLC’s work first-hand, he felt compelled to come on full-time. His love for the written word coupled with an addiction to social media make him a great addition to our online development team. Matt is also fond of traveling, discussing and reading theology, taking photos and spicy food.

Cayla Willingham
Remedy Mission Coordinator, Iraq

For Cayla, a short conversation with Jessica Courtney over coffee in college was the first of many dominos to fall toward Iraq. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find Cayla visiting families and coordinating all the logistics for our volunteer teams from around the world. Off the clock Cayla enjoys cooking up great food, haggling at the local bazaar, and dominating at Words With Friends. Yes, dominating.



David Statham
David Statham is Technology Manager, North American IS Strategy & Innovation, and Resource Management at Toyota Motor Sales in Los Angeles, CA. David works directly with Toyota’s North America CIO and previously provided IT consulting to multiple Fortune 500 clients (e.g. Warner Bros, Fox Entertainment, Microsoft, and Sony). He was honored as Toyota’s “Employee of the Month” in September 2009 for his work in Iraq with the Preemptive Love Coalition. Mr. Statham received his BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona in 1998.

Justin Blount
Corporate Secretary
Justin Blount is an Assistant Professor of Business Law in the Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University where he teaches courses in business law and business ethics. He previously served for seven years as Associate General Counsel for a publicly traded financial services company. Mr. Blount is admitted to practice law in all state courts in the State of Texas and has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Blount holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he graduatedmagna cum laude, a Juris Doctor from the Baylor University School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

Preston Fischer
Preston Fischer is an independent litigation technology consultant with specific focus on enterprise e-discovery and compliance. Bringing a history of e-discovery consulting and product management, Mr. Fischer equips Fortune 500 firms and Federal agencies with needed expertise to meet the unique technical challenges posed by complex litigation and regulatory requirements. His experience within the industry includes executive leadership roles in litigation support firms and enterprise software providers. Mr. Fischer holds a BBA from Howard Payne University and a MBA from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

JR Pershall
JR Pershall is a Retail Sales Manager for AT&T Mobility. JR provides leadership and development to a team of 33 in their efforts to deliver seamless communication and entertainment solutions for consumers and small-to-medium-sized businesses. He was honored with AT&T’s esteemed Service Excellence Award in recognition of his dedication to excellent customer service, his investment in and the development of his team, as well as his volunteer work with the Preemptive Love Coalition. JR also serves on an internal customer experience advisory counsel that helps to improve AT&T processes on local, regional and national levels. JR received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Howard Payne University in 2004.

Cody Fisher
Cody’s life has been centered around developing communities around him, starting with the community in Southern California where he grew up. After graduating from college in the Midwest, he immediately moved back to California where he began investing in and mentoring local youth. His influence began to expand to the streets of Santa Barbara where he immersed himself and others in the forgotten culture and lives of those living on the streets while teaching them how to effectively come alongside others and walk with them towards multi-dimensional reconciliation. Cody’s passion for empowering others began to lead him all over the world and in 2007 it put him in northern Iraq where he began to spearhead projects for an NGO that had helped rebuild Kurdistan and Iraq since 1991. PLC is one of the results of his growing passion for those around him and his desire to see them empowered to go out and empower others.

Jim King, Ph.D. – Ex Officio
In 1993, Dr. King went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as Chairperson of the Computer and Information Sciences Department. He became Dean of the College of Business in March, 2000. Dr. King currently consults in business process and systems integration and micro-enterprise development in developing countries. Dr. King received his B.B.A. in Accounting and Quantitative Business Analysis from Baylor University in 1978 and his M.B.A. from Baylor in 1979.

Jeremy Courtney
Jeremy began writing business plans for fun as a junior in college. In 2003 Jeremy and his wife moved to Istanbul, Turkey in hopes of launching one (or more) of these business plans. But doing business cross-culturally and internationally proved to be far more difficult in real life than it was on paper. After a few ditched efforts at social entrepreneurship in Istanbul and south-eastern Turkey, Jeremy was encouraged to pursue a few of his ideas by friends in northern Iraq. A full-time day job with an international relief and development organization gave him his first taste of success in marketing, messaging, fundraising, and seeing people’s lives positively transformed by social programs. It was in this context of success (and not a little failure) that the ideas for Buy Shoes. Save Lives. and the Preemptive Love Coalition were ultimately formed (ironically, without a business plan).

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