US Executive Director
Amy Casavina Hall joined Love146 as the US Executive Director in 2019 with a focus to make prevention and survivor care the norm across the nation. Excited to bring her 20+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector to this mission, Amy fell in love with Love146’s brave and tenacious vow to end child trafficking and exploitation.
An experienced senior leader in philanthropy and nonprofit operations, Amy thrives on supporting people and partners to achieve audacious results. Her work has included leading efforts to end homelessness, build resilient communities, increase economic opportunity, and develop strong organizations. Amy loves learning by doing, particularly by learning from and with people and communities most affected. But feels she also picked up some good tidbits along the way while studying social thought and political economy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and nonprofit management and Results Based Leadership through graduate study and fellowships.
Amy is happy to be back in Connecticut, where she jumps out of bed excited to listen, learn, act, and innovate to improve children’s lives and change systems to support healing, equity, and opportunity. On the days she lingers in bed, Amy enjoys lazing outside with her husband, two sons, and their love-charged dog while watching her fruit and vegetable gardens grow.
Director of US Prevention
Aria Flood serves as the Director of US Prevention 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, educational equity, traveling, podcasts, reading, laughing with her husband, giggles from her son, and hugs from her dog, Huxley.
Love146 Vietnamese Interpreter
US Survivor Care Intake & Program Coordinator
Brianna was born and raised in Connecticut. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania, where she studied Spanish Language and Criminal Justice. Prior to joining Love 146, she served as a Bilingual Intake Coordinator and Case Manager for another nonprofit working with youth and their families. During her time in this non profit setting, Brianna realized her true passion is social justice and advocacy work. While always having an interest in the issue of Human Trafficking, Brianna knew this was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. In her free time you can find her somewhere outdoors, doing yoga, traveling, volunteering, or trying new foods. Her favorite animal is an alpaca.
Development & Mobilization Administrator
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 Development and Mobilization Administrator, with a desire to help donors to feel appreciated by Love146 and connected to our work.
Carlee graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in education and a B.A. in fine arts, and she enjoys playing keyboard and singing in her church band and playing saxophone in a local big band. When watching movies, she is a sucker for likeable characters in a sticky situation, especially if there is a good love interest involved. She loves to hike and travel, and she has a mild addiction to escape rooms. More than anything Carlee enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her husband Jim and beautiful baby daughter Taijauna.
Prevention Advisory Specialist
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.
Director of Africa Programs
Stephanie Goins, Ph.D., serves as Director of Program Development and Africa 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.
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.
US Programs Director
Erin Williamson serves as the US Programs Director 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.
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.
UK Social Worker
Izzy is a Support Worker for Love146 based in London. She recently graduated from Edinburgh University, and is excited to be doing what she’s always been passionate about: working with young people and building lasting friendships they can turn to in difficult times.
When she is not working for Love146 Izzy is a youth and outreach worker in South London. She is a keen sportswoman and very creative, so she enjoys using these skills to work with young people. She values finding ways to add joy and fun to every day life!
Designer & Production 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.
Director of Culture, People, & Operations
Jennifer is a native New Yorker, who transplanted to sunny Charlotte, NC in 2013. Prior to joining Love146, she worked 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 privilege of working for Love146 since its inception, and has been with the organization for 10+ years. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management. She spends her free time with family, friends, and her two dogs. In addition, she is an avid reader, coffee connoisseur, and a believer in annual viewings of “The West Wing” series. Hope, joy, and love are among her favorite things to pursue in life.
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.
Video Production 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.
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.
Human Resources Generalist
Lauren believes philanthropy is a huge piece of who she was created to be. She has traveled over six continents spending periods of time working with various nonprofits and associations advocating for issues from homelessness to humanitarian relief. Lauren holds a B.S. in Psychology from Morgan State University and a M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. Prior to working at Love146, Lauren spent her Human Resources career working in healthcare and manufacturing.
Outside of the office, she manages her family’s nonprofit, which provides scholarships to New Haven youth for higher education. Lauren also pens travel blogs and enjoys staying in shape via cycling, running, hiking and competing in Spartan Races.
“The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” — Charles Dickens
CT Survivor Care Associate Director
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 Director of Care
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.
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.
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.
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Meghan is a North Carolina native. She grew up in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC. She graduated from NC State University and holds a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters degree in Accounting. Meghan moved to Charlotte after college and worked for a public accounting firm for several years before joining the Love146 team.
In her spare time, Meghan enjoys hiking, outdoor activities with her dog Drake, and yoga.
Meghan also volunteers as a running coach at a local elementary school for the Girls on the
Molly Wyrsch joined Love146 in 2019 as the Operations Administrator in the organization’s New Haven office. Molly attended Kenyon College, a small school in a no-stoplight Ohio town, studying English Literature and Classics (with an emphasis on Ancient Greek civilization). As a student, she began interning and working with various non-profits, which furthered her commitment to justice, fairness, and equity. This passion and experience led Molly to New Haven, Connecticut, where she committed to a year of unpaid non-profit work through the Episcopal Service Corps.
After finishing this service year, and prior to working with Love146, Molly served as the Energy Assistance Coordinator with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, helping America’s newest residents heat their homes affordably in the Northeast winters. Molly looks forward to furthering her vocation in the non-profit world through her work with Love146.
Outside of work, Molly enjoys hiking, collecting rocks, and reading science fiction. Her favorite author is Octavia Butler.
“All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change. God is change.” — Octavia Butler
Finance Administrator UK
Originally from Edinburgh, Natalie has travelled south of the Scottish border to Bradford, where she found a fit working in charity finance, supporting her desire to invest her time and energy in worthy, world-impacting causes. After gaining valuable experience Natalie is thrilled to get involved in the finance administration that supports the growth of Love146 in the UK. In home life she is wife to Tom, mum to three girls Poppy, Jules & Holly who always keep her learning. She loves being with her family somewhere in the great outdoors.
UK Senior Administrator
Pete landed his first ‘real’ job carrying out public policy research into asylum seeking and separated children in London. He then flourished independently; managing supported housing initiatives as well as skills and outreach projects which provided practical assistance and a place of safety to exploited children and vulnerable young people in care. Pete has over 15 years experience of implementing ideas and delivering services within health and social care markets and anti-trafficking sectors across Europe and the UK; co-founding and developing critically acclaimed social work practice pioneer projects as well as multi-agency training programmes along the way.
Pete has made a few twists turns within his career having also freelanced in marketing and a business development setting. When he’s not strategizing, writing bids, project managing or thinking up something marvelous with his Love146 colleagues, you’ll find him listening to music reminiscent of his indie-youth, hiking in the valleys, watching veg grow on the allotment or putting pen to paper for that Master’s degree in Social Work; adding up to shape the person he is today.
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.”
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. 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 Project 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. For the last 9 years, she has worked in Education, 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.
She believes deeply in the power of relationships and is driven by an intense desire to leave every place better than she found it. She is excited to continue her journey working with at-risk youth and cannot think of a better organization than Love146 to continue this work with.
When she is not working, Sarah enjoys traveling, watching sports, and trying new restaurants. You can always find her spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband and their two Basset Hounds, Giggs and Biggie Smalls and their cat Sammy.
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.
UK Social Worker
Sue is a Support Worker for Love146 Survivor Care in the UK, and has also delivered Specialist Supported Accommodation for trafficked young people in her role as a Specialist Carer. Sue is passionate about ending child trafficking and abuse of any kind and has committed her working life to supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society. She is a qualified Social Worker and has over 30 years experience in working with women and children who have suffered trauma.
Sue has extensive experience volunteering abroad with NGO’s in Goa and Varanasi in India, working directly with children who have been trafficked, and more recently supporting refugee families in Lesvos and Athens (Greece) who have fled Syria. She also provided training and support to volunteers on how to recognise and work with trafficked children.
Prior to joining the Love146 team Sue worked with trafficked women in the UK as a house manager with The Medaille Trust. She has also worked with children in refuges and worked for the Probation Service.
Sue lives with her partner, John, and has 2 grown up children who visit regularly! She enjoys scouring jumble sales and charity shops, meeting up with friends and family and eating good food!
UK Social Worker
Tamara is a qualified social worker who undertook a fast track social work training course after volunteering for several years in Refugee Support charities in both Birmingham and London. She studied Arabic and Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University and was lucky to spend a ‘study year’ abroad in Syria while it was still possible to do so. After qualifying as a social worker and gaining experience in both Child Protection and Long term/Leaving Care teams, Tamara joined the Love146 team inspired by the energy it brings to the fight against child trafficking and excited to contribute to the development of services in the UK.
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.
Development & Mobilization Specialist
Tiffany Runyan, M.S.S. in Sports Management, is the Love146 Development & Mobilization Specialist. 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 and has been passionately involved ever since as both a volunteer and now on staff at Love146.
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 have two children and two dogs.
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