Sarah Florman, MPA

Sarah Florman has spent her career working with youth in crisis. Currently, she works with five protocol teams in Minnesota to develop their local systems response to sexually exploited and/or trafficked youth. She also provides support and technical assistance to individuals and agencies focusing on trafficking and exploitation throughout the state.

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Vernon Murray, PhD

Dr. Vernon Murray has been a marketing professor at Marist College for 25 years. Prior to that, he was a marketing instructor at De Paul University. Vernon’s area of research is social marketing and distribution channels applied to human trafficking. He has presented or published a variety of human trafficking papers.

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Kristen Morse, BA

Kristen Morse has been combining her knowledge of human trafficking with specialized, organizational strategies to raise awareness, educate students, and mobilize thousands to join the fight for freedom since 2009. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree of Public Policy at American University, and establishing A21's presence in Washington, D.C. as their Awareness and Education Director.

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Issue Box Theatre

Issue Box Theatre is a non-profit organization with the mission to create Social Justice Theatre that will educate, inspire, and bring positive change. Issue Box has produced "Next to Normal" and "Company" to raise money for local social service agencies serving those with mental illness and the homeless.

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Michelle Blue, BSW

Michelle Blue is a Licensed Social Worker and the Vice President of the Lambda Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Workers. Her interests include social justice, community mental health, medical and psychiatric social work, racial and gender equality, and multicultural diversity.

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Leigh Pinkelman

Leigh Pinkelman is this year’s survivor artist and has used painting as a means of healing and coping for many years. Leigh is a strong advocate for prevention of bullying and survived and now thrives after a childhood informed by brutal bullying for being different.

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Johanna McDaniel

Johanna McDaniel is a visual artist and currently an MSW student at the University of Toledo. She is a veteran and hopes to work with veterans utilizing art as a means of healing. Johanna’s artwork was featured at the 2017 HT & SJ Conference.

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Sarah Kramer, MSW

Sarah Kramer has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and a master’s degree in social work. Sarah has developed a variety of projects that use art for social justice and healing. She presented May of 2018 at the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry on survivor art collaboration.

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Megan Castiglione & Kayla Hittle

Megan Castiglione and Kayla Hittle are entering into their senior year of their BSW program. Both are engaged and active leaders in the program. Megan and Kayla are very excited to collaborate with artists with developmental disabilities on this exhibit. Both students have an interest in art and the potential of art to raise awareness.

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Danielle Leon, BA

Danielle Leon is the anti-human trafficking program Training Specialist within the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement and she possesses over 10 years of human services experience. Through her current role, she brings education, outreach, and awareness of human trafficking to marginalized communities throughout North Carolina.

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Kiricka Yarbough Smith, BSW

Kiricka Yarbough Smith is the anti-human trafficking Program Director for the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement. She has over 18 years of human services experience, is Chair of the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and is a human trafficking consultant for the National Trafficking in Persons Office.

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Celia Williamson, PhD, MSW

Dr. Celia Williamson founded the first anti-trafficking program in Ohio in 1993. Dr. Williamson founded the International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, and she chairs the Research Committee for Ohio’s State anti-Trafficking Commission. She also is the Director of the Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute at the University of Toledo.

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Julie L. Williams, MSEd, LMHC

Julie Williams is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida where she works in a forensic practice, specializing in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of offenders. She is a doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Tampa, Florida.

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Lara Vanderhoof, DSW, LMSW

Dr. Lara Vanderhoof is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and the Social Work Program Director at Tabor College. She has over 25 years of social work experience in mental health, child welfare, and sexual abuse. Lara’s doctoral research examined the issues related to human trafficking in Kansas.

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Miranda Tippie, MOT, OTR/L,CDCA

Miranda Tippie has a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from The University of Findlay and currently is the Clinical Coordinator for Community-Based Practice in Occupational Therapy at the University of Findlay. She developed community programming in various mental health settings and substance use disorder settings. Miranda provides direct services to individuals in the community including survivors of human trafficking.

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Jerry Kerr

Jerry Kerr has worked in the areas of HIV prevention and care for 19 years in both Massachusetts and Ohio, and currently serves as the Northwest Ohio Syringe Services and HIV/STD prevention coordinator at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

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