Specialist Support Worker
Amorette, an American sportswear fashion designer, was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She first pursued her studies in fashion at the Art Institute Of NYC and now continues her studies at Parsons School of Design. She’s a Notary Public and recently started taking an online course in ASL.
Amorette loves puzzles, painting, and dancing in her free time.
Funding Consultant, Artist & Events Liaison
Andrew has been with Love146 over 6 years. Andrew likes to be useful and British. Since setting up our fledgling office in 2004, his role morphed from “go-to guy” (infrastructure, I.T. events, fundraising) to a focus on fundraising via events and arts. His 25+ years in music tours and corp. events serves him well.
Prevention Advisory Specialist
Aria Jefferson serves as the Prevention Advisory Specialist for Love146. She is a native Floridian, but also considers herself to be a Texan, as she now resides in Houston. She studied Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida, and joined Teach for America upon graduating. After three years in the classroom, she enrolled at the University of Texas School of Public Health where she earned her Masters degree with a concentration in community health practice.
Prior to joining the Love146 team, Aria worked on a community based project aiming to reduce unplanned teen pregnancies, where she piloted school-based curriculum activities.
She is passionate about adolescent health, social justice movements, educational equity, traveling, reading, laughing with her fiancé, and hugs from her dog, Huxley.
Love146 Vietnamese Interpreter
US Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
David hails from the great state of Texas. Before joining Love146, he worked extensively in Southern Africa with HIV/AIDS & Orphan issues. He has also traveled to many countries leading short-term service teams in Africa, Central America, Europe & the Middle East. When not at the office, you can often find him making a meal with friends, playing rock and roll, conspiring with friends or plotting a small adventure.
Director of Asia Survivor Care
Love146′s Aftercare programs are devised and directed by Dr. Gundelina Velazco, a recognized international consultant in counseling psychology. Dr. Velazco has taught in institutions in Malaysia, South Africa, and the USA, particularly in the therapy of traumatized children. She has also conducted workshops in Ireland, England, Thailand, Brazil, Namibia, Romania, India, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. She was a university professor in the Philippines in the fields of psychology, education, research, and counseling for nine years. She has authored three books and a number of journal and book articles. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Velazco obtained her education in the Philippines, USA, UK, and France in the fields of nursing, education, gestalt therapy, drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation, and test development. In recognition of her work among the world’s street children, Dr. Velazco received the Presidential Award, Pamana ng Filipino Award, in December 2004, a recognition bestowed on Filipinos overseas for excellence and distinction in their work or profession. She was also the recipient of the International Humanitarian Award from the APA in 2008, an award bestowed on a psychologist with exemplary contribution to humanity.
Executive Programs Director
Stephanie Goins, Ph.D., serves as Executive Programs Director for Love146. From 1990 to 2010, Stephanie served with Youth With a Mission focusing on children in difficult circumstances, discipling, team building and training, and counseling. She and her husband, J., have worked in Africa, Europe and the United States. Stephanie holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Wales and a Masters in Psychology from the University of West Florida.
US Survivor Care Program Director
Erin Williamson, MSW/MPA, serves as the Survivor Support Coordinator for Love146. Erin has over 10 years of direct service, program management, and applied research experience in the fields of social service and criminal justice, with particular expertise in the areas of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Her direct service experience includes working with survivors of child sexual exploitation in Mexico and Kenya, and providing oversight and counseling to youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Erin also worked for Polaris Project and Projection Project prior to joining Love146.
Filipina started working at the Round Home as caregiver in March 2015. She has two children, aged 30 years and 26 years.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Grace made the move to Charlotte after graduating from Berry College with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Psychology. While in school, she worked closely with local non-profits as a Bonner Scholar and she attributes these experiences to her passion for working for social justice. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, playing board games, and spending time with friends.
With a huge passion for social wellbeing, Hannah acquired a Bachelors in Arts in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2010. Counseling was her career goal until a position as a hotel bookkeeper sparked her interest in finance. Before continuing education in finance, she fulfilled a deep desire to work for an NGO in northwestern Nicaragua for a year. There she read and had first-hand experience with the effects of injustice and poverty, which fanned her flame of passion for social justice. There she also met her husband, who also from North Carolina, wooed her back to the land of the pines where she soon came into contact with Love146. She is currently working with Jennifer as a bookkeeper to help support the financial side of the organization. Thus her two worlds and passions collided there.
She is pursuing more education in finance and hopefully will get her CPA license in the next few years. When she isn’t having fun with numbers, she is probably playing her keyboard, keeping the world’s longest Facebook message running with her college roommates, or trying out a new recipe on her husband.
Mobilization & Partnerships Strategist
Heather Fischer, B.S. in Psychology, is the Mobilization & Partnership Strategist for Love146. Her role at Love146 is to partner with government agencies, major corporations, and mobilize and equip communities to recognize and respond to human trafficking. Heather brings experience in community education, professional development, hospitality outreach and training, with particular focus in the areas of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, to the Love146 team. Heather currently serves on the Department of Justice Civil Rights Community Working Group, New York Capital Region Anti-Trafficking Task Force, and Twitter Trust & Safety Council.
Director of Finance & Employee Engagement
Jennifer is a native New Yorker, who now lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and their two extremely spoiled dogs. Prior to joining Love146, Jennifer worked in accounting in the commercial real estate sector, as well as in operations management for various small businesses. Driven by a passion for the issue of trafficking, she left the business world in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since. She has had the extraordinary privilege of working for Love146 since the beginning, and has been with the organization for 10+ years. She spends her free time working towards her Masters Degree at SNHU and enjoying time with family and friends. She’s an avid reader, coffee connoisseur, and a believer in annual viewings of “The West Wing” (in its entirety). Hope, joy, and love are among her favorite things to pursue in life.
Jessica Cord made her debut into the commercial and tech industry as a Fashion Editorial Photographer. After graduating from Appalachian State University with degrees in Photography and Global Studies, she left the Blue Ridge Mountains, traveling coast-to-coast and around the world, where she worked in India at a home for previously trafficked and at-risk children. There she discovered a passion to use her knack for tech and coding to build sustainable and beautiful systems for social good. Since joining Love146 in 2013, she now serves as the Tech Specialist and finds joy and gratitude each day to be a part of such an impactful organization. Jessica is an avid arts-and-crafter, proud mother of rescued Greyhound, Betty Machete, and fat cat, Charlie, and still watches cartoons every Saturday morning with her partner, Alan.
Survivor Care Program Assistant
Joanne started working with Love146 in September 2014. Before that, she worked in San Pablo General Hospital San Pablo City, Laguna as a Staff Nurse. She was first hired by Love146 as a Houseparent/Nurse/Multitasker and Education Coordinator. Then from January to December 2015 she was promoted as White Home Coordinator. In January 2016, she was again promoted as Survivor Care Program Assistant.
Media & Marketing Strategist
Josh is a long-time journalist with experience in Nairobi, Kenya, Burlington, Vermont, and New Haven, Connecticut. He came to Love146 honoring a tradition of telling stories of human resilience and hope, and is attracted to the idea of using narrative as a tool in the movement to end child trafficking and exploitation. Though born in southern Vermont, Josh is a happy transplant to New Haven – a small city with a big heart, an accessible and vibrant cultural life, and irresistible (though never-ending) debates about which of our pizza establishments serve the best pizza in the world. (FYI: he votes for Sally’s.) When not drawing inspiration from the people he works with (great crew!) and the people he is writing about, Josh enjoys old-time music, going to the theater, and hanging out with his wife, Julie, who has an amazing knack for helping him see the world in new ways.
ReImagine Resale Manager
Kim Thomas serves as the ReImagine Resale Manager. She is a proud native Houstonian. She studied at Southwestern A/G University where she earned degrees in Professional Development, Music and Biblical Studies. She has numerous years of experience in retail and customer service, but realized how unfulfilled she felt. Her passion is to use her skills and experience to help be a catalyst for change in the abolition of child exploitation.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, enjoying great food, and watching Netflix.
Director of Prevention
As Director of Prevention for Love146, an international human rights organization working to eradicate child trafficking and exploitation, Kimberly Casey leads the organization’s prevention efforts in North America and is responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and models to ensure high individual impact and systemic change. She brings more than ten years of experience in strategic planning, program management, and public policy, with particular expertise in the area of at-risk and exploited youth.
Kimberly’s role includes strategic planning and the promotion of collaboration across sectors and disciplines. She leads a team that advises schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on the implementation of effective prevention and identification strategies for diverse populations of youth. Strategies that are based on Love146’s direct experience providing a spectrum of services including community education, prevention, early intervention, and survivor care. Kimberly formed and oversees a multi-organization, interdisciplinary team of child protection and education experts in the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of Not a #Number, Love146’s child trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum.
Kimberly began her career at the U.S. Department of Education where she focused on international education, literacy, human trafficking, crisis response, and community programs for at-risk youth. She also facilitated international exchanges between the U.S. Secretary of Education and her international counterparts, and she worked to create dialogue between international partners on literacy and basic education.
Prior to joining the Love146 team, Kimberly served as an international nonprofit consultant specializing in women and children’s issues. In this role, she worked with clients to build their organizational capacity through innovative program development and strategic partnership collaboration.
Kimberly holds a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University and studied international organizations and human rights at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Grant Accountant & Finance Coordinator
LaNaria is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Charlotte since 2007. Prior to working at Love146, she has worked in accounting in various fields, such as higher education and banking. She holds her B.S. in Finance from Hampton University and a M.B.A. from Hofstra University.
LaNaria was immediately drawn to the mission of Love146, as she pursues a life full of hope, impact, thoughtfulness and humility. She plans to further her education by obtaining her CPA license in the near future. LaNaria plans to use her gifts and education to have an impact both domestically and internationally
Outside of work, she loves finding great deals as some have labeled her an extreme/dedicated couponer. In addition she also loves spending quality time with her husband and 2 sons.
Survivor Care Program Manager
Laurie Dunford, LCSW, serves as the US Survivor Care Case Manager for Love146. She comes to Love146 with over 10 years of clinical social work experience working with youth who have a variety of backgrounds; with a focus working with youth who have experienced trauma. In addition, she has served as a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, for ConnSACS and worked with both victims and offenders of domestic violence. Laurie has served overseas in Nigeria in a Foster Care/HIV program and in Greece doing outreach to those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation.
She is passionate about changing social norms that contribute to cycles of violence. In her spare time Laurie loves to seek a good adventure, hiking, skydiving, traveling, and running.
UK Care Director
Lynne Chitty joins Love146 Europe as the UK Care Director with over 20 years experience working specifically with trafficked children from abroad.
Lynne has become a revered specialist in anti-trafficking work, being called to hold trainings and conferences anywhere from NGO’s such as Salvation Army and Save the Children, to governmental agencies such as Immigration Services, police, and foster care. She has undertaken presentations for Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords on the subject of Child Trafficking, as well as being invited by Minister Harriet Harman to discuss with her the issues relating to Child Trafficking in the United Kingdom and other countries.
Before coming to Love146 Europe, she served as the Children’s Service Manager for Barnardo’s Trafficking Service for Hampshire and London, with support for the Manchester service. With an extensive background in Social Work, she has become a leader and specialist in the field. While working within a Child Asylum Team for trafficked children from 1990 to 2004, she set up what was then then only safe house for trafficked children in the UK. She then began work for Integrated Care as the Manager of UK Trafficked Children’s Resources. While serving in this position, she lead a team in opening another safe house for trafficked children.
Aside from her work directly with children, Lynne is a leading researcher and activist in the anti-trafficking movement. Working with Barnardo’s, she scooped the prevalence of trafficking in the Hampshire, London and Manchester areas, and has undertaken research work with Amnesty International and UNICEF. Her work in the field has landed her as a speaker and panel member of a child trafficking conference held by the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
While being a part of the Love146 Europe team, she still continues her research, advising, and training throughout the UK, serving as an active member with various anti-trafficking boards and groups.
Marilyn joined the Love146 team in 2009 and is responsible for writing, designing, and directing much of what you see and hold in your hands from Love146: our website, brochures, newsletters, emails, and videos. She has a degree from Flagler College where she studied Graphic Design and Philosophy/Religion. Particularly interested in the human experiences of trauma and healing, Marilyn seeks to use her designs to handle the issue of child trafficking in a way dignifies and empowers both the subject of her work as well as the audiences engaging with these communications pieces. She is responsible for maintaining and shaping Love146’s style, brand, and communications philosophy. On a constant search for things of great value, Marilyn seeks to make what she finds emotionally and intellectually accessible. Marilyn grew up on swamp in Florida and now lives in New England with her husband Tim. Her favorite color is yellow.
Director of Development & Mobilization
Matthew Miller started as Faith Community Coordinator at Love146 in 2010, working with churches and Love146 faith-based Task Forces on financial development and movement mobilization. He became Director of Development in 2015. After spending the first 20 years of his career starting and running his own business, he helped plant Terra Nova Church in Troy and Saratoga Springs, New York. Pilgrim, Husband, Father, Friend, Abolitionist, he loves skiing, cycling, motorcycles, Airstreams, rock n roll and New York sports teams. Matthew lives in upstate New York with his wife Frieda, and sons Emmott and Isaac.
UK Operations Manager
President and Co-founder
Rob Morris is the President and Co-founder of Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation.
Rob thinks it is awkward to write a bio in “third person”, pretending that someone else is writing it. So he asked those who matter most to him, know him best and would be the most honest, to tell you about him…his six children:
“Rob is short. He is passionate, funny, patient and makes the best lasagna. He’s a rock star, mentor and friend. Rob’s the most considerate person ever and makes people happy…not sure why, but he has that affect. He gives good advice, is afraid of clowns and can’t dance. He’s the best speaker I ever heard and his favorite word is “bizarre.” Rob likes the New York Yankees and loves chicken parm, He’s the best storyteller ever, and does things that matter and make a difference. “
And from his youngest…”Me and Dad go fishing.”
Director of Operations
Sarah has dedicated her professional career to social missions. She oversaw economic development efforts in St. Louis while at the helm of Arch Grants and in the mountains of India while a Clinton Fellow. Sarah advanced safe medicine in emerging markets through her startup, PharmaSecure. Now in her second tenure at Love146, Sarah once again lives in Connecticut. She enjoys all things outdoors with her husband, three year old daughter, and newbie son. Sarah holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Gordon College and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.
Operations and Survivor Care Program Coordinator
As with many of us at Love146 Steve’s abolitionist journey has it all – some laughs, some tears, some romance. The flame of justice was in him as a child – skip 19 years (school, first love, drama teams). Having graduated with a degree in TV Production from Bournemouth Uni (UK) he set about to find fame and fortune in the United States. Shooting television news he survived 3 hurricanes, various tornadoes and general cat-stuck-up-a-tree stories. After a brief stint in the movies (with some famous people that he’s not going to name drop here) he took his Dawson’s Creek wardrobe collection (studio sale) and headed to Washington DC where producing documentaries, live television and cool police videos gave him something to write home about. Three years later he found himself producing videos in West Africa while facing the reality of injustice face-to-face. His dreams of directing the Oscars quickly faded as he saw the impact one human has on another. Based out of Texas, he worked with a global charity for three years, documenting stories of hope and healing, while the flame of justice began again to rise.
And then he met Rob. With a thing for the big thinking people, Steve and his wife invited Rob back for dinner, skip another year (baby, then another baby), Steve and his rapidly growing family moved to Connecticut, New England (bit like old England but newer and suited Steve nicely) and from there began to work with the small team to grow a movement of abolition. One day in SE Asia he witnessed a young girl share her story of being sold for sex. At that moment the flame of justice roared to a fire and ignited his journey towards abolition. Steve hails from the island of the Brits but having accepted the Boston tea party as a historical fact he decided to also embrace American citizenship. He’s inspired daily by Jamie, his remarkable wife and soul mate (who helps keep him sane), and his three energetic kids (who help keep him sleep deprived).
Texas Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Tiffany Runyan, M.S.S. in Sports Management, is the Love146 Texas Strategic Partnership Coordinator. Prior to joining Love146, Tiffany spent the majority of her career working in professional sports. Through her church in Arizona, Tiffany was exposed to the issue of child trafficking happening all around the world. She has been passionately involved ever since having spent time in Africa, Fiji, Cambodia and in the USA working with organizations focused on finding an end to the problem.
Just a small town girl, she took the midnight train going to anywhere…
Tiffany grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. After college, her love for warmer weather and professional sports took her to Arizona and eventually Florida where she met her husband, Adam. A military transfer relocated them to Houston – back home for Adam. They are expecting their first child in January.
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