Rosie Best, MAT, MSW, LSW

Rosie Best is a Therapist at RFS Behavior Health, providing services for young people through the TEAM TACKLE school program. In her spare time, she is the president and founder of Issue Box Theatre, whose mission is to create social justice theatre that will educate, inspire, and bring positive change.

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2017Anna SchrammRosie Best
Maxwell Cleary, MSW

Maxwell Cleary has an undergraduate degree in Literature-Creative Writing from Lake Superior State University and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Toledo. Max currently works at Ohio Living Hospice as a medical social worker. Maxenjoys writing, having his Remember Me play premier in conjunction with this conference.

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Nora Riggs, MSW, LSW

Nora Riggs is a Case Manager for the Recovering Individuals from Sexual Exploitation (R.I.S.E.) Program. She received her BA in Music and thus is passionate about combining her interests in the arts and social work.

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Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer studied Photojournalism at Ohio University and is in her second year of The University of Toledo’s Master of Social Work Program. Her work with The Athens Photographic Project, an organization dedicated to teaching adults with mental illnessphotography, lead her to a career in social work.  

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2017Anna SchrammSarah Kramer
Heather Sloane, PhD

Heather Sloane is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo in the social work program. She has been trained in Amherst Writers and Artists and autoethnography methods and tries to bring these creative interventions to her students and the community.

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Dominique Burns, LPC, NCC, PhD Candidate

Dominique Burns is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education program at the University of Toledo and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio. Her professional experience includes teaching and serving marginalized and underrepresented populations. Dominique has presented at national, state, and local conferences on topics relating to advocacy, human trafficking, and social justice.

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Ezgi Yaman, MSW

Ezgi Yaman currently works as a research assistant at a state university. Ezgi worked with the NGOs Network of Combating CSEC/ECPAT in Turkey for five years, serving as the Youth Network Coordinator and International Coordinator/Focal point where she developed the children and youth group structures, and facilitated campaigns and projects.

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2017Anna SchrammEzgi Yaman
Eric Vandenberghe, MA

Eric Vandenberghe earned his Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo. As a graduate assistant at the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, he researched best practices for protecting youth vulnerable to being trafficked. He has worked with anti-trafficking community groups in Michigan and Ohio.

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Emily L. Kennedy, LLMSW

Emily Kennedy works as a case manager in community mental health.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan while she completed a year-long internship at the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. Prior to her internship, she mentored at-risk teenage girls and young children.  

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Teresa M. Stafford

Teresa M. Stafford is the Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) and oversees the agency’s 24-hour response to survivors. Teresa is involved with criminal justice advocacy, Project Star (sex trafficking, advocacy and recovery), and Hogar Consuelo. She administers professional development trainings state- and nation-wide. Teresa majored in Criminal Justice Administration at Tiffin University.

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Keri Black, MA

Keri Black is the Program Manager for the YWCA Rape Crisis Center in Toledo. Keri has over eight years of academic and professional experience in the field of victim advocacy and activism. Keri has a Master of Liberal Studies in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toledo.

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2017Anna SchrammKeri Black
Thomas Goodwin, JD

Thomas Goodwin has been a sole practitioner in Northwest Ohio since 2001 with a practice focused primarily on family law, domestic violence, and protection order cases. He previously worked for the Toledo Legal Aid Society for ten years. Thomas received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson is a Municipal Enforcement Officer, and has over eight years of occupational, health and safety, and enforcement experience. His focus and dedication warrants, and aligns, with Edmonton’s vision to reduce harm and provide exit avenues for those who operate within Edmonton’s sex industry.

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Carrie Ellinger

Carrie Ellinger is a Community Safety Liaison with the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET). She’s been working with NET for over ten years while supporting the community and citizens around safety, harm reduction, and crime prevention strategies. Carrie has a background in Police Studies and Criminology, and is currently a Social Work student at the University of Manitoba.

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Arduizur Carli Richie-Zavaleta, PhD, MASP, MAIPS

Dr. Richie-Zavaleta received her doctoral degree from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Her dissertation explored the intersection of Survivors of Sex Trafficking in the United States with the healthcare setting, their medical needs while trafficked, and their recommendations to best identify victims of Human Trafficking in the healthcare setting.

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Laura Kaiser, RN, BSN, SANE-A

Laura Kaiser is a forensic nurse and has trained many healthcare professionals in Ohio and nationally. Her work has increased the number of patients identified in her facility that are potentially being trafficked. She has been a valued resource to healthcare, greatly improving the community response to human trafficking.

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2017Anna SchrammLaura Kaiser
Ruth Downing, MSN, RN, CNP, SANE-A

Ruth Downing is a family nurse practitioner and a forensic nurse. She provides education for healthcare professionals on human trafficking, and encourages leaders in healthcare to expand awareness and education among health professionals. Ruth coordinates the healthcare response for the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition.

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2017Anna SchrammRuth Downing
Tyffani Monford Dent, PsyD

Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at a community-based counseling center. A primary area of interest for Dr. Dent is addressing the need to acknowledge the intersectionality of Black and Brown women and how it plays in to their views of sexual violence and intervention needs.

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Melissa Brockie, MSW

Melissa Brockie is the director of a homeless family shelter and oversees a human trafficking program for homeless youth. Melissa has worked for ten years with victims of sex trafficking, including the development of a federal grant project and mentoring program. Her work has been highlighted on a federal level.

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