Director of US Prevention
Aria Flood serves as the Director of US Prevention for Love146. She is a native Floridian, but now calls Houston home. She studied Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida, and joined Teach for America immediately following graduation. 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.
In her role, she is responsible for curriculum development, program planning, implementation, and evaluation of U.S. prevention activities. Prior to joining the Love146 team, Aria worked on a community based participatory research project aiming to reduce teen pregnancies, where she piloted school-based curriculum activities.
She is passionate about reducing health disparities, traveling, podcasts, and spending time with her family and friends.
Carlee began her journey with Love146 as part of a local volunteer team, where she learned about the realities of human trafficking and committed to doing what she could to contribute to the fight against child trafficking and exploitation. She joined Love146 as an intern in the summer of 2016 and now serves as the Engagement Administrator.
Carlee loves to hike and travel, and she has an addiction to escape rooms. More than anything Carlee enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her husband Jim and three beautiful daughters.
Prevention Training Program Manager
Daniella Alvarado is a proud Latina and Houston native. She attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received her BA in Hispanic Linguistics. While in college her interests in service and health led her to ride with Texas 4000, a student-run, non-profit that raises money in the fight against cancer by cycling from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK.
In 2015 she returned to Houston to complete her Masters degree with a concentration in Public Health. Prior to joining Love146, Daniella was the program coordinator for a community-based organization working with first-generation high school students pursuing STEM careers.
Daniella is passionate about youth development, and the health of immigrant populations. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, camping, and eating all the great food in Houston with her fiancé.
US Prevention Programs Assistant
Desiree Lakey is a Houston native with a drive to serve others. She received her bachelor’s degree in health studies from Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. While attending TSU, she developed such a passion for community health that she went on to receive her master’s in public health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
During graduate school, Desiree became committed to eliminating health disparities at the state and national level. She participated in breast cancer research, worked for a maternal mortality and morbidity taskforce, and developed curricula to aid children who have experienced interpersonal violence. Desiree is excited to be a part of the Love146 team where she can continue the fight to mitigate health disparities and inequities.
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.
Prevention Programs Coordinator
Upon graduating from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.S. in biology, Erin relocated to Houston, Texas. While in college, she continued to hone her passion for helping the less fortunate by volunteering at various organizations primarily focusing on disparities in healthcare and public health. While in Houston, she worked at a consulting firm all the while pursing volunteer opportunities. In 2017, Erin joined Love146 as the Prevention Support Coordinator and is looking forward to dedicating her life to serving her community.
In her free time Erin loves to spend time with her rescue-dog Reagan and new husband, as well as being active and continuing to explore everything Houston has to offer.
Vice President of Global Programs and Strategy
Erin Williamson serves as the Vice President of Global Programs and Strategy for Love146. She is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and operation of Love146’s US Survivor Care and Prevention Education programs. Erin has over 20 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. She has a Masters in Public Administration and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Erin also sits on the US Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children & Youth in the United States.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Grace made the move to Charlotte after graduating from Berry College with a B.S. 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.
Since joining Love146 at the end of 2016, she has developed a love of data and is now a Salesforce Certified Administrator.
She enjoys board games, roller skating, and putting way too much effort into her Halloween costumes.
Prevention Advisory Specialist and Navigator
James received his BA in Sociology at Kenyon College, focusing on neo-colonial impacts of humanitarian aid campaigns in low-and-middle-income countries in East Africa. After he left the cornfields of Ohio, James spent time living and working in development-focused non-profits in Tanzania and the Indian Himalaya. After spending time in Colorado as an outdoor educator James moved to North Carolina to pursue a career grounded in community advocacy. He worked as a case manager for survivors of human trafficking, and in a subsequent position as a medical case manager for individuals living below-the-poverty-line with HIV and AIDS.
All of these experiences pushed James to pursue a Master of Science degree in Global Public Health from Duke University, where he focused on systems responses to institutionalization of orphaned and separated children in India. After completing independent research in New Delhi, James took a position as a research project coordinator for a country-wide pilot study on quality of care in institutions throughout India, in partnership with the Government of India, Duke University, and a number of international organizations.
James is thrilled to put his experience in child protection, case management, and education to use as a Prevention Advisory Specialist and Navigator with Love146! When he is not working he enjoys sea kayaking, rock climbing, and trying to perfect his chapati recipe.
Designer and Operations Specialist
Born and raised in North Lima, Peru, JP is a visual communication designer who has made New Haven his home away from home for more than a decade. He has been dedicated to the artistic aspects of communications from design to video art and all the little bits in between since he was a toddler.
JP believes that graphic design, as well as any other art manifestations, has the power to cause global change when used effectively, which must be done more often. He is very excited about using his creativity and imagination at Love146 to keep children away from danger so they can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment and, therefore, have a happy childhood.
When JP is not designing, he enjoys all sorts of simple and colorful pleasures in life such as listening to music, watching horror movies, exploring new eateries, looking for and playing video games from the second half of the 90s, riding his bike, entertaining friends with his bartending skills, and eating the tastiest cookies in town.
Senior Director of Operations & Human Resources
Jennifer is a native New Yorker, who has been with Love146 for 15+ years, and holds the distinct privilege of being the organization’s first hire back in 2004. Throughout her tenure, she has worked in management of Finance, Human Resources, and Operations. She began her career with Love146 in the New Haven, CT office; and opened the Charlotte, NC office where she worked from 2013-2019 before moving back to Connecticut.
Jennifer is passionate about the end of child trafficking, and how organizational culture works in tandem with strategy to drive towards the accomplishment of Love146’s mission. She holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations, and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.
When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their two spoiled dogs, as well as their community of family and dear friends. She is an avid reader, forever learner, and coffee connoisseur. Hope, joy, and love are among her favorite things to pursue in life.
A native of North Carolina, Jenn joined the Love146 team in 2020 as an Accounting Coordinator. For Jenn, being part of a team to accomplish work larger than herself is of vital importance, and is excited that her financial and administrative background helps her contribute to Love146. She is passionate about helping others and whole-heartedly stands behind the mission of Love146 to end child trafficking and exploitation.
She earned a B.A. from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (go Niners!) and loves living in the Queen City. She is an avid triathlete (swim, bike, run, repeat!) and mentors other women to become triathletes. She loves having the opportunity to spread the joy that triathlon brings her to others.
When not out training or working, she can be found hiking, reading or binge watching something on Netflix with her husband and two dogs.
Prevention Advisory Specialist
Jessica Stewart is a Georgia native and proud Nigerian American who believes in embracing our diversity. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and went on to pursue a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling where she developed a passion for decreasing inequity in healthcare and increasing education and accessibility of services for all populations.
Prior to joining the Love146 team, Jessica worked as a school based therapist providing education, advocacy, and mental health services for multiple school counties in the Greater Atlanta area.
Jessica is passionate about youth development, social justice, equity in healthcare, eating yummy diverse foods, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Video and Digital Media Specialist
Joshua believes that a camera can be one of the most powerful instruments for effecting social change. He studied Documentary Filmmaking and Sociology at the University at Albany. From New York, to the Dominican Republic, to Ethiopia and Ghana, Joshua has traveled around world, working on video projects to bring light to people’s stories and to fight systemic and individual forms of oppression. Joshua is fired up to be a part of the Love146 team that is committed to ending the exploitation of young people.
When he sets down his camera, Joshua enjoys writing music, listening to audio books, cooking brunch with his friends, and hanging out with his (what seems like a hundred) nieces and nephews.
Prevention Advisory Specialist
Kendra joined the Love146 team in 2020 and serves as a Prevention Advisory Specialist. She is a native Houstonian and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.
After 6 years of blizzards in Boston, Kendra returned to Houston’s warmth in 2016 and joined the anti-trafficking movement. Since then, she has worked towards amplifying anti-trafficking education and outreach in Houston. Prior to her role at Love146, she developed the first domestic worker labor trafficking survivor group in Houston, trained organizations and families on workers’ rights and exploitation, and advocated for infrastructure that protects immigrant workers.
Outside of work, Kendra loves exploring dog parks with her rambunctious pup Kali, watching horror movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Senior Director of Finance
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 Intake and Program Coordinator
Maria is Mexican-American, born and raised in New York City. She relocated to West Haven, Connecticut and is working towards her M.S. in Digital Forensic Investigations. She obtained her B.A. in International Criminal Justice and minored in Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. She is passionate about combatting human trafficking and is working on her masters in hopes of becoming an investigator of Human Trafficking and Child exploitation online.
Maria’s hobbies include singing, dancing, and photography. She loves to travel, and go on new adventures with her friends. She is currently raising her puppy, Mia, which can be described as adorably rambunctious.
Director of Communications
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 & their son, Ansel. Her favorite color is yellow.
Survivor Care Employment & Education Manager
Marlena King serves as our Survivor Care Employment & Education Manager. She has several years of experience helping individuals achieve their vocational goals within the State of Connecticut. She attended Southern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelors of Arts. Her love for helping others started during her college years as a mentor to high school students in her hometown.
Marlena enjoys participating in community service events within New Haven county. She is passionate about economic empowerment, social justice, healthcare access, and youth development. Marlena is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” — Kobe Bryant
Monica started out as an Engineer, but her career took a detour when she convinced a family friend to let her do Bookkeeping for his small business. Although Monica figured Accounting would be just another math problem, Accounting Software and Small Business Finance classes proved otherwise. After finishing those courses, though, one question lingered in her mind: What’s the difference between a debit and a credit?
With the single goal of answering her query, Monica enrolled herself into an Accounting 101 class. She found herself enamoured with Accounting, eventually pursuing two accounting degrees. As an Accountant, she’s far from where she previously expected, but she feels as if she’s where she was always meant to be.
UK Executive Director
Philip joined Love146 as the UK manger bringing with him 25 years experience working in the field of child protection, child safeguarding and counter child trafficking.
In this time Phil managed social work teams and departments and headed up a specialist trafficked child recovery unit. An area Phil sees not as work but a life calling and a privilege to be with such wonderful people who dare to care then and now.
Phil’s a keen runner, hiker, camper and gardner and dad to 3 wonderful sons, phew!
Phil says: “One of the most important aspects of my work is to help bring the experience and views of children to the heart of practice development so as to affect the paradigm shift in how services and States see and treat children, all children whomever they are and wherever they may be.”
Ramona grew up in Miami, FL, though she has called many places home including Paris, New York, California, and now Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Marketing with a minor in Business Administration from Hunter College in NYC. Previously she worked in the economic development field, and has been an active part of service groups including Lions Club and Rotary which she credits for igniting her passion to serve people.
Inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ramona searched for an organization whose leaders were motivated by justice and humanity. At Love146 she found both and is excited to work with the team to accomplish the mission of ending child trafficking and exploitation.
In her free time Ramona likes to travel, read, and listen to true crime podcasts while taking long walks with her two labrador retrievers. However, she most enjoys cooking with her family – husband Mark, and two daughters, Cecilia and Abigail.
Rob Morris is the CEO and co-founder of Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation. Prior to co-founding Love146, Rob worked with Mercy Ships International directing training schools at the International Operations Center. He has lectured and taught in over 20 countries on issues of justice, compassion, and human rights, and has been featured in the Huffington Post, the CNN Freedom Project, Forbes, WNPR, Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s the Thing” podcast on WNYC, Fox News, and more.
Prevention Program Manager
Sarah, a proud British-Texan, was born in England but raised in the great state of Texas. She holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Texas State University and an M.S. in Human Rights and Global Ethics from the University of Leicester. Prior to working for Love146, she worked in Education for nearly a decade, first as English teacher and Literacy Specialist, then transitioning into a Manager of Special Populations position- supporting at-risk youth in intervention programs such as Special Education and English as a Second Language.
Sarah believes deeply in the power of relationships and is driven by an intense desire to leave every place better than she found it. Forever a teacher at heart, she is thankful for a role that allows her to design curriculum that works best for diverse learners, as well as the opportunity to partner with organizations nationally to ensure their youth have access to quality prevention education programming.
When she is not working, Sarah enjoys traveling, watching sports, going to concerts and trying new restaurants. You can find her spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband, Jordan, and their two Basset Hounds, Giggs and Biggie Smalls, and their cat Sammy.
Senior Director of Development & Engagement
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 & Human Resources Manager
CT Survivor Care Director
Tamarra Clark, MS serves as the Connecticut Survivor Care Director for Love 146. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to service coordination and implementation within the Connecticut Survivor Care Program.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management. Tamarra brings her 15 years of experience providing direct service and managing family systems such as early childhood education, home-visiting, parenting education, care coordination, and homelessness systems to this important work.
She believes everyone has a life purpose and is passionate about helping others recognize their strengths and work towards addressing barriers that hinder their purpose-filled lives.
Prevention Advisory Specialist
Tenisha was born a Hoosier, and lived in Indiana up until her early adolescent years. College brought her to the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she earned her Bachelors of Science with a concentration in community health. There, she started her journey with nonprofits and became an educator on teen pregnancy prevention.
Furthering her education and travel, she moved to Houston, TX and earned her Masters of Public Health, while continuing her work reducing teen unplanned pregnancies. Tenisha joined Love146 in October 2019 to advance her passion in public health prevention.
When she is not serving as a catalyst for change, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and planning themed parties!
Thea launched her nonprofit career in 2011 when she began working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Phoenix, Arizona. Drawing from her experience working with survivors, Thea expanded her focus to grant writing and fund management for social service programs.
After 20 years in the dry Arizona heat, Thea is thrilled to have relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to join the Love146 team. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters in Psychology from Arizona State University.
In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, watching The Golden Girls, listening to podcasts, and volunteering for social justice organizations.
Associate Director of Development
Tiffany Runyan joined the Love146 team in 2016 and serves as the Associate Director of Development. She holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Master of Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. Through her church in Arizona, Tiffany was first exposed to the issue of child trafficking happening all around the world and has been passionately involved ever since.
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 adventure, warmer weather, and professional sports took her to Arizona and eventually Florida where she met her husband who is active duty in the military. A military transfer relocated them to Houston; where Tiffany first connected with Love146. They have since been relocated to North Carolina where they currently reside with their daughters.
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