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Team

Meet the people making a positive impact on communities everywhere

Board of Directors

Nicole-biopage

Nicole leapt at the chance to co-chair EHN’s board to focus on expanding career programming to the growing EHN Alumni Network. Grateful.

Nicole Williams

Board Chair, Career Expert and Bestselling Author
CarissaPhelps1

Law degree from UCLA? Check.
Entrepreneur? Check.
MBA from there too? Check.
Author or RUNAWAY GIRL? Check.
Survivor of human trafficking who is on our board so she can spread the world and help more survivors sooner?
Check. Extraordinary.

CARISSA PHELPS

EHN Ambassador, CEO Runaway Girl
Puja-biopage

At a time when democracy, justice, and basic dignity are under attack, Puja seeks to put her personal and professional energies toward women of color's leaders, governance, and civic power at all levels of society.

Puja Dhawan

Board Member, Leader in Social Justice Philanthropy & Women’s Rights Work
Maureen O’Toole

Living in a world of finance and not having a ton of female role models, Maureen is changing that. Fiscal independence is something Maureen is extremely passionate about, and leads the way in making her mark with EHN.

Maureen O’Toole

Board Member, Head of Investor Development at Wealth Management company
ChetGowda1

With her parents being born in India, and with trafficking epidemic in India, Chet appreciated the correlation between education and opportunity. EHN Foundation is built around this core.

Chetana Gowda

Secretary of the Board
Kerrie-Team Page

She leads the way as the Treasurer of EHN and understands the power of funding and sustainability. More excel spreadsheets please.

Kerri McKeever

Treasurer of the Board, CFA
RachelThomas-BioPhoto

Former music video model and sex trafficking survivor Rachel Thomas is a dynamic educator who speaks from the heart and aims at the head. EHN is so much stronger with her leadership.

Rachel Thomas

Board Member, Director of Sowers Education Group, Author
LisaSpecht-BioPhoto

Accomplished lawyer - check, civic leader- check, former television journalist - check, emeritus chair of the board of the Los Angeles Music Center - check and now drumroll please, EHN board member - check!

Lisa Specht

Board Member, Lawyer, Civic Leader and Former Television Journalist
Summer

Leading the marketing effort for Empower Her Network is a perfect fit, as Summer cares deeply about this human rights violation happening in her own backyard. Summer brings an expertise in all things branding and marketing and is proud to be part of the anti-trafficking movement.

Summer Taylor

Board Member, Founder + Creative Director of Local Revival, Inc.
Crystal-biopage

It’s a network for a reason. As Vice President of Communications at Aetna, she is a guiding light for board strategy, growth, corporate giving contacts, and helps us get the word out. Amazing.

Crystal Walker

VP, Communications at Aetna, a CVS Health Company
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Working in the anti-trafficking field for a decade, THORN benefitted from her strategy and operations expertise, and now EHN has the good fortune to learn from Brooke!

Brooke Istook

Board Member, Social Impact Executive and Human Trafficking Expert
CortneyTeamspage

Cortney Stapleton

Board Member, CEO and Owner of The Bliss Group

Empower Her Network Team

EHN Advocate TEAM

Team

Kristy – team page

Committed to serving survivors across the US and creating opportunities for them to become their own change agents is what Kristy is all about – and having fun on the way!

Kristy Norbert, LCSW

Co-founder, Executive Director
Abby_BiosPage

Founder. Strategist. Data geek. Grower of all things. Empower Her Network thrives because of all that Abby is and does. As Head of Strategic Partnerships, EHN is ready for this year and ten years from now. Rock on Abby!

Abby Fabiaschi

Co-Founder, Director of Partnerships
Kate – team page

Ten years of working with survivors of trafficking, Kate has seen the magic that happens when societal barriers are removed and survivors have a chance to prove themselves. And we have seen the positive explosion that happens when Kate works alongside this path!

Kate Okamoto, LCSW-R

Program Director
Camille – team page

As Camille works on her PhD in psychology while working in the anti-human trafficking for years, California survivors find her warmth and mindfulness exactly what they need as they pursue Destination: Her Choice.

Camille Mica, PhD, ABD

Texas Empowerment Advocate
Katherine- team page

No one does it better than Katherine when fighting against discrimination and structural oppression. Her fortitude in her advocacy is felt by all.

Katherine Williams, LCSW

New York Empowerment Advocate
Erica – Team page

Erica got involved in this work in part because her grandmother was a survivor. She brings her to every encounter she has. Erica believes that survivors can change their story, and that ending is good.

Erica Howard, LSW

Northeast Ohio Area Manager
Jessica – team page

``Empower Her Network exists as an innovator of opportunity and genuine support in the moments that are needed the most. It is great to be a part of an organization that represents a cause which bridges hope and builds new chances to success``

Jessica Hernandez, MANP

California Empowerment Advocate
Lauren-BioPage

The more Lauren learned about human trafficking, the more driven and passionate she became to help survivors and their families. Ask anyone who knows Lauren, she is dedicated to the movement and doing everything she can to walk with survivors to reach their potential.

Lauren N Benjamin, MSW, VASI

Mid-Atlantic Empowerment Advocate
Hazel – team page (253 × 335 px)

Hazell is a fierce supporter of LGBTQ+ survivors of ipv, trauma, and resilience. Hailing from Boston, the world will benefit from all of her anti-oppression work.

Hazell Imbert, LMHC

New England Empowerment Advocate
Joshlyn – team page

Empower Her Network's partnerships and their approach to the fight against human trafficking, one survivor at a time is something that is needed in the movement. I am honored to be able to walk alongside this journey with women ready to change their lives.

Joshlyn Lawhorn, MWGS

Florida Empowerment Advocate
Tika – team page

Talk about leadership. Tika shows us all what grace under fire looks and feels like, and survivors feel her unrelenting and unwavering support in walking alongside them in their journeys.

Tika Thornton, Lived Experience Expert

California Empowerment Advocate
Robin – team page

You may catch Robin doing a TikTok with her daughter, or doing everything she can to push the voices and agenda of survivors forward with her advocacy. She is a force, and a great dancer!

Robin Miller, Lived Experience Expert

Pacific Northwest Empowerment Advocate
Marlie_Teamspage

ROLL TIDE.... Marlie is rock solid as EHN's Alabama Advocate. Marlie enjoys time with her daughter, providing support to survivors, and being part of the anti-trafficking movement!!!

Marlie Hyde, LCSW

Alabama Empowerment Advocate
Samura – team page

Database updated. Check. Payments out. Check. Payroll complete. Check. Social media posted. Check. Financials done. Check. You name it, Samura can put a check behind it with kindness and love.

Samura Yoosuf

Empower Her Network Executive Assistant

Melba Robinson

 

The Ultimate Advocate, passed away May 2nd, 2023.  Melba was the first Advocate to join EHN, and will forever remain the soul of our network.  We will carry Melba’s passion, work ethic, grace, and “purpose” in everything we do.  She will continue to be the thread to weave us all together, and will continue to be our Angel “Ultimate” Advocate.

Advisory Network

Katisha Andrews

With a passion for social justice, and racial and gender equality, Katisha works with the Program Committee to help ensure we are always aligned with our practices and policies. Her voice is valuable to our program and the future of EHN.

Katisha Andrew

Coordinator for CILEC (Citiwide Immigrant Legal Empowerment Collaborative)
Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco

An expert researcher on human trafficking, Kimberly guides us on our metrics and helps with the foundation of what to measure. We started off with a research/ business model because of her support and work.

Kimberly Mehlman- Orozco

Accomplished Survey Methodologist, Research Scientist, and Quantitative and Qualitative Consultant on issues related to human trafficking
Lisa Salzer

Lisa, founder of Lulu Frost, created the Empowerment Bracelet alongside survivors of human trafficking to help launch Empower Her Network. She has donated all of the proceeds back to EHN, and has impacted so many survivors because of this impact.

Lisa Salzer-Wiles

Designer and Founder of Lulu Frost Jewelery
Julie Zuraw

Empowered Women Empower Women. Julie, an expert in developing executives and corporate positioning strategy works with EHN Board and Executives on the power of our voices and moving forward with power and sustainability. Because Empowered Women Empower Women/

Julie Zuraw

Founder and CEO of Julie Zuraw Group
Laura Brodsky

“How can I help” was Laura’s call to us? She now focuses her fundraising experience and advocacy on marginalized populations. Thrilled she is on our team!

Laura Brodsky

Community Activist, Fundraiser Extradinaire
kellie2a

Her Ted Talk was inspiring. She built the highly regarded Center for Equity, Gender, and Inclusion (EGAL) at Berkeley and consulted the biggest brands in the world on social impact. Now she’s using her talent and voice to change the trajectory for survivors of human trafficking in the United States. Once you know, you can’t unknow.

Kellie McElhaney

Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at Berkeley Haas Business School
christinewhite-long

Going from teaching 1 course on human trafficking a year at University of Maryland, Christine now impacts 240 students a year who take her classes on human trafficking. They now know what’s up because of Christine, and Christine’s on a mission to educate more through EHN!

Christine White

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Rebecca-Possee

When she’s not being a boss in the boardroom, speaking on stage or trying to use a dry erase board to plan her next entrepreneurial idea, Rebecca can be found at home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest – in sweats with a messy bun and a cold foam cold brew.

Rebecca Bender

CEO & Founder, RBI, Survivor Leader and Author of In Pursuit of Love
Valerie-Posse

Valerie is looking forward to using her creative ideas, skills, and knowledge to help EHN's marketing jump to the next level and help as many survivors as possible.

Valerie Bonner

Senior Producer, FCB Chicago
Jen-PosseeFirst

Jennifer believes we are here to do much more and bigger things outside of ourselves. So when the opportunity presented itself to work with EHN, she quickly agreed. With her branding and design experience, she's the perfect person to help take EHN's brand to the next level.

Jennifer Medina-McCormick

Owner/Creative Director, Medina Creative Design
TonyaCornileus-PossePage

Tonya believes that survivors should be given the option for a new destination - ``Destination; Her Choice.``

Tonya Cornileus

VP of Development, Inclusion and Wellness, ESPN
McKennaCallahan-Possee

Part time dog walker and full-time dog mom - McKenna's life was changed forever when she realized human trafficking is happening in her back yard. She is now part of the movement and part of EHN!

McKenna Callahan

EHN's Alumni Coordinator